Saturday, June 28, 2008
Cathy La Creme & The Cro-Tones
Cathy La Creme & The Cro-Tones - I Married A Cult Figure From Salford 7", 1980
I almost hesitate to post this one before first attempting to introduce folks to John Cooper Clarke, because this is totally a piss-take record about JCC, and he even can be heard on the A-side. Unless you're familiar with John Cooper Clarke, or care about records produced by Martin Hannett, you probably aren't going to get the joke or see the value in this. I got this record because it was listed on the Martin Hannett website as possibly being produced by Hannett (or he might have even played on it). It's really not clear whether he did or not. The third photo you see here is the insert. It says "produced by Smudgeboy". There is a guy in the photo at the bottom that sortof looks like Hannett. Considering the time frame and the nature of this disc, there really isn't any reason to believe he wasn't involved. But who the hell knows?
In any case I seem to be petering out now with my Dining Out label options for this blog (though I may have a few more of those) and will probably turn my attention towards some more rare Martin Hannett related records like this one. I am very passionate about Martin Hannett. Joy Division records wouldn't sound like they do if it weren't for him. I love his production sound, though I do think he did some flawed things in his career. He was also a fantastic bassist and synthesizer musician and for those who don't know these things, he played in John Cooper Clarke's backing band for JCC's first three albums. I only thought of JCC as a spoken-word poetry artist for many years, not realizing that he actually had some fantastic musicians backing him on his first three albums. Here is an example called "Sleepwalk" from JCC's "Snap Crackle & Bop" album, 1980. That's Hannett on bass!