Flicker: Nádraží!

Posted by Wudmaster on 12/02/24

Nádraží! is a brand new release by Flicker. It has been added to their growing HappySad album.

Nádraží! is the fifth HappySad track to be finished and the first in 2024. This is clearly fabulous news for everyone concerned!

We hope that you will love this tune as much as we do. Nádraží!, at just 2:26 in length, is a quick, hard-hitting, uptempo heavy rock instrumental.

Nádraží was recorded using A = 432Hz, instead of the usual standard concert pitch of A = 440Hz. There is a lot of information available online for anyone interested in the fascinating whys, wherefores and history of these two tuning frequencies.

It was composed in late 2000 and early 2001, before George went to Prague to visit his friends there.

Several of the tunes that he had composed very recently at that time had no title, so he asked a few of his Czech friends for ideas as to what they should be called.

The title Nádraží!, or ‘Railway Station!’, was suggested by David. The word ‘Nádraží’ means ‘station’ (especially of the railway variety) in Czech.

This all came about following an amusing and perfectly harmless linguistic blunder. A confused visitor to Prague raised his glass in a bar to some friends and cried “Nádraží!”, causing much giggling.

The correct phrase would have been “Na zdraví!” – literally, “To health!”. It’s an easy mistake to make when visiting the Czech Republic.

Nádraží! is in the key of A minor and the tempo is within the allegro range, at 138 BPM. The guitar is played on Nicodemus. Maxx plays the Plank and Sven plays mostly Tama and Zildjian.

The guitar and bass parts were recorded using the Neural Quad Cortex. George used two factory presets from the QC and he changes pickup configurations as the piece develops. These patches were called We Love Herbie (left) and Piece of Mind (right).

Maxx created his own patches from scratch on the Quad Cortex, as he likes to do such things.

Nádraží! is slated to be track #13 on the HappySad album and is currently exclusive to Bandcamp. We plan to add it to SoundCloud soon, and other platforms in good time.

If you would like to listen to or download Nádraží! from Flicker’s growing HappySad album, you can do so by clicking here.

To download the whole HappySad album as it stands right now, please click here instead.

Nicodemus and the Marshall. The edit is "a comment on the quality of the playing".

Nicodemus and the Marshall. The edit is “a comment on the quality of the playing”.

Pok: The Sidewalk Song

Posted by Wudmaster on 04/02/24

The Sidewalk Song is a brand new studio release that has been added to Pok‘s Anthology album. The song is over 40 years old, and one of the most historic songs in the Wud Records pantheon of amazing music. It remains largely true to the original. Several of its classic recorded versions from deep within the Wud Records cassette vault were used for reference.

The Sidewalk Song is a fun, tongue-in-cheek, bombastic rock song that describes youthful exuberance, confidence and bravado in a world that is opening up and full of exciting possibilities. The song has a typically fun hard rock atmosphere with fantastic performances throughout.

It was first created by Pok and Mark Drower, and was subsequently performed by Now and Wud, with Ken adding his own special flare to proceedings. You can enjoy the Wud version from a live session in the glorious summer of 1985 by clicking here.

This is in essence a very simple song, with just four chords – E7, A7, G and D. Wonderfully straightforward for tyro musicians to jam along to. There is a shout of “G!!!”, as became traditional, to warn everyone that the first G of the song was approaching.

Typical of many of Pok’s songs, it has a long intro that builds slowly. It begins from a base of just guitars, with the riffing guitar playing a fretted note on just the one-beat, and harmonics on all of the other beats. The rest of the band gradually join in to create a glorious raucous crescendo for the choruses: “The sun don’t shine for you, it shines for me!”

The breakdown was improvised and never quite the same twice. Pok used a classic recording of Now with Mark Drower on vocals as his main template, and we added a bit of percussion to keep things fun. During the breakdown, Pok plays guitar left and right whilst the main riff is handled by Fedax playing the cleaner centre riff to anchor the section down.

For the rest of the song, Pok plays Betty the Bastard (an instrument of destruction built originally by Tokai based on the Gibson SG) panned into the right channel, and also plays all the lead breaks on the same guitar.

Fedax is panned left and plays Nicodemus, paying careful attention to the various combinations and permutations of E7 and A7 voicing that were stipulated long ago by the fledgling Masters of Drone way back in the early 1980s. Precise details can be found at the page for The Sidewalk Song at the Explicit Music website, as well as on the song’s Bandcamp page.

If you would like to download or listen to The Sidewalk Song at Bandcamp, please click here.

To listen to The Sidewalk Song at SoundCloud, click here instead.

If you would like to own or listen to the entire Anthology album as it stands right now, please click here.

Pok on guitar in 1984.

Pok on guitar in 1984.

Wud Records: January 2024 top ten published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/02/24

The January 2024 Chart

The top ten tracks for January 2024 on Bandcamp and SoundCloud have been published in a new compilation.

We almost included data from spotify and the other streaming platforms, but unfortunately their data arrives too late from the distributors. We may delay the creation of these playlists for three or four days in the future, although this will be a team decision as we do like to have our recent hot tracks up on the website right from the first day of the month.

Truth be told, we dislike spotify rather intensely. Not only are they tardy regarding supplying their stats, they have also implemented their most hideously egregious policy so far from 1st January 2024.

Spotify have chosen to take all of the revenue generated by any track having under 1000 streams and redistribute that revenue to the people who have the most streams, such as drake, kanye, taylor and so on.

Read about it here:

This isn’t just theft, it’s an absolute disgrace. Whoever thought this up should be ashamed of themselves and publicly rogered with a wire brush. Size four.

As such, we are considering boycotting spotify entirely. More news on this to come.

Why Use Bandcamp?

Whilst several music platforms offer music downloads, they all charge a lot more and take a much bigger percentage of that higher price then Bandcamp does.

This means that you pay more, the band receives less, and a big greedy corporation takes a big old chunk of the money you paid to support the artist all for itself, just because it can. It’s a lose-lose situation, unless you happen to be a big greedy corporation who can rip people off however the fancy takes them.

Buying music from Bandcamp will cost you less and support the artist more. It’s always a good idea to download from Bandcamp whenever possible as they are the best site for supporting artists. You can even pay more than the asking price for music on Bandcamp if you wish to add a little extra support for the artist.

Consider also the danger that streaming services might remove music or artists from their platform (e.g. the current dispute between Universal Music Group and TikTok), or even cease to exist altogether. To avoid having the soundtracks to your life erased, we strongly recommend buying physical media and downloads so you can listen to your favourite songs whenever you wish.

How Did We Calculate The January 2024 Chart?

The algorithm we use gives greatest weight to downloads and reposts, then likes and comments (active engagement) over plays (passive engagement).

When somebody reposts a track, that gives it the opportunity to be heard by a potential new fan. This is always a tremendous help for creative souls!

We have combined the stats from both SoundCloud and Bandcamp for the new chart. This is because it will not be long until all our Bandcamp tracks are also published at SoundCloud, providing they do not mangle their stats too horribly in the conversion/downgrade to ‘insights’.

Radio play and songs published at other platforms are omitted from the statistics. There may be further developments when our music is added to more platforms.

Archive tracks and bonus tracks are also ignored, as are likes and comments from people who clearly didn’t listen to the music. We have ways of knowing these things.

Only you, the listener, can influence our February 2024 chart. So if there is a track you particularly like, keep playing it! Leave a comment, repost it, share it to your social media feeds! Download it from our Bandcamp! Add it to a playlist! It absolutely can make a difference.

Thanks For All Your Help!

Massive thanks go out to everybody who helped to support all of us during January 2024 by listening to, commenting on and reposting our bands’ tracks on SoundCloud, Bandcamp and elsewhere.

All the wonderful fans of our bands who supported us with downloads from Bandcamp are especially appreciated. You genuinely help us keep the fires burning and collectively we thank you for that most graciously. May you be blessed by the gods of rock n roll! :)

We would also like to say a special thank you to all the splendid people on Twitter who have been enjoying and reposting our tracks to their followers. All the support and positive feedback has been incredibly heartwarming for us all. It makes our endeavours here feel worthwhile.

Thank you very much to everyone who bought items from our merch store. Anyone who shares a photo of themselves with their Wud item on social media will receive an extra goody from ourselves once we have seen it and shared the photo on to our community as well.

If you buy something cool from the Flicker merch store, or the Dark Company merch store, both of which opened recently, we shall also send you an extra goody if you show us a photo of yourself (or friend, or environment) on social media with the item you purchased.

Last and by no means least, we would like to say thank you very much to all of the splendid people who have been buying us coffees at BuyMeACoffee. It’s very kind of you to help us out. All of these things absolutely contribute to ourselves being able to keep going, and spend more time making beautiful music for you to enjoy. It is truly appreciated very much indeed.

Who’s In The January 2024 Top Ten?

The Bastard Sons of Dennis

Congratulations to The Bastard Sons of Dennis! They dominated the chart in January 2024, claiming five of the top ten positions. All of the songs are from their fabulous Cosy Lube Turtle album, with their cover of Blue Oyster Cult’s Astronomy holding on to the top position for a record tenth consecutive month. Can anything top it next time around? It was close this time!

Cosy Lube Turtle has been available on Bandcamp for some time. Towards the end of 2022 we released the Cosy Lube Turtle album to SoundCloud as well. Recently it was sent for global distribution.

Since the studio upgrade early last year, we have been working on improving the sound quality of everything we released in the last few years. Another album by The Bastard Sons of Dennis, Cherry Smoke Empire, is currently on the slab.

A progtastic full-band mini-album by the dynamic duo is also in the early stages of finalisation. Sadly we tend to feel that further recordings of their many remaining Blue Oyster Cult covers seems an unlikely prospect. This is mostly due to “discommunication, disorganisation and general untogetherness”, as the legend who is Paul Bateman once said of them when they were in Rough Terrain.

We finished the remixing and remastering of Cosy Lube Turtle in the autumn just gone. The new and improved Cosy Lube Turtle album was re-released early in October. We are still considering holding a Cosy Lube Turtle listening party at Bandcamp at some point when everything can be arranged.

This month‘s number one song, Astronomy, is a profoundly beautiful and haunting song. It was composed by the Bouchard brothers, Joe and Albert, and Sandy Pearlman. It is the final track of Blue Öyster Cult’s 1974 Secret Treaties album, and an absolute masterpiece of progressive rock composition.

The version of Astronomy by The Bastard Sons of Dennis is more produced than their live performances. They would often end a show with Astronomy, introducing it as a song that was famously covered by Metallica. “We wrote it, of course; ahem, cough…” Chuck would quip.

Falling four places from number two to number six is the next song from the Cosy Lube Turtle album by The Bastard Sons of Dennis. She’s as Beautiful as a Foot is another Blue Öyster Cult cover, which originates from the Long Island quintet’s 1972 eponymous album, Blue Öyster Cult. The original version is highly psychedelic.

When covered by The Bastard Sons of Dennis, Chuck tunes his guitar to DADGAD. The twinkly noises at the beginning are created using an old computer fan and its assorted janglesome danglesome appendages. She’s as Beautiful as a Foot was often performed first in a set of Bastard Sons of Dennis songs, due largely to the tuning.

A re-entry at number seven is the next Cosy Lube Turtle song. It is a cover of Blue Öyster Cult‘s Wings Wetted Down, from the 1973 Tyranny and Mutation album.

Wings Wetted Down is a masterfully crafted piece of songwriting, with its clever key changes and all its vocal and instrumental melodic hooks. It is considered a deep cut among BÖC fans. The version performed by The Bastard Sons of Dennis is largely true to the original, with the addition of a riff section that Derek solos over.

Then Came the Last Days of May drops two places to number six. This song tells a true story of how three university friends of Blue Öyster Cult’s guitarist, Donald ‘Buck Dharma’ Roeser, were brutally murdered in a drug deal that went horribly and tragically wrong. The version by our dynamic duo adds a twist to the versions heard on Blue Öyster Cult’s eponymous studio album and the live On Your Feet Or On Your Knees album from 1975.

Derek would sing “Now and then a duck” instead of “truck”, which caused fans of the duo to bring toy ducks with them along to live performances. Chuck’s solo is largely based on the live On Your Feet Or On Your Knees version, and his little whistle at the end (which didn’t always come out quite right in a live show) came from the character Tom Good in the uk tv sitcom The Good Life.

Returning to our charts at number nine is a second re-entry for The Bastard Sons of Dennis. Seven Screaming Diz-Busters is a highly esoteric and extraordinary piece of progressive rock composition, beautifully interpreted by The Bastard Sons of Dennis. It is a song for which they were well known.

Originally it was released by Blue Öyster Cult on their 1973 Tyranny and Mutation album. It was big crowd favourite at a live performance by The Bastard Sons of Dennis and you can enjoy watching a video of them playing it live by clicking here.

Mark Drower and the Everyones

What a month it’s been for Mark Drower and the Everyones! All four of their songs from their seminal Blaze Tape recording re-entered the chart this month, and all of them in the top five.

A re-entry at number two, its highest ever position, is I Know I Know You by Mark Drower and the Everyones. This is a beautiful song with a lot of history.

I Know I Know You was composed by Mark Drower for the King’s School Ottery St Mary Project Week of 1982. As such, I Know I Know You is one of the oldest recordings in the Wud Records pantheon of fantastic songs.

I Know I Know You features a teenage Pok on lead guitar. It was performed live during the performance of the play Everyone by Frederick Franck, as well as by other bands that came later, such as Wud. It came in Act One, directly after the scene where Everyone talks with his Friends. The drop-D tuning Mark often used on his acoustic is still known as Drower Tuning by many of the wider Wud posse.

Treasure by Mark Drower and the Everyones is a re-entry at number three. The last time that this song was on the charts was back in February 2018, almost six years ago! Treasure has a redoubtable history and was often jammed and made into other songs entirely, songs which never saw the light of day beyond the rooms they were jammed in.

Treasure is another fabulous song that Mark created. Its wonderful lyrics were often quoted, and those obscure chords in drop-D tuning that Mark taught us never appeared in any chord dictionary.

Treasure features the fabulous lead guitarings of a teenage Pok the Bard. Lisa Williams, who played the part of Treasure during the play, read the talkover at the beginning.

The third song to re-enter our charts from Mark Drower and the Everyones is The Mirror. This is another beautiful creation in a drop-D tuning with a long, long history. There is a delightfully communal singalong section where the backing singers can rouse the crowd and Mark sings the lead vocal over the top of it.

The Mirror was the first song to be recorded at Blaze Studios in Torquay and the final live song performed during Everyone. It was performed after Everyone met Insight and came to a state of understanding, acceptance and self-belief.

One time George performed this song at a friend’s 21st birthday celebration to a large hall full of relatives and friends. During the performance he had a moment of mispronunciation and accidentally sang “From the past to pilchard they will sing the same old rhymes” instead of “From the past to future”, which caused much hilarity and laughter among the backing singers. The error went completely unnoticed by the relatives.

This Time Tomorrow by Mark Drower and the Everyones is perhaps our longest ever chart absentee. It re-renters at number five, having last been seen back in August 2017, the month we left the uk. It feels like a lifetime ago by now.

This Time Tomorrow was the second live song in the play Everyone. It came when Everyone is let down by his Family. It is in standard tuning, the only song on The Blaze Tape EP that is. The opening chord of the song is a D major with a G in the bass, which seems to pose a question immediately.

This Time Tomorrow is a beautiful and poignant song that looks ahead to the future and asks how will we remember the present when it has become the past. Will there be regrets, and will there be anything left to remind us of how we were and how we felt today? “All we ever needed was to see each other’s way” is such a beautiful way to express the feelings within. We hope you love this song as much as we do.

The Subterraineans

Short and Sweet is an amazing, beautiful, wonderful, epic classic rock song. It re-enters the new chart at number ten.

A massive favourite for many years, Short and Sweet used to profoundly affect people listening to it whenever The Subterraineans played this song live. Like many of Dean’s songs, it is a rather poignant prophetic prediction of Dean’s ultimate fate and how he felt about his struggles.

Short and Sweet is well over eight minutes long and feels much shorter somehow. Jerry’s bass sounds a bit uncertain at the start, but he always played it that way so he must have had some idea what he was doing!

Dean tragically committed suicide in 1994 by jumping from the Clifton suspension bridge in Bristol. He was just 29 years old. He received absolutely no professional help from the uk medical or social professions. With a little professional help he would surely still be here with us today. He was a unique and charming character and his passing was a great loss to the world.

As such, we have decided to donate all proceeds of the sale of this EP and its individual tracks, beyond the first euro, to The Samaritans. They do amazing and difficult work, trying to prevent more people jumping to their deaths from that notorious bridge.

* None of our other acts made it onto the January 2024 chart. *

Listening Options

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in January 2024, as played, liked, commented upon and reposted by listeners, please click here.

If you prefer to listen right here at the Wud Records website, you will find that it is the new default music player. You will find it on all non band-specific pages at the site, including our Links collection and homepage.

The January 2024 chart has its very own dedicated page among the charts pages of this website. You can listen to the new compilation on its page by clicking here.

Each of the previous charts also has its own page in the charts section of this website. If you would like to see all our old charts, or for any previous month you are especially interested in, all of them can be accessed easily by clicking here.

Wud Records: January 2024 Musical Discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/02/24

January 2024 Musical Discoveries

A brand new playlist of all the favourite musical discoveries of the Wud Records team has been published at SoundCloud. All of the artists on it are amazing independent or unsigned artists who are making great music that simply aches to be heard.

These artists are not associated directly with Wud Records in any way. We simply accumulated songs that we all liked during January 2024 into one agreed playlist and published it on the first day of the new month.

Tracks have been arranged according to the number of plays at the time of publishing, starting with the fewest. Tracks that are early in playlists tend to receive more plays than later tracks. We are inclined to believe that the music which has had the fewest streams needs the best chance of exposure.

If you find some new favourites on there, why not shout about them on your social media channels? It costs you nothing to do so. The artists responsible for creating the music will welcome such word-of-mouth exposure. Many of your friends and followers would enjoy hearing the music too. At the very least… you might end up making an independent musician’s day.

Sharing Is Very, Very Important !!

Sharing is a massive help for independent artists. They don’t have big corporations and mainstream media saturating every channel with their product. Every independent share counts.

Giving something a ‘like’ is nice, but sharing exposes the artist to your followers. This means that anybody in your community can see and click on what you shared. They can potentially enjoy it as well. It enables somebody new to discover the artist and become their newest fan. You create the chance for that to happen.

Are you a musician whose SoundCloud track we liked, shared or tweeted during the last month or so? If you are, there is a possibility that one of your tracks that we shared might be on this new playlist.

Can you complete the challenge of listening to every track on a musical discoveries compilation? If you manage it, tell us! Tell the music makers involved. Tell the world on social media how you feel about what you heard. The people concerned would love to know your thoughts.

We appreciate the fact that in 2023 not many have the time, patience or attention span to listen to even one track all the way through, let alone a whole playlist. Anybody who listens to even half of a musical discoveries compilation is somebody of exceptional stamina.

As such, we tend to big up on Twitter the people who manage to listen to a whole playlist. If you want a bit of free promotion from Wud Records on Twitter, you know what to do.

Towards the bottom of the page is a list of the artists and tracks in the compilation. The artist name is clickable and links to an external website where you can find out, hear and see more of the artist in question. Sometimes finding these links can take quite a bit of research as many artists are not especially skilled at linking all their pages together.

A disclaimer! Clearly we cannot take responsibility for any of the content or functionality of these pages. If you find that something isn’t working as it should, please let us know what’s up and we’ll try to find a remedy.

The links we use are for future-proofing. If the artist decides to leave SoundCloud or removes their track from that platform, you might still be able to enjoy hearing them elsewhere with a cunning click of the mouse.

If you are the artist and would prefer us to use a different link to the one we added, or if we got something a bit wrong, please send an email to info @ wudrecords . co . uk (without the spaces) so we can fix it for you.

Generally we try to use the artist’s own site where possible. This helps drive a little traffic to the artist’s website, which might not receive many visits compared to e.g. facebook or spotify. We also tend to link to something a bit more future-proof than “Listen to our latest single!” as we hope these playlists will be around for a long time to come.

We only linked to SoundCloud as a last resort when we were unable to find anything else, as users can already click the track and go to the artist’s SoundCloud page for themselves.

Free Promo For Great Music

We hope that a lot more people will find and listen to the wonderful songs on this new playlist of musical discoveries. Each and every track has something that we felt was special or interesting in some way. In many cases it was a tough job to choose just one track from an artist.

The playlist is very eclectic, so there is probably something on there to suit every taste. If the track you are listening to isn’t quite doing it for you, skip to the next one and perhaps that will please your ears more. Sometimes similar tracks end up next to each other, and sometimes extremely different tracks do, so we recommend you just try it for yourself.

In addition to the latest compilation being our pinned tweet on Twitter, every week on Twitter we boost a previous Musical Discoveries playlist and a featured track from that playlist. The featured track is chosen by the Wud Records team and is one which is a real favourite amongst us.

All of the featured tracks can be found on a separate page at our website by clicking here, or on SoundCloud by clicking here.

On Twitter we encourage people to vote for the next featured track. These votes are added to the votes cast by our team. All the featured tracks form an additional compilation, which we also tweet frequently.

We used to tweet just about every day. Since late 2021 things have become increasingly busy, meaning we are not able to spend as much time on social media as we used to. Full tweeting days are now something of a rarity. When they happen, we try to do a clump of full days together over a period of a fortnight, if possible.

Now that Twitter has been largely destroyed by its newest owner, it is difficult to foresee a time that we will be tweeting much at all any more. Perhaps someday somebody will buy the platform from him and repair all the damage he has done. Until then, it’s become no better than farcebeak.

Wud Records has set up camp at BlueSky and if you would like to follow us there, we would be delighted to have you on board. Click here to find us!

How We Work It

If you would like the opportunity to be included in a future compilation, first you need to follow us on SoundCloud so we can follow you back. You can even enjoy hearing some of the music by our fabulous bands whilst you’re there. :)

We follow everyone back who follows us on SoundCloud, providing you have original music and you are not some kind of phony pointless scamming account.

There are many scammers who can allegedly make it seem that people have been listening to your music. The ‘plays’ come from bots and click farms. Nobody will engage with the music or even hear it. It is very easy to spot a track that has been boosted in this way, so just don’t do it. Spend your hard-earned musical coins on something useful!

We generally listen to at least seven songs, starting with the spotlighted tracks if there are any. After that we go to the most recent by clicking on your ‘tracks’. This way we can hear both the things you want us to hear the most (your spotlighted tracks), and then whatever you have been releasing to SoundCloud most recently. This enables us to get a rough feel of what you are all about and what you are doing. We also read your bio.

Our people listen to everyone we follow at SoundCloud on a first-in-first-out basis. It typically takes a few weeks for us to reach the newest additions. We always have a massive amount of music to listen to, and we use a quorum of a minimum three listeners, so please be patient and eventually you will be heard.

January 2024 continues an eighth year of Wud Records Musical Discoveries compilations. That means 89 compilations of amazing independent music you almost certainly never heard before! Why not put one on in the background whilst you’re busy pottering around the house or doing what you are doing? Something is bound to leap out at you.

Listen and Enjoy

If you would like to listen to the new playlist of January 2024 Musical Discoveries over at SoundCloud, please click here.

To enjoy the new playlist of great music here at the Wud Records website, please click here.

If you would like easy access to all of the previous musical discoveries playlists, please click here and bookmark the page. Remember that we publish a new playlist absolutely full of largely undiscovered musical treasures every month and who knows – one might even include you!

Wud Records: social media is dead

Posted by Wudmaster on 21/01/24

Social media is dead. Perhaps not for you, but it is for us. It seems like a waste of our time pursuing it any further just now. Let us explain.

What Happened?

Facebook was quite good about ten or fifteen years ago. We had a growing healthy organic following there.

Then we made the mistake of paying fb for some of their own advertising.

Watch the video below.

What happened next was a disaster, and ridiculous. Paying fb for legitimate advertising killed our page. You can read about it by clicking here.

We abandoned fb and found that Twitter was a much better place to go. It worked well for several years. And then it was bought out by Musk, who has destroyed it.

Even on fb, with a following of about 800, our posts there might be seen by about four to eight people, which is around 0.5 to 1%.

These days, on Twitter, we’ve gone from our tweets being seen by around 500K people per month, to our posts, as they are now called, being seen by about 30 people on average. We have around 16K followers on Twitter, so 0.5% would be around 80 impressions/tweet. Our tweets are rarely seen by that many. It’s even worse than fb! Amazing.

Monthly Twitter stats from October 2020.

Monthly Twitter stats from October 2020.

There are other platforms of course. Instagram is owned by Meta, the same company that owns fb, so it’s hard work. Threads is also owned by Meta and not available in central Europe, so it will be rubbish even if we used a VPN to pretend we were in the USA. You can be sure that if it’s owned by Meta, it will be rubbish.

Mastodon is as dead as a doornail. A total waste of effort and time. You’ll find more life in a mortuary after all the staff have gone home.

And BlueSky, while perhaps the most promising, simply doesn’t have the kind of membership numbers yet for it to really work very well. We get virtually nothing there at all. Maybe one day it will be good, but for now, it needs to grow. A lot.

What does that leave? Telegram, Snapchat and Tiktok might be worth investigation, but again it means starting from square one. And then there are the other also-rans.

So, Now What?

Just because social media is dead, there is no need to mourn.

The best thing we can do is focus on making music. Nobody else can do that for us in the way we need it done.

We shall not be deleting our socials, but we plan to use what little time we have available more effectively. Whispering pathetic nothings into a lonely pointless wilderness seems rather futile.

In other words, we shall be taking a big step back from anything social media related for the foreseeable future.

If you would like to look us up on social media, please click here to see what’s available on our linktree.

Much better would be if you bookmarked or favourited our News service and came here directly for all the newest updates.

You can join our Bandcamp Community, where we also post updates, by clicking here.

If you would rather listen to some of our music instead, there is plenty to enjoy in our Artists section and our Archives section.

Jump in and enjoy it!

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Wud Records: 20 Most Played Tracks of 2023

Posted by Wudmaster on 15/01/24

20 Most Played Tracks of 2023

We thought it might be fun to make two playlists of the 20 most played tracks of 2023, one each for SoundCloud and Bandcamp. We felt that such playlists would enable fans of our bands to hear what has been hot and to have the opportunity to enjoy listening to some of our most popular tracks of recent times.


Wud Records had a moderate year on SoundCloud. Streaming activity was slightly down on 2022. We gained around 300 new followers overall, ending the year with just over 3750 followers. It is very pleasing that more new fans across the world are discovering and enjoying the great music made by our amazing artists.

Making a SoundCloud playlist of the tracks that were popular there is easily done. To listen to the 20 Most Played Tracks of 2023 playlist at the SoundCloud website, simply click here to open that page in a new tab.

The 20 Most Played Tracks of 2023 was dominated by The Bastard Sons of Dennis. They enjoyed having ten of the top twenty songs. Nine of those ten songs are from their Cosy Lube Turtle album. The only song from there to miss out was Before the Kiss a Redcap. One song from their Cherry Smoke Empire album completes the ten.

Last year’s most streamed song, Astronomy, has been at the top of our monthly charts for an amazing nine months by now. The only month in which it was not at the top of our charts in 2023 was March, when it dropped to number two to make way for Short and Sweet by The Subterraineans.

Appearing alongside our dynamic duo and The Subterraineans in 2023 we see Flicker, Dark Company, Alchemeon and Rough Terrain. This means that the three active bands we have on SoundCloud are all represented, as is the most recently retired legacy act.

A band whose Demo EP was remasterd and re-released in 2023 regained a surge of popularity throughout the year. Short and Sweet by The Subterraineans was our second most streamed track on SoundCloud and our most streamed on Bandcamp. It’s a truly extraordinary creation from the beautiful and unique mind of Dean Trotter. Rest in peace, old friend.

All four of the Flicker tracks are wonderful instrumentals from their much-loved album At Least 1000 Words. We managed to remaster and re-release this fantastic album in 2023 following our long awaited control room upgrade.

The most streamed track at SoundCloud in 2022, Oily Road Hideaway by Flicker, was also the most streamed SoundCloud track in 2020. In 2023 it dropped down to number four.

We are working on more tracks for Flicker’s second album, HappySad, and hope to bring some of them to you before long.

Dark Company achieved two of the top twenty songs, with both of them coming from their forthcoming Alien Heat album.

Alchemeon managed to have two of the top 20 most played songs of 2023. Both are from their splendid Live in Session Spring 2009 recording.

That leaves a solitary Rough Terrain song, and a rather surprising one at that, to round out the year’s chart.

It is worth noting that these are only the most streamed tracks at SoundCloud, rather than the most popular. The total amounts of likes, reposts and comments have been ignored. Taking these other factors into consideration would inevitably yield different results.

Top 20 Most Played SoundCloud Tracks 2023

1. The Bastard Sons of Dennis – Astronomy (+2)
2. The Subterraineans – Short and Sweet (re)
3. The Bastard Sons of Dennis – Seven Screaming Diz-Busters (+4)
4. Flicker – Oily Road Hideaway (-3)
5. Flicker – Welcome to the Family (0)
6. The Bastard Sons of Dennis – She’s As Beautiful As A Foot (+10)
7. The Bastard Sons of Dennis – Wings Wetted Down (+11)
8. The Bastard Sons of Dennis – Dominance and Submission (+4)
9. The Bastard Sons of Dennis – The Came the Last Days of May (new)
10. Dark Company – Dancing in the Dark (-9)
11. Flicker – Farsight (0)
12. The Bastard Sons of Dennis – Redeemed (new)
13. Dark Company – Ship to Shore (re)
14. Alchemeon – The Freaks (Shall Inherit The Earth) (-6)
14. Flicker – Week Five (-1)
16. The Bastard Sons of Dennis – The Furniture (part 1: overture) (-3)
17. Alcehemon – Castrol GTX a-Go-Go (re)
18. The Bastard Sons of Dennis – The Subhuman (new)
19. The Bastard Sons of Dennis – Teen Archer (new)
20. Rough Terrain – Down at the Elephant Fayre (new)


It’s been a reasonable year for Wud Records on Bandcamp. Sales and streams were fairly even across the whole year, with The Subterraineans, Laughing Sun, Flicker and The Bastard Sons of Dennis all enjoying spikes in sales soon after their albums were released to Bandcamp, or in the two latter cases, re-released.

Bandcamp is the platform with the best ethos in the business. If you are not a member yet, it’s time to join.

One of the great features of Bandcamp is its Communities. You can join ours by clicking here. ;-)

Overall in 2023, both our streams and sales were down very slightly compared to 2022. The best-selling album was Dark Company‘s Rage in Heaven, and the best selling individual track (but it was a very close call!) was Moonpath from Flicker‘s At Least 1000 Words album.

The 2023 chart of most streamed tracks on Bandcamp sees a good spread of different artists, with no particular act claiming domination for the year’s Bandcamp streams.

Over at Bandcamp it is not so easy to make a simple playlist of our popular tracks yet. Instead, what we have done is created some sort of playlist here, within this very news post, for your listening pleasure. Simply clicking on the links below will allow you to play the various tracks.

Top Most Played 20 Bandcamp Tracks 2023

1. The Subterraineans – Short and Sweet (new)
2. Laughing Sun – It’s a Blue Sky Don’t Hold No Rain (new)
3. The Bastard Sons of Dennis – Dominance and Submission (+1)
4. Flicker – It Starts Right Here (+2)
5. Flicker – Farsight (-4)
6. Pok the Bard – Whatever You Are, Whatever You Do (+1)
7. Mark Drower and the Everyones – I Know I Know You (-2)
8. Flicker – Minack (+23)
9. Wud – That’s No Way to Pay a Bodyguard (+12)
10. Pok the Bard – We Know You Well (+80)
11. The Ug Brothers – White Water (+3)
12. The Bastard Sons of Dennis – Before the Kiss a Redcap (+51)
13. Pok the Bard – Wanted to Be a Singer (+76)
14. The Bastard Sons of Dennis – Seven Screaming Diz-Busters (+60)
15. Flicker – Week Five (+22)
16. The Bastard Sons of Dennis – Then Came the Last Days of May (+12)
17. Flicker – Sauce! (+79)
18. Dark Company – Sacrifice (-16)
19. Dark Company – Medicines (-4)
20. Laughing Sun – Fire Burning Fever (+45)

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