The heyday of great pop songs and quirky British bands plying their trade at well known pub venues provided us with some all time greats from Dr Feelgood to Elvis Costello and many more - who featured particularly on Stiff records. Other acts around the time were called New Wave. There was a big reawakening in this 1980's music style due in part to the film releases about Ian Dury & The Blockheads (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, 2010) and Dr Feelgood's early years (Oil City Confidential, 2009).
Many of todays acts are discovering this great legacy and are inspired to put out music in a similar vein. Babysitars main man Stuart Freed is one such person. He put together a superb album My Two Minds are 8 Miles High that could sit very easily amongst the albums of those mentioned. Add a splash of Clash with his Mick Jones style vocal and you know what to expect.
Stuart is the former head of the Joe Meek Appreciation Society and was inspired by him, his life and his music production. The main track on the album, Meet Joe Meek/Crazyhead, is loosely based upon Joe's slide into despair at the end of his life. Joe took his own life and that of his landlady's while in the grip of depression brought about by financial problems and difficulties in his personal life.
For those who don’t know, Joe Meek is acknowledged by many to be the greatest record producer of all time and has a big cult following, so much so that both a play and a feature film (Telstar, 2005 & 2008) were made about him (starring Con O'Neill, Kevin Spacey, James Corden and Carl Barrett).
Stuart worked on this album with Steve Crittall (from UK Subs, Selecter, Miranda Sex Garden and Luxx) and US producer Julian Standen (who produced the Lemonheads, Mrs. Robinson, Siouxsie & the Banshees and Cast). The first single from this album, Meet Joe Meek/Crazyhead will have Meek fans out in force to buy it. The album has seven more strong tracks and is available on download. Check out a video of the main track Crazyhead below.
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