Tuesday, November 21, 2006

You're A Prince, You Are The Pope

What can I say about Microdisney? Well, like so many of the other artists whose work isn't available anywhere else, they were blooming great. There are enough Web sites out there with info about the band so I won't try to say anything myself. Start with http://www.bubbyworld.com/microdisney/microdisneyindex.htm.

I have no anecdotes or personal connection with them apart from the fact that their drummer played part-time with a band called Tortilla Flats, who I sound engineered for a few times at the George Robey pub in London.

After the Claire Hamill fiasco, I've checked Amazon (of course) as well as Cathal Coughlan's Web site and the High Llamas Web site, and if this stuff *is* available anywhere then I can't find it.

UPDATE Jan 09: I just had an email from Sean and Cathal's manager saying that they would like me to remove these links - so I have. A pity, but I won't go against an artist's wishes.

There is a double CD available - see http://www.amazon.co.uk/Daunt-Square-Elsewhere-Anthology-1982-88/dp/B000U0TARY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1231437525&sr=8-1 - that was compiled by the lads themselves and contains what is, in their opinion, the best of their work. It's less than six quid - go buy it.

And please don't email to ask for re-ups - the answer's no.

Microdisney - We Hate You South African Bastards (1982-1984)

This is a compilation of tracks from the four singles Microdisney made before signing to Beggars Banquet. It was later re-released under the title 'Love Your Enemies'.

01 - Helicopter Of The Holy Ghost 02 - Michael Murphy 03 - Love Your Enemies 04 - Fiction Land 05 - Pink Skinned Man 06 - Patrick Moore Says You Can't Sleep Here 07 - Hello Rascals 08 - Pretoria Quickstep

(link - and file - deleted at artist's request)

Microdisney - Everybody Is Fantastic (1984)

The first *proper* Microdisney album.

01 - Idea 02 - A Few Kisses 03 - Escalator In The Rain 04 - Dolly 05 - Dreaming Drains 06 - I'll Be A Gentleman 07 - Moon 08 - Sun 09 - Sleepless 10 - Come On Over And Cry 11 - This Liberal Love 12 - Before Famine 13 - Everybody Is Dead

(link - and file - deleted at artist's request)

Microdisney - The Clock Comes Down The Stairs (1986)

In many ways, I think, the best of the Microdisney albums.

01 - Horse Overboard 02 - Birthday Girl 03 - Past 04 - Humane 05 - Are You Happy 06 - Loftholdingswood 07 - Genius 08 - Begging Bowl 09 - A Friend With A Big Mouth 10 - Goodbye It's 1987 11 - And

(link - and file - deleted at artist's request)

Microdisney - Crooked Mile (1987)

Starting to get more polished & less jagged, the bile is more sugary.

01 - Town To Town 02 - Angels 03 - Our Children 04 - Mrs. Simpson 05 - Hey Hey Sam 06 - Give Me All Your Clothes 07 - Armadillo Man 08 - Bullwhip Road 09 - And He Descended Into Hell 10 - Rack 11 - Big Sleeping House 12 - People Just Want To Dream

(link - and file - deleted at artist's request)

Microdisney - 39 Minutes (1988)

The most 'commercial' of the albums, not necessarily the best.

01 - Singer's Hampstead Home 02 - High & Dry 03 - Send Herman Home 04 - Ambulance For One 05 - Soul Boy 06 - Back to the Old Town 07 - United Colours 08 - Gale Force Wind 09 - Herr Direktor 10 - Bluerings

(link - and file - deleted at artist's request)

Microdisney - assorted singles (1984-1988)

These are B sides and extra tracks from 12" singles that didn't make it onto albums

01 - Teddy Dogs 02 - 464 03 - Harmony Time 04 - Money For The Trams 05 - Bullwhip Road 06 - People Just Want To Dream 07 - Little Town In Ireland 08 - Bullwhip Road (live) 09 - Genius (live) 10 - Brother Olaf 11 - She Only Gave In To Her Anger 12 - I Can't Say No 13 - No I Can't Say 14 - Can't I Say No

(link - and file - deleted at artist's request)

Microdisney - John Peel sessions (1984-1985)

These tracks are ripped from my old cassettes of Peel sessions and so poor-ish quality. There was a 'Microdisney Peel sessions' CD (of which this picture shows the sleeve), but this isn't it - I don't have it and have no idea where to get it from.

01 - This Liberal Love 02 - Escalator In The Rain 03 - Dreaming Drains 04 - Dolly 05 - Everybody Is Dead 01 - Teddy Dogs 02 - Dear Rosemary 03 - 464 01 - Birthday Girl 02 - Genius 03 - Horse Overboard 04 - Loftholdingswood 05 - A Friend With A Big Mouth 06 - Goodbye It's 1987

(link - and file - deleted at artist's request)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey - love all the Microdisney, excellent stuff - are you going to be upping 'Everybody is Fantastic' and the B-Sides thing? Always loved early Microdisney, bought the Dolly EP and the first couple of alums on vinyl - neglected to the the CD re-issues when they were briefly around 10 years ago. Other stuff I'm looking out for from that mid-eighties period is The Boothill Foot-Tappers 'Get Your Feet Out of My Shoes', Black's 'Hey Presto' and 'Diving for Pearls' by 1000 Mexicans or Helen and the Horns? It's definitely a good job you kept your turntable...

10:14 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very interesting band! I don't suppose you are aware - the first track of Everybody is Fantastic - "Idea" - seems to have a problem. I have only the first 25 seconds. Any chance you could reupload that track?
Thanks for an interesting 80s band for a change!

2:04 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is awesome stuff. Thank you!

5:09 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. Sadly underrated.

7:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks! Been looking for Everybody is Fantastic on eBay for ages, I've got all the other stuff on Vinyl or CD. Microdisney were so criminally underrated

12:32 pm  
Anonymous Gert said...

I think that your Peel Sessions collection (sessions 2, 3 & 4) also have some songs that were not recorded for Peel or BBC, probably those are B-sides.
Anybody out there who can upload the Peel Sessions album?
I have 3 songs from the 6th session, not on that album, I can mail them if you like.

8:56 pm  
Anonymous robert k. said...

awesome. found out about the band via High LLamas and boy it did not disappoint.

if you care for a postcard as a small payback for your ultimate services, drop me a line, sir.

9:54 pm  
Blogger Witchseason said...

Hi Robert

I don't need any payback apart from the thanks from people like yourself. Thank *you*.

I'm glad you like the Microdisney albums, I think it's a crying shame they're not available any more. Hopefully you'll find something else of interest on my blog...?



4:56 pm  
Anonymous Grateful Microdisney Fan said...

I'm extremely grateful to you for this. I had nearly everything, mostly on vinyl, but was still missing some of the B-sides, and was beginning to give up hope of ever finding them; and my own attempts to make MP3s from the vinyl were pretty cack-handed anyway (idleness).
You are a visionary genius, etc etc.

11:55 am  
Blogger el brendano said...

Thanks a lot for posting this Microdisney stuff; I got to see them around the time of 39 Minutes not long before they split. Great band.

2:49 pm  
Blogger robbie said...

Good to see these here - have got all the early stuff on vinyl. Genius was right!! Saw them a couple of times in Edinburgh (before CC changed his name by deed-poll to Blah Blah!). Vivid memory of Cathal thumping the mic off his forehead repeatedly at length - so much anger - & the music so exquisite.

2:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only discovering Microdisney now. Have the Big Sleeping House collection and picked bought a battered copy of crooked mile in a second hand record store recently. Great to get these while I'm trying to buy the CDs on eBay. Thanks!

10:50 am  
Anonymous Armadillo Man said...

Brilliant stuff; many thanks for posting. I have all of their old vinyl in my basement, and haven't spun it in years. I have vivid memories of buying "Crooked Mile" in LA shrinkwrapped for $5 (the record store owner said it was one of their worst selling records that week!). It remains a high-water mark of cynical pop songwriting that has yet to be surpassed.

1:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks so much for the microdisney albums. Paula

1:36 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog, thanks for the Microdisney.
Actually have never heard of this band, thanks for opening my eyes, Grant

3:34 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks so much..this is fantastic stuff...

1:17 pm  
Blogger Fletcher said...

I'm so happy to see these here. I'm glad the world is getting to find Microdisney for themselves. There's stuff here even I didn't have.

6:10 pm  

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