Sally Timms LPs

Guest appearrances:

Somebody's Rockin My Dreamboat

Feted for a duet single last year with Marc Almond and her contribution to the unique chemistry of The Mekons, Sally Timms at last releases a solo album. It may well see her fame as Britain's Queen of Country spread far beyond certain well-oiled circles in Leeds and South London, for, whilst this is a humorous record, it is no mere joke. Sally recognises country as a style that dresses up heartfelt truths in images of commonplace glamour; its language mixes nuggets of heightened language with the ore of everyday conversation. Co-written by Sally and fellow Mekon (and part-time Three John) Jon Langford, the songs here variously declare that grey is the colour of love, rhinestones are a cowboy's tears and that one is Chained To The Anchor Of Love. Yet Sally Timms does not adopt a West Virginia twang to score a laugh or two; her tones are pure Harrogate as elevated by an English folk voice of a power and crystal clarity to recall the late Sandy Denny. And her band The Drifting Cowgirls (who include Brendan Croker) play a subtly rocking abstraction of modern country styles, which heightens the mood of a deep and melancholy purpose underlying a surface camp conceit. As such, this is an intriguing play of contrasts whose ultimate emotional conviction gives an authority to what might easily have remained a half-cocked intellectual exercise. Well worth investigation.

(Four out of five stars) Q Magazine
Mat Snow
From Metroactive:

Sally Timms
To the Land of Milk & Honey
Feel Good All Over
Sally Timms, familiar to fans of the Mekons, continues to distinguish herself as an abundantly talented songwriter. On "Longing, Madness & Lust," she boils modern life down to just three unfortunate motivating factors. The song laments the low prospects for achieving a sense of direction in world ruled by such a sorry triumvirate with lines like, "Out of the shopping mall/steps the new Jesus Christ." Salvation, contrary to Gap executives and many Americans, is not achieved through shopping. The sense of disconnected longing continues on "Junk Barge" when Timms sings, "I am the captain/of that junk barge/off the coast of New York/and I don't know where I'm going to/My dog sits up on the bow/grasping for that air/and I sit in the derriere/steering and drinking beer." The somber mood, however, is tempered by the oompah-band music that accompanies the lyrics. In fact, the subtle melodies and mild-mannered hooks on this collection give it an inspiring, uplifting country-music quality that contrasts with the clever, often disheartening lyrics.
--Gordon Young

From the June 1999 issue of PAPER magazine (page 129):
Paper has a regular column called Scratch Pack where they list some DJs current fave records.

The third entry this month is:
DJ Sally Timms and Helen Mirra
(AKA Nero's House of Women)
Chicago - Lounge Ax

The Residents: "Third Reich and Roll" (East Side Digital)
Yoko Ono: "Kiss, Kiss, Kiss" (Rykodisc)
Jean Michel-Jarre: "Equinoxe Part 6" (Disques Drefus)
Spice Girls: "Spice Up Your Life" (Virgin)
The Frogs: "Gwendolyn Macrae" (Matador)


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