The Singing Loins - Complete and Utter

Complete and Utter

The Singing Loins

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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
    1. The Singing Loins - Restless Farewell
    2. The Singing Loins - The True Dying Words Of Leytonstone Tom
    3. The Singing Loins - Little Devil Doubt
    4. The Singing Loins - Ain't The World A Lovely Place
    5. The Singing Loins - Stags, Banshees & Stukas
    6. The Singing Loins - Homeward Bound (Again)
    7. The Singing Loins - Geronimo!
    8. The Singing Loins - An Englishman's Home
    9. The Singing Loins - So What?
    10. The Singing Loins - Cheeriotatatoodaloobyebye
    11. The Singing Loins - That's How Murders Happen
    12. The Singing Loins - The Gentlemen
    13. The Singing Loins - The Ghost Of Old Rose
    14. The Singing Loins - You Don't Know Your Own Strength
    15. The Singing Loins - The Ship Song
    16. The Singing Loins - Poteen
    17. The Singing Loins - Blind Ol' Kate
    18. The Singing Loins - I'm In Love With The Loveliest Whore
    19. The Singing Loins - Stupid Song
    20. The Singing Loins - I Don't Like The Man I Am
    21. The Singing Loins - One More Bottle To Drink
    22. 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
      1. The Singing Loins - Restless Farewell
      2. The Singing Loins - The True Dying Words Of Leytonstone Tom
      3. The Singing Loins - Little Devil Doubt
      4. The Singing Loins - Ain't The World A Lovely Place
      5. The Singing Loins - Stags, Banshees & Stukas
      6. The Singing Loins - Homeward Bound (Again)
      7. The Singing Loins - Geronimo!
      8. The Singing Loins - An Englishman's Home
      9. The Singing Loins - So What?
      10. The Singing Loins - Cheeriotatatoodaloobyebye
      11. The Singing Loins - That's How Murders Happen
      12. The Singing Loins - The Gentlemen
      13. The Singing Loins - The Ghost Of Old Rose
      14. The Singing Loins - You Don't Know Your Own Strength
      15. The Singing Loins - The Ship Song
      16. The Singing Loins - Poteen
      17. The Singing Loins - Blind Ol' Kate
      18. The Singing Loins - I'm In Love With The Loveliest Whore
      19. The Singing Loins - Stupid Song
      20. The Singing Loins - I Don't Like The Man I Am
      21. The Singing Loins - One More Bottle To Drink
      22. The Singing Loins - Fish