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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by humblebee » Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:48

I've said it before but CMW are the best house guests in indiepop. They do all the washing up, give you a free album and perform a song exclusively for your four-year-old child. Or am I just lucky? :)

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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by RITH » Mon Aug 05, 2013 13:15

Even if they'd do that for everyone, don't think you're not lucky! That sounds fantastic.

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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by kofi » Mon Aug 05, 2013 15:00

In the unlikely event that Anoraks need another reason to buy the album, it also fills that slight gap on the virtual shelf between Edwyn Collins and Comet Gain.

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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by tonieee » Mon Aug 05, 2013 15:14

kofi wrote:In the unlikely event that Anoraks need another reason to buy the album, it also fills that slight gap on the virtual shelf between Edwyn Collins and Comet Gain.
That's already been filled for me by Shirley Collins from when I discovered folk music a while back but there might just be space to squeeze another in.

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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by Jay » Mon Aug 05, 2013 17:02

kofi wrote:In the unlikely event that Anoraks need another reason to buy the album, it also fills that slight gap on the virtual shelf between Edwyn Collins and Comet Gain.
That particular place on the virtual shelf is already taken by Colourbox's official world cup theme from John Peel's 1986 Festive 50 and The Colourfield's Thinking of You, although Colour Me Wednesday have been firmly established there for a couple of years now.

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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by kofi » Mon Aug 05, 2013 18:25

tonieee wrote:
kofi wrote:In the unlikely event that Anoraks need another reason to buy the album, it also fills that slight gap on the virtual shelf between Edwyn Collins and Comet Gain.
That's already been filled for me by Shirley Collins from when I discovered folk music a while back but there might just be space to squeeze another in.
ah well if we're mixing up the genres on that virtual shelf, my Lyn Collins comp will have to budge up a bit too.

we've gone off topic, haven't we? I feel responsible.

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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by graysonscolumn » Tue Aug 06, 2013 09:49

tonieee wrote:
Jay wrote:Do we still have charts?
I think they still have them on Radio One but without Top of the Pops how do the young people find out about pop music? It's probably something to do with the internets.
They're on here...

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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by RITH » Tue Aug 06, 2013 09:59

graysonscolumn wrote:They're on here...

gc
With lovely current hits such as 'Creep' by Radiohead, '99 problems' by Jay-Z and 'Big girls don't cry' by Fergie. 2013 is a good year for music, isn't it?

Colour Me Wednesday! They're great.

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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by kofi » Tue Aug 06, 2013 13:13

RITH wrote:With lovely current hits such as 'Creep' by Radiohead, '99 problems' by Jay-Z and 'Big girls don't cry' by Fergie. 2013 is a good year for music, isn't it?

Colour Me Wednesday! They're great.
I see that Dancing in The Moonlight is at number 23 and has been in the charts for a year. I think it was at number 23 last time I looked at the charts in 1999. Well done everyone.

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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by tompony » Tue Aug 06, 2013 14:08

Dancing in the Moonlight is perhaps the song I hate most in the entire world.

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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by Jay » Tue Aug 06, 2013 15:37

I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself now. I know two songs in the top 100! Huzzah for me. It's possible I know more as some of those may be covers, but I definitely know two that are by the original artists: Back in Black by AC/DC (originally released in 1980) and Creep by Radiohead (originally released in 1992). And I own Creep. Not an MP3, on something you can touch. In fact, I own it twice, on 7" and 12". I own a record that is currently in the charts. How down with the kids am I?

Every single track on the Colour Me Wednesday album kicks its butt like.


"I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo, what the hell am I doing here? I don't belong here." Jesus Thom, stop being so bloody maungy you big jessy.

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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by graysonscolumn » Tue Aug 06, 2013 16:01

kofi wrote:
I see that Dancing in The Moonlight is at number 23 and has been in the charts for a year. I think it was at number 23 last time I looked at the charts in 1999. Well done everyone.
It re-entered only about three weeks ago - on the back of what ad campaign, reality show performance, etc., I know not.

The figure for the number of weeks in the chart is actually a lifetime figure for a song's number of weeks inside the top 100, which seems to be the Official Chart Company's preferred measure for these sort of things nowadays (though just to muddy the waters a little, songs re-entering the top 100 from 101-200 are not counted as brand new (re-)entries in the same way as something that's genuinely entering the top 100 on its first ever week of existence).

Either way, nothing alters the fact that Toploader are less welcome than arsegrapes.

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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by RITH » Wed Aug 07, 2013 15:10

graysonscolumn wrote:
kofi wrote:
I see that Dancing in The Moonlight is at number 23 and has been in the charts for a year. I think it was at number 23 last time I looked at the charts in 1999. Well done everyone.
It re-entered only about three weeks ago - on the back of what ad campaign, reality show performance, etc., I know not.

The figure for the number of weeks in the chart is actually a lifetime figure for a song's number of weeks inside the top 100, which seems to be the Official Chart Company's preferred measure for these sort of things nowadays (though just to muddy the waters a little, songs re-entering the top 100 from 101-200 are not counted as brand new (re-)entries in the same way as something that's genuinely entering the top 100 on its first ever week of existence).

Either way, nothing alters the fact that Toploader are less welcome than arsegrapes.
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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by tonieee » Sat Aug 17, 2013 22:42

There are many reasons to love Colour Me Wednesday but the main one is that they have "Fuck the Tories" written on the back of their lp.

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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by Barto » Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:44

Finally the vynil arrived, together with the ONSIND one. Italian postal service sucks as always, but what matters is they are in my house!

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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by Jay » Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:12

Last Tuesday night my football team were playing at home. I can’t remember the last time I missed a home game; it must be over 20 years ago. I've even sneaked out of hospital a few days after a major operation to see a game. But last week I was conflicted as Colour Me Wednesday were playing as close to my home as they’ll probably ever play. Like a fool I chose the football match. We were dreadful and on conceding our second, five minutes in to the second half, I just thought, “What the hell am I doing sat here feeling bloody miserable when I could be somewhere enjoying myself?” So, for the first time in my life I left a game early, ran the mile or so back to my car and drove, much too fast, 20 miles to The Redhouse in Sheffield. Best decision I've ever made: Colour Me Wednesday were marvellous while Barnsley lost 5-1.

Colour Me Wednesday are way too good for a venue the size of The Redhouse. A quarter full Redhouse is an insult in my opinion. A few weeks ago I joked that I was old enough to be everyone’s dad at a CMW show. That’s how it should be. Middle aged men like Pete Green and I should be chased out of CMW gigs by teenagers wielding pointy sticks. This is not music just for the older audience that was present last week. The venue should be stuffed full of young women wanting to be Colour Me Wednesday and young men lusting after them. They've got everything: they’re loud and raucous, tuneful and intelligent, they have something to say, they’re independent and to top it off they look brilliant being fronted by three beautiful young women. I've never been an adolescent girl, but if I was I’d just love them. I'm sure many would if they could only get to see and hear them.
How do we get Colour Me Wednesday’s music played to a younger audience?

I'm starting to wonder if the indiepop tag that we've helped label them with is doing them any favours. We have a tendency to call anything pure, authentic, energetic, and soulful played with guitars indiepop because we see that as a badge of quality. I don’t think those outside looking in view the term in the same way and have a tendency to dismiss such acts without stopping to listen.

Colour Me Wednesday are a female fronted Clash. They’re more Clash than The Clash, who signed for CBS and were bankrolled accordingly, while CMW do it all themselves. And they haven’t dipped their toe in at the brash early work like so many bands before them; they've jumped straight in at London Calling, which shows a high degree of sophistication and musicianship. I Thought It Was Morning may not have the sprawling ambition of London Calling, hardly surprising since it was essentially recorded in a shed, but all the elements are there: genuinely thought provoking lyrics on personal and social politics, ska/reggae influences throughout the album, energy in spades and tunes to die for. And the production for a home made album is superb. Guy Stevens would be proud of it.

There’s much more too: Jennifer is an accomplished vocalist with a voice that stands out from the crowd. Harriet may not wish to describe herself as the world’s best lead guitarist, but her rhythm guitar work is first class. I always felt that Mick Jones and Joe Strummer had to really work at that ska/reggae rhythm, and their early attempts sounded forced, while Harriet’s work sounds so natural. Meanwhile, the title track of the album really is a thing of beauty.

If you don’t already own I Thought It Was Morning I urge you to buy it. I can’t imagine it’s possible to regret it. And if they’re playing in a town near you, go see them.

Apologies for gushing.

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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by Barto » Mon Sep 02, 2013 13:11

Jay wrote: I'm starting to wonder if the indiepop tag that we've helped label them with is doing them any favours. We have a tendency to call anything pure, authentic, energetic, and soulful played with guitars indiepop because we see that as a badge of quality. I don’t think those outside looking in view the term in the same way and have a tendency to dismiss such acts without stopping to listen.
This is an interesting point, I can't answer because I don't live in the UK, but I would love someone to share opinions on this. In Italy, the "indie" thing is much smaller than in UK, but, if something comes from an independent label or management, the audience is more or less the same, and then, of course, some acts will get the attention of a lot of people and some other acts won't, and then the word of mouth is very important. Reading the quote above, it seems that in UK the indiepop audience listens only to what is labeled as indiepop, and, consequently, the indie-pop-punk audience doesn't listen to what is labeled as indiepop, even if, in reality, it's more similar to what they actually like than to indiepop.

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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by kofi » Thu Nov 14, 2013 00:21

Jay wrote: Colour Me Wednesday are way too good for a venue the size of The Redhouse. A quarter full Redhouse is an insult in my opinion. A few weeks ago I joked that I was old enough to be everyone’s dad at a CMW show. That’s how it should be. Middle aged men like Pete Green and I should be chased out of CMW gigs by teenagers wielding pointy sticks. This is not music just for the older audience that was present last week. The venue should be stuffed full of young women wanting to be Colour Me Wednesday and young men lusting after them. They've got everything: they’re loud and raucous, tuneful and intelligent, they have something to say, they’re independent and to top it off they look brilliant being fronted by three beautiful young women. I've never been an adolescent girl, but if I was I’d just love them. I'm sure many would if they could only get to see and hear them.
How do we get Colour Me Wednesday’s music played to a younger audience?

I'm starting to wonder if the indiepop tag that we've helped label them with is doing them any favours. We have a tendency to call anything pure, authentic, energetic, and soulful played with guitars indiepop because we see that as a badge of quality. I don’t think those outside looking in view the term in the same way and have a tendency to dismiss such acts without stopping to listen.

Colour Me Wednesday are a female fronted Clash. They’re more Clash than The Clash, who signed for CBS and were bankrolled accordingly, while CMW do it all themselves. And they haven’t dipped their toe in at the brash early work like so many bands before them; they've jumped straight in at London Calling, which shows a high degree of sophistication and musicianship. I Thought It Was Morning may not have the sprawling ambition of London Calling, hardly surprising since it was essentially recorded in a shed, but all the elements are there: genuinely thought provoking lyrics on personal and social politics, ska/reggae influences throughout the album, energy in spades and tunes to die for. And the production for a home made album is superb. Guy Stevens would be proud of it.

There’s much more too: Jennifer is an accomplished vocalist with a voice that stands out from the crowd. Harriet may not wish to describe herself as the world’s best lead guitarist, but her rhythm guitar work is first class. I always felt that Mick Jones and Joe Strummer had to really work at that ska/reggae rhythm, and their early attempts sounded forced, while Harriet’s work sounds so natural. Meanwhile, the title track of the album really is a thing of beauty.
A late response but I just called to say that I agree with the thrust of this, although, on the subject of their ineffable beauty, as a committed feminist I will only admit to objectifying the drummer.

It's very difficult to say what teenage girls or young people should want. When I was a teenager I loved first-wave punk more than anything current: I was semi-nostalgic for something I had no experience of, that happened way before my time. (Maybe CMW feel that way about early 90s indie?) People like us who want The Kids to, y'know, rise up (but preferably constructively, without actually burning down shops that have flats upstairs) might yearn for the next Clash or Crass or Jam or RATM and be tempted to see it wherever it suits us? There have been a fair few 'new punk' false alarms. Maybe ultimately the kids, like most people most of the time, want escapism. You can get a kind of escapism through righteous, politically-committed music, of course, but it's much rarer.

(As an aside, it's truly great that The Tuts are appealing to a genuinely teenage audience, and let's not forget that these bands are in their mid-twenties, which may not be 'middle aged' - whenever that is - but is presumably ancient from a teenage perspective.)

So I don't know. Whatever happens, what I am pretty sure about is that CMW on a personal level are exactly as genuine as they seem to be, and you won't catch them going on the internet in a couple of years insinuating that the indiepop scene has held them back in some way. On the contrary, I know they appreciate the love and support. If anything, they're an indiepop success story, as well as their own.

Anyway.. new video!


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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by Colour_Me_Harriet » Thu Jan 23, 2014 18:10

Hey you lot, we're playing a gig in Shoreditch on the 31st Jan with Bobby Mcgees and The Downing Street years.

Deets here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1968718 ... ?ref=br_tf

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Re: Colour Me Wednesday

Post by Barto » Tue May 27, 2014 22:00

They are releasing a split whth Spoonboy (a band from Washington DC that I don't know, I confess). This is their part of the split. More lo fi than last year's album and the song on Candy Twist but lovely as well!
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