Lemon Jelly Break The Mould
DANCE stars LEMON JELLY are set to shake the charts...with a track recorded by a Scots punk group over 25 years ago. The electronica duo have based their brilliant new release on an underground hit by Edinburgh new wave heroes THE SCARS.
79 The Shouty Track, due out next week, is builts around a lengthy sample of the rockers' 1979 debut single, Horrorshow.
And last night Lemon Jelly's FRED DEAKIN revealed: "I was a massive fan of the band in my teens. And their music is even more relevant now than it was then."
Fred and partner NICK FRANGLEN - who once gardened for MOR star PHIL COLLINS - have based each track on the forthcoming 64-95 LP on a different era and style. But when it came to finding a suitable punk classic to work with, not even THE CLASH or the SEX PISTOLS could sway Fred from choosing The Scars.
He said "I bought their album, Author Author the week it came out. I even made my own Scars T-shirt by inking the logo onto a white shirt. They had a fantastic energy - sadly I never saw them live".
But this week we tracked down Scars guitarist PAUL RESEARCH who vowed he would make Fred's wish come true by reforming the influential band if Lemon Jelly invite them to play at their Usher Hall gig in Edinburgh on March 5. He said: "If we could get the original members together I think it's be great." He was 17 when he formed The Scars in 1977 with JOHN MACKIE on bass, singer ROBERT KING and drummer CALUMN MacKAY. Since they were all still at school, they had trouble getting gigs at first but soon impressd SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES who invited them to tour as their support. After their first single on the Fast label, the NME tipped them as stars of the future and they were snapped up by Virgin. They toured with the Human League and headlined New York's ultra-trendy Mudd Club before splitting in 1982.
Now fans hope the revival of interest will encourage Virgin to finally release the Scars debut album on CD. Paul, who still plays live as a solo artist, told us: "We'd love it to be re-released. A lot of people have heard about The Scars album, but it would be even better if they could actually buy it and play it."