Friday, January 30, 2009

A Weekend Warm Up With.......Marco

The title 'Here Come The Warm Jets' is taken from an activity happening on the sleeve
Clue: it was also the inspiration behind another Eno title - 'Golden Hours'

We're starting something a bit diff' on the Bocca blog today, where one of The Wolfies handpicks a favourite uptempo thumper for the weekend, so punching the jukebox buttons today is - Wolfman Marco....

In the first of an irregular series of 'Trax That Made The Wolfmen What They Are Today' I have chosen the original version of 'Needle In The Camel's Eye' by Brian Eno - coz if you haven't heard it then you really should..

It's the opening track of Eno's 1973 album 'Here Come The Warm Jets', his first solo album after he found himself to be one Brian too many in Roxy Music, and had to leave. It's a Glam Rocking song with Velvet Underground guitar by Eno and Roxy guitarist Phil Manzernera, with a chord sequence that could have come from the 'Banana' album. Most people think I got my twangy guitar sound from Duane Eddy and Jet Harris, but this is the track it's really cribbed from.

When we covered this for The Wolfmen's first E.P I didn't change one note of Phil Manzernera's twangy Les Paul solo. I learnt it when I was 13, and it's one of the only guitar solos I ever bothered to work out in my bedroom with the traditional schoolboy beginners axe, the out of tune nylon strung acoustic.

In the days before becoming one of the worlds most overpaid producers Eno was full of quirky art school production ideas, on Needles the drums are double tracked and panned left and right, if you listen you can hear Paul Thompson go out of time with himself. Brian Eno later helped give the world Oblique Strategies, New Age music, and The Joshua Tree. He played oboe in the Portsmouth Sinfonia and for some reason appeared on the panel of 'Question Time', but this song comes from a time when he was just called Eno and wore purple eye shadow. its the best track from his best album and we present it here, for your pleasure.

Eno - Needles In The Camel's Eye

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sit On My Facebook

Are you a Facebooker of any sort? If you are, then why not jump on over and join The Wolfmen's official Facebook Group - If you've got any Wolfmen (or related) live photos, collectables or cuttings, heard any tunes played on Radio, TV, seen any internet whispers or perhaps just have a couple of questions - then the Facebook Group is the perfect place to post them..

If you're not a Facebooker, then why not join up and jump in now - you never know who you'll meet there...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Cecilie Makes The A-List

They are a sharp-eyed, keen-eared crowd over at the NME - the same NME as name checked in the Pistol's 'Anarchy In The UK' - with a pedigree of scouting and touting happening acts and hot tunes.

Top news then, that The Wolfmen's Cecilie has been A-listed for this week's NME Radio playlist.. you can tune in, check it out and lend an ear right here.

And click here to get your paws on a copy of the single (or via iTunes if you prefer)

So what is 'Cecile's' story?

Chris Constantinou

This is obviously a love song! and I got a chance to play flute on it too which was fun. We were trying to get the feel of 'Crosstown Traffic' on the chorus riff so I used a kazoo along with some distorted high vox doubling the guitar riff. Groove-wise we were trying to get 'Crosstown Traffic' and 'Fool's Gold' ... probably came out nothing like that, but I really like this song a lot.

If you haven't seen the Stephen Pook edited video have a peep below....

The Making of Cecilie Video

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Marriage Plans

Erika La Tour Eiffel - is literally, 'Married To The Eiffel Tower'

Recording sessions for The Wolfmen's second album - 'Married To The Eiffel Tower '- have officially kicked off. The band are bolt-holed in the 'Lair of The Wolf' aka Raezor Studios and are cracking out all-new tunes and tracks, with an eye on a May release date...Wolfman Dan has been capturing an insight into the inner world of The Wolfmen by way of his video diaries

Chapters 1 and 2 are posted below...more should be showing on this screen The Wolfmen on Youtube ...

Married To The Eiffel Tower - Arriving

Studio Tour

Mission Control - Raezor Studios

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Best Of Breed

The second 'Asian Hot Shots Berlin' festival of film and video art is underway and runs until the 18th January, with one of the entries 'Chang Yare/Paradise Lost' being soundscaped by our very own Wolfmen.

Namgyal Llhamo's music video 'Chang Yare/Paradise Lost' is just one of three tunes written, performed and produced by The Wolfies (with mixing from Steve Musters) for Namgyal's upcoming album 'Highland Supernova'..

Why not have a peep at the Namgyal's nominated film below, which also stars Hollywood tattoo artist Poh Khungsa....

You can check Namgyal's Myspace here.. - and get some info on the film right here

Closer to home - Modernity Killed Every Night has been handpicked as the album of the year for 2008 over at Start The Revolution...

*NEWS JUST IN* - you can vote online for Namgyal's entry in the 'Mixed Magazine World Music Awards' right here

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Wolfmen - Special Origin Issue


Welcome, welcome, welcome to the ever expanding world of The Wolfmen. Where today live and online for the first time - The Wolfies are blasting their brand new blog into cyberspace..

The blog is a site set to run with the established pack of Wolf-based websites , Myspace, youtube - but promises to be an online goldmine for interviews, info, airings of rarities, alt.takes, outtakes, demo's, works-in-progress, vid clip's, behind the scenes peeks at future projects and what's a'popping and prowling over at Wolfmen Central.

You'll hear the hottest news as it happens straight from the wolf's mouth, have a platform to get involved with the band, and leave your votes, views, comments or opinions on taste tests and sound samples of new tracks and treats.

But, for now as this is the 'virgin' post on this newest of new blogs - and the flavour of the day is 'first timers' let's hear a few first responses from The Wolfmen themselves...

Where and when was the first gig you played with Marco or Chris and what are your memories of it..

Marco - I think the first gig we ever did together was Hammersmith Odeon and the first of the Vive Le Rock tour, Chris had been playing with Adam for about TWO years before that, but I wasn't in the band.

Chris -First ever gig with with Marco was with Adam. I was on bass and backing vox, and think it was on November 4th 1982 at the Gaumont Southampton.

We'd played the Conference Centre, Brighton the night before, and were staying at the Grand Hotel (famously bombed by the IRA in 1984) . We always had a party after the gig, but this night was Adam's birthday celebration, so it was a full on party night and things got out of hand - dashing about in Brighton to some clubs, back to the hotel party and then out again - but finally back in the wee hours, to find a few tense band members telling me that something really bad had happened and Cha Burns who was on guitar (sadly now deceased) had broken his wrist and was in hospital. I thought they were joking, but come the morning I found out he had broken his wrist.

Apparently Cha was in a bit of a party mood and decided to put table upon table and get on top of them so he could get a picture of him with his ' old boy ' out next to a painting of the Queen, well, he fell and broke his wrist .. that's what I was told anyway ... So Adam was pretty pissed off in the morning, and all of us got a stern word of warning from the Manager or Tour Manager saying to take it easy on the drink, and not to take the piss. Adam put out an SOS call to Marco ( who was back in London and thought he had got off touring) to come to Southampton in case Cha couldn't play. Come the sound check at Southampton, Cha went out to see if he could play - I seem to remember the atmosphere was really tense - anyway seemed he could still play but Adam thought Marco should join us for the rest of the dates just in case.

And so that was it! Marco was roped into playing for all the rest of the tours as well - just when he thought he had got out of it too - that's my recollection of it anyway ... but, it was a while back

Preston R Wolfman - I was in C.C. Moondog where - I don't know? But we had a great song called ‘King’s Cross Guru’ that I would love to revisit with The Wolfmen

Daniel - Me and Chris? Must have been in some strange Blues Band with a man with one testicle and a harp player with a harp-playing stutter

Phil - First gig was with both Chris and Dan, as a rhythm section. The band was Daddy Longlegs and the gig was somewhere in the Midlands (?) about 1993. Don't remember anything except scoffing Ginsters pasties on the M1. Dan was driving his beaten-up Rolls Royce at the time!

What was the first gig you attended?

Marco - Slade at wembly Arena 1973 supported by Blackfoot Sue
Chris - T.Rex in Plymouth
Preston - The Beatles pantomime at Hammersmith Odeon!
Daniel - The Bavarian Brass Band, playing the only music that would have been allowed if the British hadn't come and spoilt the party.
Phil - The Stranglers at the Dominion Theatre - early '80s. An 'Irish' stripper came on stage to 'Nice & Sleazy' - stark naked, and put her clothes on during the Moog solo

What was the first band you joined professional or non-professional

- Siouxsie And The Banshees
Chris -First school band was called Voyde !! Ha ha ha ha - then I started
playing professionally with Diz Watson 'The Boogie Woogie Man' ...
Preston - Sanctuary - was formed at my school and we were signed to Polydor - we sometimes had two drummers me and Phil Collins!!
Daniel - U.A. Sirup Hundekot Und Die Puffmutter Mit Den Dieben Sexkranken Kummerbuben US Basel- that was the name of my first professional band
Phil'Dr Sherbet & The Dangermouse Dib Dabs' - Cod psychedelia, very unprofessional. Did a cover of 'monster moronic' In A Gadda Da Vida by Iron Butterfly.

What was the first Wolfmen tune Marco and Chris wrote together (released or unreleased), and have you played it live

- I think it was Kama Sutra and I think we've played it live
Chris - Kama Sutra, I think we have played it live ? One of the other guys
might remember ...
Preston - ???????????????????????????? (Or was it "I Was A Teenage Cocksucker?).

What was the first cover the band chose or worked on (again released or unreleased)

- Needles In The Camel's Eye
Chris - Needles In The Camel's Eye
Preston - ??????????????????????????? (Or was it "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep? Actually I just heard Chris singing it in my head, and it could work in a weird way!).
Daniel - NeedleS in the camel's eye

Was there a single, album or artist that inspired you to pick up an
instrument and play..

- Ziggy Stardust
Chris - T.Rex and Jimi
Preston - All the music I ever had heard! Particularly Hendrix
Daniel - The Beatles and Tony Williams ( drummer of Miles Davies)
Phil - Top of the Pops in the early '70s -Glam Rock - probably Slade or T.Rex

And, being given it's very first spin in the Blogosphere.. the demo of the first track written by The Wolfmen .....

Kama Sutra (demo)

So don't forget to check back boys, girls - bloggers and bloggettes and start putting those wolf whispers around the web...
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