5-23-13 The Mothmen
On 5/25/63 The Chantays 45 “Pipeline” charts at No. 16 in England. On 5/25/68, the LP “Bookends” by Simon & Garfunkel charted at No. 1 in the US. Also on 5/25/68 the Julie Driscoll / Brian Auger Trinity 45 “This Wheel’s On Fire” 45 charts at No. 5 in England (on the Marmalade label). On 5/26/73 the Suzi Quatro 45 “Can The Can” charts at No. 1 in England. On 5/24/75 the Ian Hunter 45 “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” charts at No. 14 in England. Also on 5/24/75 the Kraftwerk 45 “Autobahn” charts at No. 11 in England.
7″ DOES IT MATTER, IRENE? / PLEASE LET IT GO ABSURD FR ABSURD 6 1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
LP PAY ATTENTION! ON-U UK SOUNDSLP 2 1980 7 TRKS
7″ TEMPTATION / PEOPLE, PEOPLE DO IT UK DUN 14 1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
LP ONE BLACK DOT DO IT UK RIDE 9 1982 10 TRKS insert
7″ WADADA / …AS THEY ARE DO IT UK DUN 19 1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
More Than 30 years after the fact, I still own all of the above records by The Mothmen, from England. I do not remember how I came to own these records! I was working at a record distributor at the time, so perhaps a salesman talked it up? Or compared it to other records that he knew I liked?
Between the 1979 45 and the 1980 LP – they seemed to have loosened up a little – quite a bit, in fact! There are some very charming home-made songs on “Pay Attention!”
I found a webpage that said one of The Mothmen was murdered in 1991, the inspiration for a Happy Mondays song, “Cowboy Dave”. I guess the northerners really stuck together.
Apparently a few of them had been involved with the Manchester area comedy rock band Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias!
For their 2nd album, they signed to Robin Scott’s Do It Records, and delivered 2 fine singles and an LP. As far as I am aware, none of their material has made it to CD, even in 2013! And the 2nd album is not a million miles from the Pink Floyd releases of the day (though The Mothmen always remained sort of “low fi”).