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Wednesday, 06 October 2021 20:40

Blog #34


We thought we’d try something a little different, this time around. We were talking the other day, at the Flicknife Towers, about albums that for one reason or another, were formative in our history. Not just albums that we enjoyed, but albums that went one step further. Teaching us something about who we were, who we wanted to be. Taught us vital lessons, that were formative in the young days of freak culture. Even beyond that, these albums that taught us all that an album could be, how they should be built and presented so that when the time came for us to start putting out albums of our own, we could make them the absolute best they could be!

Now, this is NOT some definitive list that should be considered Freaks gospel. I’m sure, before I even start typing that many people out there will disagree with some, if not ALL, of the albums on that list. And that’s totally fine! You’re absolutely entitled to have your own opinions, that’s the fun part of music! Everyone can and in fact SHOULD have their own opinions. These are just the albums that had an effect on us.

I hope you enjoy them, as much as we did and still do!

First off, and coming as a surprise to precisely no one: DOREMI FASOL LATIDO – HAWKWIND (November 1972)

Hawkwind DOREMI

What Can I say about DOREMI that I haven't said before?.... a million times. DOREMI was a life changing experience: I had seen the band live a couple of months prior to DOREMI being released, in Lausanne, Switzerland (Although DikMik insisted it was Lucerne!) and as soon as I heard it was out, I rang my sister who was living in London at the time, to send it to me. I first listened to it with my brother, Speedy and after the record ended, we looked at each other and went ‘WOAAAAH! Play it again!’ and thus, it became our bible. It taught me you didn’t need to be a virtuoso to make a great album, that 3 chords could do the job as long as your heart was in it, that you had something new to say/play, It would take days for me to explain its full impact but the hypnotic effect of the same chord being played with modulation through the way your attacked the strings and with pedals stayed with me for ever. To this day, I still think it is the template of an iconic Hawkwind album and it is still my favourite rock album…. with an honourable mention for the ‘Space Ritual’ (May 1973) but some of us lived in a world where the Space Ritual didn’t exist therefore DOREMI will always be #1.

For our second album on the list, we take a walk on the wild side! TRANSFORMERLOU REED (August 1972)

Lou Reed Transformer

I was a great fan of the Velvet Underground so following Lou Reed was a natural step in my freak educational and aural journey. The VU were a controversial band, especially as they were around in the 60’s when people could still get banged up for smoking a spliff or 2 gay people would be arrested if they held hands: yes, we were once that barbaric. This album taught me that pop music could be subversive: ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ was a massive summer hit in Europe, it was played in every club, disco, bar and shop but that was due to its great melody and hook. 99% of people in Europe didn’t understand the lyrics and in the days before the net, it stayed that way for a long time. But us freaks, we knew…. we knew it was far more important than just being a summer hit: it was Freaks 1-0 Straights!

At third, neither rising, nor falling, but just where it needs to be! THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARSBOWIE (June 1972)

Ziggy Stardust

At one point in the 80s, Bowie was everything to everyone: you just couldn’t get away from it, everyone loved Bowie. I loved Mick Ronson. I travelled from France to see them at the Hammersmith Odeon and afterwards as everyone was waiting for Bowie in that little alley next to the venue, I waited for Ronson. He was really nice and gave me one of his guitar picks and it was PINK! I still have it too. That album, a loosely formatted rock opera, taught me that rock music could also be presented as a story (I know Tommy preceded it by 3 years but I wasn’t into the Who) and that vanity is a dangerous thing. ‘Rock’n’Roll Suicide’ still has the power to make me sad while ‘Suffragette City’ can still make me dance/sing. But more importantly, it taught me that ‘concept’ album’ and ‘rock opera’ were not dirty words!

Fourth , it’s like second place, but more. Which is why it’s got to be: THE VELVET UNDERGOUND & NICOTHE VELVET UNDERGOUND (March 1967)

Velvet Underground and Nico

I discovered that album a few years after it was released, around 1971, I think, and I immediately ordered it from my local record store. I was coming down from a trip when ‘Sunday Morning’ hit me. I was enthralled by it, mesmerised. When it finished, I begged the girl whose flat we were in, to play it again. I just couldn’t get enough of it. This was meant to be art-rock but I don’t know of any art school that was so…deviant! This was deviancy in all its forms and it was OK to talk or sing about it. This album, more than any other, taught me there were no limits, that an album could be about anything, beautiful or ugly and that rock music’s favourite subjects of girls, cars, the boy/girl who fell in love were not all there was to it, that some of us deviants and freaks had a part to play too. Sadly, and more importantly, it was a warning I didn’t heed.

Can we think of a great album, for this fifth and final slot? You bet we CAN - EGE BAMYASI (November 1972)

CAN Ege Bamayasi

In many ways, Hawkwind and CAN are linked in my mind. I saw CAN a few weeks before I saw Hawkwind, although CAN played in Grenoble in front of 300 people thanks to local freaks, Pomme Acide. Their live version of ‘Vitamin C’ blew me away so I bought the album. It opened my mind to new ways of making music, of hypnotic rhythms pretty much like Hawkwind did. A friend showed me how to play ‘Vitamin C’ very easily on a guitar and Speedy and I used to go busking, playing it for hours while wailing ‘hey you…you….you’re losing, you’re losing, you’re looooosing you vitamin C…oolala…your vitamin C….yeah, yeah! VITAMIN C!’, Speedy trashing his bongos while I broke all the strings on that poor guitar. But, hey ho, we waz punks even then!!

And then, because we couldn’t find a place for it on the list, but we had to give it an honourable mention: GENESIS - FOXTROT (‘Supper’s Ready’ really -October 1972)

Genesis Foxtrot

I wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t acknowledge ‘Supper’s Ready’ as a piece of music that had an impact on me. This was the ‘real’ Genesis, the Peter Gabriel led line up of Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett, Tony Banks and Phil Collins, a very different beast from the Genesis of ‘Duke’ (March 1980). That track has so many hooks built in the various bits that make up the whole (there are 7 sub-tracks under the title of ‘Supper’s Ready’) that it keeps you on your toes for 23 minutes. What’s important to me is that I saw that show live and we had nothing to smoke and thought we wouldn’t enjoy it but we did and then some! And that taught me that life without drugs was also good. 666 is no longer alone….

So there you have it, folks! That’s our list. There are many like it, but this list is Frenchy’s and therefore ours. Without this list, we might not be here but this would still be a collection of fantastic albums. So, I guess it would be fair to say, these are the albums that made Flicknife Records

We hope you enjoyed this Aural Odyssey, and if you feel inspired to give any of these albums a listen because of this, wonderful! Of course, if you want to see what all these albums inspired us to do, and check out some of the releases on Flicknife Records, all the better :) .

So, stay safe out there, as the world stumbled forward for a little while longer, and we all remember that lifting others up is the surest way to keep ourselves going; stay safe, rock hard, and listen to excellent music!

Catch you on the flipside.

Taheg Gloder, and the Flicknife Kru

Wednesday, 21 July 2021 15:26

Blog #33


It’s been a busy couple of months, since we last spoke! Hope you’re all doing well. At least as well as Paradise 9! Their new album 'Science Fiction Reality' (that we mentioned in our last blog) has dropped and it's doing REALLY well. Lots of great radio plays and some great coverage in the press! But why would you take our word for it? Why not check out some of the reviews here?

Paradise 9 Review

This is a bloody super album of magical sounds.Jon Downes - Gonzo Magazine
Magical sounds! MAGICAL!

Paradise 9 Review

Even punks bloggers got in on the praise with a 4 stars review on the Punk Site.

See? Told you it was doing well! And it doesn’t end there, we’ve got some more reviews coming out: look for a piece in an upcoming issue of Shindig! You don’t want to miss it.

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 20:04

Blog #32


Spring has sprung. A new season is here, some life has returned to the world. Lockdown is beginning to ease, and there’s a small chance that life may just return to something that resembles normality by June.

So, naturally, we’ve decided it’s time to try something a bit new! Spring is the time for fresh starts so that’s our plan.

Tuesday, 08 December 2020 16:23

Blog #31


We’re back once again, for another round of "Someone let me talk to the masses, what a mistake that was" Also known, as the Flicknife Blog!
Yeash, it’s been a wild few months, eh? But don’t worry, there’s always a way to finish the year on a high and I just happen to know exactly what it is. So, if you want to make sure you have a rocking Christmas, and a rock-tastic New Years, listen close:

Cast your mind back! It’s March, 1982 and you’re listening to DOREMI FASOL LATIDO, watching Only Fools and Horses and drinking a cool glass of Pepsi, because some things are timeless. As you sit there, it hits you. What could be better, than sitting, listening to an album by your all-time favourite band, Hawkwind? Simple: listening to an album of Hawkwind, their friends, and some relations!
And thus, it came to being: Hawkwind Friends and Relations. One of the greatest album series of all time. But wait, there’s more!
Fast forward to today. Now, while you sit in that same old beanbag chair, listening to HFAR and thinking of better times, you can do it while wearing AWESOME t-shirts, featuring Hawks sleeves-inspired art! Aww yeah!

Thursday, 03 September 2020 19:18

Blog #30


Yeash. Well, it’s September. We’re still on lockdown?! ‘Rona refuses to leave. I think it’s safe to say, by this point we’re bouncing back and forth between angry, confused and resigned to spending this whole year hiding away drinking tea and watching ‘Only Fools and Horse’ on repeat.

Of course, here at Flicknife, we’d never even CONSIDERED letting something as small as that stop us from our task. We’ve been working since ’79. We’ve seen off everything history has thrown at us this far and we’ll see this off too. So, we’ve got a few wonderful releases for you today, to keep your spirits high and the good vibes flowing, until we all emerge on the other side of this current trauma.
How about we get started, then?

We dug around, looked under some roots, flipped over a few stones and we might have just ‘scavenged’ up some new tracks for you!

That’s right folks, The Scavengers are back! Forged like Damascus steel from former members of Crazyhead and Gaye Bykers On Acid, the Scavengers never fail to impress. So check out their epic new release 'Rights of Salvage' (SHARPCD20117 release date 25/09/2020), featuring 11 brand new tracks. It’ll be available as a digital download from all the good stockists and most of the rubbish ones. BUT, if you’re a special kind of legend, you can swing by our store and get one of the very, VERY, VERY special limited edition CDs. They’ll be first come first served. And trust me, these are going to fly out, so you’d better hurry!

Saturday, 30 May 2020 17:43

Blog #29


How's everyone doing? We're living in trying times, locked away in social isolation, scrubbing ourselves down every five minutes. But we can survive this: the human race has lived for millions of years and I'm sure we've got at least 10 left in us. But it's not all doom and gloom, being locked up in our homes has given us plenty of time to listen to great music because although we can't be together in person, we can still feel connected through entertainment. We've been selling a lot of great albums, both physical copies (sent safely, don't worry!) and a huge upswing in digital sales which is great! So don't worry people, even in these darkest of times, you can still rock hard, thanks to the Flicknife Kru!

Sunday, 29 March 2020 12:15

Blog #28


I know, it's been a while... We've not spoken since Christmas, can you believe it? Things have been CRAZY down at Flicknife HQ. But, if you think anything as minor as a government enforced lockdown in order to halt the spread of a nigh on apocalyptic pandemic is going to stop us putting out new tunes, you've not been paying attention.

So, New Blog? New Blog!

We have some great releases for you...

First up!

Schizo Fun Addict – The Last Wave (FOF40). In collaboration with Fruits De Mer, we're bringing their new album out to the masses! A GREAT band who are an absolute must own for anyone that wants to hear Lo-fi Mary Chain meet 'Pet Sounds'. But here's the real news:

The CD will be available only from our store, in a LIMITED RUN, only 50 will EVER be produced. So grab them as soon as they come in!!
But wait, there's more! There is also an extra special coloured vinyl edition package, ALSO limited to only 50 units, available direct from the Fruits De Mer festival (if it happens): otherwise, the vinyl packages will be sold by FdM from their site and 5 will be sold from the Flicknife store. This extra special pack is loaded down with a bunch of goodies from us AND Fruits De Mer. This is a real collectors item, so grab them fast... because if you don't you'll end up paying 100 times as much when you buy it from eBay next month!
But don't worry. If you miss out on both of these, there's always our unlimited supply of digital copies!

Schizo Fun Addict

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 22:18

Blog #27

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year 2020 to all FLICKERS


It's beginning to look a lot like FLICKMAS!
It's that time of year, known by most as the *end* of the year, when we're inclined to look back and consider the events of the past 12 months.

Overall, there were many and varied explosive world changing events this year. Referendums, Impeachments...truly life changing stuff.

But we're not going to talk about that. It's boring and depressing. Let's talk about music...

Tuesday, 27 August 2019 18:52

Blog #26


They say that those who don't know their history, are doomed to repeat it. So, today, we plan to save a few souls by telling you all about a great and much liked chapter of Flicknife's History.

In the early 80's we released the first album of what would grow to be an ongoing and much loved musical omnibus: 'Hawkwind, Friends & Relations' known to those in the know, or those that wish to pretend to such, as HFAR. The idea was simple: release an album with a couple of tracks from Hawkwind, mostly archive stuff or out of stock singles, and then add in a nice mix of bands and artists that were in some way connected to the band, or extended Hawkwind Family. By doing this, our hope was that the new bands could profit a bit, via connection to the Hawkwind name, and Hawkfans would get some tracks from their favourite band that they might not already own and discover new ones from like-minded bands.. Everybody was happy!

Thursday, 23 May 2019 18:29

Blog #25


So, apparently there’s some site called Spotify, where you can stream music. Fun idea, right? Well, we thought we’d jump on this idea while it was still new and fresh. So, only a brief 10 years after it opened, we’ve made a few Playlists to share with you, our favourite fans!

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