8.3.09

VIVIEN GOLDMAN : Dirty Washing EP

Launderette
Finally! Yesyesyes, it's easy enough to find Vivien Goldman's fantastic "Launderette" these days (I downloaded it c/o i-Tunes a couple of years ago & the MP3 is rather cheekily mastered from very crackly vinyl!) but t'other side, "Private Armies", is a trickier proposition. Fortunately for me & thee I've found an upload of the entire Dirty Washing EP over at Egg City Radio - it's the U.S. 12" repress on coolasfeck 99 Records with an additional track (an On-U dub of the b-side that originally saw service on the first New Age Steppers LP apparently). Better still, it transpires that "Private Armies" is a great song as well.

For the record: Goldman was a well connected London-based journalist who wrote extensively (for all three major music papers!) about the punk & post-punk scenes in the late 70s / early 80s. Employing Keith Levene, John Lydon, Adrian Sherwood, Robert Wyatt (who also appeared on an Epic Soundtracks 7" 'roundabout this time!) & Steve Beresford (amongst others), she self-released the original "Launderette" 7" on her own Window label in 1981. It was reputedly recorded on the sly during PiL's Flower Of Romance sessions at Virgin's Manor Studios which is how Lydon collared his co-production credit. On a subsequent trip to NYC, she dropped off a cassette copy at Ed Bahlman's 99 Records store (it's pronouced "nine nine" btw) who loved it & ultimtely re-released it as the Dirty Washing 12" with alternate artwork plus that additional dub. Disappointingly, it remains Goldman's only solo release though she's collaborated with other artists (The Flying Lizards & Massive Attack for instance) since.

Nine nine

15 comments:

  1. Much gratitude sir, I've been after 'Private Armies' for some time. And it's nice to hear 'Launderette' sans crackle.

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  2. Had this for a while didn't know you were after it. What did she do with Massive Attack?
    Her books are really good and on the Puncast site run by Joly there are lectures on punk and reggae that she does online from time to time.
    Regards/

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  3. She apparently co-wrote a couple of tracks on Protection, but as it's the one Massive Attack LP I don't own that's as much as I know I'm afraid...

    Also... didn't realise that she & Mark Stewart were a couple for some time! IBx

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  4. I wanted to hear this since reading about it the other day in something, though I can't remember exactly what it was I read it in, I think it was the new Simon Reynolds book.
    Thanls anywho.

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  5. Aye, it's a great record. Pretty odd that it's been unavailable for so long...

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  6. Buscemi14.6.09

    Private Armies, one of the best dub tunes EVER!!! This is so great. Thanks for putting this hard to find vinyl twelve online.

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  7. Yep, it's a corker!

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  8. duds5.1.10

    wow - thanks!

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  9. Indeed a great single - and fortunately one of the few I still have from that era... the rest were ripped off along with guitars/amps etc by an unscrupulous landlord in a rental dispute (sigh!)
    My copy too is a bit scratchy, but the music remains undimmed! The instrumental dub version is also available on the 'Wild Dub - Dread Meets Punk Rocker Downtown' compilation (2003)... with liner notes by Ms Goldman herself! Worth getting!
    We give both versions the occasional spin on our radio shows.

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  10. Thing is, it's one of those (great) records that I can imagine is enhanced by a little surface noise! Strange it's not been reissued in the last few years' post-punk brouhaha, but at least it's accessible online, eh?

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  11. Anonymous9.7.13

    Huge ups right here ILTD. Thanks a ton

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  12. You're welcome. I honestly can't believe that this fine record STILL hasn't bee reissued - somebody's missing a trick! :)

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  13. Anonymous27.3.14

    GRACIAS ROOKSBY!!

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  14. You are a hero for this. A true hero.

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  15. Yes, great record... pleased to hear the link still works! ;)

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