F.W.O.A.H.! (Friends of Worshipfull Order of Ancient Headcoats) MAILORDER SUBSCRIPTION CLUB, brought to you by M'lady's Records SEVEN LPs, among the very best and scarcest in the Medway canon, starring THEE HEADCOATS! BILLY CHILDISH! KYRA! and THE FIRE DEPT!DELIVERED TO YOUR DOORSTEP in THREE INSTALLMENTS, beginning in June!REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL TAPES with the close participation of BILLY CHILDISH, BRUCE BRAND, NEIL PALMER, and DAMAGED GOODS RECORDSSPECIAL BONUS GIFTS THAT WILL REMAIN A SECRET UNTIL THEY APPEAR IN YOUR MAILBOXLIMITED & ONE-TIME PRESSINGS
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F.W.O.A.H.! MEMBER DELIVERY no. 1 : ON or BEFORE 22 JUNE 2015 CE
MEDWAY 1 - THEE HEADCOATS - "THE GOOD TIMES ARE KILLING ME" 1993
Not just one of the best H'coats sets, this album is a modern classic. Fourteen blistering songs, raw and engaged and dealing exclusively in hard knocks. Out of print since its original issue on Vinyl Japan in '93 and remastered from the original tapes.
MEDWAY 2 - KYRA - "HERE I AM, I ALWAYS AM" 1998
Kyra's 1998 solo LP is one of the most exciting rock and roll LPs ever, and also the album that inspired the monastic brethren of M'lady's to form FWOAH! Backed up by Thee Headcoats, and ripping through twelve stunners, including "It's A Stick Up" and "Anna K", not to mention covers by Electric Eels, Beefheart, and Jacques Brel!
FIRST DELIVERY: ON or BEFORE 22 JUNE 2015 CE
F.W.O.A.H.! MEMBER DELIVERY no. 2 : ON or BEFORE 18 SEPTEMBER 2015
MEDWAY 3 - THE FIRE DEPT - "L'OEUF D'OR" 1995
Our end-of-summer delivery stars a true gem; Fire Dept (out of Cambridge) burn it down on both sides of this (their debut) album, lost in time and packed with ace songwriting, molten guitar playing, and covers of bands that are still unknown to squares in this so-called sophisticated age which we now find ourselves. Recorded at Toerag, produced by Billy Childish (who also did the sleeve art), and issued on his Hangman's Daughter label in 1995. All hail Fire Dept.
MEDWAY 4 - JACK KETCH & THE CROWMEN - "BRIMFULL OF HATE" 1988
Possibly the most sought-after LP in this set, Jack Ketch & the Crowmen were (to our knowledge) a one-off group, with Billy, Bruce and Bertie out of the Milkshakes. Brutal basement executioner styles abound here, dark songs from a dark place. Incredible and mysterious, not surprising for a group named after Britain's most infamously inept hangman. For the believers.
MEDWAY 5 - WILD BILLY CHILDISH - "I REMEMBER" 1988
Excellent solo album from Billy, self-released on Hangman in 1988. Medway blues par excellence.
F.W.O.A.H.! MEMBER DELIVERY no. 3 : ON or BEFORE 2 DECEMBER 2015
MEDWAY 6 - THEE HEADCOATS - "BROTHER IS DEAD... BUT FLY IS GONE!" 1998
First up in the autumn satchel is this incendiary covers set from Thee Headcoats, wherein they take walk with the ghosts of all manner of punk standards. Remodernist takes on the Clash, Buzzcocks, Johnny Moped, Electric Eels, ATV, Small Faces, Bo Diddley, and many many more.
MEDWAY 7 - BILLY CHILDISH - "THE 1982 CASSETES" 1988
Charging up the hill towards our summit endpoint, we'd like to conclude this Medway reverie with Billy's first solo album, recorded in 1982 but issued in 1988 by Hangman. Raw, uncompromising, and putative, lonesome and hypnotic and savage. This and the Jack Ketch LP are two that we know Medway enthusiasts will be happy to see included here.