Great DIY from Chuck Warner, MESSTHETICS #701!
from the label:
limited reissue of a Rosetta Stone rarity from 1982: adventurous,
subtly-hued pop art from an all-star line-up of post-Homosexuals / This
Heat / Rock in Opposition squat savants.Numbered second edition of 300
The full story is more complicated – and exponentially richer (as is the
music!), but here's a short version, in the words of Rob Storey, the
one constant in 30-plus years of Murphy variations - Federation Murphy,
Orchestre Murphy, The Murphy Love Experience, Murphy Patrol, Murphy
Working Stiffs, Laboratoires Murphy, etc.: (musicians performing on the
EP appear in boldface)
"We had made a start as the Good For Nothings in about '77/78 and played sort of punk rock music with a line-up of Catherine O'Sullivan, Bing Selfish, Rodrigo Lodwick, Seamus Luttman-Johnson, and Robert Storey.
We soon got tired of the straitjacket of the 'punk' sound and started
trying other things, 'fake jazz', more theatrical elements,
improvisation and performance deconstruction – which resulted in some
extremely antagonistic audience reactions...
"After making the first single 'Fed Up Skank' / 'Slipping Past On The
Inside', Bing was a semi-detached member of the Murphies anyway, and
went on to make 'Selfish Works'. Chris Gray, Jim Whelton, Ted Barrow (who had all been associated with the Homosexuals), Lepke Buchwalter, David Doyle and Joe Torres (who were Milk from Cheltenham), Janey Haggar (Nancy Sesay), and Mick Hobbs
(The Work), amongst others, became part of the pool of people who would
do gigs, tours or recording sessions. It was a loose arrangement of
players by the time we made 12 minutes at the Hot Club Murphy."
In the meantime, Rob's label Noise Method had at least six cassette
releases in addition to the Murphy Federation single [NM1], the Hot Club
Murphy 12" [NM6, 1982] and Selfish Works [NM8, though officially on El
Frenzy, 1982], and there'd also been several junkets to Barcelona that
resulted in the Domestic Sampler – UMYU compilation  and Bing's
Selfish Works (of whom and of which much more anon!). In addition to the
Hot Club tracks that Chris Gray recorded at Surrey Sound, others were
taped at This Heat's legendary Cold Storage studio in Brixton with Pete
Bullen. Mick Hobbs left The Work (to be replaced by Jim Welton/Amos) and
went on to Officer!; Catherine O'Sullivan went on to Sally Patience
(who were named for a Murphies song)…
Anyway, Messthetics and Stewart Anderson’s [Boyracer+++] Milk and
Alcohol label have reissued 12 Minutes at the Hot Club Murphy in its
entirety as a 7" EP. The silkscreened sleeve reproduces the original
front artwork (admitting there were many variations with different inks
and cover stocks, and as the original screens and LetraSetting for the
12" wore out and were patched or replaced "on the fly")… There has never
been musician credits until now
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 28 September, 2011.