Crimes Against Music: 1986-1999

Crimes Against Music: 1986-1999

by Billy Childish
     
 
This double-LP collection of largely acoustic blues numbers from the U.K.'s king of low-tech punk was seemingly recorded in the home in super-rough fidelity over a three-year period, and covers the rawest guts of Billy Childish's post-punk blues sound. As ragged and convincing as Robert Johnson at points, Crimes Against Music was

Overview

This double-LP collection of largely acoustic blues numbers from the U.K.'s king of low-tech punk was seemingly recorded in the home in super-rough fidelity over a three-year period, and covers the rawest guts of Billy Childish's post-punk blues sound. As ragged and convincing as Robert Johnson at points, Crimes Against Music was taped in varying degrees of fidelity, and upon listening one can assume the songs were cut in some pretty early hours of the morning, with little to no preparation. An astonishing display of spontaneous cracked genius, Crimes Against Music is utterly essential to collectors of the great poet's work. The artist's own blues numbers are interspersed with flooring renditions of Son House, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Reed, Huddie Ledbetter, and John Lee Hooker standards. With over 21 tracks in total, the collection culminates on side four with John Lee Hooker's "Cold Chills," an outstanding take. The collection closes with Childish's own "Crimes of the Future," a terse Childish rave that can leave your mouth agape in silence for a good half an hour before giving in to the impulse to play the whole four sides again. "Why Don't You Try to Love Me?," "I Love That Girl Ammonia," and "Mister Elizabeth" are exceptional titles as well, and Crimes Against Music displays some of Childish's finest work spanning 1986 to 1999.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/1999
Label:
Sympathy 4 The R.I.
UPC:
0790276058224
catalogNumber:
582
Rank:
109519

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Tracks

  1. I've Got Everything Indeed
  2. Strange Words
  3. I Love That Girl Ammonia
  4. Get Out of Here Pretty Girl
  5. The Greatest Lover in the World
  6. Coming Upside Your Head
  7. Mister Elisabeth
  8. I Remember
  9. Why Don't You Try My Love?
  10. Burn and Blind Me
  11. Not Many of My Kind
  12. This Whole Wide World
  13. Grinning in Your Face
  14. Yellow Skin Baby
  15. Bourgeois Blues
  16. Cosmetic Women
  17. Troubled Times
  18. I Love My Woman
  19. Bottle up and Go
  20. John Hardy
  21. The Ballad of Hollis Brown
  22. Cowboys Are Square
  23. I Feel So Bad
  24. I'm Hurting
  25. Iodine in My Coffee
  26. Cold Chills
  27. Crimes of the Future

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Childish   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Kyra   Footsteps
Holly Golightly   Vocals
Bruce Brand   Drums
Dan Melchior   Slide Guitar
Dave   Trumpet
John Gibbs   Bass Guitar
Johnny Johnson   Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica
Mike Hampshire   Guitar
Seamus   Accordion
Olifer   Drums,Bass Guitar
Big Russ Wilkins   Guitar
Rockin' Richard   Bass Guitar
Vic Templar   Drums
Bertie   Bass Guitar,Maracas
Kyra   Vocals,Claves

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer

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