MP3 Various Artists - The Best Of Cult 45 Records
Rarities and unreleased recordings from the early eighties. This indie-label produced classic, lyrical, garage pop.
10 MP3 Songs in this album (33:19) !
Related styles: Pop: Garage Pop, Pop: New Wave, Type: Compilations
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This compilation features all the artistes to record on the Cult 45 imprint. The tracks span the first-half of the 1980s.
SLOWGUNS were formed in 1978 by two ex-Art College buddies, Peter Daulby & Terry Podmore. They recorded and released their first, self-financed single, ''TV Movie'' c/w ''American Heartbeat'', in the Summer of ''79. They described their sound as ''powerbeat-a-go-go''! Both the A and B sides were curious ''outside looking in'' impressions the band had of the materialistic American way of life, especially as portrayed on TV in the late 70''s by the likes of ''Dallas'' & ''Dynasty'', etc. The fact that Podmore wrote one track (TV Movie), and Daulby the other, both on similar themes, was pure coincidence. A complementary coupling which at least indicated synchronized thinking by the bands'' main songwriters. 300 of the 500 pressings were bought and distributed by the highly-regarded ‘Rough Trade’ of London. The single gained good reviews in the music press and received airplay on both local and national radio, including the celebrated John Peel Show on BBC’s Radio One.
''TV Movie'' is now very collectible and has changed hands for in excess of £80 on eBay, with buyers from as far afield as Sweden and Japan. The early involvement with the band of soon-to-be Hollywood actress Joanne Whalley (Kilmer) may have garnered some internet interest, but the band have never tried to exploit this association, preferring to rely upon the quality of their songs to gain them any recognition.
In the prevailing trend for ''D.I.Y. artistes'', the band now decided that for their follow-up single they would create their very own record label. After much debate, the label name ''Colt 45'' was considered for 3 main reasons: One: the direct link to ''Guns'' (fast guns / slowguns); Two: 45 revolutions per minute, (the speed of 7" singles); and Three: because that was the name of a favourite canned beer of the band! Eventually, the pun of ''CULT 45'' was settled on, mainly to avoid the negative connotation of firearms, and anyway, they liked the name! (Note: Within a year of the creation of the label the prestigious New Musical Express was carrying ads for collectible singles under the banner ''Cult 45'' - wonder where they got that from?!).
The first three tracks to be recorded for the new label would be ''My Karma'', ''The Time is Right for Us'' and ''Heart Attack''. With the Master Tape and Label Artwork under his arm, bassist and songwriter Podmore personally travelled to the pressing plant in London. Two weeks later 500 singles were delivered to Stockport - and ''Cult 45 Records'' was born!
The mood of the songs caught the wave of the short-lived mod-revival of the day. More ''pop'' than their first release, and they hoped therefore more accessible and ''chart-friendly'', ''My Karma'' bore hints of psychedelia, both lyrically and musically; ''The Time Is Right For Us'' was a pleading to surrender upon reaching the age of consent(!), and finally, ''Heart Attack'' was a riff-led tale of dividing the assets at the end of a relationship. The band themselves were having fun playing gigs promoting the single, but ultimately, many copies of this second single for the band, and the first cut for the newly formed Cult 45, remained stockpiled in storage for almost 20 years, before finally being unearthed by music aficionados on the internet. Any remaining copies, along with any surplus from their prior outing, were eventually purchased for mail-order by ''Detour Records'' of Midhurst, West Sussex.
Despite their best efforts to remain positive, it was around this time that the band began to lose their confidence and conviction. Hindered by constant personnel changes and the difficulty of finding new venues to play, the signals began to point to the bands'' premature demise. And so it proved. Soon after the release of My Karma in 1980, SlowGuns disbanded, licking their wounds, and pondering their next move - because that wasn''t quite the end of the story . . .
Their ''offshoot'' produced ''Cult 45 Records'' next offering - a collection of songs performed by PEA-SHOOTERS. More studio based than SlowGuns, three of their tracks are featured on this compilation, and available here for the first time. ''It''s Alright'' - a song which had earlier been considered for the next SlowGuns single, tells the story of a young persons'' fear of growing-up in a changing and uncertain world. The next, ''Another Day'' is a melodic composition by David Daulby (Peter''s younger brother), with lyrics added by Podmore. The song conveys the boredom of everyday life - living with little or no prospect of employment. The final Pea-Shooters track is ''Dance'', a light-hearted pop tune that may have benefited greatly with the augmentation of orchestral strings, as was originally intended.
In 1985, THIRD MAN were the last artistes to record on the Cult 45 label. Daulby and Podmore were still trying to grapple with The Big Issues. ''Give Me A Reason (Blame it on the Nasties)'' is a rap-esque pop song, in which the melody acts as a springboard for the deadly earnest lyrics - concerning, amongst other things, the alarming regularity with which defendants on trial would apportion blame for their misdemeanors on having viewed so-called ''video nasties''. The second song from the band, the atmospheric ''We Knew'', contains prophetic quatrains from such historic visionaries as Nostradamus. The lyric includes a vivid description of the rescue of the people from our devastated planet by extra-terrestrials! Heavy stuff!
Any future plans to make Cult 45 Records a platform to showcase new local artistes, performing songs written and produced by Daulby, Podmore & Daulby (DP&D), never materialized, as unfortunately, due to the lack of commercial success, Cult 45 Records finally closed its doors after the Third Man recordings.
The dream may be over but the musical legacy remains. Take a journey into this untapped gold mine from the early 80s.
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