Iron Man Records releases to be included in British Library Sound Archive

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..

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


DLPR2006 PIGFISH – The Reverend James CD/WAV

IMB6007 SIST – Talking Points Not Tragedies CD/WAV


IMB6009 P.A.I.N – Oh My God, We’re Doing It! CD/WAV


IMB6011 LAST UNDER THE SUN – All Empires Crumble CD/WAV



IMB6015 DUFUS – Neuborns CD/WAV

IMB6016 DUFUS – The Last Classed Blast 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



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….

Nightingales + Ted Chippington – UK Tour Dates in May 2016

April 25, 2016

Nightingales + Ted Chippington - UK Tour Dates in May 2016

NIGHTINGALES + Ted Chippington
UK Tour May 2016

Thu 12 – BRIGHTON, Green Door Store
Fri 13 – BRISTOL, Thunderbolt
Sat 14 – BIRMINGHAM, Flapper & Firkin
Mon 16 – LONDON, Birthdays (Dalston)
Tue 17 – MARGATE, Tom Thumb Theatre SOLD OUT
Wed 18 – MARGATE, Tom Thumb Theatre
Thu 19 – CARDIFF, Moon Club
Fri 20 – OXFORD, Cellar Bar
Sat 21 – DERBY, Hairy Dog
Tue 24 – LEICESTER, Firebug
Thu 26 – MANCHESTER, Gullivers
Fri 27 – BRADFORD, 1 In 12 Club
Sat 28 – EDINBURGH, Leith Depot

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A small donation could help Iron Man Records to release more music on Vinyl

October 5, 2015

I want to invite you to support Iron Man Records releasing more music on Vinyl via Patreon.

Police Bastard

I have been running Iron Man Records since 1996. I have never earnt anything, of any significance, from the work I have done so far, and neither have the bands. In fact the debts are what the label’s worth. It has been a true labour of love, and I like to think the music has made a lot of people happy. The label has released over 30 records by some fantastic bands and artists and continues to work hard on a daily basis. Iron Man Records wants to make all new releases from the label available on Vinyl and you are invited to help.

Iron Man Records - Vinyl 7" singles

The journey has been back-breaking, and the label has generated a mountain of debt too. Everything I earn as a Tour Manager goes into keeping Iron Man Records moving forward. I manage to ensure that records come out every year and during difficult times perhaps every two years. But without fail, Iron Man Records continues to release records by some of the most interesting and talented artists, writers, and musicians. The label seeks to provide an alternative to the onslaught of pop culture and everything that goes with it. There has to be something that opposes the nonsense that we are surrounded by every day, in every format.

I don’t expect everyone to like what the record label releases, but at least the label gives you a choice. You don’t have to buy everything from “the man” and you don’t have to work for “the man” either. There’s always another way, and for Iron Man Records and the musicians, artists and writers it supports “the show must go on, by any means necessary, or until we are all eliminated”

I can handle running Iron Man Records by myself but I could use some help with releasing Vinyl. At a time when “ownership” of music is becoming less important, and digital services are making “access” a much easier way of listening to more music than ever before, I have been left with a problem to solve.

Iron Man Records - Vinyl 12" and 10" LPs

How can I continue to release physical records for people to “buy,” at a time when anyone, with any money left, can “access” more music for free, or at a fraction of the price, using streaming digital services?  

We all know how to google an album or a song and find it for free. We’ve all done it. We all know how to access music on social networks for free, and through Streaming services like Spotify. Some of us buy our music from download sites. I think its fair to say some of us listen to more music than ever before, and choose to only spend our money on music from our favourite groups.  

Iron Man Records has invested a lot of time and effort into making every release available through as many digital services as possible. From the stats, it is clear that plenty of people want to listen to the music Iron Man Records produces, but they don’t want to pay for it, they want it as cheap as possible and ideally for free. Fair enough, I can accept that.

It always makes me laugh when you hear people talking about how they wont buy music from Amazon because Amazon doesn’t pay its workers a fair wage and then get drawn into a discussion about what sites to use to find music for free without having to use Amazon.  

People forget that starving musicians have to go to band practice, pay for their rehearsals, record their music, and work out a way to release their music. Many musicians also have to plan and finance the costs of touring to promote their music all by themselves. Musicians also need to eat and have a roof over their head, and I do too.   These days, it’s interesting to note that many musicians would probably earn more per hour packing boxes and packages for Amazon, even on the poor wages that Amazon pays, than at most gigs they end up playing. But lets move on, you get the point.

Iron Man Records - Vinyl 12" and 10" LPs

Where does Iron Man Records find itself in the current digital world?

Streaming is taking off and dominating everything, people want “access” to more music and are very choosey about what music they actually want to “buy.” The CD in my view will be around for a while yet but, if you can already access the music as a digital file online either as a download, or a stream, why buy a CD as well? I have always loved vinyl as a format and I have reached the stage now where I want to start making every release on Iron Man Records available on Vinyl, as well as via streaming, downloads and on CD. To be fair, in the UK, not many people will buy the vinyl I produce, the real market for Vinyl is in places like Germany, or Czech Republic and other places in Europe who can’t get enough of it. Vinyl provides a good incentive for any band with Vinyl for sale to go and tour. And that’s what most of the bands on the label do when given the chance.

Some years ago I was talking with a friend in Czech Republic, while on tour with Police Bastard. He was talking about the state of music and he summed it up like this. “I google new bands and their music, and listen for free. If I find a band I like, I will find out where they are playing and go and see them live. If I like the concert I will buy their album on Vinyl even though I already have it as a digital file on my computer at home. The digital files are for listening to on my phone or sending to friends, the Vinyl is for my collection and I listen to it on my record player when I’m at home.

This friend was also the same person who booked Police Bastard to play, organised the promotion of the concert, cooked the food for the band and gave us a place to have a wash and sleep after the show. People like this are what makes being in a band worthwhile, they actually care enough about the music to do something to help.

It is clear to me that if you can produce anything of value in terms of your music, a digital version is necessary so people can access and even download your music. But if you are serious about your music, you must release it on Vinyl so the really passionate fans of your music, like our friends in Czech Republic, can get a copy to add to their collection and enjoy when they are at home.

Iron Man Records is capable of releasing records and making them available worldwide across pretty much every digital platform. Producing CDs of each release is also affordable within the context of selling physical copies, sending out to press and radio and keeping things ticking over.

Iron Man Records - Vinyl 12" and 10" LPs 

Vinyl however, is a little bit tricky. Producing a record on Vinyl is about three times more expensive than producing a cd, which means you have to sell three times more records to recover the upfront costs. I don’t think any of the bands are expanding their fanbase faster than the costs of producing their music on vinyl and no one wants to start putting prices up. So something has to give. Either the records are released as digital only, or the releases come out on CD first to test the market, or I have to find three times as much money upfront to release a record on Vinyl.  

This year has been a tough year, income from selling physical sales has continued to decline. In fact physical sales of everything both CD, Vinyl and DVD has steadily declined year on year since 2004 when I started keeping a record. Its not my fault or anything to do with the bands, the physical sales are declining because the market has a greater choice of music than ever before and what I am selling is becoming a smaller and smaller part of that market. Habits have changed and the market is increasingly choosing to access music to listen to via platforms like spotify rather than owning music via buying records to take home and play. Times are changing  and either Iron Man Records changes too or it’s game over.  

So where am I going with all this? Let me explain.  

Digital – I make every release through Iron Man Records available in a digital format and that is relatively cost effective and easy to do. From the stats at this end this is something people want, and a format that makes all the music the label has produced to date easy to access across digital platforms worldwide. As a record label that’s at least one job done that the bands don’t need to worry about themselves. I have yet to generate enough money through digital services to pay the bands any meaningful sum, but month by month the situation seems to be getting better. I remain hopeful for the future.  

CD – I have made every release through Iron Man Records available on CD right up to recent years and the boxes and boxes of unsold stock tell me that there is still a market for CDS but interest in physical CDs is steadily declining. Once I’ve sold the stock I’ve already got I doubt it will be replaced by more cds. 

Vinyl – I started out releasing records on Vinyl when I first started the label, over 18 years ago. To be honest I have still got half the stock of Vinyl I pressed all those years ago but that is probably more to do with the fact I pressed too many records in an enthusiastic, naive and hopeful state of mind.   What I am proposing to do is this. I want to start releasing records on Vinyl again but I need some help and support in reducing the front end costs of producing the Vinyl. I’m not asking anyone to pay for everything, nor am I asking anyone to pay me to run Iron Man Records, I can look after all that myself.

What I want to do is invite people to contribute to reducing the costs of producing albums on Vinyl. In exchange for help and support, they will get a copy of everything the label produces, as it becomes available. Supporters will get digital files of everything, so they can also listen on portable electronic devices, and they will get all sorts of other benefits. For example: free stuff from the iron man shop, stickers, email updates, free tickets, and whatever else I can think up as I go along.  

I would like to think that if you like what Iron Man Records does, if you would like to encourage the label to produce all releases on Vinyl, and if you would like to support struggling musicians who are up against it on a daily basis, then please consider offering your support to the cause.

Iron Man Records - Vinyl 12" and 10" LPs

I have put together a page on Patreon which I think is an interesting way to raise additional sums of money. This will help produce Vinyl in small quantities and to the highest standards with regards to artwork and packaging. Patreon lets you make recurring monthly donations and thereby helps to reduce the upfront costs of producing music on vinyl.

Anyone who donates will get a copy of the vinyl produced and a number of other benefits. Anything from £1 a month or more is actually really helpful, and knowing a small regular sum is coming in each month allows me to plan more effectively.

Everything the label produces is accessible for free online anyway so you can have anything, anytime if you look for it. Offering a small monthly donation means that regardless of what goes on, Iron Man Records can keep releasing music on vinyl and keep helping the bands and artists to survive, and to make more music.

Let me be clear: Iron Man Records is not in the pop business. In fact it’s just not in business. The debts are what it’s worth. The label is trying hard, during a particularly tough time in the history of recorded music, to help musicians and artists develop a sustainable future. And to me, the simple way to do that, is give the bands and artists a Record to sell, at their gigs, that people would love to buy. Iron Man Records wants to create Vinyl, something really special, something that presents music in a format that people want to keep and enjoy. That’s it really, life isn’t just about computers and social networking. There has to be an alternative.

Have a look here and any comments, good or bad are invited.

Mark – Iron Man Records 5th October 2015.

Nightingales – Tour Dates in Europe September and October 2015

September 24, 2015


Wednesday 30th September: Ulm, DE – Cat Café
Thursday 1st October: Stuttgart, DE – Schocken
Friday 2nd October: St Gallen, CH – Palace
Saturday 3rd October: Ebensee, AT – Kino w/ Monochrome Set
Wednesday 7th October: Vienna, AT – Rhiz
Thursday 8th October: Budapest, HU – Durer Kert
Tuesday 13th October: Chemnitz, DE – Subway To Peter
Wednesday 14th October: Hamburg, DE – MS Stubnitz
Friday 16th October: Koln, DE – Night Of Surprise festival @ Stadtgarten w/ Holger Hiller

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Nightingales – Tour Dates Aug – Oct 2015

August 18, 2015



Friday 28th August: Southend-on-Sea – The Railway
Saturday 29th August: Bury St Edmunds – Homegrown Festival
Sunday 30th August: Brighton – At The Edge Of The Sea Festival @ Concorde 2
Monday 31st August: London – Sebright Arms

Note venue change for London (Dublin Castle tickets still apply)

w/ special guests – Surplus 1980

Friday 4th September: San Francisco, CA – Amnesia
Sunday 6th September: Los Angeles, CA – Echo Lounge
Monday 7th September: San Diego, CA – The Black Cat
Wednesday 9th September: Sacramento, CA – Starlite Lounge
Thursday 10th September: Eugene, OR – Old Nick’s Pub
Friday 11th September: Seattle, WA – Lo Fi
Saturday 12th September: Portland, OR – Panic Room


Wednesday 30th September:Ulm, DE – Cat Café
Thursday 1st October: Stuttgart, DE – Schocken
Friday 2nd October: St Gallen, CH – Palace
Saturday 3rd October: Ebensee, AT – Kino
Wednesday 7th October: Vienna, AT – Rhiz
Thursday 8th October: Budapest, HU – Durer Kert

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Iron Man Records – a Birmingham based Independent Record Label

July 15, 2015

Iron Man Records Logo for print

Iron Man Records is a Birmingham based independent record label, founded in 1996. The label has released recordings by: P.A.I.N, Police Bastard, John Sinclair, Nightingales, Steve Fly, TC Lethbridge, Dufus, Sensa Yuma, and Last Under The Sun, amongst others.

“Music has no flag, no government, no police. Nobody owns it, nobody controls it. Music crosses all borders of geography, language, culture and belief. Music brings people together…..” – Reasons Why

Iron Man Records is run by a Music Promoter and Tour Manager – Mark Badger and a Script writer and Lawyer with a music background – Kevan Tidy.

Mark Badger founded Birmingham Music Network, in 2000.  Since 1994, Mark has organised more than 1000 gigs around Birmingham as Badger Promotions. Additionally, Mark Badger is an active member of two Birmingham based bands: Last Under The Sun and Police Bastard.

Before joining Iron Man Records, Kevan Tidy was a musician and a songwriter. Kevan has worked as a lawyer for many years and can help aspiring inventors, film makers, writers, and musicians and has worked at all levels.

Iron Man Records offers a number of services from Releasing Music, Tour Management and Online Strategy to Legal Advice. The label works closely with several radio stations, including: Music World Radio and Radio Free Amsterdam to give good new music a chance to be heard.

Iron Man Records is about artistic freedom. The label demonstrates its approach by supporting musicians who have something to say and wish to produce music in their own time, and on their own terms.

– Magdalena Szytko, Birmingham, 2015

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Nightingales – Mind Over Matter – New LP May 2015

March 11, 2015

Nightingales - Mind Over Matter

NIGHTINGALES have a new album called MIND OVER MATTER
cat # – LTW008
release date MONDAY 11 MAY 2015

The “misfits’ misfits” the Nightingales new album ‘Mind Over Matter’ is released on CD and as a limited edition 180g vinyl, gatefold sleeve LP by John Robb’s Louder Than War label on Monday 11 May. Like the band’s last three albums ‘Mind Over Matter’ was recorded in Germany at Hans-Joachim Irmler’s Faust Studio and produced by the ‘Gales bassist and Faust Studio house engineer Andreas Schmid.

The Nightingales were formed by former Prefects (Clash’s ‘White Riot Tour’, Peel favourites, etc) vocalist Robert Lloyd and recorded a bunch of albums and 45s in the 1980s – as well as playing shows throughout Europe as headliners and supporting acts as diverse as Bo Diddley and Nico – but stopped working when Lloyd decided to combine a ‘solo career’ with money earning manual labour.

Around a decade ago Lloyd chose to revive the ‘Gales but not as a nostalgia act performing old material for the entertainment of the affluent and ageing ex punk/indie brigade but as an uncompromising, confrontational contemporary group. His idea of what the band should be doing has taken time to come to fruition largely due to the coming and going of various mercenary, starry eyed, wastrel &/or part time musicians but during the recording of the ‘Insult To Injury’ album in 2008 Lloyd met Schmid who joined  the band and at last the group “got good” (R.Lloyd).

The Nightingales then “got great” when former Violet Violet drummer Fliss Kitson joined the group a year or so later prior to  recording the Cooking Vinyl album ‘No Love Lost’ in 2012. The Violets had been a regular support to the ‘Gales over the years and Lloyd had always been an admirer of Kitson’s playing so when that band split up and she agreed to become a Nightingale he was “made up” and finally the group was “proper”.

This line up (completed by original Prefect Alan Apperley on guitar) became a  top notch live unit and following the sold out, self released ‘For Fuck’s Sake’ LP in April ’14, the streamlined four piece Nightingales embarked on their most successful UK tour to date before writing the new album and recording in September at the end of a short tour of Germany and Austria.

‘Mind Over Matter’ is a short, sharp blast of melody, rhythm, irritation and humour. The group might play around but does not fuck about. They may indulge themselves but do not waste your time. They could be mad but are most certainly diligent.

To coincide with the album’s release the Nightingales will be recording a session for Marc Riley’s BBC 6 Music show on May 13 before touring the UK and Ireland from Friday 15 May – Thursday 4 June (gig list to follow). Further UK dates plus trips to West Coast USA and mainland Europe are currently being booked for later in the year and a compilation of covers of ‘Gales songs by various fans/artists is scheduled for release in the next twelve month

MIND OVER MATTER track listing:

For Goodness Sake, 
The Only Son, 
’The Man That Time  Forgot,’ 
Ripe Old Age
, Taffy Come Home, 
For Different Folks.

Stroke Of Genius,
 I Itch, 
Gales Doc
, Great British Exports, 
Bit Of Rough.

Nightingales + Ted Chippington Tour Dates

Fri 15 – Bristol, The Thunderbolt
Sat 16 – Derby, Hairy Dog
Sun 17 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Mon 18 – Manchester, Kraak Gallery
Tue 19 – Liverpool, The Magnet
Wed 20 – Preston, New Continental
Thu 21 – Glasgow, Nice N Sleazy
Fri 22 – Edinburgh, Citrus Club
Sat 23 – Middlesbrough, Westgarth Social Club
Sun 24 – Scarborough, Corporation Club
Mon 25 – Lancaster, Yorkshire House
Tue 26 – Hull, Adelphi Club
Wed 27 – Shrewsbury, The Vaults
Thu 28 – Belfast, Voodoo
Fri 29 – Dublin, Fibber Magees
Sat 20 – Knutsford, Croft Farm

Mon 1 – Cambridge, Portland Arms
Tue 2 – London, The Lexington
Wed 3 – Margate, Tom Thumb Theatre
Thu 4 – Brighton, Hope & Ruin

You can buy Nightingales and Ted Chippington stuff here

also available:
Nightingales – Out of True
label Iron Man Records
cat # – IMB6017

Contender for gig of the year! – MOJO

One of the best live bands in the UK at the moment  – LOUDER THAN WAR

The surplus of ideas on display is nothing short of dizzying  –  THE FLY

Ace lyrics, riffs and ideas burst out from all angles – RECORD COLLECTOR

They genuinely sound more vital than ever – UNCUT
Utterly astonishing slice of genius  – ROCK & REEL

As original as it is uncompromising  – STOOL PIGEON

Droll, surly, ace, a proper rock & roll group  – MAIL ON SUNDAY

An astonishing, invigorating album of raging righteous attack – MOJO
Among the best song writers we’ve got – ARTROCKER

Worm their way into that itchy bit of the brain that so seldom gets scratched – GUARDIAN UNLIMITED

Utterly compelling– SILENT RADIO

Fiercely energised, it presents art-punk-rock ‘n’ roll almost as literary form – Q

A bristling torrent of ideas, anger, danceable rhythms and caustic melody – THE QUIETUS

Incendiary and uncompromising – FLIPSIDE

The Nightingales – Free download & October 2014 gigs

October 20, 2014

Nightingales - Out of True

Following a hiccup earlier in the year, thanks to a studio in Birmingham erasing four ‘Gales recordings (yeah really), the band are pleased to announce that their free download Covers Club is up and running again. Please take a listen to the latest cover version and forward the link to your family and friends.

Also… the Nightingales along with their mate Ted Chippington are playing a few shows this month in remembrance & in celebration of John Peel who died ten years ago on October 25

Wed 22 – LONDON, Dublin Castle + I, Ludricous & The Mighty Clang Band (Clive Langer w/ Andy McKay & others, including Suggs?)

Fri 24 – SCARBOROUGH, Corporation Club + Eton Crop, Crumplehorns, The Subterranean Gentlemen & Lottie Holmes

Sat 25 – STOCKTON ON TEES, Georgian Theatre + Blue Orchids, Terry And Gerry, The Wolfhounds, Inca Babies, Eton Crop,
A Witness, The Great Leap Forward, Crumplehorns, The Things, Pellethead & Terry Edwards

Mon 27 – SHREWSBURY, The Vaults + Heartbeat Wunderbar

You can buy all sorts of Nightingales stuff in the Iron Man Shop

The Nightingales – For Fuck’s Sake – New LP available April 2014

February 14, 2014

The Nightingales - For Fuck's Sake - New LP available April 2014

In September 2013 the Nightingales recorded a new album at Faust Studio in Germany.

Having been dumped by their fourth consecutive label, following the release of one album each, the group are self releasing the new LP on their own terms.

No interference or outside opinions, no label, no distributor, no catalogue number, no bar code or logo shit, blah blah.

“For Fucks Sake” is an 180g vinyl LP, containing twelve songs & comes packaged in a beautiful matt varnish gatefold sleeve (& inner bag) featuring five original art works by brilliant Scarborough based artist David Yates.

The LP is a limited edition of 600 copies & will be available for pre-order up until 9 April 2014, after which it will only be available at Nightingales gigs.

Download coupon included.

You can buy Nightingales CDs and Vinyl from Iron Man Records on eBay here or Big Cartel here

or Pre-order “For Fuck’s Sake” from the band themselves here
UK – £18 inc p&p
Rest of the World – £21 inc mailing & paypal charges
From 9 April available at Nightingales gigs only

Side 1
Bullet For Gove
Diary Of A Bag Of Nerves
The Gruesome Threesome
Toasted On Both
The Abstract Dad
Good Morning & Goodbye

His Family Has Been Informed
Dumb & Drummer
Thick & Thin
Same Old
Good Morning Midnight

NIGHTINGALES Live radio session – Marc Riley Show, BBC 6Music – Tues 15 April 19.00hrs


Wed 9 – NORWICH, Arts Centre
Thu 10 – WOLVERHAMPTON, Slade Rooms + Jump The Shark
Fri 11 – BRISTOL, The Thunderbolt
Sat 12 – MARGATE, Tom Thumb Theatre
Wed 16 – CAMBRIDGE, Portland Arms + Kepler + Motor Tapes
Thu 17 – LONDON, The Borderline
Fri 18 – LIVERPOOL, East Village Arts Club
Sat 19 – SCARBOROUGH, The Spa Pub + Crumplehorns
Sun 20 – HULL, Adelphi
Mon 21 – DERBY, The Hairy Dog
Tue 22 – MANCHESTER, Kraak
Wed 23 – GLASGOW, Nice N Sleazy
Thu 24 – NEWCASTLE, The Cluny
Fri 25 – EDINBURGH, Citrus Club + Phil Vickers & The Leg
Sat 26 – BRADFORD, 1 In 12 Club + The Family Elan – Benefit for
Sun 27 – BRIGHTON, Prince Albert + Helen McCookerybook

See for ticket info

There are currently two free downloads from the ‘Gales ‘Covers Club’ available at

These two tracks are the group’s takes on songs by Joanna Newsom (“Book Of Right On”) and Christy & Emily (“Ghost”)

If you download a song you also become part of the Nightingales mailing list so you will get to hear about any band news before it is posted online

The Culture Industry: Enlightenment or Mass Deception?

February 10, 2014

“Pop culture in general is the main thing they use to keep young people from developing any ideas.” – John Sinclair.

John Sinclair - Mohawk front cover

John Sinclair, the renegade poet, scholar and cultural revolutionary releases his new album called “Mohawk,” on Iron Man Records, on Monday 24th March 2014 with distribution by Cargo. The music was written and arranged by Steve Fly who mirrored John’s poems in the music by initially combing the tempo of the original songs recorded by John ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie, Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker and Thelonious Monk. Steve The Fly is a native of Stourbridge UK, now an Amsterdam resident who plays drums, spins vinyl, writes novels and literary and cultural commentary. He also maintains a flock of websites and works in various other art forms without visible restraint.  His other music projects have included New Flesh, Garaj Mahal, Temple Dragon band, of course he is now full time with John Sinclair.

John has been on TV news recently with an appearance on CNN talking to Atika Shubert about the Marijuana laws in Holland, and the value of these laws in attracting tourism. The piece makes an interesting overview of the issues involved and Cafe 420 is featured including an interview with the owner. Perhaps Birmingham City Council’s tourism department could learn a trick or two.

For those into poetry and performance: Amiri Baraka, the poet, playwright and political organizer died last month at the age of 79. Baraka was a leading force in the black arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s. In 1963 he published “Blues People: Negro Music in White America,” known as the first major history of black music to be written by an African American. A year later he published a collection of poetry titled “The Dead Lecturer” and won an Obie Award for his play, “Dutchman.” After the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965 he moved to Harlem and founded the Black Arts Repertory Theater. In the late 1960s, Baraka moved back to his hometown of Newark and began focusing more on political organizing, prompting the FBI to identify him as “the person who will probably emerge as the leader of the pan-African movement in the United States.” Baraka continued writing and performing poetry up until his hospitalization late last year, leaving behind a body of work that greatly influenced a younger generation of hip-hop artists and slam poets. If you don’t know his work, find out more for yourself.

For those assembling posters and flyers for gigs across the region, January also said Farewell to Gary Grimshaw, a Rock Art Legend, the man whose posters and covers defined the Detroit rock scene. John Sinclair wrote a few lines that I think are worth sharing with Midlands based musicians and artists here “Gary Grimshaw was a great creative artist who helped define the spirit and feeling of an entire era with his brilliant posters for the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, his artwork for underground newspapers like the Detroit Sun, the Fifth Estate and the San Francisco Oracle, and his posters and record covers for the MC-5 and other bands.

“He was a music lover first and foremost, best friends in high school with Rob Tyner of the MC5, a beautiful cat and the most tireless and dedicated art worker I’ve ever known. We were partners in crime at the Grande Ballroom and the Detroit Artists Workshop, we founded Trans-Love Energies and the White Panther Party together, we worked side by side for several years while he beautifully interpreted all my ideas for cultural and social change into public artwork that could make people want to do things they’d never done before.

“After the movement ended in the mid-’70s we went our separate ways but reunited in Detroit in the 1980s in partnership with Frank & Peggy Bach to serve the Motor City music community for several years before Gary moved to the San Francisco Bay area. He was one of my greatest friends of all time, most valued co-worker and constant inspiration.”

“The Revolution is totally committed to bringing people out of their shells and into each others arms. The music is the source and effect of our spirit flesh and we demand a free music and a free high energy source that will drive us wild into the streets…..yelling and screaming and tearing down everything that would keep people slaves” – John Sinclair

John Sinclair relives his ups and downs with the MC5 in the next issue of MOJO, on sale from January 28, 2014.

Last Under The Sun have more gigs planned, 15th Feb at Rock Zombie Dudley and 16th Feb at The Flapper and Firkin Birmingham. You can listen to and download all their music for free here: or you can find their cds in the Iron Man Shop. The band are off to Belgium and Holland in March.

Police Bastard are assembling tour dates to promote their new album, Confined, which continues to generate interesting reviews. A few quotes include:

“Thought-provoking monologues and confrontational lyrics bring you on a cold, doom-laden journey of perpetual war, psychological mind control and disillusionment.”

“…an anti-theistic slice of brutality, which leaves the listener in no doubt that Police Bastard mean business. You even get a quote from Richard Dawkins about teaching the bible as fiction. Musically they give us huge chugging riffs on “Brought To Our Knees”, which tackles the blandness of multi-national companies infecting the high street, set against the backdrop of the widening gap between rich and poor. For those that like their anthems loud and stompy, “Sick Sick System” will no doubt win a seal of approval with its knock about Punk mayhem and catchy refrain, ‘sick sick system, same old bullshit’.

“….From Mark Orton‘s cover art through to the final song, “Fortress,” Police Bastard have presented an album that uses hardcore’s battering ram approach to push through a series of songs that depict how humanity has destroyed the Earth. Lines such as “We’re sealing our fate” hammer home the idea that mankind has taken the world to the edge of existence…”

“Confined” was recorded at Framework Studios, Birmingham and is out now.

The Nightingales – Born out of Birmingham’s original punk group The Prefects, the Nightingales have stubbornly ploughed their own furrow in the field of alternative rock n roll for three decades. 2006 saw the release of “Out Of True” on Iron Man Records and the return of a reformed Nightingales after some years away. The band have not wasted much time since then and yet another new album is on the way for 2014.

The band hope to announce tour dates for UK/Europe for  April and May and some Festivals to be confirmed for over the summer/autumn 2014. There may be some United States dates in Sept/Oct time too.

Nightingales are planning a 7″ 45rpm to be released at some point & another album to be recorded later in the year for early 2015 release.

Described in John Robb’s definitive post punk biography ‘Death To Trad Rock’ as “the misfits’ misfits”, the band has constantly garnered praise and respect from other artists and received endless glowing press reports, particularly for their live shows. Led by singer/lyricist Robert Lloyd (‘The most underestimated songwriter of his generation’ according to Ben Thompson in the Independent) the latest incarnation of the Nightingales are back again with a new album recorded at Faust studio in September 2013 for release in spring 2014. There will be a vinyl lp and the record label & title will be confirmed soon.

Blog: On the Iron Man website I’ve posted a series of interesting articles like The Bitcoin Revolution By Steven Hager and Free The Weed 35 by John Sinclair.

The Bitcoin Revolution: “Bitcoin is rapidly transforming the financial landscape with a peer-to-peer solution for wealth transfer. It has already shown capacity to absorb tremendous resources and withstand crisis sell-offs. Read this short ebook to understand why you should invest in this revolutionary computer art meets cryptography concept. I came late to Bitcoin and have zero understanding of the technical complexities of cryptography, but I do realize Bitcoin is open source and completely transparent and completely non-predatory in design, a real departure from our banking industry. Any assets moved into Bitcoin virtually disappear from the public record at this point and do not become taxable events until they are brought back into the system. Bitcoin has numerous benefits to offer and represents a real threat to our current corrupt money system. The media has been relentlessly negative on bitcoins for a reason: they threaten the status quo.”

Free The Weed: “….people in the cannabis community are looking on in wonder as the United States takes its first tentative steps toward legalizing marijuana for use by all thinking persons over 18 years of age.

Like they say in New Orleans, a lotta people don’t know that marijuana is not actually legal in the Netherlands, although over-the-counter sales of cannabis has been allowed under what they call a “grey area” in the law which amounts to a sort of super-decriminalization policy that not only eliminates arrest but lets smokers buy and ingest the sacrament in designated coffee shops without police interference.

But growing, distribution, wholesale transfer and delivery are still fully illegal, growers are tracked down and arrested, distributors are intercepted, delivery remains fully clandestine, shop owners are prohibited from stocking more than 500 grams of cannabis products on the premises at any one time, and even the consumer is limited to purchases of no more than 5 grams per trip.”

If you are a rapper or organise shows for rap and hip hop, Prop Anon, from New York, is looking at Touring Europe in July 2014. If you want to book him to play email him at Theres a post with a few videos I like on the website.

P.A.I.N play in Brighton on 15th March and a number of other tour dates are coming up. Keep an eye on their Facebook page.

Framework Recording Studios is now fully operational in Digbeth with Simon Reeves at the controls. The recording studio is based at Blotto on Floodgate Street, Birmingham, B55ST. If you are interested in recording at Framework call 07790 158210 or email

Tour Mangement: In addition to running Iron Man Records, I also work as a Tour Manager and spend a lot of time helping bands find just about everything else tour related. If you need a tour manager or need help sourcing a good vehicle at the right price email or call (+44) 07974 746810.

WARNING: Culture Industry is a term coined by Theodor Adorno (1903–69) and Max Horkheimer (1895–1973), who argued in “The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception,” that popular culture is akin to a factory producing standardized cultural goods – through film, radio and magazines – to manipulate the masses into passivity; the easy pleasures available through consumption of popular culture make people docile and content, no matter how difficult their economic circumstances. Culture industries may cultivate false needs; that is, needs created and satisfied by capitalism. True needs, in contrast, are freedom, creativity, or genuine happiness….Culture not only mirrors society, but also takes an important role in shaping society through the processes of standardization and commodification, creating objects rather than subjects. By standardizing the consumer’s needs, the Culture Industry is manipulating the consumer to desire what it produces. The outcome is that mass production feeds a mass market that minimizes the identity and tastes of the individual consumers who are as interchangeable as the products they consume. Think about it.

For more on all of the above and to buy music by the artists visit

Nightingales – "Out Of True" in 2014

January 4, 2014

Born out of Birmingham’s original punk group The Prefects, the Nightingales have stubbornly ploughed their own furrow in the field of alternative rock n roll for three decades. 2006 saw the release of “Out Of True” on Iron Man Records and the return of a reformed Nightingales after some years away. The band have not wasted much time since then and yet another new album is on the way for 2014.

Nightingales - Out of True

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The new album, which remains secret for now, was recorded at Faust studio in September 2013 for release in spring 2014. There will be a vinyl lp and the record label & title will be confirmed soon.

The band hope to announce tour dates for UK/Europe for  April and May and some Festivals to be confirmed for over the summer/autumn 2014.

There may be some United States dates in Sept/Oct time too.

Nightingales are planning a 7″ 45rpm to be released at some point & another album to be recorded later in the year for early 2015 release.

Described in John Robb’s definitive post punk biography ‘Death To Trad Rock’ as “the misfits’ misfits”, the band has constantly garnered praise and respect from other artists and received endless glowing press reports, particularly for their live shows. Led by singer/lyricist Robert Lloyd (‘The most underestimated songwriter of his generation’ according to Ben Thompson in the Independent) the latest incarnation of the Nightingales are back again with a new album recorded at Faust studio in September 2013 for release in spring 2014. There will be a vinyl lp and the record label & title will be confirmed soon.

Birmingham’s original punk group The Prefects had been part of The Clash’s ‘White Riot Tour’, recorded a couple of Peel sessions, released a 45 on Rough Trade and, years after splitting up, had a retrospective CD released by NY label Acute Records to all round glowing reviews – from Rolling Stone to webzines.

The Nightingales was formed by former members of The Prefects following that band’s demise in 1979.

With an ever fluctuating line up, based around lyricist/singer Robert Lloyd, the Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the early ’80’s as darlings of the credible music scene and were championed by John Peel, who said of them – “Their performances will serve to confirm their excellence when we are far enough distanced from the 1980’s to look at the period rationally and other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans”.

The group recorded a bunch of critically acclaimed singles (Almost always ‘Single Of The Week’ in the music press) and three albums, plus many radio sessions for their great supporter Peel – more than any other band bar The Fall. They also regularly toured the UK and Northern Europe, as headliners and supporting acts as diverse as Bo Diddley and Nico.

In the late Eighties the Nightingales stopped working but, following the occasional gig between times, they re-grouped in 2004, with Lloyd being joined by original Prefects guitarist Alan Apperley.

Since restarting the group have been more productive than ever – releasing five 7″ vinyl singles and three studio albums (Plus two live ‘bootleg’ albums), touring England, mainland Europe and USA numerous times, recording many radio sessions along the way. They have been invited to play various festivals in Europe and the States, including Glastonbury and SXSW. Their “Let’s Think About Living” 45 was ‘Single Of The Week’ on BBC 6 Music and they have continued to receive regular rave reviews for their records and live shows.

2006 saw the release of “Out Of True” on Iron Man Records and the return of a reformed Nightingales after some years away. In 2008 the band recorded “Insult to Injury” produced by Hans Joachim Irmler of krautrock legends Faust which was released in 2009 on Irmler’s Klangbad label. “The Lost Plot”, an Irmler produced 10″ EP was released to coincide with the band’s Euro tours in 2011.

“No Love Lost” was also recorded at Faust Studio in Germany but this time self produced and was released in April 2012.

small selection of recent press:

Nothing could have prepared for the astonishing revelation of Robert Lloyd’s Nightingales… The cumulative effect is one of euphoric delight, of old knowledge in the hands of new disciples. “Dig the depth of the furrow of mirth that I can plough,” sings Lloyd on The Overreactor. Tonight The Nightingales hit an epic new low. Catch them when they’re at it again – MOJO, UK

The Nightingales have always been simply a great rock ‘n’ roll band and 32 years on they’re right at the top of their game – THE STOOL PIGEON, UK

The Nightingales – they’re back and they’re marvellous – MARC RILEY/BBC 6 MUSIC, UK

Nightingales are unreal. The level of playing and songwriting after their post-punk hiatus is unparalled by any of their generational comeback cohorts – TERRE T/WFMU, USA

With The Fall getting Lifetime Achievement awards and Gang Of Four canonised it is long past time the wayward genius of Robert Lloyd and his cohorts was recognised – RECORD COLLECTOR, UK

Rock & Roll at its best – SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, GERMANY

Consistently excellent, the Nightingales are back, as ferociously sardonic as ever. Nice to see them still mad, still funny, still wrecking the furniture after all these years. – DUSTED, USA

Shows just how poor these skinny jeaned little shits currently doing the rounds really are. – TASTY, UK

The Nightingales in Southend on Friday jetted in to my top ten gigs of all time – PHILL JUPITUS/BBC 6 MUSIC, UK

Forget all these NME Band of the Week types, who make out they don’t care, they won’t compromise, etc, whilst wearing the same indie uniform and churning out the same tired old riffs. They don’t need your attention. The Nightingales do. Because rock ‘n’ roll rarely gets as uncompromising as this – PLASTELIN, SERBIA

The Nightingales revisited their past and offered up the future. Still stunningly relevant – LONDON EVENING STANDARD, UK

The Nightingales subjugate a rapt and breathless audience with a performance of sinewy magnificence – DAILY TELEGRAPH, UK
Tuesday night at the Cake Shop in NYC. One of the best shows I’ve seen in years. Jangly, angsty, angular, punk, post-punk, just rock and roll, whatever, they destroyed – DAN SELZER/ILXOR, USA

The Nightingales have been responsible for some of the most genuinely innovative minority music of the past three decades. – THE QUIETUS, UK

They sound wired, edgy, boozy and as dangerous as ever, like a new band full of that energy that comes with those first moves and not a band who’ve been doing this since the start of punk. Robert Lloyd really shouldn’t be this good after all these years, should he? – THE ORGAN, UK

Boozy and deranged, Insult to Injury is how the new Franz record ought to sound – VICE, UK

This is a living, breathing beast of an album – ARTROCKER MAGAZINE, UK

This is their fiercest, most lacerating album yet, better by a good margin than the mid-1980s Pigs on Purpose…and that was excellent – BLURT, USA

Their freshest and most subtly intoxicating work to date – OBSERVER MUSIC MONTHLY, UK

The new album from the ‘Gales is their finest for 27 years. Start here and work backwards – SUNDAY TIMES, UK

Unlovable as ever. The Nightingales remain hard work for precious little gain – MOJO, UK

“The new album by Nightingales is brilliant. One of the fiercest and most exhilarating rock records I’ve heard in ages.” Andrew Male, MOJO

Nightingales ‘No Love Lost’ cd/dd – Cooking Vinyl – Released April 30th 2012 – Press Report March 30th 2012

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The Nightingales – October Tour Dates 2013

October 2, 2013

Tues 22 Oct – WOLVERHAMPTON, Slade Rooms, supporting The Wedding Present

& the following gigs with our mate & special guest TED CHIPPINGTON

Thurs 24 Oct – LONDON, Guided Missile Club @ Buffalo Bar, ‘John Peel Night’ w/ King Champion Sound + Dream Themes

Fri 25 Oct – SCARBOROUGH, The Spa, ‘John Peel Night’ benefit for w/ Crumplehorns

Sat 26 Oct – PRESTON, Pavilion Cafe (Avenham Park), ‘John Peel All Dayer’ w/ Lovely Eggs, The Primitives, The Wolfhounds & others

Sun 27 Oct – BIRMINGHAM, Hare & Hounds (Kings Heath), w/ The Courtesy Group + support TBC

For London & Preston ticket info see the Nightingales Facebook page

A new Nightingales album was recorded in early September at Faust Studio for release in early 2014

Ted Chippington 10″ vinyl EP ‘Blues Fan’ available via

Crumplehorns 7″ vinyl single ‘Simon Says’ b/w ‘Harold’s Eye’ on Big Print to be released on October 24

Iron Man Records – Online Shop

January 28, 2013

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The Iron Man shop sells Punk, Dub, Rock, Metal, Acoustic and Alternative music on CD, Vinyl, DVD, and Video. The shop also stocks books, comic books and rare or hard to find items.

I only sell what I listen to, I like, and I recommend. Every item is brand new and undamaged, no second hand or damaged goods.

Try it, you might like what you find.

The Nightingales October 2012 Europe Tour Dates

September 28, 2012

Nightingales - No Love Lost (album cover)
Recorded at Faust Studio, Germany in December 2011 “No Love Lost” is the first record by the group for Cooking Vinyl
Released in beautiful Digipak sleeve with original artwork by brilliant Scarborough based artist Jehan

1. Ace Of Hearts
2. Born Yesterday
3. The Done Thing
4. Real Gone Daddy
5. Best Of British Luck
6. Say It With Flowers
7. The Burster
8. The Dishwater Kid
9. Someone For Everyone
10. Sentimental Dunce
11. Mutton To Lamb
12. The World Of Nothing Really
13. Dick The Do-Gooder

Catalogue # COOKCD557

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Listen to preview album track “Mutton To Lamb”:

Fri 12 – NORWICH, Waterfront Studio (Sound & Vision Festival) – No Ted
w/ Ice Sea Dead People

Sat 13 – BIRMINGHAM (Digbeth), Wagon & Horses
w/ Black Shark + mauskramp + DJs The Glimmer Twins

Sun 14 – PRESTON, The Continental
w/ Lovely Eggs + Vincent Black Lightning

Mon 15 (live filming session) – BLACKBURN, University – No Ted

Mon 15 (live radio session for Marc Riley) – MANCHESTER (Salford), BBC 6 Music – No Ted

Mon 15 – MANCHESTER, Night & Day
w/ Float Riverer + The Balotellis

Tue 16 – LONDON (Kings Cross), Monto @ Water Rats
w/ Skinny Girl Diet + TBC

Wed 17 – CAEN, L’Ubu Cafe

Fri 19 – SANKT GALLEN,    Palace
w/ Simon Reynolds + DJs Gustav & Augenwasser

Sat 20 – GEIßLINGEN,    Rätsche
w/ DJ Eddie Argos

Mon 22    – INNSBRUCK,    Weekender
w/ DJ Eddie Argos

Wed 24 –     KASSEL, Arm Aber OK
w/ DJ Eddie Argos

Thu 25 – EBENSEE,    Kino
w/ DJ Eddie Argos

Fri 26 – MüNCHEN,    59:1 Club
w/ DJ Eddie Argos

Sun 28 – LEIPZIG, Ortloff
w/ DJ Eddie Argos

Mon 29 – HAMBURG,    Hafenklang
w/ DJ Eddie Argos

Tue 30 – KöLN,    King Georg
w/ DJ Eddie Argos

BUY The Nightingales music in the Iron Man Shop here

The Nightingales: sharper, stroppier, older, wiser. Tips and tricks from a survivor:

Ted Chippington – Blues Fan. New 500 Limited edition 10" single on Respect Vinyl

May 5, 2012

Ted Chippington - Blues Fan. New 500 Limited edition 10" single on Respect Vinyl

Buy Ted Chippington – Blues Fan. New 500 Limited edition 10″ Vinyl here

Straight outta Fenton (Stoke On Trent) the young Eddie Chippington began annoying audiences at hippy festivals and pop concerts in the early ’80s when opening shows for long haired groups such as Here & Now, The Cardiacs and Dangerous Girls.

When maturity and baldness caused the growing Potteries lad to become Ted Chippington and a ‘Top Comedian’ he also moved in to riling up and calming down excited crowds with his act at gigs by punk rocker bands The Fall, the Nightingales, The Farm, the Higsons and many others.

During this period Ted – “The funniest man alive” according to music weekly Sounds back in the day – was to influence a new generation of stand up comedians (Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Simon Munnery, etc, etc) with his live performances of what Stewart Lee descibes as “a mixture of surrealism and insolent provocation and uncompromising boredom”. Indeed Lee claims that Chippington was the very reason he got in to stand up, while Herring speaks in glowing terms of Ted’s “contempt for the very idea of jokes”.

Ted first came to national prominence when he opened for The Fall in Birmingham in 1984 and his performance was recorded and released by the Nightingales’ Robert Lloyd’s record label Vindaloo Records as a 7″ EP.

Entitled Non Stop Party Hits of the 50s 60s and 70s, refering to his penchant at the time for performing his own versions of classic hits, the record was played often by John Peel on his Top Gear programme – a rare occurrence for a comedian.

In 1986 he released an album on Vindaloo, Man in a Suitcase – a collection of live recordings plus more songs – which reached the Top 10 in the Indie Album Chart and his version of “She Loves You” from the album received wider exposure following repeated plays by Steve Wright on his Radio 1 show which in turn led to the track being released as a single by Warner Brothers after being picked up by Bill Drummond (KLF, etc) who was an A&R man at Warners at the time.

The 45 narrowly failed to make the Top 50 but “She Loves You” raised Chippington’s profile considerably and led to numerous media appearances, including a turn on the BBC’s lunchtime magazine show Pebble Mill at One and as a guest on That’s My Dog.

Chippington also fielded interviews with many radio shows and magazines – from New Musical Express to the colour supplement of The Mail on Sunday – and performed at the Glastonbury and Reading festivals in addition to hosting his own sell out show at Paul Raymond’s Revue Bar in Soho – ‘An Evening With Ted Chippington’ featuring guests Mark E Smith, Keith Allen, Poison Girls’ Vi Subversa and presenter of New Faces and That’s My Dog Derek Hobson.

Chippington once again came close to mainstream UK singles chart success with a recording of his theme tune “Rockin’ with Rita (Head To Toe)” which he performed with his fellow Vindaloo artists the Nightingales and teenage girl group We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It. Promotion of this record included a performance on kids TV pop show Razzmatazz and a promo video featuring one of Ted’s football playing mates Pat Nevin.

Ted then toured the USA completely bamboozling American audiences when supporting Fuzzbox and recorded a ‘Live In USA’ album on the tour, which remained unreleased until twenty years later when surfacing on his ‘History Of Ted Chippington’ CD box set Walking Down The Road.

A further Vindaloo single followed, with his reading of Dion’s “The Wanderer”, and was another relative hit but still Chippington’s ruthless disregard for the conventions of stand-up made him a perennial outcast from the 1980s comedy scene – albeit a popular and influential performer.

In 1990, bored by the media attention and feeling his new found popularity was the opposite of his initial aim Ted retired from show business to pursue a career truck-driving in California.

This new career ended ignominiously when his lorry shed its load on the Pacific Coast Highway and for a few years Ted worked as a cook in various restaurants in Mexico before returning to the UK born again as Reverend Ted Chippington, getting married and settling in Torquay.

In 2007 a definitive 4CD box set of Ted (& Eddie) Chippington’s earlier work, entitled Walking Down The Road, was released on Robert Lloyd’s new Big Print label.

A tribute to Chippington entitled “Tedstock”, featuring Stewart Lee, Phill Jupitus, Simon Amstell, Josie Long, Richard Herring and numerous other stand-up comedians, was held at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre in order to fund this release. This event and the box set release led to a new flurry of media appearances for Chippington, including substantial tribute articles in national newspapers (Independent, Guardian, etc) and television (including a feature on BBC’s Culture Show).

Due to demand and boredom Ted began gigging once more but found the experience tedious and has once more gone in to a semi retirement, however he still enjoys performing with his good mates the Nightingales and has done several tours with the group in the last couple of years, including his first dates in Germany and Switzerland where he completely baffled his audiences although performing his act in German.

Ted will once again be touring the UK with the Nightingales in May/June 2012 (dates below) and to coincide with these shows Respect Vinyl is proud to announce the first record of new Chippington material for over twenty five years – Blues Fan – a 10″ single of his classic live favourite coupled with a whole bunch of material on the 33rpm B-Side, including music by Ted’s all female American backing group TC & The Sushine Band.

Blues Fan is probably Ted’s best record release yet and an instant Chippington ‘greatest hit’.


Side A – 45rpm

Side B – 33rpm



29 – Shrewsbury, The Vaults
30 – Brighton, Green Door Store


1 – London, Nambucca
2 – Southampton, Talking Heads
3 – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
4 – York, Fibbers
5 – Manchester, Night & Day
6 – Glasgow, Nice N Sleazy
7 – Stockton On Tees – ARC Arts Centre
8 – Birmingham (Digbeth), Wagon & Horses
9 – Bristol, The Thunderbolt
10 – Kidderminster, Boar’s Head

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Ted Chippington - Blues Fan. New 500 Limited edition 10" single on Respect Vinyl

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