It's been a while, sorry everything's been so calm and free of catastrophes that time just slipped by!!
Seriously, though; The 'Rona continues to ravage the world, Putin has thrown his toys out of the pram and our country is being run by self serving morons, too busy lining their own pockets to notice that the world is burning down around them. But, on the plus side, we have music! Aaaah, music. A gentle song to calm the heart of a savage beast. Well, we don't have anything that will soothe your heart for you this time, but we've got some crackers, to get the heart pumping and the toe tapping. That's way better, right?
First things first, industry legend and all 'round great chap Kev Rowland got his hands on the fantastic 'Science Fiction Reality' by our good friends Paradise 9. It's safe to say, he rather liked it! I knew he had good taste. Check out his kind words here.
If you also have good taste, and want to give the album a listen, you can pick up your copy from our store today. Or, If you're all about the old school, and you know we're ALL about the old school, you can stick in your pre-order today for the new vinyl release. It's worth noting: we're only making 100 units of this vinyl marvel so these will be REAL collectors items. Make sure to register your interest NOW.
In these uncertain times, we've really got to look our for each other. When the likes of Disney and Amazon are gobbling up smaller businesses and slowly increasing their stranglehold on creativity, we've got to fight back in the only way we can by supporting smaller businesses and lifting up the little guy. Every order for a small retailer like us is another step closer to keeping the doors open and the lights on for one more day! Power to the Indies!
And now, for something completely different! If you've been following us for a while, you'll know we recently released Flipside Freaks:Red, an utterly bonkers collection of wonderful tunes from some of our good mates. If you've REALLY been paying attention, you'll know that FF Red was only the start of a new series. The next freaky entry is Flipside Freaks:Purple. No, this isn't the same album, but with a blackcurrant flavour! This time, we're covering something a little different.
FF Purple is an entirely different take on 60s pop psychedelia, laid back and grooving, with an acoustic vibe. This album will be with you towards the start of June. It features some killer tracks from Flicknife mainstays Electric Cake Salad, plus Bridget Wishart, Spirits Burning and a surprise from Evil Blizzard' skin thumper/singer, One Sided Horse! This is going to be a really fun album, so don't miss out! Still, don't take our word for it. Sir Brian, of the Family Tawn, just happens to have heard the album, and had this to say: "I'm currently on the third play: I'm sure it will be like Marmite to people but some, like me, will enjoy it." Can't say fairer than that!
But we can't just leave it there, can we? After trippin' out with FF Purple, we're feeling a little... guilty!
Because next up is Flipside Freaks: Yellow! And Yellow is all about guilty pleasures.
Guilty Pleasure SONGS! Our legal department tells me I need to make that quite clear...
Do you secretly love a bit of ABBA? Does Duran Duran get your leg bouncing?
And do you wish they were just a little more... Freaky!?
Well, that's it for this blog! Hope you enjoy the music and get your tracks rolling in. We can't wait to see what wonderful madness you have in store for us. Don't worry, we promise if we don't like what we hear, we won't pull a Will Smith on you! This is the point in history where we all have to pull together, and try to lift each other up, instead of knocking others down. There are so many people who just want to get the most they can out of others, while giving as little as possible back. But that can only go so far, before everything collapses, we're starting to see that now. Bill and Ted had it right: Be excellent to each other!
Catch you on the flipside.
Taheg Gloder, and the Flicknife Kru
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!
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?
This is a bloody super album of magical sounds.Jon Downes - Gonzo MagazineMagical sounds! MAGICAL!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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...
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!
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...
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!