The Mothmen

5-23-13          The Mothmen

Does It Really Matter Irene?

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”).

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3 Responses to The Mothmen

  1. postpunkmonk says:

    I developed an interest in The Mothmen due to them being on a split Yello 12″ on UK DoIt in 1981 of “Bostich”/”Temptation.” A review led me to think “well, if they’re paired with Yello, they must be good!” Until you sent me that copy of “One Black Dot,” I had never seen any of their records! Note to self: save up for new stylus and REVO that sucker!

  2. ronkanefiles says:

    Let me know, I can provide all other Mothmen material – the Do It singles are great!

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