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Ug Brothers: new Ugstrumental descriptions

Posted by Wudmaster on 26/02/16

The Ugstrumental collection by The Ug Brothers at SoundCloud has had all of its descriptions enhanced with new facts, history and trivia. Each track of Ugstrumental music at SoundCloud now has its own separate backstory.

An Ugstrumental is, of course, an instrumental by The Ug Brothers. This particular collection was a set of bootleg recordings from rehearsals to allow Natalie to have a karaoke tape to listen and sing along to.

We hope you enjoy the new enhanced descriptions. We shall be transferring these updates across from SoundCloud to our partners at Explicit Music in due course.

At some unknown time in the future we aim to completely remaster these Ugstrumentals and release them as a live and unbrushed album. The sound quality is not yet good enough for such a release as these tracks were lifted from a master cassette. The master cassette was in turn created from various other cassettes that no longer exist as far as we can tell. Second generation cassette is simply not up to the task of being downloadable without some remastering process.

If you would like to listen to the the Ugstrumentals by The Ug Brothers (as they stand just now) whilst reading the new and improved details concerning each track, you can reach them all by simply clicking here.

Wud Records: our forums

Posted by Wudmaster on 28/01/16

Our forums here at Wud Records have been in a state of disrepair for some time and have now been completely disabled. If you are a forum member, do not worry. All of the posts and other data has been saved and will be reappearing sometime soon in a new format that doesn’t attract an enormous tidal wave of spam.

To start with this tidal wave consisted mostly of non-existent beings offering products to allegedly enhance one’s performances or enlarge various bodyparts. Then the software we used died completely, no doubt due to the sheer weight of numbers of spammers. We decided the best course of action would be to reupload the forums in a completely new format when the site receives its rebuild and redesign, which is currently in the early stages of finalisation.

We shall let you know of further developments on this front in our News service. Meanwhile, here is some music.

We sincerely hope that the purveyors of this unsavory digital meat-based product will be tossed into jail where they will share a cell with somebody who has enlarged their manhood, taken viagra and is looking to start a new relationship.

Dark Company: Noir repaired

Posted by Wudmaster on 27/01/16

Noir by Dark Company is the latest playlist to be repaired and added at SoundCloud for your listening pleasure. Noir is the newest complete collection of Dark Company songs.

The Noir album was composed in 2009. These versions of the songs, many of which are little more than demos, consist of performances recorded mainly in 2010. We hope to bring you new and improved versions once these songs have been given a good bashing in our studios to make the various parts pristine and shiny. We shall of course let you know of any such developments in our News service.

Noir is the only album we know of that has its songs arranged alphabetically. Once we had heard the songs in that order, it seemed like it was the best possible order to arrange them in and they stayed that way. Of course, if you know differently, you are welcome to contact us to enlighten and educate us into similarly arranged albums.

If you would like to hear the Noir album by Dark Company as it stands at present, you can listen at Wud Records by clicking here.

Should you prefer to listen to Noir by Dark Company over at SoundCloud’s website, you can do so by clicking here instead.

Wud Records: Welcome to 2016!

Posted by Wudmaster on 18/01/16

Greetings to all you fine readers of the Wud Records News service! For the last few weeks we’ve been enjoying some relaxing times like many others over the holiday season. Now it’s a case of back to work and we have many exciting new things to bring you in the coming weeks and months.

The best piece of news we had recently was that the Wud Wagon passed its annual MOT without needing even a bulb to be changed. It’s the first time any of us here can remember an MOT test for one of our wagons that didn’t involve at least a small amount of extras. So hooray for that and thanks to Mitsubishi for making a reliable wagon.

Maxx, Sven and George all met up to listen to and contemplate further Flicker recordings. We are very excited about this as not much has happened on that front for some time.

Toddlers tend to pick up lots of colds and that is precisely what has happened with the young members of the extended Wud family, sharing their germs around their elders like nobody’s business. Hooray for the youngsters, keeping Kleenex and other tissue manufacturers in business. In other health news, Pete from Dark Company has some terrible ulcers on his leg which have left him bed-ridden for some time. We wish him well.

The main computer in Studio One has suffered something of a crisis of memory, in that it has lost the soundcard and we have not been able to show it where it is, even though it is in its innards. Don’t you just love computers.

Once this has been sorted, more sessions with Pok the Bard are planned with the focus on completing some of his songs for the Anthology album. There has been talk of a ‘Best of Alchemeon’ collection as well, with a few tracks selected and many more to be chosen.

We cannot make this news post without mentioning the recently departed. The world felt like a better place with David Bowie in it and we all felt deeply the loss of one of the greatest cultural icons and thinkers, and musical innovators, that this world has ever known. Thanks for all the music David, your memory will live on with us forever.

Lemmy Kilminster from Motorhead and Hawkwind must also be acknowledged. Apart from his own musical and cultural contributions to the world, he was a personal friend of Pete from Dark Company, back in the days when Lemmy was leaving Hawkwind and forming Motorhead. They were both prominent members of the motorcycling fraternity in London at the time and his loss was felt more deeply by our Peter than by many. R.I.P Lemmy.

After the loss of two such titanic figures and with many others having left us in recent years, we now need, more than ever, a new generation of musical heroes to stand up and carry the baton forward so that when their time comes we can remember them with smiles and thanks too. Unhealthy TV talent contests and quick cheap disposable pop just isn’t really doing it right now and we believe there is another way.

Don’t forget – you can listen to an ever-growing collection of songs from Wud Records artists on SoundCloud by clicking here – and you can follow Wud Records on Twitter right here – and you can support us by downloading some music from our shop at Bandcamp by clicking here.

Happy New Year!

The Subterraineans: Demo repaired

Posted by Wudmaster on 30/11/15

The Subterraineans Demo from 1987 has now been repaired and added to our growing collection of playlists at SoundCloud. This is a rather rough-sounding demo which features the songwriting talent of the late great Dean Trotter on vocals and guitar. He was earnestly supported by Jerry on bass, Graham on drums and George on guitar and vocals. The Subterraineans used these songs to hawk their trade around various bars and clubs and managed to procure a few shows from them.

Sadly the band only lasted for a few months due mainly to Dean’s rather complex character and never fulfilled their potential. One could argue the case that The Subterraineans didn’t quite have the necessary skills to do justice to Dean’s extraordinary powerful and sensitive songs. When pieced together they tell the tragic story of what happened to Dean and predict his untimely demise at Clifton Bridge in Bristol.

If you would like to listen to The Subterraineans Demo here at Wud Records, please click here.

If you prefer to listen over at SoundCloud, click here instead.

Pok: newest acoustic guitar

Posted by Wudmaster on 29/11/15

Pok brought his newest acoustic guitar along to the Wud Records studios yesterday for the latest Anthology recording session. This one is a beautiful and rare Tanglewood from Nashville, Tennessee and its rich mellow tones have now graced two of the songs on the forthcoming Anthology album.

Centre of the Cyclone was recorded first, and then Pok laid down the parts for Wanted to Be a Singer. Both of these old classics are sounding fabulous and it was a refreshing change to hear some shiny new strings and have a break from the intensity of collective contemplative chin-rubbings and fiddling around with drums with Sven. It was also a much quieter session as Sven is a particularly heavy hitter for a drummer.

Some of the Centre of the Cyclone action was even captured on video before the memory card was full. We anticipate that there will be a number of video releases from the Wud Records stable in the springtime of 2016.

At the moment the only available versions of both of the songs Pok recorded yesterday are from two separate 1985 Laughing Sun collections: Cander and Indeed. We will be adding the finished versions of both songs to Pok’s Anthology album when they are finished, and nobody apart from a select few of the greater gods of rock’n’roll knows when that might be. Further news updates will be posted in the Wud Records News service when available.

If you would like to hear the Laughing Sun version of Wanted to Be a Singer from Cander, please click here.

To listen to Laughing Sun’s version of Centre of the Cyclone from Indeed, please click here.