Saturday, October 4, 2008


Here is a great EP from Cowcube. The music is really unique and hard to describe – just think of lots of samples of old Space Invader arcade games. The story of Cowcube is interesting:

Cowcube (a.k.a. Paul Stimpson) made the [John Peel Radio Show] 2000 Festive Fifty with Popping Song. He actually gave his demo to John's son William in a pub in Stowmarket, and it sat on a shelf for a year, until John found it and proclaimed it the best thing he'd heard that year. {Info courtesy of Margrave, p. 390]

From what I vaguely remember this was one of the most requested songs on his show that year and ironically Cowcube never had a recording contract. From what I remember, he was offered one but was asked to tone it down with the samples. Because of this, he refused the deal.

This EP he sold on CD-R directly from his home.

I haven’t heard any more of Cowcube, which is a real shame as he is obviously a unique and talented artist.

1) Tickle Burst
2) Metrocross
3) Sprite
4) Itchy Cut


The Flashing Blades

Ok, I’m going to be a bit self-indulgent now – here are a couple of songs from the band I was in back in 1992. The band was called The Flashing Blades, after the TV series with the same name, and I played bass guitar. The music was punk/indie and apart from Stepping Stone and The Flashing Blade, which incidentally was a cover of the theme song to the TV series, all the songs here are our own compositions. The last song, Joe The Cleaner, is from 1987 and my earlier band, The Electric Guineafowl, which was basically the same band except for the guitarist.

Have a listen and I hope you enjoy it.

1) Stepping Stone
2) The Flashing Blade
3) Freak Show
4) Playing The Spy
5) I Wanna Be In The Nude
6) Joe The Cleaner