• charles douglas Not Your Kind of Music: the Basement Tapes 1995-1999 (double CD, £10.25)

    label: Broken Horse

    *FANTASTIC 2CD FROM CHARLES DOUGLAS, ESSENTIAL FOR FANS OF OUTSIDER SINGER SONGWRITERS SUCH AS JONATHAN RICHMAN/LOU REED AND DANIEL JOHNSTON.. *COMMENTS ON 'THE LIVES OF CHARLES DOUGLAS' (BKHCD020)” “THE BEST NEW YORK RECORD YOU'VE NEVER HEARD..A CULT CLASSIC" MOJO **** "Every bit the note-perfect Lou Reed/Ramones/Jonathan Richman tribute (presumably) intended. Drawled, fatigued vocals,rock n roll high school lyrics, - it's a fun flashback" UNCUT **** "Almost every post Velvets New York band to spring out of New York come to mind:- The Feelies, Talking Heads, Ramones, Galaxie 500 and even The Strokes. Whilst listening you can read the brilliant sleeve notes which feature some brilliant anecdotes about the characters involved." Norman Records 4/5 "Most of the tracks were recorded live and it’s got a raw energy and drive that I haven’t heard in a long time, and Pixies style bass lines that are quite infectious. Ending with a tribute to none other than Biggie, he’s quite clearly mad, but I wish I’d had this album when I was 16 and listening to too much Ramones." 4/5 Is This Music *Charles Douglas was rescued from bargain-bin obscurity in 2010, when Broken Horse reissued his 1999 studio album The Lives of Charles Douglas. Produced by Maureen "Moe" Tucker of The Velvet Underground, who also played drums on it, the album was recorded against a gritty NYC backdrop of alcohol, drugs, and fast food when Charles was twenty-one years old and recently released from a mental hospital. *Described by Mojo as "the best New York record you've never heard," The Lives of Charles Douglas won favourable comparisons to The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, The Ramones, Luna, and The Strokes. It also earned him new fans in the shape of Marc Riley, Gideon Coe and Lauren Laverne (6 Music), as well as Andrew Weatherall, Robert Pollard, film director John Waters, and members of The Pastels, Cornershop, and The Jesus and Mary Chain. *Always one step ahead, David Bowie was already a Charles Douglas fan. *Not Your Kind of Music: The Basement Tapes 1995-1999 continues the baffling and addictive musical journey of Charles Douglas. It compiles two previously released albums (The Burdens of Genius and Minor Wave) with two impossible-to-find cassette-only releases (The Spiders Are Getting Bigger and Haunting & Daunting) to create a 67 track (yes, you read that correctly) lo-fi odyssey. Had it not been for bad timing, mental illness, rampant drug abuse, and a penchant for burning bridges, Charles Douglas might be thought of today as a songwriter on par with Stephen Malkmus, Beck, Daniel Johnston, Robert Pollard, and other members of the indie-rock aristocracy. *Recorded by Charles in the basement of his parents' house in Allentown, Pennsylvania, this two-disc collection bookends the period that includes the recording of The Lives of Charles Douglas. Away from the bright lights of NYC, Charles wrote and recorded endlessly in the basement on a Tascam 8-track, under the watchful eye of his cat Milly and an army of spiders and roaches. Although Charles was signed to Elektra Records at the time, the label refused to release any of his albums because they were deemed too uncommercial. Caroline Records eventually stepped in and released them, but none of them sold more than a few thousand copies. *Playing all the instruments himself, and in the grips of drug addiction, Charles continued to pound out a series of peculiar, genre-defying records. His songs range from gleeful stoner anthems ("Super High," "Monkey Island") to deranged anti-folk ("The Rabbit Never Gets the Carrot"), to proto-LCD Soundsystem electro pop ("Thee Hipster") to rock 'n' roll ("Good Authority") and even rap ("Please Don't Hurt Them"). Many of the songs detail his obsessions with pop culture icons, including Dennis Wilson from the Beach Boys, Prince, Drew Barrymore, Grandmaster Flash, and Grimace from McDonalds. The epic 26-page booklet accompanying this collection describes the making of the albums in further detail. *After the release of these homemade albums, and The Lives of Charles Douglas, Charles recorded a final studio album in 2002 titled Statecraft—with Joey Santiago from The Pixies on guitars, and Sonic Youth's producer Wharton Tiers on drums—and then retired from making music at the age of 25. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and his two- year-old daughter, and works as a novelist and screenwriter. He has been sober for over a decade. Tracklisting: *CD 1 1.Crest of a Wave 2. Name 3.Girl (of the World) 4.Drivin’ Around 5.The Rabit Never Gets The Carrot 6.Suicide Note 7. Monkey Island 8. Dennis Wilson 9. Last Stand 10. The Golden Age 11. Living In a Hole 12. Henry Lee 13. Prince 14. Go 15. Spiders and Snakes 16. Octopus (Cease to Exist) 17. New Attitude 18. If 19. King of Industry 20. Luxury 21. Minor Wave 22. Super High 23. In With The New 24. Groom Lake 25. Anywhere Right Now 26. Where The Sky Touches Ground 27. Shotgun 28. Lullaby 29. When I See Her Again 30. Volume and Tone 31. Hey Alise CD 2 1. Grimace From McDonalds 2. Good Authority 3. Thee Hipster 4. Please Don’t Hurt ‘Em 5. Mountains 6. Me and My Woman 7. Pray To Lord Ganesh 8. Legendary Magic 9. Success 10. Pink Hearts In Plastic 11. Chicks and Their Boyfriends 12. Let Me Down Easy 13. Kathryn 14. Another Boring Song About Winona Ryder 15. Little Big Problem 16. Glenn 17. Aleka 18. Back of a Van 19. Charles is Back 20. Acid Tripping In The Delta 21. Blueprint Smile 22. Beautiful Things 23. Happy Birthday Bobb 24. Cry 25. Chapel Hill 26. Revolutions 27. Lovely Knee 28. Frequent Flyers 29. C’Mon Charles, C’Mon 30. When Am I Going To Get Paid 31. All The Time 32. A Life Away From Here21 33. I Believe In Lord Ganesh 34. Flowerpot 35. Pony 36. Prison Bus

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