Hen’s teeth. Rocking horse poo. Successful musical acts from North East England.
In the 1980s though, with a bit of help from the now sadly defunct Kitchenware Records, North East music experienced what could be described as a purple patch. Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Prefab Sprout and The Kane Gang all did their best to put us lot (briefly) on the musical map.
And it’s to the last of these that we turn today for the fantastically titled ‘The bad and lowdown world of The Kane Gang’, released on Kitchenware Records (who include a fantastic John Lewis quotation on the cassette insert) back in the halcyon days now widely known as 1985.
This album oozes quality, with the boys’ best known tune, ‘Closest thing to heaven’, sitting comfortably alongside fantastic tunes like ‘Gun law’ (complete with authentic Morricone style intro) and ‘Smalltown creed’. I’m still not sure how he’s going to feed those seven mouths with only one gumball machine, but that’s ‘Austerity Britain’ for you – we’re all going to have to tighten our belts. At least I think that was the lyric.
One of the most under-rated albums of the 1980s, and, to the best of my knowledge, the only album ever to give a sleeve/insert credit to Easington District Council (now also sadly defunct) - for cover photographs.
Label – Kitchenware records (serial No. KWC2)
Year - 1985