Welcome to the slightly Autumnal 2002 turntable selection. Thinking about it, it's only Autumnal because that's the time of year. None of these recordings are definitive for Autumn, it's just turned out that way. Well it has indeed been a busy few months for Trunk. Collecting LPs and carbooting have been put firmly on the backboiler. Basically, good LPs are harder to find at Boot Fairs these days and Sunday mornings in bed with my young lady appeals slightly more than groping around between a grubby Barry Manilow and an even filthier Max Bygraves in a cold field (you're slipping - Ed.). That aside, I still have managed to turn up some super duper sounds - some as yet unheard by the general public. These are currently being licensed for anyone interested in having a listen. Here goes then...to qualify, these records must be played lots and lots, with the occasional jumping for joy action as visual accompaniment in ye olde barn.
WINNETOU SERIES - KARL MAY. Thought I'd give this a spin before I sold it on. It's one of those LPs that looks really bad, with like a hammy looking Lone Ranger and Tonto couple on the front. But much to my delight it's just to good to let go of now. Imagine a funky German making music for Apaches. Surprisingly beautiful with some throbbing Native American darkness mixed with almost jazz.
IF I DIDN'T WORK WHAT WOULD I DO - MORRICONE. Bonkers. People burping over jazzy breaks and scatter drums. Small but very loud choirs. It's nutty and I like it, but my bird doesn't see the point, so I have to listen alone.
BEHOLD A PALE HORSE - MAURICE JARRE. Started listening to this when I did a "Soundtracks of War" radio show. This is a melodic and clever LP, and it's amazing how such simplicity can make you blub, sorry, make me blub. Bit folky in an alpine fashion, but don't let that put you off. A lovely dare I say "vintage" cover as well.
KITES ARE FUN - FREE DESIGN. Indeed Kites are fun. The perfect song for a great pastime as the Autumn wind kicks in to blow all those brown withered leaves away. Well I've since found out my old box kite is fucked, so that's the end of that idea then.
THE ILLUSTRATED MAN - GOLDSMITH. A soundtrack unissued at the time and now out courtesy of my old mate Lucas Kendall (the bloke who first released Pelham 1,2,3.). This is beautiful and crazy. Pre Planet of The Apes handmade electronics mixed with a pastoral melancholy sound. Amazing CD sleeve notes, but then again Lucas Kendall is one of the world greatest soundtrack nerdy wordies.
SEXY SAFARI - LUCE ROSSA. This filthy little 7" has it all - boobs, disco, lion roars and kinky squeals of pleasure.
THE DUDS - TALES FORM THE ONTODUNGEON. Horray. At last someone makes a proper electronic folk record. Great traditional sound that really isn't. I might not like this in a week, but I like it right now. 300 copies only from some bloke in Exeter.
ZORRO - GIANFRANCO PLENIZIO. This is not the full title, as the full title is full of 'ohs' and 'ahs'. Yes a real oddity - first you're expecting shitty / novelty period music, then you get all this kooky electronic stuff. However, this has a shit cover, which is a bit predictable.
INDIA - FRANCESCO DE MASI. Poetic documentary music all about India and not a cheesy Sitar in site. Yes, it is possible. This is an amazing record. I took this on holiday and girls loved it. So I had to come back and make sodding CDs for them all.
MADLEY - FRANCIS LAI. A very cool LP. It's crap when you first hear it - but you pick up on the slightly funky beats. Then you listen again, and again, and you realise that it is a beautiful and extremely clever record. I am in love with this sound at the moment. And I'm also in love with the lady who sings the wordless vocals on it. This love affair may not last, but it is a very fine LP all the same.
CROOKED - VARIOUS. An extremely simple hip hop record. Kind of lo-fi and very effective. Dare I suggest even dark and filthy in a sexual way. I find this kind of modern sound irresistible, almost trance-like. I play it very loud. It's underproduced, heavy and very groovy. It looks like Bill Laswell was involved which makes sense. Out on "Word of Sound" recordings if you are interested.
CENTRE OF ATTENTION - I.N.I. From what I can gather this was a hip hop LP that never made it to full production, just promo copies in 1993. It has now been "pressed". One track in particular, "Grown Man Sport" is awesome, using a Fela sample in a most clever fashion.
STUFF PEOPLE SEND ME - Yes, people send me CDRs and 7" singles that they have made. Many of these prove to be far better listening than anything I can by in the shops. Please keep them coming. Teeny Tiny Trunk will issue them...
Yours sincerely Lionel.