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Radioactive Sparrow – Bollocks Bollocks Bollocks Vols. 1-3 (1988)

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Once they had done Pantsful Of Cherries Vol. V, that series seemed complete. So when the time came again to consider out-take and off-cut material for subsidiary compilation, very little time or effort was expended in deciding to call the new series Bollocks Bollocks Bollocks (it was Brooce who suggested it). The full three-volume set wasn’t assembled, edited, sequenced and packaged until the summer of 1988, which is why, despite this being album 35, there’s material from sessions that made up albums 36 and 37.

The thirty-five tracks here come from sessions for You Keep A Rockin sessions, 3-Legging With The Birds, Hägar Brünes, Twixt Brackla & Chicago and Tiffany, as well as material from the Howard Gardens gig that provided two songs on Alright? Sparrow! Much of it is tiresome and makes for unrewarding listening. However, ‘Cabaret,’ on Volume 1, is better than many of the tracks on either … Rockin or Hägar…, there are one or two OK songs on Volume 2, while Volume 3 remains faithful to the retrospective truth that what was originally least wanted turns out to be the best – or at least most interesting – stuff. ‘Two Cups Of Coffee And A Blow Job Please’ is as close as early Sparrow ever get to non-idiomatic improv, with Stews superbly fraught vocal made desperate by sore delay, and the original version of ‘Antique Dealor’ is a festival of intersubjective ineptitude jousting with Miss 100-Finger’s ebullient synth grooves.

It’s a complete accident that the thirty-fifth album has thirty-five songs. Probably not for the hearted.

Tracklisting for Volume 1:

  1. The Lights Of The City
  2. Death In The Family (All Of It)
  3. Syllable
  4. Black Copter
  5. Elaine
  6. Oooh-Ah!
  7. Cabaret
  8. I Wish I Was
  9. Sell Us Your Mother

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Tracklisting for Volume 2:

  1. Farewell Chorus
  2. Wouldn’t You Like To See Me Dead
  3. Welsh Language Number
  4. Pain In The Head
  5. Concord
  6. The Man Who Had A Clit For A Nose
  7. Failed Attempt
  8. You Keep A Rockin (Dance With The Brown Pant Maid)
  9. S’Fuckin’ Sparrow Again
  10. TSW
  11. Moy Moy
  12. I Change My Tune
  13. Swarm Box
  14. Metronome
  15. Chapter Afterchat

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Tracklisting for Volume 3:

  1. Two Cups Of Coffee And A Blow Job Please
  2. Antique Dealor
  3. Domestic Shedding Colonial Dregs
  4. Parrots In Lieu
  5. Listermint
  6. Blue Sky Trickles Down Your Thigh
  7. Cornelius
  8. Barbed Wire Teens
  9. Eat The Keyboards With Your Cheeks
  10. Xmas Single 87
  11. 3-Legging After Thought

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Personnel for all three, one way or another:

Bill Bargefoot
Heaving Stews
Brooce Boyes
Emma 100-Fingers
Chris Hartford
Owen Powell
Simon Jacobs
Niklus

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Written by Gustav Thomas

May 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm

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