This is the cover for a new vinyl package coming out soon on Topplers Records. It is a lathe cut disc that is 5 inches in size and square!!! It sounds bizarre but they look and sound great! The unusual disc comes in a card gatefold sleeve with a booklet containing more linocut illustrations by Allan NoMan. The four tracks on the vinyl are The Bomb, One Shot Rocket, I’d Be Better Off Dead and The Bomb 2. The songs are short, sharp stabs of ear piercing rock! Each package also contains a CD version of the above tracks and two bonus songs as well.
Info on release date will be posted soon either here or on the Topplers webpage or on Facebook.
RECORDINGS – thenomen.bandcamp.com & www.topplers.net February – THE BLACKEST DAY – CD album March – Mr NoMan – Download mini album March – THE APPRENTICE OF AGNES MOOREHEAD – Remixed 2006 album of Steve Treatment songs
May – AROUND THE WORLD WITH… – CD Album
July – P**ty R**d – Download Track
July – Dr Murray Banks & the NoMen – Instrumental work in progress used as a dubby backing to a ‘sex therapy’ album from the 60s. (very limited edition. This was the blueprint for Granny Takes a Trip…) September – SPLASHDOWN – CD album October – GRANNY TAKES A TRIP – An updated version of the classic travelogue by Betty Duncan with music by the NoMen. November – Ear Spook Radio Session – Four cover version recorded for the “Covers Trilogy” on Ear Spook #19 22/11/2012 December – ESCAPE REALITY WITH THE NOMEN – CD album (double album contains outtakes and other tracks recorded around the same time) December – The NoMen’s CHRISTMAS PUDDING! – Download EP VIDEOS – youtube.com/thenomenvideo Cheesecake – spontaneously created and filmed at the last rehearsal of 2012. The Cabinet of Dr Caligari – A new version of ‘Splashdown’ used as the movie soundtrack – you tube Puffer Fish, Pretty Girl, Dum Dum Dumb, Los Ningunos Hombres, The Soldier Song & RADIO from Escape from Reality Live Jam in June – Steve Treatment + TVP acoustic cover versions. Dirty Yellow Mist – New recording and video
It’s Alive – from “Around the World..” album
West Not Available – New video, remix of a 2011 track
Zodiac Adventurer – Epic 30 minute ‘remix’ of a 2011 track
Re-edit of original 2004 videos for Merman Blues, Syd Barrett, New Youth Society & Follow You Down. King Kong’s Paws – New recording and video
Piracy 2003, Tridents of Neptune, Slit Gizzard & Advert – Videos from “ Blackest Day” album COLLABORATIONS
Three Steve Treatment songs by Roscoe Vacant backed by the NoMen. SIlent Waters – NoMen track from “Blackest Day” with a video by Dale Simpson COMPILATIONS
The New Psychedelic Millennium – 49 Cigars (from Psycho Deli 2010)
Trip Inside This House, Summer Solstice Vol 5 – New Track ‘Trip Inside This House’ The Active Listener Cassette & download – Escape Reality (different mix from album version) The Active Listener Christmas Album – Take a Fix for Christmas. RADIO
Weekly show on MixCloud – NoMen FM uploaded every Thursday night – mixcloud.com/NoMenFM Produced Ear Spook Radio in November & December (4 track Session on show #19) – mixcloud.com/EarSpookRadio LIVE Zero
The NoMen’s track was held back from their own “Trip Around the World with The NoMen” album available FREE on BandCamp. The track and a short vocal version has now been reinstated to the album so you can now download either the full album or just the new tracks if you’ve downloaded it already.
Check out all the other bands on the compilation… info on most of them can be found on the Blog.
The kids TV show that will never be made! Get the theme music from our Bandcamp page. A few CD copies with a nice book are also available.
The Blackest Day – preview
There are two tracks available on our BandCamp page as a taster for the forthcoming NoMen album…
The NoMen have been doing some New Year Spring Cleaning and discovered two albums that have been left on the shelf since 2010. Pop over to Bandcamp to download them both for Free!
Firstly we have the BLACKalbum.
The Darkest and heaviest NoMen album yet! These tracks have been around since the end of 2010 but they didn’t fit in with any of our other release so have been left on the shelf. Now we feel the world is ready for the Dark Side of the NoMen!
The collection starts of with “Who Ya Kiddin” a dense heavy metal two chord riff over sledgehammer drums. George NoMan manages to tell a tale of despair and self destruction over the heavy metal thunder! Next up is a cover of Psychic Television’s ‘Unclean’ which starts of gently and builds into sludgy, monolithic metal riffing dropping in and out of focus like a King Tubby dub engineered by a troll in an opiate trance! Jamie NoMan doesn’t sing very often but when he does it’s always a hit! “I Can Hear The Voices But I Don’t Know What They Mean” is a disturbing track that maybe gives us an un-nerving insight into what goes on inside his head…
“Terence Ruddy” is a friend of ours who supplied us with his liquid light collection for our live TV special. This song started out as a cover of a Japanese underground song (Do Not Compromise by Inryou Fuen) but we couldn’t play it properly and for some bizarre reason it morphed into a chant of Terence’s name over a pulsing bass and drum pattern which stops and starts like Neu having a mental breakdown! The title track of this collection finishes on a slightly lighter note… It’s a tribal journey to redemption held together by a solid beat and almost tuneful wahwah and bass interplay. Brian NoMan takes the lead vocal on this one though he seems to be channelling the spirit of Geronimo!
There are only 5 songs on the album but it clocks in at 45 minutes so be patient when downloading! It was recorded in November and December 2010 and May 2011 then mixed and Edited on December 31st 2011.
I can hear them talking, I can hear them scream. I can hear the voices but I don’t know what they mean!
Warm are the Sounds
In stark contrast to the Black album we have a collection of Christian and other ‘spiritual’ music. Many of these tracks were originally by artists on the wonderfully bizarre Emblem Record label who operated from a small village in Scotland during the late sixties and early seventies. See our previous blog for more details…
The NoMen are heading for a meltdown as the end of year approaches! Last week they completed a selection of new recordings some of which can be heard on their current MixCloud Radio Show.
A few weeks ago we mentioned that the NoMen had been interviewed for “Trip Inside This House” a radio show on KDHX 88.1 broadcasting out of St Louis USA. The band had been asked for their top ten psychedelic songs and all four members chose their favourites… Jamie NoMan quite rightly chose EVERY TRACK from the KLF Chill Out album as his top ten! Although the intrviewer Valis played a couple of the tracks on his radio show the NoMen tried to play ALL their choices on MixCloud which turned into a two hour psychedelic spectacular which includes…
Caleb, The Holy Modal Rounders, The Nazz, Madonna, Neu, Lez Raillises DeNudes, The Cobblers, Psychic TV, KLF, The Stooges, Prince, The Music Machine, Miller and more more more!
The NoMen live radio session features Allan, Brian, George and Jamie NoMen blasting out cover versions of ‘That Man’ by The Small Faces, ‘Teen Angel’ by Donovan, ‘Nevertheless’ by The Ruttles and ‘Big Boy’ by Sparks.
Tune in here…
The Session tracks will be tidied up and released through BandCamp shortly.
Steve Treatment will always be remembered for his classic singles from the late 70’s but his best songs never got released. The NoMen got in touch with him in 2003 and were given access to his archive of home recordings. They released their first collection of Steve Treatment songs in 2003 and in 2006 returned to the pile and came out with this album.
Download Agnes Moorehead album
Agnes Moorhead was an American actress best known for her role in ‘Bewitched’. Steve was obsessed with making smutty jokes about her surname and he named the album which was originally released as a very limited edition CD featuring the NoMen album plus a companion CD which had recordings of the same songs (and more) by Steve himself.
The whole album was recorded at a time when there were only two NoMen; George and Allan. It was recorded using Garageband and relied heavily on the built in drum sounds of the programme. Unfortunately the only ‘beat’ we were able to play along with was the ‘standard 4/4 rock beat’ which is used on every other track!!! Despite this the album has a rich and varied sound and the songs vary from tender ballads to out-and-out freak-outs with some good old fashioned rock’n’rolling and psychedelic soundscapes! Download Agnes Moorehead album
Vanish – This is the same version that is on Steve Treatment’s 2005 single on Topplers but this has NoMen doing the vocals.
The World is Blue – A really old song by Steve. The NoMen edited it down from the 9 minutes of Steve’s original to about three! It’s a sweet blend of pop and smooth tijuana horns!
Are You Cunning? – A throwaway sketch on one of the recent Steve Treatment demo tapes. The NoMen rock it up!
The Shine on Your Crown – One of Steve’s loveliest songs… for his partner. The NoMen add extra sugar!
Ingrowing Toenail – An absolute classic from Steve’s early years. The NoMen ladle on the T Rex sound and go all Shakin’ Stevens on the vocals!!! It has the ubiquitous backwards guitar solo!
Two Brothers – Steve wrote this for his friends Nikki Sudden and Epic Soundtracks from Swell Maps shortly after Nikki’s death in 2005. Once again the NoMen go all Rock’nRoll guitar hero after a folky intro!
I Hate Reunions – Sweet, semi-psychedelic ballad. Similar in sound to Black Sabbath’s ‘Planet Caravan’ from the Paranoid album!
I Don’t Cry at Funerals – Another newish song. Kind of a garage rock thing…
7 Day Psalm – samples, loops and lashings of echo… more sonic weirdness from the NoMen. Brian NoMan pitched in with the loops and some guitar on this track.
The Treatment – another version of a song from the Steve Treatment 7″ on Topplers, although this was one of Steve’s earliest songs. The NoMen do this in a velvety latin style!!!
All My Friends Are in the News – Another of Steve’s sweet ballads.
Cabinet of Disciples – this is an almighty noise… but sometimes that is what the NoMen do best!