Sunday, September 02, 2007

The Men They Couldn't Hang 5 albums + 3 EP

1985 Night of 1000 Candles
1986 How Green is the Valley
1988 Waiting for Bonaparte
1989 Silvertown
1990 Domino Club

3 EP
1984 Singles
1989 - Rain, Steam & Speed EP
1989 - A Map Of Morocco EP *
*including Black Sabbath "Iron Man" in folk-rap style

The Men They Couldn't Hang (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Origin London, England
Genre(s) Folk Punk, Punk Rock, Celtic Punk
Years active 1984-1991, 1996-current
Label(s) Demon, Diablo, Magnet, MCA, Silvertone, WEA, Jive, Fun After All, Twah!, Recall
Associated acts: Swill And The Swaggerband, Odgers & Simmonds, Liberty Cage
Members: Phil Odgers, Paul Simmonds, Stefan Cush, Ricky McGuire
Former members: Jon Odgers, Nick Muir, Shanne Bradley

The Men They Couldn't Hang (TMTCH) are a British rock band whose mixture of folk and punk is not dissimilar to that of The Pogues (in fact founder member Shanne Bradley was an original female punk artist and founder of Shane MacGowan's first band, The Nipple Erectors).
The original group consisted of Stefan Cush (Vocals, Guitar), Paul Simmonds (Guitar, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Keyboards), Philip (Swill) Odgers (Vocals, Guitar, Tin Whistle, Melodica), Jon Odgers (Drums, Percussion) and Shanne Bradley (Bass).
[edit] (1984-1991) Controversy and success
Their first single, "The Green Fields of France", was released in 1984. Written by Eric Bogle (of "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" fame), the song's protagonist imagined having a conversation with one of the fallen soldiers of World War I whilst sitting by his graveside. It received considerable airplay on the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 and finished at No.3 in Peel's Festive 50 for that year. It became a big hit on the UK Indie charts.
The following year they were signed by Elvis Costello to his Demon label, and released their debut album, "The Night of a Thousand Candles", and its accompanying single "Ironmasters", a self-penned number by main songwriter Simmonds, linking the Industrial Revolution to the present-day treatment of the working class. The original final line of the song - "and oh, that iron bastard, she still gets her way" (a reference to the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher) had to be removed for the single version to ensure radio airplay. They were again named in Peel's yearly Festive 50, this time at No.11. They followed this up with a new single not taken from the album, Greenback Dollar, a cover of the song written by Hoyt Axton and made famous by The Kingston Trio. The single was produced by Nick Lowe.
In 1985 the band signed for MCA records and released "How Green Is The Valley". The record included "Ghosts Of Cable Street", a political number concerning The Battle of Cable Street in 1936 and "Shirt Of Blue", which regarded the miners' strike of 1984-5. At the end of promotion for the album Shanne Bradley left to create music with Wreckless Eric and The Chicken Family, she was replaced on bass by Ricky McGuire (ex UK Subs).
In 1987 the band switched to Magnet Records and the new record released was, what many fans consider their best "Waiting For Bonaparte". Once again the strongest songs were stories of historical origin. "The Colours" told of an English mutineer sailor during the Napoleonic War and "The Crest" a stretcher bearer during World War II. Sadly whilst "The Colours" was at no.61 in the British top 75 it was blacklisted by BBC Radio 1 due to the line "You've Come Here To Watch Me Hang", which echoed the events happening in South African townships at the time. However it didn't stop the album propelling the group to stardom in Europe.
In 1988 the band were on the move again and signed for new label Silvertone (who later put out The Stone Roses debut release). The band were joined by Nick Muir (ex Fire Next Time) at this time on piano organ and accordian, who remained with the band during their time at Silvertone. Muir later found success as an electronic music producer and half of the duo Bedrock.
The band recorded two albums for Silvertone, the first being "Silvertown". Highlights of "Silvertown" included "Rain, Steam and Speed", "A Place In The Sun" and "A Map Of Morocco". They followed this up in 1990 with "The Domino Club", which had a more conventional rock sound dispensing with much of the folk element. "
In August 1990 the band supported David Bowie in his concerts at the Milton Keynes Bowl, as part of his Sound and Vision World Tour.


Blogger Masterr15 said...

Чувак!Спасибо огромное за TMTCH!!!!!!

10:59 PM  
Blogger humppazoid said...

На здоровье, Братан!:)
Ты заходи, если что!:)

4:43 PM  
Blogger TREMDEDOIDO said...

Oi amigo ! :)
Eu possuia o vinil do Silvertown, e nem sei onde foi parar. Muito obrigado pelos discos !
Um grande abraço aqui do Brasil !

2:09 AM  
Blogger Billie MacGowan said...

Great job!

Domino Club, though, is missing track 8 You're The One!

9:00 AM  
Blogger humppazoid said...

:)thank You too!
I'll try to re-up Domino Club

5:58 AM  
Blogger zanthinegirl said...

Very cool-- I stumbled onto the your blog, and ended up d/l "Night of 1000 Candles" which I only have as 56kbps copy of a friend's vinyl.

Love them!

3:00 PM  
Blogger Stu66 said...

Thanks for all of these - what is the password on the albums?

5:43 AM  
Blogger humppazoid said...

hmm... there should be no password if I remember it well... in most of cases should work, unless stated something else:)

9:54 AM  

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