Spanking new album ‘The Best of Electric Guitars (re-Strung)’ set for national release on Monday 15th July 2013 on CD & digital download, through Bristol Archive Records.
This is the early eighties at it’s very best, whether it’s called Post-Punk, New Wave or whatever the historians are calling the age in which we evolved the music. These boys took all the best bits of the freedom that punk provided and turned it into something accessible, something you could dance to or at least tap your foot to without being accused of mediocrity.
This album is the journey (in no specific order) through the EG’s development to their break up shortly after the release of ‘Wolfman Tap’, a catchy smooth production which led some reviewers to tag the EG’s funk. It's there, but it’s not alone, here is the diversity of sound that gave this era its reference.
So visualise while you listen, Matthew standing on his drum stool while delivering blows to a variety of misshapen objects. Novel then, much copied since. (Is that the drum stools irritating squeek at the end of ‘Interference’). Imagine or remember their pretty ridiculous outfits and hair in which termites could happily nest.
Dropouts from Bristol Polytechnic (or artists in pursuit or their dream) Neil Davenport (Vocals) and Richard Hall (Bass, Guitar, Vocals) together with Matthew Salt (Drums) paid rent for squat conditions in a shared house in Redland where they were joined by Dick Truscott (Keyboard, Guitar) and Andy Sanders (Guitar, Vocals) who had the sense to live elsewhere, Backing vocals were provided by Sarah and Wendy Partridge.
Here their first offerings to vinyl, ‘Dumb Words’,’ Le Camping’ and ‘Magic Surfaces’ were polished for the first Bristol Recorder, brainchild of Thomas Brooman CBE, he of Womad, among others.
‘Health’/ ’Continental Shelf’ was released as a single on Fried Egg Records and their second single ‘Work’, not written from experience, was a UK Indie chart hit on Recreational Records.
Signing to Stiff Records opened doors to Martin Rushents production, 7", 12" and EP delivered, covers designed by Peter Saville.They were the band most likely to!
Although never gaining mainstream fame, Electric Guitars deserve a chance to feature in modern playlists. Sandwich ‘Language Problems’ between Talking Heads and the B 52’s and you can't go wrong. Play ‘Work’ at a Zumba class and watch them fall like flies!
released July 15, 2013
Neil Davenport: vox
Richard Hall: bass, vox, guitar
Andy Sanders: guitar, vox
Matthew Salt: drums, tin cans, junk
Richard Truscott: keyboards, guitar, percussion
Sara & Wendy: backing vox (selected tracks)
All songs written by: Electric Guitars
Language Problems - Zomba Music Publishing Ltd
Genghis Khan - Zomba Music Publishing Ltd
Stamp out the Termites - Zomba Music Publishing Ltd
Wolfman Tap - Zomba Music Publishing Ltd
Work – Electric Guitars/Chrysalis Music Ltd
Don't Wake the Baby - Recreational Records/Chrysalis Music Ltd
All other songs copyright control.
Genghis Khan, Stamp out the Termites, Don't Wake The Baby, Cloud Nine, Eternal Youth, Fat Man, Start Up The New Life, My Big Surprise, Beat Me Hollow, Night Bears, Waiting For Mark, Cintinental Shelf
Recorded at SAM circa 1980 - 1983 (disbanded in August 83)
Engineered by Steve Street
Produced by Steve Street & Electric Guitars
Dumb Words, Le Camping and Magic Surfaces recorded live at Cawardines, Bristol 1980 and originally released on The Bristol Recorder
Engineered by Andy Allen for Cave Studios
Work recorded at Studio 80, London with Dennis Bovell 1981
Produced by Dennis Bovell
Ja Ja Lunar Commander, Language Problems, Scrap That Car, Food, Voice of Sound, Wolfman Tap
Recorded elsewhere circa (1980 - 1983)
Wolfman Tap produced by Brian Tench and originally released on Naive Records 1983
All other tracks previously unreleased
Seaweed and other pictures: Jo Swan, Garth O'Donnell (copyright remains on their work)
Original single sleeve designs by Ziebra Design/ Photography and Danica Gacesa
Thanks to everyone who loved us
Artwork designed by www.nicholasdarby.co.uk
Compiled and Edited by Steve Street
All tracks mastered by Steve Street September 2012
(p)(c) Bristol Archive Records 2013
All Rights Reserved
High resolution transfers by Adrian at The Great Bear and Richard Hall in New York, USA
All recordings owned by Electric Guitars and exclusively licenced to Bristol Archive Records
This album is dedicated to Steve Street and SAM Studios Bristol
Mike Darby, Bristol Archive Records (Bristol Boys Make More Noise)