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Wild Billy Childish And CTMF - A Song For Kylie Minogue

  • Published in Singles


An autobiographical song documenting occasions where his idiosyncratic musical path has intersected with aspects of the (comparative) mainstream in terms of influence, and prospective collaborations; with references to Kurt Cobain, “strange boy” Beck, and Kylie Minogue (“quite polite “, apparently ).

Childish is ambivalent about this attention, happy to be involved on his terms but unlikely to lose any sleep if nothing comes to fruition and he can maintain his distance (“they don’t know me”). This is told in the customary Childish rasp over a perfunctory approximation of the ‘Gloria’ riff, pepped up with organ and a fine layer of extra fuzz towards the end. However, while hardcore Childish obsessives will no doubt be enthused,beyond the slight novelty aspects of the subject matter there’s little to interest those less committed.

Giving this release a split single feel, B side ‘True’, sung by Julie, ironically has a faint echo of Nirvana’s ‘About A Girl’ in the chorus, and is a tale of boy trouble involving a chap who walks  the “thin line between a dick and a nice guy”. This has a freshness missing from the A side with a nice melodic swing and combines a less blustery approach with a contrasting finely gnarled guitar solo. 

A Song For Kylie Minogue is available from amazon and iTunes.


Billy Childish's CTMF - A Glimpse Of Another Time EP

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This is the latest EP from Billy Childish’s CTMF on Damaged Goods. The title song is about a scene based around a club called the Wild Western Rooms in the ‘90s. Billy’s then band, Thee Headcoats, used to play a monthly spot there - hence the cover. I feel immensely nostalgic. It’s always difficult reviewing my favourite artists - having grown up during that period with Thee Headcoates. It all seems like yesterday, and yet ...

'A Glimpse Of Another Time' - is thus a commentary thereof, and what I recognise as the classic Childish garage sound. Childish reminisces about the various other bands around the aforementioned scene: Armitage Shanks / Fire Dept / Guaranteed Ugly / CB Beaumont and ‘the Riot Grrls with boy cut hair’, not to mention the PA on the table. 

Nurse Julie takes to the mic with two self-penned songs; Folky C86-esque 'Ode To Citrus Heights', and the catchy '60s beat of 'Throwback'.

As for 'Sq1'; it’s the place to be.

A 4th CTMF album is due for release in March 2016.

A Glimpse Of Another Time is available from amazon.

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