1. Clarinet Call Rag
2. Orange Drop
3. Watermelon Woman
4. The Teacher
5. A Scrapple from the Pear
7. Intermission Spliff
8. Coconut Vendor
9. You Stepped Out Of A Drain
10. Into Nowhere
Trumpets – Willie Hitit, Into Nation, High Note, Fluffer Gamble
Trombones – Don Crusher, Keith Misty, Growler Groddy, Bass Face
Saxes – Willie Stitch, Dizzy Parker, Zoot Smith, Al Con, Big Foot
Rhythm – Sir Donald Hacker, Pete Mountain, Jean Cooper
M.D. – Woody Kenton
Vocals – Lady Night
This amazing band was recorded in a shed at the back of the Bricklayers'
Arms in Deadend, Nr Gravesend UK in 1946. The recording is without
doubt the start of "Lo Fi" and it is almost impossible to
listen to without being overtaken by complete nausea. The original
material was written by throwing ink at a sheet of manuscript paper;
you would think that the result of this would be disgusting, but in
fact it’s much worse than that.
The outstanding solo on track 3 was played on a Watering Can by Dizzy
Parker; unfortunately it stops in mid chorus, because the gardener
who the shed belongs to needed the can for his garden. The ensemble
playing, when you can hear it through the noise of drummer Jean Cooper's
hair dryer, starts off badly and then falls away. Willie Hitit on
lead trumpet misses every top note that he attempts to play, but as
the others in the section are not usually playing on the right place
in the score, it does not affect things greatly. Lady Night, although
she is on the personnel list, did not sing because she was taken unfortunately
drunk before the recording took place.
There is a percussion feature for beer cans, hammers and suitcase,
I am not sure who was in the suitcase at the time, but muffled cries
are heard throughout the duration of the solo. One particularly interesting
feature is that half the band disappears at what I am told was 4pm.
A great deal of research has revealed that this was because you cannot
use bus passes after that time.
This recording has been put forward and accepted for an Arts Council
Grant as nothing like it has ever been heard before and it is completely
devoid of any musical content. It also comes highly recommended by
the Association for the Completely Deaf, who found that the disk made
an excellent coaster for their tea.