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Archive from 1959: The Billy Childish Story
     

Archive from 1959: The Billy Childish Story

by Billy Childish
 

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In an era when a band is considered unusually prolific if they release an album every 18 months, Billy Childish is a glorious anomaly, a man who believes in the power of music in its raw, pure state and isn't afraid to roll tape and capture the moment when the inspiration strikes. Childish's muse is a frequent enough visitor that he's released nearly 120 albums since

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In an era when a band is considered unusually prolific if they release an album every 18 months, Billy Childish is a glorious anomaly, a man who believes in the power of music in its raw, pure state and isn't afraid to roll tape and capture the moment when the inspiration strikes. Childish's muse is a frequent enough visitor that he's released nearly 120 albums since his first band, the Pop Rivets, cut their debut LP in 1979, and what's more surprising than the fact he's made so many records is that most of them fall somewhere between pretty good and pretty great. In 1991, Sub Pop took up the daunting task of assembling a Billy Childish career anthology with the two-CD set I Am the Billy Childish, which pulled one track each from the 50 albums Childish had put out to date; since then, the man's body of work has continued to expand at a feverish pace, and Archive from 1959: The Billy Childish Story by necessity takes a different approach. Instead of summarizing the totality of Childish's catalog of recorded work, Archive from 1959 is an introduction to his rock & roll music, ignoring for the time being his dabblings in blues, folk, and spoken word. Archive from 1959 doesn't bother itself with a chronological sequence of Childish's recordings, as this set jumps between decades and the man's various groups (Thee Milkshakes, Thee Mighty Caesars, Thee Headcoats, Thee Buff Medways, the Musicians of the British Empire and still more), but his approach hasn't changed very much with the years -- Childish still bashes away at his cheap guitar like some unholy fusion of the Sonics, Link Wray, and the Who in their early amphetamine overdrive period, he still can throw down a furious rant as easily as a snarky pop culture homage or a fractured observation on the battle of the sexes, and he seems perfectly incapable of not pouring out one hundred percent of his heart and soul when he steps up to the microphone. The 51 songs on these two CDs hardly tell the full story about Childish and his music, but as a summary of what he does best, it's accurate, compelling, and it rocks hard -- this is garage rock that holds up a mirror to every corner of this man's soul, and there are a few dozen remarkable stories to be found on Archive from 1959, along with music powerful enough to awake the dead.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/21/2009
Label:
Damaged Goods
UPC:
5020422033528
catalogNumber:
335

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Archive from 1959
  2. Thatcher's Children
  3. Out of Control
  4. Punk Rock Ist Nicht Tot
  5. Evil Thing
  6. He's Making a Tape
  7. Pocahontas Was Her Name
  8. Kray Twins
  9. You Make Me Die
  10. Troubled Mind
  11. Davey Crockett
  12. Love Can Lose
  13. Somebody Else
  14. The Day I Beat My Father Up
  15. This Wondrous Day (Flemish)
  16. Medway Wheelers
  17. I'm Glad I'm Not Like David Wise
  18. When You Stop Loving Me
  19. Christmas 1979
  20. Hurt Me
  21. Loathsone 'N' Wild
  22. An Image of You
  23. She's in Disguise
  24. I Don't Like the Man I Am
  25. The Man with the Gallows Eyes
  26. Snack Crack

Disc 2

  1. Cowboys Are Square
  2. I'm Hurting
  3. I Feel Like Givin In
  4. Ballad of Hollis Brown
  5. Every Little Thing
  6. Headcoat Lane
  7. Sally Sensation
  8. We Hate the Fuckin' Nme
  9. Lie Detector
  10. What's Wrong with Me
  11. Strood Lights
  12. Get out of Here Pretty Girl
  13. It Aint Mine
  14. For She
  15. The Bitter Cup
  16. Girl from '62
  17. Fun in the UK
  18. Birthday Boy
  19. Fingers in the Sun
  20. Mass Ignorance Culture
  21. We're Gone
  22. Today Is the Nite
  23. Rusty Hook
  24. I Was Led to Believe
  25. Joe Strummers Grave

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