This legendary UK garage punk gang need no introduction but anyways here it is:
Thee Headcoats was a band formed in Chatham, Kent, England in 1989, that was well known for its garage rock sound, explicitly sticking to this style on almost all of their albums. The band’s signature sound as well as their prolific writing has been attributed to Billy Childish’s love of simple, direct recording. The band has been on multiple labels including Billy’s own Hangman Records, Damaged Goods and Sub Pop.
“Round Every Corner” is a Surfadelic collection dedicated to one of my favorite garage revival bands next to Lyres, The Fuzztones or The Swingin’ Neckbreakers. As you know, Billy Chidish is one of the most prolific garage rock musicians with 100’s of records under the various band names as The Milkshakes, Thee Mighty Caesars, Buff Medways and Thee Headcoats. This collection gathers what I think are the best recordings from first six Headcoats Lp’s from 1989. to 1991 – Headcoats Down!, Beach Bums Must Die, The Earls of Suavedom, The Kids Are All Square: This Is Hip!, Heavens to Murgatroyd, Even!, Headcoatitude. 33 trax of Wyld Billy’s Headcoats garage rock action in style of The Kinks, Sonics & Downliners Sect. ”Elementary my Dear Watson”, Dig!!!
Billy Childish & The Headcoats 5th or 6th album from 1990.[there are so many ya know] and probably their best, one of those classic garage revival lps, my favorite. First time when I heard this stuff I thought it’s from 60’s or some other dimension. Raw garage rock action in The Kinks, Sonics, Downliners Sect style with “Mantrap”, “No Way Out”, “Reindeer Are Wild”, “Headcoat Man”, hit tune “Girl Of Matches”, “Pokerhuntus Was Her Name” [with Thee Headcoatees!], “We’re Gone”… Cover art by Daniel Claws. It’s 30th anniversary already! And remember, Don’t play with matches, dig!!!
“Burn… I’m gonna burn you… you don’t live long child… you gotta learn!”
”Thee Headcoats Sect, a creature with the body of a beast and the hat of a gentleman.”
Already have posted these two slabs, my favorites from 90s garage punk revival and here they are again. Logical & natural, almighty colaboration between the Downliners Sect and their ‘modern days’ garage punk counterparts Thee Headcoats must be a ‘dreams come true’ event for fans of raw r&b/punk sound. And it is!
’96 Lp “Deerstalking Men” is a perfect junction of 60’s The Sonics/Downliners Sect garage rock sound and Thee Headcoats raw punk rumble with faithful remakes of classics as Strychnine, The Witch, Baby What’s Wrong, Why Don’t You Smile Now and probably best versions of some old Billy Chilish/Headcoats/Mighty Caesars tunes like My Dear Watson, Troubled Times, Cowboys Are Square, Lie Detector, I’m A Gamekeeper. Second album “Ready Sect Go!” is kinda spectacular tribute to R&B classics as Howlin’ Wolf, Slim Harpo, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters… a must for garage blues aficionados and others. ‘Elementary my dear Watson’, Dig!!!
”Thee Headcoats was a band formed in Chatham, Kent, England in 1989, that was well known for its garage rock sound, explicitly sticking to this style on almost all of their albums. The band’s signature sound as well as their prolific writing has been attributed to Billy Childish’s love of simple, direct recording. The band has been on multiple labels including Billy’s own Hangman Records, Damaged Goods, Sub Pop and Crypt records. The band was composed of Billy Childish (guitar and vocals), Bruce Brand (drums and backing vocals), and Johnny Johnson (bass). The band is the most prolific of Childish’s many musical projects so far, releasing 14 full-length albums.” [wiki]
This is 2nd lp by Thee Headcoats. Raw R&B inluenced garage punk, mix of rumblin’ originals Round Every Corner, The Killing Hold, I’m A Headcoat Baby, Alone, My 7th Girl Eve, Going Outside My Head… and covers of The Seeds [No Escape], Chuck Berry [Our Little Rendezvous, Jaguar And Thunderbird] and Link Wray [Branded]. Vinyl rip by Surfadelic, Dig!!!