Saturday, September 22, 2007
Children's Hour - 7" & 12"
Another contribution from Lo Spettro Di Se Stesso. Never heard of this New Zealand band before. Children's Hour play excellent postpunk. The 'Ya! Ya! Ya!' 7" and 'Flesh' 12" are the sole releases of the band although there are other songs that appeared on compilations. Here the entry on Children's Hour found on Discogs:
Whilst Chris Matthews was struggling within the pop-confines of the Prime Movers, Johnny Pierce (bass), Grant Fell (guitar) and Bevan Sweeney (drums) were forming their own sound as Children's Hour. More intense and experimental than what the Headless Chickens eventually became (Children's Hour were essentially the chooks in their original incarnation), they fused electronic and analog instrumentation, and wrote thoroughly brooding rock music that actually went rather unnoticed. Matthews (vocals / guitar) eventually joined the trio in 1983, and it was this line-up that released two eps on Flying Nun - and went on to tour New Zealand. Fell left for Australia, but after a short-absence, the group eventually reformed as the International Headless Chickens, and with Fell back in line (and the 'international' dropped), the Headless Chickens went on to become one of New Zealands' most successful bands. In 2005 the core remaining members (plus failsafe's Rob Mayes) reconvened for a handful of reunion performances, playing a swag of material both old and new, released as 'Looking For The Sun' - as part of Mayes archival 'retrogenic' series.
Bassist John Pearce committed suicide in 1986.
Flesh 12" (Flying Nun-FN C60-1983)
1. Caroline's Dream
2. Go Slow
3. I Know Where She Lies
4. Slaughter House
5. Looking For The Sun
Ya! Ya! Ya! 7" (Flying Nun-KID 001-1984)
1. Stuck Pig
2. Washed Away
Image of the 7" taken from Discogs. Image of the 12" taken from Rateyourmusic (thanks for the link anonymous).