March 23, 2017
Something happens while you are orbiting the Nation’s capital on the M25 for 25 hours in a van with a dangerous madman jumping around and shouting instructions from the back seat. James at British Library Sound Archive has been in touch, he wants to catalogue and archive all the releases on Iron Man Records. The music will become part of the nation’s audio & cultural heritage and it will be available (on a restricted access server) to anyone holding a British Library readers pass (writers, researchers, fans etc.). You have to go in person either to London or to the other site in Boston Spa, Yorkshire. The Library do not allow any material to go out on loan or be downloaded and they comply with current copyright legislation regarding sound recordings. When catalogued the releases will be part of the Sound & Moving Image collection.. http://sami.bl.uk
I have supplied physical copies of everything where they exist, and WAV files of all releases to ensure a good copy will be available.
James says “with world class facilities at hand we can provide the safest possible home for your releases, both for preservation and access, for many generations to come.”
Amazing. Some things cannot be explained. I will let you know when the materials supplied are available to access. James may be at work for a few weeks assembling it all at his end.
British Library Sound Archive
The British Library
96 Euston Road
To date, the releases supplied include:
IMB6001 I.O.D – Mundane Existence CD/WAV
IMB6002 P.A.I.N featuring Howard Marks and Larry MacDonald – Let Me Grow More Weed CD/WAV
IMB6003 P.A.I.N – Our Universe Commences Here (O.U.C.H) Vinyl/WAV
IMB6004 LESS – “And I’ll see you never work again” taunted Florence CD/WAV
IMB6005 GORGEOUS – Cursed with Being….. CD/WAV
IMB6660 LEGION OF DYNAMIC DISCHORD – Negative Entropy WAV
DLPR2006 PIGFISH – The Reverend James CD/WAV
IMB6007 SIST – Talking Points Not Tragedies CD/WAV
IMB6008 ACADEMY MORTICIANS – What Happened? CD/WAV
IMB6009 P.A.I.N – Oh My God, We’re Doing It! CD/WAV
IMB6010 LAST UNDER THE SUN – Windfall CD/WAV
IMB6011 LAST UNDER THE SUN – All Empires Crumble CD/WAV
IMB6012 LAST UNDER THE SUN – Gone CD/WAV
IMB6013 SENSA YUMA – Up Yours! CD/WAV
IMB6015 DUFUS – Neuborns CD/WAV
IMB6016 DUFUS – The Last Classed Blast CD/WAV
IMB6017 NIGHTINGALES – Out Of True CD/WAV
IMB6018 POLICE BASTARD – It’s Good To Hate….. CD/WAV
IMB6019 LAST UNDER THE SUN – Hooligan Jihad CD/WAV
IMB6020 POLICE BASTARD – Dead To The World WAV
IMB6021 POLICE BASTARD – Confined CD/WAV
IMB6022 JOHN SINCLAIR – Mohawk CD/WAV
IMB6023 DEATH TO FANATICS – Iron Man Records 1999-2014 compilation CD/WAV
IMB6025 Steve Fly – They Came To Starburg WAV
IMB6027 T.C. Lethbridge – Moon Equipped WAV
IMB6028 T.C. Lethbridge – 2000 TC WAV
IMB6029 T.C. Lethbridge – Mina WAV
IMB6030 Police Bastard – Traumatized WAV
IMB6032 John Sinclair – Beatnik Youth WAV
IMB6033 John Sinclair – Beatnik Youth Ambient Vinyl/WAV
IMB6034 Dr Marshmallow Cubicle – Occupy WAV
IMB6035 Robert Anton Wilson – Meets Steve “Fly Agaric” Pratt WAV
IMB6036 Police Bastard – Confined – Vinyl/WAV
A big thank you to all Iron Man Records Patrons who continue to support the work:
Suzy Tweddle, Deborah Ritchie, Scott Roe, Margaret Calleja, Thomas Rathgeber, Dan, Lee Parsfield, Chris Scales, Muir Mathewson, Michael Howe, Jonathan Harris, Dave Barnard, Bill Fadden, Mike Burgess, Jachim Palm, Lyle Bignon, Thomas Burke, Ben Cartlidge, Matt Grimes, Toby Conyers, Chris, Andy Cavendish, Steve Wyatt, Andrew Dubber, Frank Knoblich, Vaughan Roberts, Ian Robertson, Marcus H, Seth Faergolzia, Ricky Lee, Kathryn McCormack, Ade Cartwright, Sunwoo Jung….
December 23, 2016
Looking back on this year, Iron Man Records has had an interesting one. Three recurring themes emerged.
“The only way to support a revolution is to make your own” — Abbie Hoffman, Woodstock Nation.
“Reality is not enough; we need nonsense too. Drifting into a world of fantasy is not an escape from reality but a significant education about the nature of life.” Edmund Miller, Lewis Carroll Observed
“It’s dangerous to understand new things too quickly” — Josiah Warren, True Civilization
Make of that what you will. Some of the significant things that happened this year included:
John Sinclair published a book called It’s All Good: A John Sinclair Reader. Stories of tragedy and triumph that will take you on a trip through the Wonder Years with music lyrics and poetry. Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone attempted to find out how to live a psychedelic life with the poet and activist John Sinclair as BBC Music’s My Generation celebrated the 1960s.
Dr Marshmallow Cubicle – Occupy was released on Iron Man Records, 23rd April, 2016.
In the early hours of 10th April 2016, Howard Marks died peacefully in his sleep. Iron Man Records had the pleasure of meeting, working with and listening to Howard Marks. He really was exactly as you would hope: A truly decent bloke, funny, humble and just Mr Nice. His life and work will live on…..“You might control a lot of things Drugs Tsar, but you’ll never control my mind…..” Howard Marks from the song Let Me Grow More Weed he recorded with P.A.I.N
Robert Anton Wilson meets Steve “Fly Agaric” Pratt was released on Iron Man Records, 23rd June, 2016
The entire Iron Man Records music catalogue was made available on Bandcamp. To start with all releases are £5 or you can Stream the releases and listen for free. All Releases are available on most of the download and streaming platforms already but for those of you who want an alternative to Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Google, Youtube, Facebook and all the other main providers, Bandcamp seems good.
Some people wonder what on earth I do for a living. Well, I earn money working as a Tour Manager and I spend all of it keeping Iron Man Records going. I spend the rest of my time trying to stay sane, despite serious provocation from people who are totally convinced or totally stupid, and often both at the same time. Have a read and make up your own mind: Back In Five Years and My life is a pile of receipts in a deserted restaurant on a cross channel ferry
Simon Reeves at Framework Studio spent three days recording Oliver Senton reading Cosmic Trigger 1 by Robert Anton Wilson for a forthcoming audio book. Iron Man Records somehow managed to neglect it’s responsibilities to The Cosmic Trigger play but was happy to help see Oliver Senton looked after during these recordings.
Test pressings arrived for John Sinclair – Beatnik Youth Ambient which includes a beautiful recording of Howard Marks’ last lost words called War On Drugs with an ambient soundscape masterpiece from Youth…and also Police Bastard – Confined. Both records will be released in 2017.
Iron Man Records has ambitious plans to make a big impact in 2017. And with Patrons helping out, I feel positive we can make a big change. I guarantee there will be no funding appplications, no idiotic culture bids, no creative consultants, no government, business or arts advice types involved. Just you, me, musicians, madness and music.
Thanks again for all your support and have a fun Christmas.
April 21, 2016
Dr Marshmallow Cubicle – Occupy – Released on Iron Man Records, 23rd April, 2016.
All songs written and composed by Dr Marshmallow Cubicle (Pino and Pratt) lyrics by Steve Fly. All music recorded by Kasper at Kasper Studios 2010. Additional vocals, scratches and overdubs recorded and mixed by Tim Egmond at Ei-Complex studios, 2011/2012. Mastered by Simon Reeves at Framework Studios, Birmingham, March, 2016.
Vicente Pino – Guitars, Bass and Vocals
Steve Fly Pratt – Drums, Scratches
Miss Marshmallow – Vocals
Creature of Rebelmatic – Vocals (Let’s Go Get Em’)
Mark Sampson – Executive Producer
All Rights Reversed – Iron Man Records 2016
The band formed in Amsterdam 2007 and played at local venues and festivals, including The Nieuwe Anita, Cafe’ Batavia, The Buurvrouw, Magneet Festival, Queens Day, Pacific Parc West, The Pick Up Club, CCC, The Oki, Cafe Zen, Eddie The Eagle Museum, Blijburg.
Vicente Pino has played guitar since a young age coming up in Venezuela playing everything from thrash to Django Reinhardt. Since moving to settle in the Netherlands, Pino has played in dozens of bands, performing many hundreds of shows. As the co-founder of the beloved band ‘Supercity’, he has helped write and produce 2 albums, and remains the central axis of energy for the band. Another project, ‘Pino and the Bluebirds’ is well worth tracking down, and playing at high volume.
Steve Fly Pratt is a drummer and DJ, who met up with Vicente after moving to Amsterdam in 2007, thanks to a mutual friend. Fly wrote the lyrics to all the songs on this album, while the music was teased out between both of them, together with the priceless feedback from Tim Egmond at the controls.
Vicente and Steve Fly have worked together with their friend and poet John Sinclair, and initiated into the prestigious open ended ‘Blues Scholars’ an international collective of musicians who play together with John. The Amsterdam Blues Scholars recorded an album together in 2010. And they both joined with New Orleans pianist and composer Tom Worrel, and virtuoso bassist and composer Leslie Lopez to record ‘Let’s Go Get Em’ in 2011. In 2011 and 2012 The Blues Scholars performed as a part of the 24th and 25th High Times Cannabis Cup celebrations. All of which can be found on youtube.
Occupy is the first studio album by Steve Fly and Vicente Pino a.k.a Dr Marshmallow Cubicle. In 2009 DMC joined with vocalist Miss Marshmallow for live shows, and this Occupy album. She can be heard singing on Stop The Cuts, Bluezero and Thoughts.
The DMC duo follow an improvisational framework, always inventing and moving the music in perpetually new directions. Polyrhythmic drums kick out a scatter shot across the layers of analogue feedback, loops and roughneck guitar playing. A species of experimental breakbeat punk, DMC explore many tempos and harmonic environments on the fly.
Occupy captures the various influences in the band, noticeably drum and bass, funk metal, blues and jazz. Plus the name of the album captures the brief period in 2011 when for just a moment, seemingly, global citizens united under a movement to stand up the the big bully banks, major corporations and corrupt government. “Occupy your mind” encourages you to owning your own thoughts.
Special thanks: Vicente Pino, Tim Egmond, Mark Sampson, Miss Marshmallow, John Sinclair, Creature, Kasper, Chu, Saskia Smitt, Ivo Sprey, Leah Blits, Prop Anon, William Sutton, Daniel Bruggman, Dan Dewitte, Janne Svensson, Pim, Oscar Jan, Simon Reeves at Framework Studios.
DR MARSHMALLOW CUBICLE – OCCUPY
Total Running time (68.00 mins) 10 album tracks and 9 extras
2. Stop The Cuts
4. Law Of Acceleration
7. Let’s Go Get ‘Em [feat. Creature of Rebelmatic]
11. Occupy [Instrumental]
12. Stop The Cuts [Instrumental]
13. Banksterdem [Instrumental]
14. Silhouette Taka
15. Let’s Go Get ‘Em
16. Thoughts [Instrumental]
17. Bluzero [Instrumental]
18. Lovebox [Instrumental]
19. The Law Of Acceleration
DMC Youtube Playlist