Wednesday, June 18, 2008

THE DARKSIDE




Country:
UK
Genre:
Rock
Style:
Space Rock, Indie Rock


Members:
Stewart "Rosco" Roswell (ex Spaceman 3) - Drums, Guitar, Organ
Pete "Bassman" Baines (ex Spaceman 3) - bass, guitar, vocals
Craig Wagstaff (91-) - Drums
Nick Hayden (-90) - Guitar and Vocals
Kevin Cowan (-92) - Guitar


VIDEO:
"Waiting for the Angels"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2UOplqVNDg&feature=related







































































ALL THAT NOISE (1990)

Credits:
Artwork By [Design] - Stiff Weapon /Mastered By - Jacko
Keyboards - Darren Windsor
Photography [Cover] - George Kilroy
Producer - John A. Rivers (also : Dead Can Dance,Eyeless In gaza etc. (tracks: 10) , Richard Waghorn
Performer, Written-by, Artwork By [Design], Producer - Darkside, The
Photography [Cover] - George Kilroy

Notes:
Recorded August 1990 at The Abbatoir, Birmingham. Mastered at Tape One.


Tracklist:

01 Guitar Voodoo (6:18)
02 Found Love (2:53)
03 She Don't Come (2:27)
04 Good For Me (2:38)
05 Love In A Burning Universe (6:09)
06 All That Noise (1:44)
07 Spend Some Time (3:11)
08 Don't Stop The Rain (3:24)
09 Soul Deep (7:00)
10 Waiting For The Angels (5:15)


Link to download:
http://rapidshare.com/files/123062805/daalno.rar.html

"Somehow finding their way to getting a debut album down despite chronic lineup instability, the three members of the Darkside this time around create a good but honestly not great record in All That Noise. Essentially the problem is one of differing inspirations and what one can do with them. While Pete "Bassman" Baines' later work with the Darkside and on his own as Alpha Stone is much more distinct, here he and his bandmates coast in comparison, especially considering what his Spacemen 3 cohorts Sonic Boom and Jason Pearce were doing. Treat the album as a joyfully derivative diversion, though, and one will be in good hands. All three players know their psych/noise/folk-rock roots and how to work with them to skillful effect. Opening number "Guitar Voodoo" makes for a perfect intro, with a slow drum shuffle, a simple but quietly addicting bassline, and Kevin Cowan's guitar filigrees turning into heavy zoned and stoned glory. Followed immediately by the brief, snarling "Found Love," something of a Spacemen 3 slamming into the Jesus and Mary Chain effort, it makes for a great start to things, if at the same time showing the relative limits of what they can do. It's all fantastic mood music without question, but as the album continues it's also clear nearly everything starts calling back more memories of Spacemen 3 and that band's astonishing sense of reach and flow. Meanwhile, the Darkside are mostly content to pastiche the past instead of extending what's already there. Baines makes for a reasonable enough lead singer, but All That Noise still suffers in comparison, reaching an embarrassing low point with "Soul Deep," which tries to be Stax/James Brown-funky and ends up just stinking. The Byrdsy ring of "Good for Me" and "Waiting for the Angels" help things out, if only just." ~ Ned Raggett, All Music Guide

"Amazing psychedelia from the blistering opening track to the closer..this album is amazing, and was correctly heralded when it came out. too bad for these guys that it all came to a close early on...still this album is pretty amazing in its guitar work and drenched psychedelic, acid musings..Great Melomania is not worth getting its a piss poor album full of partial sloppy tunes."
"An overlooked gem of an album, this first (and best) effort by The Darkside will go down a treat with all those who like mellow and sultry 60's influenced psychedelia. From the moody instrumental opener "Guitar voodoo" this album doesn't put a foot wrong, moving from upbeat surf-psyche such as "She don't come", via warped Memphis soul ("Soul deep") to psychedelic epics like "Waiting for the angels"."

"This is Psychedelic music at it's very best. When I first heard this release I though to myself that Jimi Hendrix really wasn't gone, that he'd just stepped off the road for awhile and was now back for the flat out ride. The album builds slowly and takes you completely to the other side of the universe, but without all of the pretense and filler of so many other bands who try going this route without much success.
Ah yes, the reason for the success of The Darkside and their release “All That Noise,” with some of the best and most blinding cover artwork, can be summed up in two words, well actually a word and a number ... Spacemen 3. Yes, this is yet another of the splinter groups formed from the ashes of Spacemen 3. I think it would be a whole lot of fun to get all of these splinter / family groups together, in all of their incarnations, as one big band, for one big night of Psychedelic Music ... what a momentous event that would be. I’m sure I’d be dealing with the consequences for the rest of my life.
But, until that day, or night comes, we’re got The Darkside to shift us into hypre-drive and jettison our ears to the third ring of Saturn."























HIGH RISE LOVE (12") (1990)

Credits:
Photography - George Kilroy
Producer - Darkside, The , John A. Rivers
Written By, Artwork By [Sleeve Design] - Darkside, The

Notes:
Recorded at Woodbine Street Studio, 30/01/1990.

Tracklist:

01 High Rise Love (5:20)
02 The Killing Time (4:29)
03 Can't Think Straight (2:13)



































WAITING FOR ANGELS (12") (1990)

Credits:
Producer - Darkside, The , John A. Rivers*
Written By - Darkside, The
Keyboards - Darren Windsor (track 01)


Notes:
Recorded at Woodbine Street Studio, June 1990


Tracklist:

01 Waiting For The Angels (5:11)
02 Sweet Vibrations (6:08)


Link to these two maxis:
http://rapidshare.com/files/123067736/daep.rar.html

"The first Darkside release was its most atypical, if only because the original Highrise Love EP is the only recording featuring the band's actual founder, Nick Hadyn, on vocals. He's a more forward singer than Pete Bassman turned out to be, with just enough of a rasp in his vocals to lend some bite, but the same sort of bliss-tinged atmosphere that seems endemic to Rugby-based vocalists crops up here as well. Call him the more distinct Tim Burgess if one wants, though there's no attempt at Madchester grooves here -- it's charging feedback stuff up top with the Spacemen 3 refugees bringing their own expertise to the bottom end. "Highrise Love" duly snarls and kicks along, with an attractive guitar break in the middle that hints at the band's greater powers, but it's the blasting "Killing Time," with pounding, tribal-touched drumming and a huge main riff, that's the real standout here. Hadyn's so good with his delivery it's regrettable he gave up music after this, while the concluding band blast is a total trip, loud and searing. "Can't Think Straight" makes for an equally fun, gripping track to wrap things up." ~ Ned Raggett, All Music Guide

"A good conclusion to the All That Noise album, "Waiting for the Angels" arguably works even better as a single, its good feeling and gentle surge giving the band a chance to create something just distinct enough from Spacemen 3 to count. The combination of Cowan's ringing, endlessly rising guitar and Hammond keyboard float -- especially when the former breaks into a great solo halfway through the song -- makes everything work wonders, while the rhythm section is no slouch either. The CD version includes a shorter edit while also appending, in a slightly curious move, the original version of "Highrise Love" with Haydn's vocals. There's one other new track as well -- the perhaps too obviously titled "Sweet Vibrations." It actually isn't a blissful Brian Wilson tribute per se, with a quick but not too speedy beat and some fine, fluid bass work from Bassman to recommend it. Cowan's equally fine guitar work, especially in the concluding, slow fade-and-return section make this a "should-have-been" candidate for All That Noise in place of some less distinguished songs." ~ Ned Raggett, All Music Guide



PSYCHEDELICISE SUBURBIA (1991)

Notes:
Tracks 01-05: Live at Moles Club, Bath, England on 19th January 1991
Tracks 06-10: Live at Dolce Vita, Lausanne, Switzerland on 19th April 1991

Tracklist:

01 Guitar Voodoo
02 She Don't Come
03 Are You For Real
04 Spend Some Time
05 Love In A Burning Universe
06 Highrise Love
07 Good For Me
08 Sweet Vibrations
09 Soul Deep
10 Theme 91


Link to download:
http://rapidshare.com/files/123062190/dapsysu.rar.html

"Taken from two separate dates in early 1991, the wonderfully titled Psychedelicise Suburbia only appeared in a limited edition run -- and on vinyl only, no less -- making it possibly the obscurest of the Darkside's major releases. Material from both All That Noise and the upcoming Melomania gets featured, along with some rarer numbers here and there, including a blast through the band's debut, "Highrise Love," here gamely sung by Pete Bassman in place of the long-departed Hadyn in a much lower pitch. While the earlier songs from All That Noise still betray their influences as much as develop them, Cowan in particular sounds really fantastic here, taking the tunes to a stronger level than before. The opening "Guitar Voodoo" sounds really nasty and attractive all at once, and from there things just burn right along as they should. Bassman's frontman role sounds perfectly comfortable for him -- his playing suffers not a jot -- and as a whole the slightly rejigged band, with Roswell moved over into organ and guitar work while new recruit Wagstaff handled drums, makes for an entertaining and often thrilling release. "Love in a Burning Universe" is one particular beneficiary, its combination of guitar bite and sweetly tripped out keyboard given heft both by Wagstaff's solid playing, especially when everything speeds up at the end, and Bassman's direct, effective sing/speaking. Another highlight, the B-side "Sweet Vibrations," gets a well-deserved showcase, sounding even more upfront and edgy than the studio take. "Good for Me" is the absolute business, starting as a pleasant psych-chimer before Wagstaff starts really pounding away and the whole band just takes off. Finally, the hyper-rare "Theme 91" closes things out, a Chocolate Watch Band-inspired instrumental that just plain shreds everything in sight. If there was any justice in the world, this album and the band's lost studio album would appear without hesitation." ~ Ned Raggett, All Music Guide


LIVE IN ITALY - Pata Mata's, Milano (04.25.1991)

Tracklist:


01 Instrumental
02 I Found Love
03 Enemy
04 Vibrations
05 Don't Call
06 Fever
07 Wait For Me
08 Baby
09 Waiting For The Angels
10 Burning Universe
11 I Did Not Come
12 Trying To Tell Me
13 Bright Light, Big City
14 Instrumental


Link to download:
http://rapidshare.com/files/123073426/dalimi.rar.html

Many thanks to my friend who sent this to me!!


Pete Bassman:
"When did you become disillusioned with what the music media was offering you?
There was a turning point. I think Spaceman were at a time when a lot of stuff was changing. First, the economic situation of this country and the whole of Europe was changing dramatically. From the time that Spacemen started touring we noticed that everything seemed to be getting more austere. Second, the press. Spaceman had a lot of good press, plenty of features.

It was different with The Darkside. I think the press had got to a point where they knew that they could mould what people listen to, they could influence them very directly. Sometimes we'd play bad gigs and get great reviews and sometimes we'd play great gigs and get terrible reviews, and we couldn't understand it. But we were the kind of band that you could pick on quite easily because we weren't bothered about trying to be mainstream. In fact, we felt awful about it, and it felt like the wrong thing to do, going from Spaceman 3 who'd always existed as a non-conformist band to The Darkside which was propelled into the spotlight. Some of the reviewers just trashed us without any thought and showed themselves to be shallow and not particularly good writers.

They were doing it all the time: knocking a band down, building a band up, it all depended on who they liked that particular week. They were playing God. But NME, for example, could be entertaining and factual. Look back to the late 70s, Joy Division period, there was a lot of intellectual stuff, it was very dense and coming from a much weightier angle. "


MAYHEM TO MEDITATE (12") (1992)

Credits:
Drums - Craig* /Guitar, Organ [Hammond] - Rosco
Producer - Darkside
Vocals, Bass - Pete* /Remix - Darkside, The , Paul Doyle (tracks 04-06)

Notes:
Original versions of tracks 4, 5, and 6 appeared on the album "Melomania" (SITU 34 CD).


Tracklist:

01 Straighest Shot (5:45)
02 This Time Is Mine (6:09)
03 Heart Of The Sun (7:40)
04 This Mystic Morning (Remix) (5:31)
05 This Mystic Morning (Dub) (5:31)
06 Cry For Me (2:55)

Link to download:
http://rapidshare.com/files/123068009/damame.rar.html

"The band's final release on Beggars Banquet and its associate labels, Mayhem to Meditate found the Darkside going through a notable change as Cowan departed, to be replaced by the increasingly assertive (from some points of view to a fault) Roswell. Roswell having played some guitar already on Melomania, it wasn't a complete culture shock, but the fact remains that Roswell's not quite as accomplished. He's good enough, though, and his general brusquer approach has high points, like the sudden feedback burst that leads into his brief solo on the psych/R&B combo "Straightest Shot" which leads off the disc. Two other full originals appear -- "This Time Is Mine," a slower number with a nice lazy strut to the rhythm and appropriately zony guitar leads, and the garage/go-go grooves of "Heart of the Sun." Any suspicions about Pink Floyd connections might be confirmed by a prominent mention about a "dark side" in the lyrics! The second half of the disc includes one number brought over unchanged from Melomania, "Cry for Me," and two dancier remixes of that album's "This Mystic Morning."" ~ Ned Raggett, All Music Guide

























MELOMANIA (1992)

Credits:
Drums - Craig*
Engineer - Richard Waghorn (tracks: 1, 3, 6) , Stuart MacMillan (tracks: 2, 4, 5, 7 to 9) /Engineer [Assistant] - Adrian Kavanagh (tracks: 2, 4, 5, 7 to 9)
Guitar, Bass, Organ - Kevin Cowden*
Mastered By - Jacko*
Organ, Guitar, Percussion - Rosco
Producer - Darkside, The
Vocals, Bass - Pete Bassman

Tracklist:

01 Always Pleasure (3:44)
02 Feeling Flow (3:58)
03 Tornado (3:54)
04 This Mystic Morning (5:26)
05 Someday (3:00)
06 Are You For Real (4:41)
07 24 Hours (3:37)
08 Cry For Me (2:59)
09 Rise (9:52)


Link to download:
http://rapidshare.com/files/123055009/damelom.rar.html

"The band's second and seemingly final album -- though a third is still stuck somewhere in record company vaults -- expands on the best points of All That Noise with considerably less of the drawbacks, making for a much better effort all around. Part of it could be the new lineup, with Roswell concentrating on keyboards and Wagstaff being a fine replacement for him on drums, but in general there seems to be an effort to be less one-note. While All That Noise did touch on a variety of styles, it seemed more like a cloning on them rather than an attempt to do anything with them. Melomania, on the other hand, takes that variety to create a more distinct sound, one that doesn't call to mind Spacemen 3 as much. Bain still has the lazy drawl singing from before, but he sounds more like his own man, while the group as a whole aims for something a little more complex and individual. Consider the subtle arrangements on "Feelings Flow," which almost sounds like a full horn section and orchestration at points, concluding with a brilliant, lovely solo from Cowan before a quieter coda. Then there's the just aggressive enough "Are You for Real," riding a more joyful rock kick than anything else, a rave-up for the heck of it that sounds downright fun, despite the sentiments of the lyrics. Some songs, like "This Mystic Morning," unsurprisingly call the mood from All That Noise to mind in its slow, dreamy shuffle, but the additional keyboards from Roswell, Cowan's semi-twangy guitar, and more help transform the song into something more. Concluding with a fantastic one-two punch -- the anthemic "Cry for Me" and the lengthy slow build burn "Rise" -- Melomania is a lost early-'90s pleasure." ~ Ned Raggett, All Music Guide

""Melomania" by The Darkside(not to be confused with Darkside), who was born out of the ashes of Spaceman 3, would quite simply be the best recording of the 90's even if it just contained one track: "Rise". "Rise" is a nearly 10 minute masterpiece of guitar virtuosity. Every other song on this recording is superb. Especially "Tornado". The bands first recording "All that Noise" is also outstanding. While "All that Noise" was more atmospheric, "Melomania" is hard driving guitar music. The Darkside disbanded years ago. So grab this CD while you can. It's almost impossible to find. Beggar's Banquet would do well to re-release it (along with "All that Noise"). I would love to know whatever happened to the members of The Darkside. Surely talented artist like these continued to make great music after breaking up."

"The Darkside's second and last album, this continues in the vein of 60's influenced psychedelia where their previous release left off. This has a greater proportion of more upbeat, "poppy" songs which is a shame; it is the slow-burning epics that they really shine on. The sinuous guitar line on "Tornado" is a treat, and the prolonged freak-out on "Rise" is quite simply superb. On the downside Pete Bassman's vocals may grate on some ears, but don't let that put you off investigating this excellent album."

"This is the third offering by The Darkside, and they continue to ride the Psychedelic Wave of some distant planet, bringing back a taste of mystery and splendor for us to sample ... leaving me to wonder what they actually hear in their own heads. They've progressed by bringing up the voices and smoothing things out a bit, but there's nothing repeated, redundant or even reminiscent of their previous releases ... other then more of the finest Psychedelic Music you are ever going to hear on this side of the galaxie."



Biography:
The Darkside was one of several bands to emerge following the break-up of Spacemen 3 and adhered to a dark psychedelic yet more overtly pop-orientated template than their progenitor. The band formed in the Spacemen's hometown of Rugby and was led by Pete Bain (AKA Bassman), who had left Spacemen 3 just before their 1989 LP Playing With Fire. Bain was then joined in the new outfit by his former bandmate, drummer Sterling Roswell (AKA Rosco). Vocals were initially handled by Nick Hayden but his departure forced Bain to assume them. The group were signed to Beggars Banquet Records offshoot Situation Two throughout their existence.
The group debuted in 1990 with the single 'Highrise Love' and this was followed by an LP, All That Noise. With Rosco moving to keyboards, the group recruited Craig Wagstaff, whom they had known while in Spacemen 3. The Melomania LP then followed in 1992. With the departure of guitarist Kevin Cowen following the LP's release, Bain then assumed guitar duties for the EP Mayhem to Meditate. When Situation Two rejected the demos cut for a third LP, the band disintegrated.
Since the band's split, Bain has recorded several albums under the Alpha Stone name and guested on several of former bandmate Peter Kember's E.A.R albums. Rosco recently issued the well-received solo LP Ubik under his real name Sterling Roswell.(
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Darkside)

Rosco and Pete Bassman (né Baines), the original rhythm section of England's extraordinary Spacemen 3, formed the Darkside as a side band in 1986, devoting themselves to it several years later. On All That Noise, the Rugby trio has the Doors' old rainy-night bass/drums sound down cold, but that dubious achievement is the album's best feature. The other notable elements on this atmospheric but underwhelming record — Bassman's lazy artless-pop vocals, Rosco's wheedly organ, and guitar work that ranges from a translucent pop drizzle to floods of pseudo-psychedelic distortion — don't amount to much. Other than "Good for Me," the songwriting is too weak to carry the load. Lacking the obsessive intensity of the Spacemen or a strong personality of its own, the Darkside's candle flickers without shedding any light.Recorded as a quartet, the self-produced Melomania (for those without access to an OED, the title means "a mania for music") documents Bassman's second futile try at singing consistently in tune, accompanied by a narrowed dynamic range of stylish quiet and ragged loud, all slathered ineffectually in '60s ambience. With no sign of the first album's Doors fixation, "This Mystic Morning" does ape some of that group's Los Angeles folk-rock contemporaries reasonably well. Ultimately, the Darkside's incoherence, lack of conviction and threadbare compositional ideas go to show that a mania for music is nothing like a talent for it. [Ira Robbins]
(http://www.trouserpress.com/entry.php?a=darkside)

Pete 'Bassman' Bain
was a member of Noise on Independant Street (1980),The Spacemen(1982),The Push (1984),Spacemen 3 (1986-1989,see:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spacemen_3),The Darkside (1989-1992),Supernova/The Supernova Quartet (1993),The Banana Spliffs (1994),Alphastone (http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=232875997) etc.

"The Darkside was not really me, sure I was a member of the band and wrote all the lyrics and a large proportion of the music, but I felt little empathy with the other members. I felt like my direction as a musician was compromised. That band taught me some hard lessons. It was the first and last time I was signed to a major label, a great opportunity thrown away. Every member was guilty in their own way of dragging it down; egos, squabbles and fragmentation until the band didn't so much split up as fade away. When I telephoned the label to tell them the group had finished and maybe they would want to do a press release I was told it was not worth it, nobody was interested.Life's a motorway. Particularly when you're in the slow lane..

...I felt that The Darkside was traumatic, it was everybody's failings that it never worked out for us whereas Spaceman was for me a very uncomplicated band and I enjoyed it.
The Darkside was a terrible mistake and I've got to live that down. It's a skeleton in the closet and I thought I'd better drag it out and make people aware of it. I basically felt let down by a lot of people and the whole thing was very ugly. Alphastone was a reaction that
."



"...The Darkside was a lot more money but a lot more money was embezzled and stolen. The split between the members was unfair too. I began to resent the fact that I wasn't getting paid for writing any songs, so I stopped writing songs for the band.



Also, when it's all over you go from earning.. well, in The Darkside we never really earned much more than £100 a week, but that was at a time when The Stone Roses were getting about £60 a week from Silvertone. But you go from that to the dole and once people shut the doors in the music industry they never open again. It's funny how people will talk to you one week and then not talk to you the next week. That's what made me cynical about doing this again.



Record companies are stupid. They just hoover up cocaine and spend money like fools. We had a bit of that in Alphastone 'cos we'd been asked to go to Chrysalis to talk about publishing so we got our hopes up really high. The guy put out some really confusing signals - he said that he liked us and really wanted to see us but at the same time he'd put us on hold for weeks on end and kept saying the same things. We got to the point where we thought he was trying to let us down, but why couldn't he just tell us? And we had some interest from Interscope, they were all over us like a rash and then next minute they couldn't do anything for us.
It got to the point where I thought that if someone comes up to us after a gig and says "hey guys, great gig, do you fancy signing a contract?" I'd probably just say "not really." [laughs out loud] I'd be really defensive and I'm not sure how I could deal with any speculative interest
."

(http://www.geocities.com/sunsetstrip/backstage/1472/alphastone-fogey.html)

Pete can currently be seen playing with 'The Birdmen 3' and recording as 'Bassman'. He has also been guesting with 'The Meek' and 'Uberfuzz'. Andy plays with successful garage Rn'B outfit 'Auntie Alfie's Medicinal Cabinet'...





Craig Wagstaff
The only info i found is he took part on Richard Ashcroft's Human Conditions CD (2003)


Sterling Roswell
is more commonly known as 'Rosco' and most known as a member of the legendary Spacemen 3 from age just 18, recording three albums. When they eventually split, he joined the 3's Pete Bassman in Darkside, producing two albums for Beggars Banquet. Later he came back to music and made some demos while living in Rome. These led to him being signed by Mint/Jungle, Mercury Rev's original label where he released his album ‘Psychedelic Ubik’ in 2004.(http://www.jungle-records.demon.co.uk/mint/mint16.htm and http://www.jungle-records.demon.co.uk/mint/mintcd16.htm)
Nick Hayden
many thanks to Nick for these messages!
Hi Salty,Its Nick Hayden here.I was the former vocalist with The Darkside,and sang on the Highrise Love 12inch,released in 1990.as you can probably pick out from the lyrics on Cant Think Straight and Highrise Love,i was gradually losing the plot somewhat around that time...Due to various addictions and unwanted police attention.I left the band in May1990,and turned up a while later in Oxford.I formed Flite 118,and played local gigs including support to Spiritualised at the Oxford Poly that summer,and a support slot with Ride at the town and Country Club(London).After this ended i moved to Australia with my then wife.I surfaced back in Oxford a few years later and sang with my next project the Red Bamboo.We recorded tracks with a very middle eastern flavour.Nothing really came of this and i took some time out in Cairo Egypt.This only increased my appetite or all things Arabic.And i am just about to start my forth year on a university course,learning to speak and write Arabic.Am also heavily into the U.F.O thing,Alien Base on moon sensation,studying Horned Human Skulls that have been found!!! and all those other exciting things like Rods shooting around the skies.Anyway keep an eye out for those Alien craft...They are out there for sure..Nick
Hi again Salty.I havent got anything on my space or any other site yet.I am working on a compilation at the moment to be called Missing links....it will be a 12 track cd.Made up of live tracks and studio recordings.. covering material from 1991 onwards.the first seven tracks are live recordings from Flite118.Tracks 1-4 were recorded at the Town and Country Club (London)when we supported Oxford band RIDE.Tracks 5-7 are live at the Jericho Tavern (OXFORD)These 7 songs are pretty good quality and have layed in the archives untouched and unheard for many years.Tracks 8-12 are studio out- takes.And very good quality recordings.In my opinion these are the best songs ive written.most have a very Middle Eastern flavour,with some very good solid beats.I am in the middle of transfering the taped tracks into mp3s.With help from the Red Bamboo percussionist/keyboard wizzard Phil West.Hoping to sought the art work out soon,and make a very presentable little package.Will perhaps do a limited edition run of 100.I just feel it would be nice to let people hear these Missing Links..I would love to get a band together and get back to playing again.or perhaps play live using backing tracks..who knows.I have had a lot of interest concerning the recordings ive made since leaving the Darkside.I Will keep in touch,and keep you up to date with the project.Thanks for showing an interest...There are also a lot of Darkside tracks from earlier Demos right back to 1986 floating around.I think Pete bassman is planning to release them in the future.Im not in contact with any of the Darkside guys anymore.I spoke to Kev Cowan(my cousin)a few years ago about joining me for a recording or two.But have since lost touch.Due to me keep on moving around and losing mobiles.Take care,enjoy the rest of the summer....cheers Nick H.



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saltyka
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29 Comments:

Blogger Dream Ethereal Noise said...

fantastic! thx very much :))

4:45 PM  
Anonymous note. said...

love your blog, some hard to find gems here.

if you could post up cerrone's love in c minor, cerrone's paradise, and cerrone 3: supernature ... i'd much appreciate it. can't find them on mp3.

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi note

sure but only later this year if you can wait

5:55 AM  
Blogger nick ex darkside singer. said...

good to see the darkside are still remembered by some,,,,,

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome here Nick!

Its nice to see you here!Can you tell us something about yourself please? What has happened to you since left The Darkside? Do you have maybe a page to visit?

Thanks in advance for your answer

greetings
salty

12:39 PM  
Blogger odot said...

hello there dear saltyka,

any chance you could repupload the coincidental music album by hosono?

thank you!

2:42 AM  
Anonymous The Happy Few said...

Enjoy your holiday and if you feel lost for inspiration upon your return my request would be the two 12" by GANZHEIT. Cheers and thanks for all the music!

1:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice page...thanks, I got some pics I had lost many years ago...also I try to download the gig...
best wishes wishing well
Sterling Roswell
links to my projects
http://www.myspace.com/ubikfreqzoscillator
http://www.myspace.com/sterlingroswell http://www.myspace.com/roswellsterling

8:37 AM  
Anonymous dreamer said...

Greetings,like the blog.keep up the good work.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Nick ex Darkside Singer said...

Hi Salty,Its Nick Hayden here.I was the former vocalist with The Darkside,and sang on the Highrise Love 12inch,released in 1990.as you can probably pick out from the lyrics on Cant Think Straight and Highrise Love,i was gradually losing the plot somewhat around that time...Due to various addictions and unwanted police attention.I left the band in May1990,and turned up a while later in Oxford.I formed Flite 118,and played local gigs including support to Spiritualised at the Oxford Poly that summer,and a support slot with Ride at the town and Country Club(London).After this ended i moved to Australia with my then wife.I surfaced back in Oxford a few years later and sang with my next project the Red Bamboo.We recorded tracks with a very middle eastern flavour.Nothing really came of this and i took some time out in Cairo Egypt.This only increased my appetite or all things Arabic.And i am just about to start my forth year on a university course,learning to speak and write Arabic.Am also heavily into the U.F.O thing,Alien Base on moon sensation,studying Horned Human Skulls that have been found!!! and all those other exciting things like Rods shooting around the skies.Anyway keep an eye out for those Alien craft...They are out there for sure..Nick

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@The Happy Few
Hi thank you and and nice summer for you too!
Sure i can post Ganzheit for you when im back (im abroad now):)

@odot sure after 15 .aug:)

@Sterling Roswell & Nick

You're welcome and many thanks!!!!!!!!


@Nick


Many thanks for the lot of info!
Is there any place (myspace maybe) to listen to your stuff like Flite 118 and Red Bamboo?

As for UFOs,yes i know they are on the Moon but never heard about Horned Human Skulls.Thanks also for this info i will look after when im back from my holiday.

best regards
salty

11:26 PM  
Blogger Gianni said...

absolutely wonferful.
thanks for the darkside light!

6:23 AM  
Blogger Christopher Love said...

hello,
my name is christopher love. i left you a comment on your p. lion post but noticed that post is from awhile back. i wasn't sure if you'd read it so i thought i'd post here. i was wondering if you could re-upload "springtime." i've been looking for this album for quite awhile. p. lion is such a romantic!

by the way, i love your blog. there is a lot of hard to find music on here. i appreciate the moral support post. check out my blog for italo tracks and a mix! i'm just starting though. :X

thanks a ton,
christopher

10:48 AM  
Blogger Christopher Love said...

oh, and i can send you some great italo albums as well! i have valerie dore's album, costas charitodiplomenos, and others!!

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Nick ex Darkside singer. said...

Hi again Salty.I havent got anything on my space or any other site yet.I am working on a compilation at the moment to be called Missing links....it will be a 12 track cd.Made up of live tracks and studio recordings.. covering material from 1991 onwards.the first seven tracks are live recordings from Flite118.Tracks 1-4 were recorded at the Town and Country Club (London)when we supported Oxford band RIDE.Tracks 5-7 are live at the Jericho Tavern (OXFORD)These 7 songs are pretty good quality and have layed in the archives untouched and unheard for many years.Tracks 8-12 are studio out- takes.And very good quality recordings.In my opinion these are the best songs ive written.most have a very Middle Eastern flavour,with some very good solid beats.I am in the middle of transfering the taped tracks into mp3s.With help from the Red Bamboo percussionist/keyboard wizzard Phil West.Hoping to sought the art work out soon,and make a very presentable little package.Will perhaps do a limited edition run of 100.I just feel it would be nice to let people hear these Missing Links..I would love to get a band together and get back to playing again.or perhaps play live using backing tracks..who knows.I have had a lot of interest concerning the recordings ive made since leaving the Darkside.I Will keep in touch,and keep you up to date with the project.Thanks for showing an interest...There are also a lot of Darkside tracks from earlier Demos right back to 1986 floating around.I think Pete bassman is planning to release them in the future.Im not in contact with any of the Darkside guys anymore.I spoke to Kev Cowan(my cousin)a few years ago about joining me for a recording or two.But have since lost touch.Due to me keep on moving around and losing mobiles.Take care,enjoy the rest of the summer....cheers Nick H.

6:18 AM  
Blogger Zalman said...

Hello friends,
I have a request about some terrific tracks that I want to know the name or composer of them.

Please check these Sample Tracks here:

http://www.mediafire.com/?pj0dmx3zgbp

And

http://www.mediafire.com/?e4mtvexjzmx


If you know any of these tracks or Composers let me know please.

Thanks for spending your time and checking these Tunes.

The tracks: 5,6,7 and 8 are really important to me.

Thanks in advance.

Kind Regards,
Zalman.

4:23 AM  
Blogger Marlow said...

thanks for this beautiful album, fantastic! reminds me of The Chills from New Zealand. Check out their "Pink Frost" song if you don't know them.

2:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Zalman

hi im sorry but cant help because never heard these songs:((

@marlow

Hi,yes i know The Chills well and love it, i will trying to make an entry with them this year:)

@Christopher Love

Hi thanks for your mesasage ive just visited your blog and like it,and decided to add you to my list.Also will be glad if you send some albums too:)

please check the new "Reposted" section for P.Lion!

@Nick

Hi again Nick

thanks for your message,i was very glad to haer the good news!
I think it would be a good idea to release these songs,im sure many of your fans will be happy.Yes,please hurry with it!!:)
I can hardly wait to listening to your songs also would be delighted to see you again playing live!
I hope you can manage it,good luck!
I would be glad to here from you soon,untill then take care and best wishes!

salty

5:31 AM  
Blogger rosy said...

Hi,
I am rosy ,..am new to this blog and am happy to see many friends over here..hope i continue to stay here..
_________________
rosy

http://DoRadio.com

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Nick said...

Hi Salty.I have just burnt off a cd with 8 x flite 118 tracks and 5 Red Bamboo tracks on it.If you email me an address or p/o box or whatever.To my email address.(nickatthestables@hotmail.co.uk) I will post it to you.....
Cheers Nick.

2:53 AM  
Blogger Joe Chapman said...

Wow! It's been great reading this blog. I've just bought one of the original promo vinyl copies of Highrise Love which has a covering letter in it. It's sounds as great as I remember.

If Nick happens to read this again:

Hello Nick, this is Joe, we knew each other in the early 1990s and I played bass guitar for you once in Flite 118 when I was 17. Nice to hear you are studying and still interested in doing some music. You were very inspirational to me as a teenager and a nice person to know.

I have continued to play in bands, the latest is Spiral 25

Anyway, back to The Darkside - was the song "Ocean Of Fire" a Darkside song or a Flite 118 one? I can't remember! It's always stuck in my head, brilliant song and I'd love to hear it again.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous nick said...

Hi,nice to hear from you Joe.Glad you are still playing in a band.Heard one song by your latest band,and a bit of your solo stuff,and i like it.I thought you were a brilliant Bass player.I would have liked to have done a bit more work with you ,but life was a bit crazy back then.Ocean of fire was a Darkside song.i wrote it in 1988 with Kev Cowen,back in the early days.It appeared on the 2nd Darkside demo,just before we signed to Beggars Banquet.It was never released on vinyl or cd.Cheers Nick

4:36 AM  
Anonymous Nick said...

Hi..Flite 118 and a track by The Red Bamboo.Now on youtube...more to follow soon. Nick

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Nick, thanks! I'll check them youtube:)

cheers
salty

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick - hope you're well - give me a ring
Gareth - yes from the 70s

10:53 AM  
Blogger George Loukakis said...

Hello,

Could you re-upload the OMD rare mixes (filesend deletes uploads fairly quickly). Thanks!

11:53 AM  
Anonymous viagra online said...

The darkside is the strangest band I've heard so far in blog, do you have more from them?

1:06 PM  
Blogger adriana said...

hello salty, great blog! please, you can upload again The Darkside - 1991 - Live In Italy ,Milano 25.04.1991 (?)
cheerz a.

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

could someone please reupload these three albums? i cant find it anywhere and the links are down. PLEASEEEEEEEEE ;-;

my email is mariomxpx@hotmail.com

8:52 PM  

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