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McCarthy

Post by Life on Deck » Wed May 28, 2008 11:27

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One of my all-time favourite bands.

I was holding out against posting a thread about them, however when listening to I Worked My Way Up From Nothing on the tubular this morning I nearly greeted like a nancy-prancy pojke. I want to be as close as possible to that song when I take leave from this mortal knuckle.

The obvious footstomper for McCarthy would be We're All Bourgeois Now, and is played at any respectful popdiscoteque. A classic of course. There is also Red Sleeping Beauty: an historical figure of a song. And for pure insightfulness, there is The Myth of the North.

An utterly relevant band for its time (The Smiths? Pourquoi?). Captured on the C-86 cassette but Celestial City isn't much cop compared to the other music they produced from nowhere. Well, Barking anyway.
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Re: McCarthy

Post by linus » Wed May 28, 2008 11:30

am I allowed to say I saw McCarthy quite a few times in my youth?

I'm not saying it to show off

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Re: McCarthy

Post by squirrelboutique » Wed May 28, 2008 11:32

Showoff.

I have a McCarthy button/badge from the antique shop by my house.

It's for that one other McCarthy guy's campaign, but it's fun to pretend it's for the band. It's really sharp and jabby though. I've been injured by it.

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Re: McCarthy

Post by Life on Deck » Wed May 28, 2008 11:33

linus wrote:am I allowed to say I saw McCarthy quite a few times in my youth?

I'm not saying it to show off
I was going to add the question who has seen them, here on Anorak. I had a feeling that you would have seen them. When did you seen them, if you don't mind showing off?

Did they not come from around your locale?
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Re: McCarthy

Post by SophieC » Wed May 28, 2008 11:52

after struggling and being confused with the tremendous number of compilations and reissues and best ofs and what not i have come to love a bit of mccarthy. the problem is after listening to them for any length of time i become MURDEROUS with RIGHTEOUS ANGER and want to go and write, "DUDEPRICK" on the side of my local conservative club.

i like how they manage to create a left wing polemic that is both arch and humerous and non-doctrinal and those guitars jangle like a motherfucking bitch.

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Re: McCarthy

Post by linus » Wed May 28, 2008 12:02

they come from barking which is near but not that near

I saw them twice with the 14 iced bears in support, once supporting the wolfhounds and once supporting the chills (at the LSE)

they were really very good live or so memory serves, there may have been a few false starts but they were de rigeur (that's french, mike) back then

chummy went on to be in herzfield (sp?), didn't he? I wonder what he's up to now? should I know?

tim looked like the quintessential indie popkid back then, barely anything of him, under a mop of a bowlcut jangling and chiming away on his guitar

I seem to remember the drummer gave it some welly

hearing 'red sleeping beauty' for the first time on peel was nothing less than astonishing for me- the gradual realisation of what the song was about, being entirely consumed by it... a political song that wasn't all sound and fury but melodic and full of yearning, small but somehow epic... I was sold from that point on

I love 'this nelson rockerfeller', a song that doesn't seem to get mentioned very often, I like it's sentiment

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Re: McCarthy

Post by Life on Deck » Wed May 28, 2008 12:33

Eden did go onto form Herzfeld, but they didn't do much, I think. No idea what he's up to now. I like to think he set up some kind of clever-clever Marxist life for himself somewhere in the world.

I would have very much liked to have been at that Chills gig. Eden, Gane and Phillips in the same room. However putting their names together sounds like some odd prog group.

Agree on Red Sleeping Beauty. It shifts units of joy through my spirits whenever I hear it. Take The Shortest Way With The Men of Violence also makes me squeak like a peeptone.
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Re: McCarthy

Post by Colin » Mon Mar 09, 2009 13:45

I was about to start a McCarthy thread, but here we've got one already. I'm just getting into them now after 'Banking, Violence and the Inner Life Today' finally clicked with me after a few months of sporadic listening. If that's the weakest of their albums, as has been suggested, I can't wait to hear the rest. I ordered I Am A Wallet last night and I'm really, really looking forward to getting it.

I couldn't have put it better than JamieC here:
JamieC wrote:i like how they manage to create a left wing polemic that is both arch and humerous and non-doctrinal and those guitars jangle like a motherfucking bitch.
I've never actually seen any of their records in a proper record shop though. That seems a bit odd.

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Re: McCarthy

Post by iainmayfield » Mon Mar 09, 2009 14:10

I saw them too! Quite a few times in fact in my misspent youth - great live band and now somewhat underplayed on the radio - although Marc Riley did play one of their sessions a few months ago.

I just love "should the bible be banned" and "boy meets girl so what" !!

When's the reunion tour? It's certainly about time!

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Re: McCarthy

Post by jamieboy » Mon Mar 09, 2009 14:12

god i love this band.

one of my favourite mccarthy songs is 'now is the time for an iron hand'; it's off the last album and never really mentioned as one of their best, but it's a belter - brilliant sumnation of thatcherite policies and one of tim gane's finest moment as a musician.

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Re: McCarthy

Post by SophieC » Mon Mar 09, 2009 14:33

have you seen this? it's the lyrics to all the mccarthy songs with a short commentary by Malcolm from the band. it's pretty great.

http://sances.info/mccarthy/

he doesn't seem to think a lot of some of them though, the daft sod.

Colin, most of their stuff was rereleased and is available on CD from Cherry Red.

http://www.cherryred.co.uk/cherryred/ar ... carthy.htm
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Re: McCarthy

Post by Thee SPC » Mon Mar 09, 2009 15:00

One of my fave bands ever!

I Still listen to "I Am A Wallet" loads. My enjoyment of McCarthy has been somewhat tarnished of late, since I discovered they were a massive influence on the formation of The Manic Street Preachers. Bleurgh!

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Re: McCarthy

Post by Colin » Mon Mar 09, 2009 17:32

JamieC wrote:have you seen this? it's the lyrics to all the mccarthy songs with a short commentary by Malcolm from the band. it's pretty great.

http://sances.info/mccarthy/

he doesn't seem to think a lot of some of them though, the daft sod.
I stumbled across that site the other day. Good, innit?
JamieC wrote:Colin, most of their stuff was rereleased and is available on CD from Cherry Red.

http://www.cherryred.co.uk/cherryred/ar ... carthy.htm
I've ordered I Am A Wallet from Norman Records, but I'll give the Cherry Red site a look.

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Re: McCarthy

Post by ezears » Tue Mar 10, 2009 00:52

Colin wrote:I was about to start a McCarthy thread, but here we've got one already. I'm just getting into them now after 'Banking, Violence and the Inner Life Today' finally clicked with me after a few months of sporadic listening. If that's the weakest of their albums, as has been suggested, I can't wait to hear the rest. I ordered I Am A Wallet last night and I'm really, really looking forward to getting it.

I couldn't have put it better than JamieC here:
JamieC wrote:i like how they manage to create a left wing polemic that is both arch and humerous and non-doctrinal and those guitars jangle like a motherfucking bitch.
I've never actually seen any of their records in a proper record shop though. That seems a bit odd.
I laughed when I read that. JamieC does sum them up best.
Hello, it's my first post, and nice to see this thread bumped, so it's a good starting point for me.
One of my very favorites is 'And tomorrow the stock exchange..." One of the best (groovy bass line) intros, almost an instrumental at nearly a minute long. (And what irony, given the state of our economy these days.)
And Colin, I'll never see the majority of the stuff I listen to even in my local independent shop, I have to thank emusic first (ducks for cover!), and then if it's worthy of a CD, or really, really, worthy of vinyl, seek it out at some point later!

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Re: McCarthy

Post by Pip68 » Tue Mar 10, 2009 18:56

My friend Jason and I put them on at the Jericho Tavern in Oxford, around the time the McCarthy at War EP was out. They were jangle tastic and I seem to remember the singer played a Vox Teardrop guitar. Ameilia Fletcher ran up to my friend in Our Price, where she worked, and told him that she was excited that they were playing.

I was under the impression that Eden was be a bit embarrassed by his earnest lyrics nowadays, but I've probably got that wrong...

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Re: McCarthy

Post by String Bean Jen » Wed Mar 11, 2009 19:43

JamieC wrote:have you seen this? it's the lyrics to all the mccarthy songs with a short commentary by Malcolm from the band. it's pretty great.

http://sances.info/mccarthy/
That is totally excellent! A great resource. And I've just remembered that you were the one who introduced me to McCarthy after I'd heard 'Should the Bible Be Banned.'
JamieC wrote:i like how they manage to create a left wing polemic that is both arch and humerous and non-doctrinal and those guitars jangle like a motherfucking bitch.
Besides this summary being hilarious and awesome and CORRECT, it'd be fab to have a feminist band in this vein this too.

Also, did Malcolm guest DJ at HDIF within the past year or two or am I trippin'?
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Re: McCarthy

Post by philjunebride » Wed Mar 11, 2009 20:01

Most of the money the June Brides should have earned from our album was spent by our record label on expensive production and sleeves for the terrific McCarthy and Jamie Wednesday. Only half wasted, then :-)

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Re: McCarthy

Post by Thee SPC » Thu Mar 12, 2009 00:01

philjunebride wrote:Most of the money the June Brides should have earned from our album was spent by our record label on expensive production and sleeves for the terrific McCarthy and Jamie Wednesday. Only half wasted, then :-)

Money well spent, Phil. :)

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Re: McCarthy

Post by richpassivity » Fri Mar 13, 2009 17:57

philjunebride wrote:Most of the money the June Brides should have earned from our album was spent by our record label on expensive production and sleeves for the terrific McCarthy and Jamie Wednesday. Only half wasted, then :-)
Haha!
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Re: McCarthy

Post by wyvern » Sat Mar 14, 2009 13:52

I was lucky to see them once. I dragged my girlfriend at the time to see them. Don't think she was very impressed.
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