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LONDON'S PREMIER FUZZ BANJO, PUMP ORGAN AND VIOLIN BAND

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Buick Circus Hour

Written by Frank Sweeney

contact Frank at DOCTORFUZZYNOISE@YAHOO.CO.UK 

ALL MP3's (C) Frank Sweeney 2004. Reproduced by kind permission. All Rights Reserved

Dec 1988 3 guitar line up, clockwise from the top Mattl Lloyd, Jim Melly, Tim Buckley, Frank Sweeney, Pat Horgan.

We began in 1985 as something for me to practise my guitar playing. Here is a selection of tracks recorded at various stages in the bands existence , click on the
green text links to hear them


Life In Chains (March 1988)





Unreleased single for Joe Foster’s Kaleidoscope Sound label it got to the stage of test pressings and sleeves printed (see below ). The distribution company went belly up in the week we got the test pressings . Recorded in Birmingham quite obviously going for a Byrds Sound but the twangy guitar at beginning sounds to me like New Order.





Sun Tanned Skin (March 1988)

Recorded at the same session in Birmingham. A sort of surfing song but the vocals could have been better .



Black is the Color (March 1988)

A traditional song done at the end of the session after too much to drink, the vocals are first take (and sound like it) and we didn’t have time to complete it.
 




One is a Lonely Number (March 1988)

This was started in the Birmigham session but finished on Andrew Innes’ 8 track machine. The French boys talking at the start were recorded by me in Greenwich Foot Tunnel. The finger pops in this track were done by a plumber who just happeded to be around when we were recording.









Rolling on a Wave (April 1990)

Demo recorded in Blackhorse Studios which is where I think Primal Scream had done ‘Loaded ‘ . The studios other claim to fame (or infamy) was ‘Star Trekkin’ the studio not only produced it , they wrote it ( and got a silver disc) - great studio though. This got some interest from Steven Street's label the name of which I can’t remember. We went for a bigger sound , I think this has 13 guitar track s and seven vocal tracks. By this time we were a three piece with Peter Waldron from Phil Wilsons group.




Burning up on re-entry (June1991)

Recorded more or less live with our tongues in our cheeks , the title is from the end of Moonraker where Q says Bond is ‘going for re-entry’. We were a three piece by this time so we went for a power trio sound







Sad Gang Carnival (January 1993)

This is where we went for total heaviosity. Recorded again in Blackhorse Road. Fed up with halking demo tapes to record companies we decided to bring out a single ourselves, not realsing the distributors were now just like the record companies in terms of what they wanted to distribute.


Sorry Just wont do (January 1993)

Big Husker Du influence here, the cross talking backing vocal didn’t work though.



Lets Go All the way (January 1993)

This is a cover of the 1984 single by Sly Fox which we had been doing for ages.



Around 1993 we were sick of no one being able to spell Buick Circus Hour so we changed our name to Venus #5 (after an off license in Kentish Town). We played our last gig around summer 1993 at the Monarch in Chalk Farm, we thought that was it until..…



A tape we had sent to the mean fiddler in 1993 was finally listened to around 1995 and they offered us a gig. Another tape we had left with GLR

Was also played so we did the gig and the radio session with Robert Elms on the same day.



GLR Radio session (as Venus#5) (December 1995)

This was more fun than the gig, during the interview I was not even on the same part of the building as Robert Elms and I was talking to a speaker on the wall . Robert Elms was a nice guy, a real professional and sounds genuinely interested (even though he’d never heard of us). My opinion of him changed after that.


Contact Frank at DOCTORFUZZYNOISE@YAHOO.CO.UK

ALL MP3's (C) Frank Sweeney 2004. Reproduced by kind permission. All Rights Reserved

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