A boxed set of 4 CDs featuring the recent vinyl studio albums by The William Loveday Intention for the first time on CD!
The CD's are housed in a clamshell box set complete with booklet. The four albums in the set are "People Think They Know Me But They Don't Know Me", "Will There Ever Be A Day That You're Hung Like A Thief?", "Blud Under The Bridge", and "The Bearded Lady Also Sells The Candy Floss". For the uninitiated, The William Loveday Intention is the latest band put together by Billy Childish. The four album project includes guest appearances by James Taylor (The Prisoners, JTQ), Dave Tattersall (The Wave Pictures) and Huddie Hamper (The Shadracks) amongst others. "I never really bothered putting my poetry into pop music before, it showed up now and again but I never made a point of it. However, in lockdown it just came to my mind as something to follow through on. As is quite normal for me, I booked the studio time then under that pressure wrote two or three songs the night before, (on a few occasions, at eight in the morning before I left home. As usual there where no rehearsals, but under the lockdown conditions over half of the tracks are just me and Jim Riley (engineer) doing everything - drums, guitar, bass, organ - because no one else would brave the plague and come into the studio. Those tracks sit hidden within the actual group recordings and sound the same as if recorded by the group. When mixing we see it all visually - the room in the mind's eye - where all the players sit; the drummer to the right; the vocalist is stood up front; the wood paneling on the walls of a top end US studio in the '60s / '70s. Jim was in the local R'n'B group in '77, and I was in the local punk group. We came to be friends then and are both obsessed with the 'sound' in music. This is how music is to me: a picture in sound. It has to have an origin, an emptiness and a vulnerability. I don't look for guitars to be impressive, I'm sick of impressive ego driven music - I want authentic heart music. No one asked for one LP of this stuff, now there are five (including the Hangman Records release The New and Improved Bob Dylan.) As in all my endeavours, games and life, I only do what I do irrespective of what's wanted or required and then force it on the world regardless. Re: Bob Dylan - When I was a kid we had The Times They are a-Changing on release - so I heard Dylan's stuff in '64, along with The Stones and The Beatles etc. It might seem strange but I was brought up with Louis Armstrong and Sinatra records from before I can remember. When these pop records came into the house I latched onto them straight away - copying my elder brother and the girl from the terrace next door, Big Caroline (who was my favourite person). We also had the pirate radio station playing in the house most of the time - before he left us my father was into all that stuff. To the point - Over this lockdown I just got interested in listening to 'All Along the Watchtower' because although a Hendrix fan since a kid I thought Jimi's version was overly produced. Listening to Bob's empty version sort of it sucked me in. Next thing I found myself peering into Bob's world a bit more closely. I was amazed by the live version 'Shelter From the Storm', where Bob sounds like Joe Strummer singing. We tried recording that as one well. That lead to 'Oh Sister' etc. (which again was new to me only knowing Bob's folk stuff from over 50 years previous. Then I thought - this stuff is easy - they call Bob a poet, well I am one, so I chucked a few lines and chords together and we were off. I'd say I'm not a Bob Dylan fan, just Bob curious. I am amazed at how bad he got but when he is good he is great. I was pleased to find out that we were inspired by the same artists: Little Richard, Buddy Holly etc. Another thought - There was a news snippet in the NME in the early '80s where Bob went into Rock On Records in Camden and brought a few Milkshakes LPs. And we did do a cover of Hollis Brown on Sub Pop records in the early '90s, so I guess it's all there in the soup. It would be great if someone liked it enough to want to put a show on with the full line up. I'd have to learn it! - they're as long as bloody novels some of those tracks. That's what amused me about Dylan as well - how ridiculously long some songs were with an apparent contempt for the listener - I wanted to capture some of that - the total opposite of my ethos. I'm so happy to have made these records that are for no audience - but hopefully will find one. These are as true to my heart as anything I've done." William Loveday - December 1st 2020