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As well as that I got the chance to hear the Caroline Now! Compilation which too is worth a purchase. Duglas covers a song called 'Lines'. Okay that's all for now.
Still no sign of anything new by the Bandits, they are still busy doing their own projects. I can't even confirm to you the latest lineup of the band. It's more of who's available and when. Anyway take care and have fun.
With Everything Comes a Promise
Anyway a few thank you's as I've not updated the thank you page for a while now... to Marcus Meier, Yasuko, Kaori Shibuya, Quentin Wright for the Green Grow lyrics, John Pressly, Neil Currie. Plus other guys and gals out there that I've forgotten sorry.
The Motherwell Heritage Centre is putting on an exhibition on the music that has come out of Lanarkshire in the past 20 years, including The Bandits of course. It will run from 6th June to 31st August and will feature a few items lent to them by myself. If you can, go and see it, should be worth every bit of the effort. Contact details are : Motherwell Heritage Centre, High Road Motherwell ML1 3HU Tel: 01698 251000. There has talk that Duglas may come along and do a talk or seminar. Will keep you posted and when I do go, will bring back photos and writings.
Again not much news except that I can tell you that you can finally get the Galaxie 500 tribute album which was promised by Elefant a long time ago. It's a two CD affair featuring 29 bands called 'Snowstorm' (er-1038), with many duplicate versions, such as Tugboat, Fourth of July and Sorry. The first track is an excellent version of Tugboat by The Bandits with the help of Angel Corpus Christi. Other tracks of note are Magoo's version of 'Another Day', Hula Hoops 'Sorry', Seely's 'Plastic Bird' and 'Cold Night' by Tugboat. All of the tracks are of a high standard and will remind you to listen to the original records. I'm not entirely sure of Hefner's contribution though.
Former Bandit John Hogarty would like to let you know of some new websites, there's John's excellent band National Park at www.nationalparksite.com, they should be releasing some new stuff on the fabulous Geographic label (if you've not sampled the delights of Interational Airport, Empress and Future Pilot AKA, then I suggest you go out and seek), Future Pilot has it's own website at www.futurepilotaka.com. Francis, Finlay, Sushil and John played together recently asthe go-betweens band, there's a review of it on the go-betweens site at www.go-betweens.net. Thanks John for that info. A friend of mine told me that a Beach Boys Convention has been held in Edinburgh was to feature Duglas singing some Beach Boys covers. If you were there let me know what went on.
Well that's it thanks again to those of you sending me emails, I've not ignored you. Next time I'll hopefully be able to report back from the Motherwell Heritage Centre exhibition.
The Future Pilots of Pop
If you thought that was great then I also met up with Duglas while I was up in Glasgow which can only be described as a great moment to remember. The latest news from Duglas is that The Bandits have been getting together recently recording for their new album to be released sometime this year. They have already recorded seven tracks and Duglas feels it is going to be their best album to date. Hopefully it will mark a welcome comeback for The Bandits. In the meantime Duglas works fulltime for the BBC with The Beat Room, which is going to be put to a wider audience by getting a slot on BBC 2 Scotland, and then hopefully making a proper appearance across the country. He is also trying other TV things including 'Top of the Poppets' which is Top of the Pops but with puppets which sounds fun if it ever appears. We had lunch at the 13th Note Cafe while a few Ladyfest seminars were going on, and had a wander around town visiting record shops and generally talking about lots of things. If I was organised then I would have prepared an interview but in the end it was better that I didn't. Meeting your hero can sometimes be a disappointment but this wasn't, Duglas is a great guy and soon to be married in Japan in October. Again I have a few pictures which I will put up once they are processed. Also it is likely that I will be releasing a single sometime of some old things that the Bandits have not been released. Details when they arrive.
One final thing, Vinyl Japan have rereleased C86, with an excellent Skeleton cover by Duglas and an extra track 'Disco Daze and Disco Knights'. Well worth adding to your collection. Visit Vinyl Japan.
A huge apology to everyone who expect this to be updated a bit more frequently. Yes working and running a record label pretty much leaves you with no time for yourself. Actually there hasn't been much news anyway so you are not missing much. I still haven't had the chance to get the photos scanned in.
Here's the real news, those fine people at Vinyl Japan are putting together a compilation of the BBC sessions that the Bandits have done, I presume this will be things from Radio Scotland, Mark Radcliffe Show. Also the Bandits have been getting together a new album! Yes their first new material for years is due to happen this year. If you can't contain yourself with the excitement then the aforementioned single release on my own label is also bearing fruit and is getting closer to a stage where it will be done. So all in all in Duglas' own words "it looks like this could be our BIGGEST year yet". Let's hope so too. Thanks again to everyone who's emailed me about this site too.Any comments, reviews, gig dates can be sent to bmxbandits[at]onoffonoff[dot]org
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