Sally Timms LPs
"A Surrealistic Film Soundtrack"
(Sometimes referred to incorrectly as Manpahar.)
I asked: maybe someday we'll see the three Groovy recordings (STP1, STP2 & STP3) available on CD with liner notes? Pete Shelley replies: 'I have a meeting this week [of Nov 22, 1994] which should address this querey.'
Pete Shelley contributes the remainder of this entry:
Recorded 1979 at Smile Studios, Whalley Range
The sleeve says 'Hangahar'. (As with 'Sky Yen', sleeve by Malcolm Garrett.)
Sleeve reads:- (note: sleeve opens to the left, not the right)
[Front] HANGAHAR Sally Smmit and her Musicians. Special Guest - LINDSAY LEE. [Back] Soundtrack of the film HANGAHAR
photos~Groovy design~Malcom #GR**VY
Sally Smmit (reverse Smmit and you get Timms) Now singer with the Mekons.
Lindsay Lee (Tony Wilson's first wife. Now Lindsay Reed(?). )
The Drifting Cowgirls are:
Brendan Croker, Jon Langford, Robert Worby, Steve Goulding, Emma Bolland, Chet Taylor and Kenny Braithwaite
A dreamy album of lullabies for the lonely, the sad, and the lovelorn.
Sally (singer for the Mekons, remember?) has never been in finer voice.
It's a weary, warm whisper to help smooth your way to the elusive Sandman.
It'll raise the hairs on your arm. Features songs written for her by Robbie
Fulks,Jon Langford, Handsome Family, and Jeff Tweedy. The cast of musical
contributors inlcudes Jon Langford, Robbie Fulks, Jon Rauhouse of the Grievous
Angels on pedal steel and hawaiian guitar, Andrew Bird, Jane Baxter Miller,
Tom Ray, and more.
Out November 2nd (Blloodshot poetics)
1. Howdy Folks & Gather Round (Intro)
2. Dreaming Cowboy
3. Sad Milkman
4. Dark Sun
5. In Bristol Town One Bright Day
6. Sweetheart Waltz
8. Cry Cry Cry
9. When the Roses Bloom Again
10. Cancion Para Mi Padre
11. Rock Me to Sleep
12. Goodnight Cowboy Sally (Outro)
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.