The Singing Loins - Complete and Utter

Complete and Utter

The Singing Loins

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CD Double Album 49 tracks £9.99
Download Double Album (mp3) 49 tracks £15.98
Download Double Album (wav) 49 tracks £15.98
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Description

The Singing Loins - Complete and Utter

Brief History of The Loins

We formed around Christmas time l99O. I'd been fronting various line-ups of a group for ten years, but after a couple of scrapes with wanky major labels I became fed up and decided to strip it all down to an acoustic duo with our then bass player Chris (Arfur) Allen. He hadn't written before, but was a fine acoustic player with a genuine rootsy feel, stemming from his Irish upbringing. We just wanted to write honest, bare songs, outside of any particular style, just songs, whatever that means. The first thing we came up with was "Hauling In The Slack", so, that set the precedent. Now, of course,you can't operate in England without being pigeonholed, so we coined the phrase " Authentic raw folk from the Medway delta" and started playing what local pubs and clubs would have us. It was good fun, getting up people's noses. We came across some truly bigoted deadheads who thought new folk songs were an anathema; these idiots tended to be chartered accountants by day, and at the weekends whined in nasally tones about working down the mines. They really believed they were protecting sacred texts and that the whole folk genre was complete & pickled and never to be tampered with. There
were also a few good souls who at least admitted they couldn't decide if what were doing was "either shit, or brilliant."

At the time Billy was helping me to edit my first collection of poetry for publication on Hangman Books; he liked the songs and attitude and offered to put an LP out on Hangman records. So, as soon as they were written, we took our first dozen songs along to his house in May Road, Rochester, on the afternoon of Saturday June 2O, '9l (it says on the master tape box), had a few beers to calm the nerves, and stuck them down.

Chatting in the kitchen at the time were Bruce, Kyra and Holly, so we roped them in too. Billy recorded us on a circa l96O Revox half-track - Half track means you record live into two mics which mix straight down to one mono track. Billy would set the levels as loud and trebly as they would go, turn the clunking great knob to start the tape, and dash into the bog to join in with the general stamping, bashing and singing.

"Songs for the Organ" and "Steak & Gravy" were recorded like this, live in Billy's toilet (for the acoustics), with whatever guests were available, standing in the bath, kneeling on the toilet seat, the taps dripping, the phone going off in the kitchen next door; it was great! If we didn't get it by the third take then it was abandoned. It was all about feel, not perfection. By the time we came to record "Penny Plain-Tuppence Coloured" and "Clever Clogs & Big Head", we'd lost a bit of momentum – I'd moved away to do screenwriting at the National Film School, so we were only able to snatch a few weekends and holidays for writing, playing live and recording.

We recorded most of the songs live at Billy's, as before, but then the tape was transferred onto multi-track at Red Studios, and guests added their bits as and when we, or they, were available. By '96 it was all done, bar the shouting. We enjoyed some great gigs in Medway, London, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany & Spain, and wrote a batch
of songs I'm proud of.

And then, we played a "one-off" reunion gig, l7 July 'O4, at the Tap 'n' Tin, Chatham, to launch "The Complete & Utter Singing Loins" and enjoyed it so much we decided to give it another go. We were going to bill it as two old cunts doing a Singing Loins tribute act, but once we'd put our faces on and tightened the corsets it wasn't too bad.

Brod.

www.singingloins.co.uk for more info

Tracklisting

CD Double Album (DAMGOOD231CD)
  1. The Singing Loins - Hauling In The Slack
  2. The Singing Loins - The Happy Waltz
  3. The Singing Loins - We Got Lurve
  4. The Singing Loins - Look At The Sun
  5. The Singing Loins - The Card Game
  6. The Singing Loins - My Madonna
  7. The Singing Loins - Whippy Twig
  8. The Singing Loins - Gloomy Sunday
  9. The Singing Loins - Amsterdam
  10. The Singing Loins - Rochester, My Dear
  11. The Singing Loins - TV Soup
  12. The Singing Loins - Start Screaming
  13. The Singing Loins - Lullaby For Margaret
  14. The Singing Loins - The Loved One
  15. The Singing Loins - Shut Your Mouth
  16. The Singing Loins - Medway Delta Love Song
  17. The Singing Loins - Weak, Weak Man
  18. The Singing Loins - Big Wheel
  19. The Singing Loins - Town Of The Miserable Cynics
  20. The Singing Loins - The Skipping Song
  21. The Singing Loins - Chatham Girls
  22. The Singing Loins - Right, Good & Proper
  23. The Singing Loins - Fool Jack
  24. The Singing Loins - Valerie
  25. The Singing Loins - Don't You Worry
  26. The Singing Loins - Cheer Up!
  27. The Singing Loins - Working For The Agency
  28. The Singing Loins - Restless Farewell
  29. The Singing Loins - The True Dying Words Of Leytonstone Tom
  30. The Singing Loins - Little Devil Doubt
  31. The Singing Loins - Ain't The World A Lovely Place
  32. The Singing Loins - Stags, Banshees & Stukas
  33. The Singing Loins - Homeward Bound (Again)
  34. The Singing Loins - Geronimo!
  35. The Singing Loins - An Englishman's Home
  36. The Singing Loins - So What?
  37. The Singing Loins - Cheeriotatatoodaloobyebye
  38. The Singing Loins - That's How Murders Happen
  39. The Singing Loins - The Gentlemen
  40. The Singing Loins - The Ghost Of Old Rose
  41. The Singing Loins - You Don't Know Your Own Strength
  42. The Singing Loins - The Ship Song
  43. The Singing Loins - Poteen
  44. The Singing Loins - Blind Ol' Kate
  45. The Singing Loins - I'm In Love With The Loveliest Whore
  46. The Singing Loins - Stupid Song
  47. The Singing Loins - I Don't Like The Man I Am
  48. The Singing Loins - One More Bottle To Drink
  49. The Singing Loins - Fish
Download Double Album (DAMGOOD231CD)
  1. The Singing Loins - Hauling In The Slack
  2. The Singing Loins - The Happy Waltz
  3. The Singing Loins - We Got Lurve
  4. The Singing Loins - Look At The Sun
  5. The Singing Loins - The Card Game
  6. The Singing Loins - My Madonna
  7. The Singing Loins - Whippy Twig
  8. The Singing Loins - Gloomy Sunday
  9. The Singing Loins - Amsterdam
  10. The Singing Loins - Rochester, My Dear
  11. The Singing Loins - TV Soup
  12. The Singing Loins - Start Screaming
  13. The Singing Loins - Lullaby For Margaret
  14. The Singing Loins - The Loved One
  15. The Singing Loins - Shut Your Mouth
  16. The Singing Loins - Medway Delta Love Song
  17. The Singing Loins - Weak, Weak Man
  18. The Singing Loins - Big Wheel
  19. The Singing Loins - Town Of The Miserable Cynics
  20. The Singing Loins - The Skipping Song
  21. The Singing Loins - Chatham Girls
  22. The Singing Loins - Right, Good & Proper
  23. The Singing Loins - Fool Jack
  24. The Singing Loins - Valerie
  25. The Singing Loins - Don't You Worry
  26. The Singing Loins - Cheer Up!
  27. The Singing Loins - Working For The Agency
  28. The Singing Loins - Restless Farewell
  29. The Singing Loins - The True Dying Words Of Leytonstone Tom
  30. The Singing Loins - Little Devil Doubt
  31. The Singing Loins - Ain't The World A Lovely Place
  32. The Singing Loins - Stags, Banshees & Stukas
  33. The Singing Loins - Homeward Bound (Again)
  34. The Singing Loins - Geronimo!
  35. The Singing Loins - An Englishman's Home
  36. The Singing Loins - So What?
  37. The Singing Loins - Cheeriotatatoodaloobyebye
  38. The Singing Loins - That's How Murders Happen
  39. The Singing Loins - The Gentlemen
  40. The Singing Loins - The Ghost Of Old Rose
  41. The Singing Loins - You Don't Know Your Own Strength
  42. The Singing Loins - The Ship Song
  43. The Singing Loins - Poteen
  44. The Singing Loins - Blind Ol' Kate
  45. The Singing Loins - I'm In Love With The Loveliest Whore
  46. The Singing Loins - Stupid Song
  47. The Singing Loins - I Don't Like The Man I Am
  48. The Singing Loins - One More Bottle To Drink
  49. The Singing Loins - Fish

mp3 downloads

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Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Hauling In The Slack 3m 14s £0.99
2 The Happy Waltz 3m 1s £0.99
3 We Got Lurve 3m 8s £0.99
4 Look At The Sun 3m 4s £0.99
5 The Card Game 1m 35s £0.99
6 My Madonna 3m 49s £0.99
7 Whippy Twig 1m 0s £0.99
8 Gloomy Sunday 3m 30s £0.99
9 Amsterdam 2m 49s £0.99
10 Rochester, My Dear 3m 41s £0.99
11 TV Soup 3m 9s £0.99
12 Start Screaming 2m 40s £0.99
13 Lullaby For Margaret 47s £0.99
14 The Loved One 2m 26s £0.99
15 Shut Your Mouth 2m 47s £0.99
16 Medway Delta Love Song 4m 5s £0.99
17 Weak, Weak Man 3m 24s £0.99
18 Big Wheel 2m 59s £0.99
19 Town Of The Miserable Cynics 2m 55s £0.99
20 The Skipping Song 1m 10s £0.99
21 Chatham Girls 2m 46s £0.99
22 Right, Good & Proper 3m 43s £0.99
23 Fool Jack 2m 2s £0.99
24 Valerie 4m 18s £0.99
25 Don't You Worry 2m 54s £0.99
26 Cheer Up! 2m 43s £0.99
27 Working For The Agency 3m 44s £0.99
1 Restless Farewell 4m 20s £0.99
2 The True Dying Words Of Leytonstone Tom 2m 48s £0.99
3 Little Devil Doubt 3m 5s £0.99
4 Ain't The World A Lovely Place 4m 20s £0.99
5 Stags, Banshees & Stukas 4m 17s £0.99
6 Homeward Bound (Again) 2m 1s £0.99
7 Geronimo! 3m 36s £0.99
8 An Englishman's Home 4m 13s £0.99
9 So What? 3m 21s £0.99
10 Cheeriotatatoodaloobyebye 4m 1s £0.99
11 That's How Murders Happen 4m 23s £0.99
12 The Gentlemen 4m 13s £0.99
13 The Ghost Of Old Rose 4m 5s £0.99
14 You Don't Know Your Own Strength 4m 15s £0.99
15 The Ship Song 3m 41s £0.99
16 Poteen 1m 34s £0.99
17 Blind Ol' Kate 3m 6s £0.99
18 I'm In Love With The Loveliest Whore 4m 11s £0.99
19 Stupid Song 3m 4s £0.99
20 I Don't Like The Man I Am 2m 46s £0.99
21 One More Bottle To Drink 3m 46s £0.99
22 Fish 2m 50s £0.99
Entire MP3 Download Double Album (49 tracks) £15.98
MP3 format technical details
These mp3 tracks have been encoded with LAME using the '--preset extreme' VBR setting, providing you with a very rich listening experience. No DRM or copy protection is built in to the mp3s.

wav downloads

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Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Hauling In The Slack 3m 14s £0.99
2 The Happy Waltz 3m 1s £0.99
3 We Got Lurve 3m 8s £0.99
4 Look At The Sun 3m 4s £0.99
5 The Card Game 1m 35s £0.99
6 My Madonna 3m 49s £0.99
7 Whippy Twig 1m 0s £0.99
8 Gloomy Sunday 3m 30s £0.99
9 Amsterdam 2m 49s £0.99
10 Rochester, My Dear 3m 41s £0.99
11 TV Soup 3m 9s £0.99
12 Start Screaming 2m 40s £0.99
13 Lullaby For Margaret 47s £0.99
14 The Loved One 2m 26s £0.99
15 Shut Your Mouth 2m 47s £0.99
16 Medway Delta Love Song 4m 5s £0.99
17 Weak, Weak Man 3m 24s £0.99
18 Big Wheel 2m 59s £0.99
19 Town Of The Miserable Cynics 2m 55s £0.99
20 The Skipping Song 1m 10s £0.99
21 Chatham Girls 2m 46s £0.99
22 Right, Good & Proper 3m 43s £0.99
23 Fool Jack 2m 2s £0.99
24 Valerie 4m 18s £0.99
25 Don't You Worry 2m 54s £0.99
26 Cheer Up! 2m 43s £0.99
27 Working For The Agency 3m 44s £0.99
1 Restless Farewell 4m 20s £0.99
2 The True Dying Words Of Leytonstone Tom 2m 48s £0.99
3 Little Devil Doubt 3m 5s £0.99
4 Ain't The World A Lovely Place 4m 20s £0.99
5 Stags, Banshees & Stukas 4m 17s £0.99
6 Homeward Bound (Again) 2m 1s £0.99
7 Geronimo! 3m 36s £0.99
8 An Englishman's Home 4m 13s £0.99
9 So What? 3m 21s £0.99
10 Cheeriotatatoodaloobyebye 4m 1s £0.99
11 That's How Murders Happen 4m 23s £0.99
12 The Gentlemen 4m 13s £0.99
13 The Ghost Of Old Rose 4m 5s £0.99
14 You Don't Know Your Own Strength 4m 15s £0.99
15 The Ship Song 3m 41s £0.99
16 Poteen 1m 34s £0.99
17 Blind Ol' Kate 3m 6s £0.99
18 I'm In Love With The Loveliest Whore 4m 11s £0.99
19 Stupid Song 3m 4s £0.99
20 I Don't Like The Man I Am 2m 46s £0.99
21 One More Bottle To Drink 3m 46s £0.99
22 Fish 2m 50s £0.99
Entire WAV Download Double Album (49 tracks) £15.98