The Crawling Chaos Magazine


Crawling Chaos Magazine

This comes from an email from Jeff in which he’d scanned some old bits and reminisced about our joint frames of mind back in 1983-5….

Tue 08/04/2008 22:29

Hi Rees,
I’ve had a scurry about and found a few more tangible bits of history – the majority (the stuff with the scribbled text and lyrics) are the remnants of a Crawling Chaos A4 fanzine that we colour-photocopied and sent out as a freebie to certain selected correspondents, here presented in the order of discovery. There are also a few posters, reviews and a newspaper article. Also included is a promo photo of Thee Earnest Kakas at the height of their powers. The line up from L to R is: Holly, Vex Drongo, Gordon Douglas Smith and Yeti (my name may have changed but not the hat obviously) This was another of many parallel projects running alongside CC, this one was more focused on surreal comedy than our “normal” output. I’ve included a picture of Bebside Hall as it was about 4 years ago. I don’t think I’ve got anything else – I’ll look though.
Looking at the fanzine again after scanning, I can now see that Holly’s “Holiday” series of cartoons was intended to end with Backworth and the “Explanation” of the Contents page should be at the front. If there ever was a cover it’s not there now. I like the style though and I think the document gives an accurate reflection of our frames of mind at the time, which judging by the lyrics included must have been after the release of C and before the recording of Waqqaz.
Well I think that’s enough for now.

Cheerio, Jeff

I’ve finally got round to uploading this stuff (sp)

Jhonn’s Angel

Album: The Big C

A little history to build on the original description….

Recorded at Bebside Hall, the beginning has always been a kludge to get over a cock-up after all the bounce-overs and recording had almost been finished.  The first few seconds had one channel accidentally scrunged to bits….  Who did it?   Aye….nuffsedd.

Not wanting to redo the whole thing, Jeff and I built created pre-echo onto the front and “sort-of” monoed it with slightly different EQ to try and hide the imperfections before widening the stereo and fading off the echoiness whilst simultaneously twiddling the EQ…  Four or five hands were needed and it was the best we could do, then.

It was never right in my ears so I’ve made an improvement, digitally, something that was unavailable in 1984.  I’ve been meaning to do it for years  🙁

Of course, had we had the technology then, the cock-up would never had been possible (at least using Reaper, which is what I’ve used) because of the copious edit-undos.  And it would’ve been better because of larger muti-tracking etc.  But there again, it may not have got done at all – sometimes things are best done in a blast and not thought about too much.

Anyway, rambling over, here it is.

p.s. Reaper is pretty good, especially for free-ish (I pay anyway).  With its nondestructive editing, throw 8 cores at 4.4Ghz using SSD discs with 32Gb of memory in a 64-bit OS and it will really use the technology – you can watch the 8 cores churning independently with their different assigned streams.  Some of the plugins work very well with multiple instances, yet, latency just disappears…..  [I’ve normalised, trimmed and de-noised each channel, independently, companded for a better sound, changed the volume envelope and remixed the stereo, all the while trying to make the beginning intro better.  The fade-in intro was never supposed to have been there – the track was supposed to start with drum clicks and then power in at max volume.  The version I’ve done almost does this in a short shock volume ramp, with the missing channel inserted as a cut from later in the recording.  I still had to include some lead-in echo though as a straight stereo cut and paste didn’t sound right].

[SP.  Stakeford, 21/05/2015]

Two Lost Videos Found!

Bebside Hall Living Room

Two Lost Videos – surely not?

Bebside Hall Living Room
Bebside Hall Living Room
Holly has stuck two videos, supposedly lost, up onto YouTube under his bbPoultice monika.  Later members of the band can be seen as well as some old friends (nice dancing, Bingo).  Strangely’s white leather jacket figures highly, wrapped around Jeff’s shoulders doing a Robert Smith impersonation.

Interiors can be seen of the old Bedside Hall studio as well as local sites such as Mitford Castle and Bebside.

Avenging Angel – Racheengel

Chappin’ (Again…)


Freak Electric

Ian from Freak Electric
Ian from Freak Electric – bog seat guitar

Ian of Freak Electric contacted us via the website recently and until he gets back, I can’t say what he’s been up to recently.

However, a quick perusal of the Ubertubes pulls out these two tracks from a compilation LP in 1985.  I hope he doesn’t mind….

Freak Electric
Freak Electric cassette sleeve

Actually, I have a full demo tape with reasonable quality that has some of my favourite Freak Electric tracks on it with the two drummers and Ian’s screeching guitar figuring highly!.  I’d love to clean it up a bit and get it out digitally for him.