8/5/2017 TKS Presents: ‘Zeds Ain’t Dead!’ tracklist/Memory Lane

Memory Lane is prone to flooding, blanketing by briars, deterioration due to neglect, and destruction through the schemes of planners. Travelling down it isn’t straightforward, no matter how far the desired destination. Take, for example, 1982 and the interior of Parrot Records’ original shop in Balkerne Passage, Colchester. The frayed and cigarette-burnt faded red carpet is clear, but what are in the racks which surround it? Filed under Z? And how were they filed – Rock A-Z, and then separate sections for blues, jazz, reggae? I recall the secondhand section being by the counter, but otherwise all is unclear despite the many hours spent there, first as an almost penniless schoolboy customer, dinner-money saved sufficient for one 7” single, and then during time spent working there.
This trip down the Lane, into the Passage (early singles by that Manchester band amongst the first purchased at the shop), prompted by the focus on artists beginning with the last letter of the alphabet which provided the sonic menu for a programme early in May. Of the artists played, probably only Frank Zappa was to be found in the Z section of the Parrot Records  racks; Rubella Ballet (featuring vocalist Zillah Minx, in case you are wondering about the Z connection) released their Ballet Bag in 1982, but this package, containing cassette, poster, lyric book and badge, was on display behind the counter.  Zorch had recorded Adrenalin seven years previously, but it wasn’t released until 2000, by which time the Balkerne Passage shop had long been closed, taking residence somewhere on Memory Lane.

1) Z – Zushiki Man /from ‘Mikabe’/ Transduction Records 2007
More info: https://transductionrecords.com/artists/z
2) Za Siodma Gora – Adam i Jego Koledzy /from ‘Rogalow – Piosenki ku pokrzepieniu serc’/ Obuh 2008
More info (Polish): http://obuh.serpent.pl/zsg.html
3) Tapper Zukie – Push I Some Dub /1976, included on the ‘Dread Meets Punk Rockers Uptown’ collection/ EMI 2001
More info: http://reggaelicious.pbworks.com/w/page/8800196/Tapper%20Zukie
4) Rubella Ballet – T /from ‘Ballet Bag/ Xntrix Records 1982
More info: https://rubellaballet.bandcamp.com/   http://www.darkentriesrecords.com/store/vinyl/rubella-ballet-ballet-bag-lp/#tab-description
5) Zorch – Adrenalin (Return of the Elohim Pt.1) /from the ‘Close To The Noise Floor – formative uk electronica 1975-1984’ collection/ Cherry Red Records 2016
More info: https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/close-to-the-noise-floor-formative-uk-electronica-1975-1984/
6) Frank Zappa/The Mothers of Invention – Hungry Freaks, Daddy /from ‘Freak Out!’/ Verve Records 1966
More info: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/14/books/review/zappa-freak-out.html
7) Pamela Z – Declaratives In The First Person /from the ‘Below The Radar 2’ collection/ The Wire magazine 2016
More info: http://www.pamelaz.com/
8) E – Great Light /from ‘E’/ Thrill Jockey Records 2016
More info: http://www.thrilljockey.com/products/e-e
9) Stephen O’Malley & Z’EV – 8m 39s From 1m 18s From 4m 55s-6m 13s – 18 Track Submix /from ‘Magistral’/ Southern Lord Records 2007
More info: https://www.southernlord.com/releases/view/magistral-1  https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Magistral/Magistral/161740/
10) Carlos Zingaro – Outsiders /from the ‘Exploratory Music From Portugal 04’ collection/ Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 2004
More info: http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/mzingaro.html

Clearing up another possible query regarding ‘Z’ connections – E include guitarist/vocalist Thalia Zedek. Back down Memory Lane, I’m trying to recall if Tapper Zukie was filed under T or Z in the reggae section…….Sunlight bright through the window,  bringing back the motes of dust dancing in the air above the racks at Balkerne Passage, summer of 1982….
Wishing anyone perusing this many an aural delight, S.

Listen to the programme here:


~ by theshinybeast on August 2, 2017.

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