22 June 2010

The Durutti Column - A Paean To Wilson (2CD)

The Durutti Column - A Paean To WilsonThe Durutti Column
A Paean To Wilson

Kookydisc 29/1 & 29/2

Released 24 January 2010

Liner notes by Vini Reilly

A Paean to Wilson is part of a body of work which I started around the time that my friend, Tony Wilson died. Towards the end of his illness, I sent him an instrumental track and he loved it, so I decided that the right thing to do was carry on.

I was at the hospital when he died. We were very, very close. Afterwards, many things were done in his name. They were all about 'Mr Manchester', and about what Tony had done for music, art and literature. I didn't attend many of them. I'd just lost one of my closest friends and I had all the grief that you feel under such circumstances.

Once I'd got my act together though, I decided to do something for myself and for Tony.
The Durutti Column was Tony Wilson's baby. We were the first act signed up to his Factory club night and the first band signed to Factory Records. Over the years we worked on many albums together and the one thing that Tony and I always argued about was that he thought that I should make music and write rather than sing.

After he died, I decided to make a body of work which did not have traditional song structures and which was concerned solely with the musical content. My only objective was to create some music that Tony would thoroughly approve of. I think I've done that and, if his spirit lives on - which I like to think that it does - I want him to know that this is for him. Vini Reilly

A Paean To Wilson (2CD) is available to buy via Cargo.

The Parks Dept. - No / Noise

The Parks Dept. - No / NoiseThe Parks Dept.
No / Noise

Kookydisc 28

Released 25 January 2010

The debut album by The Parks Dept.


French Hands Part 1
French Hands Part 2
Natural History
The neu Wave
Are We On
Super Disco Brakes
OK We're Fucking Partying Now


The Durutti Column - Four Factory Records

The Durutti Column - Four Factory RecordsThe Durutti Column
Four Factory Records

Please note this album is SOLD OUT


Disc one

The Return of The Durutti Column

Disc Two


Disc Three

Another Setting

Disc Four

Without Mercy

Live Bonus Disc

Messidor - Night Moves, Glasgow 19/02/82
Party - Night Moves, Glasgow 19/02/82
Danny - Night Moves, Glasgow 19/02/82
Mercy Theme - London School of Economics 14/12/84
Mercy Dance - London School of Economics 14/12/84
Prayer - London School of Economics 14/12/84
The Beggar - London School of Economics 14/12/84
The Missing Boy - London School of Economics 14/12/84
For Belgian Friends - Brighton Zap Club 15/12/84
Self Portrait - Brighton Zap Club 15/12/84
Sketch for Summer - Brighton Zap Club 15/12/84

Demo/Studio Bonus Disc

Intervals - Home recording 1978
Katherine - Home recording 1978
Untitled - Home recording 1978
Conduct - Home recording 1978
In D - Issued on second pressing of Return of
The Act Commited - Graveyard Studio demo LC
Portrait for Frazier - Graveyard Studio demo LC
Detail for Paul - Graveyard Studio demo LC
Never Known - Graveyard Studio demo LC
Experiment in Fifth - Graveyard Studio demo LC
Untitled LC demo - Graveyard Studio demo LC
Never Known - Four Track home demo
Mavuchka - released in place of Messidor in some territories on LC


Albums re-mastered from the original tapes by Keir Stewart.

RETURN OF THE DURUTTI COLUMN All songs written by Vini Reilly. Produced by Martin Hannett. Recorded at Cargo, Rochdale. Engineered by John Brierley. Mixed at Strawberry Studios, Stockport.

LC All songs written by Vini Reilly. Produced by Vini Reilly and Stewart Pickering. Recorded and Mixed at Graveyard Studios, Prestwich. Engineered by Stewart Pickering.

ANOTHER SETTING All songs written by Vini Reilly. Recorded and mixed at Strawberry Studios, Stockport. Engineered by Chris Nagle.

WITHOUT MERCY All songs written by Vini Reilly. Produced by Anthony Wilson and Michael Johnson. Recorded at Strawberry Studios, Stockport. Engineered by Michael Johnson; assisted by Tim Dewey and Nigel Beverley. Mixed at Britannia Row, London.

DEMOS / STUDIO All songs written by Vini Reilly. Compiled and mastered from studio and home demos at Far Heath Studios by Angus Wallace and at Kooky by Phil Cleaver. Thanks to Mike Mitchell.

LIVE All songs written by Vini Reilly. Compiled and mastered from original cassette mixing desk dates at Kooky by Phil Cleaver. Special thanks to Bruce Mitchell for the source material.

Liner notes written, and interviews conducted, by John Cooper. Archival album photography by Carsten Fleck. Designed by Steven Hankinson. / Kooky acknowledgements: Special thanks to Bryn, Iain, John and Simon (the 'kooky thinktank'); Bruce Mitchell and Mike Mitchell for the live and demo material; Oli Wilson for assistance in providing the original masters; Emma and Alison. Extra special thanks to John Cooper, John Cox, Darren Crawford, Steven Hankinson and Kerry Wadsworth for making this happen very well very quickly.

Vini Reilly acknowledgements: Thank you for keeping the ship afloat Mr Bruce Mitchell Esq. (The Gonzo Drum Master), Mr Keir Stewart for enabling Vini to record and producing beyond the call of duty, Brosci (the 5th member of The Durutti Column), all of Bruce's family, all of my family, all of Poppy's family (contributions from Kate and Ruby), Michael Pitrick for hairstyle, Phil Cleaver and Emma, Alex McMurtrie, John Cooper, Gary at Sounds Great, Damian my doctor, Joanne Ingleby (dental care), my harvest mouse (Sa Ding Ding), Mr Anthony H Wilson and extended family, Alan Erasmus, Les Thompson (and Jill), Laurie Laptop, Mark Prendergast (for forthcoming book), John Lennard and Savanna, Howard Sharrock (the great entrepreneur and friend) and Bruce Mitchell most of all - my best friend and the most superb drummer on the planet.


A 6-CD limited edition box set on Kooky Records entitled 'Four Factory Records'.

Includes a package of interviews with the key protagonists from the period including Vini Reilly, Bruce Mitchell, John Metcalfe, Keir Stewart and Tim Kellett.

Advance copies were sold at the Manchester International Festival shows 15-17 July 2009. It was then be available in all good record shops (actual and virtual) and direct from Kooky from August 2009. All sets include the two bonus discs. Please note this album is now SOLD OUT.

The Durutti Column - Sunlight to Blue... Blue to Blackness

The Durutti Column - 'Sunlight to Blue... Blue to Blackness' CDThe Durutti Column

Sunlight to Blue... Blue to Blackness

Kookydisc 027



1. Glimpse
2. Contact
3. Messages
4. Ged
5. Ananda
6. Never Known Version
7. So Many Crumbs And Monkeys!
8. Head Glue
9. Demo For Gathering Dust
10. Cup A Soup Romance
11. Grief

Sold out

The Durutti Column - Amigos Em Portugal

The Durutti Column - 'Amigos em Portugal' CDThe Durutti Column

Amigos em Portugal' CD


CD reissue limited to 1,000 copies


1. Amigos em Portugal
2. Small Girl By A Pool
3. Lisboa
4. Sara e Tristana
5. Estoril à Noite
6. Vestido Amarratado
7. Wheels Turning
8. Lies Of Mercy
9. Saudade
10. Games Of Rhythm
11. Favourite Descending Intervals
12. To End With

SOLD OUT ON CD but you can still buy Amigos em Portugal on iTunes UK

The Durutti Column - Live At The Venue

The Durutti Column - 'Live At The Venue' CDThe Durutti Column

Live At The Venue



"An interesting wheeler-dealer, involved in bootleg recordings at the time, arrived in his cream Rolls-Royce at a Mayfair hotel restaurant that he had appointed. He brought cash and me and Vini scribbled out a contract and an agreement on a white napkin that had been surrounding Vini's burnt bacon sandwich. The stains and the signatures were clear."


Mother From Spain
Sketch For Summer
The Beggar
Never Known
The Missing Boy
Sigh Becomes A Scream
Self Portrait
Friends In Belgium

CD reissue limited to 1,000 copies


The Parks Dept. - The Weekend Starts Round Here E.P.

The Parks Dept. 'The Weekend Starts Round Here E.P.'The Parks Dept.

The Weekend Starts Round Here E.P.

Kookydisc 26


1. Saturday (Matinee Edit)
2. I'll Never Stop Coming Home To You [Download MP3]
3. Saturday (Micronormous remix featuring Lucy B.)
4. Saturday (Night Fever)
5. Saturday (Full Length Version)

Released Monday 23 June 2008

The Durutti Column - Sporadic Three

The Durutti Column - 'Sporadic Three' CDThe Durutti Column
Sporadic Three


1. Birthday Present
2. Dig A Hole
3. Mama and Papa
4. In the city
5. The best dream
6. The end of the journey
7. For Loretta
8. New Order tribute
9. I B Yours - version
10. Natural Mystics
11. Drinking time - version
12. Trust the art not the artist
13. Fate
14. For Danny

Once Upon A Time A Kooky

Once Upon A Time A KookyOnce Upon A Time A Kooky

CD only

Originally available free to those who attended the Kooky 10 gig at The Soundhaus, Northampton on Friday 3 November 2006


1. The Durutti Column - All Things Considered
2. Gnac - Untitled
3. The Retro Spankees - Smarty Pants
4. Pram - Kahin
5. Maps - The Tonic Girl (The Mind Will Flow)
6. Formula One - Status Check
7. Seafood - We Felt Maroon (Live Version)
8. Dr. Josh - Shtumpa Theme
9. The Durutti Column - Cool As Ice
10. Misty's Big Adventure - 1964
11. Winston Echo - Untitled Song For Kooky
12. The Retro Spankees - Smarty Pants (1 Minute Edit)

The Retro Spankees - Vowel Play

The Retro Spankees - 'Vowel Play' CD singleThe Retro Spankees - 'Vowel Play' CD single


CD only


Vowel Play
Out like One
Get It Along Gum
Charlie's In His Garden

New Buffalo - The Last Beautiful Day

New BuffaloNew Buffalo - 'The Last Beautiful Day' CD album



Recovery" - 3:41
I've Got You and You've Got Me (Song of Contentment) - 3:54
No Party - 3:06
It'll Be Alright - 3:31
Time to Go to Sleep - 4:03
Yes - 3:10
Inside - 4:16
Come Back - 4:08
While You're Away - 3:30
On Sunday - 2:43

The Retro Spankees - I Know You Are But What Am I?

The Retro Spankees - 'I Know You Are But What Am I?' CD albumThe Retro Spankees - 'I Know You Are But What Am I?' CD/LP album




1. Worthing Warriors
2. My Sonic Driver
3. Out Like One
4. Dash At Us
5. Picking Flies
6. Mowing The Blue Lawn Gave Me Fatigue So The Yellow Tree Rabbits Filled Me With Hope
7. The Terror Of Bruges
8. Saladman
9. Retroso [Download mp3]
10. Blok Rokkin Whizz Kidz Babiez Things
11. Turf Not Tarmac / Why Isn't That Eel In The Sea

The Retro Spankees - My Sonic Driver

The Retro Spankees - 'My Sonic Driver' CD singleThe Retro Spankees - 'My Sonic Driver' CD single


CD only


My Sonic Driver
Mr Brilliant
Easy Squeezy


Still available via iTunes UK.

The Durutti Column - Tempus Fugit

The Durutti Column - 'Tempus Fugit' CD albumThe Durutti Column
Tempus Fugit
CD album

CD only

Release date

April 2004


Lullaby 4 Nina
Love song on Quattro
Tempus Fugit
The Man Who Knows
Slipping away
Trip for an Opera
Untitled for You
Salford Harmonics
... shopping

The Durutti Column - The Return of the Sporadic Recordings

The Durutti Column - 'Return of the Sporadic Recordings' Double CD albumThe Durutti Column

Double CD album


2 CD set


Return Of The Sporadic Recordings

For Soph
Final Cut
Silent Nite
Smiles U Gave Away
Waiting 4 The Earth
U Didn't Need Me
How Do U Think It's Going To Feel?
Slo-Glyde [Download mp3]
Returned Love
Catos Con Guantes
Vampire Business
Zinni Tune
I'm Nowhere
Only Love

The Sporadic Recordings

Nile Opera
Kind Of Love
For Steven Patrick
We Stumble
Sketch of a Manchester Summer 1989
Arpeggiator II
Diazepam 5 mgs
But Was I...?
Pol In Ab
Another Mirror - Another Wall
30 Oldham St
For Lydia
Detail For Heidi And Jodie
Zinni's Dance
PPP Version
For Lucy H
It's A Bright Guilty World Part I
It's A Bright Guilty World Part II
Nile Reprise
Diazepam 10 mgs

Mark Tranmer - Scoop of Ice-Cream Moon

Mark Tranmer - Scoop of Ice Cream MoonMark Tranmer (Gnac)

'Scoop of Ice-Cream Moon'


CD only


1. Again [4:36]
2. Ghost Intersection [5:15]
3. Smile Like June [4:02] [mp3]
4. Juxtaposer [1:02]
5. Scoop Of Ice-Cream Moon [7:34]
6. Find Out For Yourself [2:28] [YouTube audio]
7. By Association [2:01]
8. Hypercrystal [3:02]
9. Bird Song [2:08]
10. Change Harmonic [0:46]
11. Sawdust Desert [2:08]
12. And Again [1:17]

Notes by Mark Tranmer

Scoop of Ice-Cream Moon is a guitar-based instrumental album, recorded at home in the Winter of 2003/2004. Kooky released the record as a CD in summer 2004. I was very happy to work with them again, having done a black vinyl / racing-green vinyl 7" single with them in 1999 - a double A side 'A tangle with…' / 'The Broken Fall'.

All preceding GNAC albums to 'Scoop of Ice-Cream Moon' had guitar-based tracks amongst keyboard-based, and often programmed, music. For guitar-based tracks on preceding GNAC albums, see, for example, 'Continental Balcony Twilight' and 'Fin' from debut album 'Friend Sleeping'; 'VES004', 'The Broken Fall' and 'A tangle with …' from singles compilation 'Sevens'; and the title track and 'Constraints' from 'Biscuit Barrel Fashion'.

Mark Tranmer is also known as gnacHowever, I felt that "Scoop of Ice-Cream Moon" tipped the balance considerably in the other direction, being very guitar-based, with 'By Association' and 'Chance Harmonic' the only keyboard-based instrumentals on the album. That was one of the reasons I decided to release 'Scoop of Ice-Cream Moon' under my own name, rather than as GNAC. It was curious that when they found out about the change of name, the distributors persuaded me to have a sticker on every album, proclaiming that "Mark Tranmer is also known as gnac".

The main instrument on the 'Scoop of Ice-Cream Moon' is Fender Stratocaster guitar, alongside samples of electro-acoustic guitar (e.g. "Smile Like June"), and occasional Roland GR33 guitar synthesiser (e.g. 'Hypercrystal'). I also played bass on the album, either using a real washburn bass guitar (e.g. 'Again', "Smile Like June") or by playing, rather than sequencing, a Novation K-station as a bass synthesiser (e.g., on the title track). As well as this, I played real time piano on the record (e.g., on the title track, and on 'Again'). The artwork featured on the front cover is a shot of the winter moon taken in East Yorkshire, where I grew up. The photos elsewhere are shots of a dry-stone wall and grassy hillside in West Yorkshire, close to where I live now.

In 2009 I decided to re-release the album as a digital edition. Because of the greater prominence of the name at the time, and the ease of making changes to a digital edition, I credited it to GNAC rather than to Mark Tranmer. It is currently on release on iTunes, eMusic and so on, and can also be found on Spotify. This digital edition is in expanded form with 5 extra tracks. The original, and longer, version of "Ghost Intersection", which has a third part to it ('Ghost Intersection Deluxe'), 'Creaky Door' (from an extremely limited self-release 3" CD-R I did in 2003; Only 20 copies, I think). The Garageband version of 'Smile Like June' is actually a slightly fuller version of a track I used as a backing track for a couple of Mark Tranmer gigs I did, supporting The Durutti Column in Shrewsbury and Liverpool, in 2004.

The Durutti Column with Mark Tranmer live in LiverpoolFor those gigs, Otto Smart and me each played guitars. 'marktranmer.com' is the music that is heard when visiting my website, and the demo of 'Smile Like June' is self-explanatory - and as far as I recall, the first thing I did towards making this album. All that said about the digital edition, I still very much like the CD edition of the album as a concise collection of the original 12 songs with the printed artwork, and I still sell copies on eBay via my website!!

Additional tracks on digital edition

13. Ghost Intersection Deluxe [8:32]
14. Creaky Door [4:40]
15. Smile Like June - Garageband Version [4:43]
16. marktranmer.com [0:40]
17. Smile Like June - Demo [2:22]

I am still making records - see www.marktranmer.com - most recently, a clear vinyl 12" album + CD entitled 'How Scarlet The Leaves' [->] (official release date 1 October 2012, on my own label: Vertical Features (VF007)). This new album is very much a played record rather than a programmed one, featuring Alessandra Celletti on piano, and me on a multitude of guitars and other instruments. All songs are written and produced by me. I have hence reverted to releasing the album in my own name: Mark Tranmer!

I am also still working with Roger Quigley and Otto Smart in the Montgolfier Brothers (we recently toured Spain) and with Ian Masters in Wingdisk. I expect to work with Alessandra Celletti again, too.

Mark Tranmer, 29 August 2012

Formula One - Full Circle

Formula One - 'Full Circle' CD albumFormula One - 'Full Circle' CD album


CD only

[Smooth] Operator - Gmmena

[Smooth] Operator - 'Gmmena' CD mini album[Smooth] Operator - 'Gmmena' CD mini album


CD only

Discordia - La Luna Discordia

Discordia - 'La Luna Discordia' CD mini albumDiscordia - 'La Luna Discordia' CD mini album


CD only, first 100 in handmade sleeves

"It's lo-fi, it's pretentious, it's nice, it's groovy, it's like Mogwai without the rage - and it's utterly, utterly lovely. Buy it." NME 8/10

The Thrill of Obsolescence compilation tape cover

The Thrill of Obsolescence compilation tape cover
The Thrill of Obsolescence compilation tape cover


A free Do-it-Yourself compilation tape cover

L'augmentation LP/CD mini album

L'augmentation LP/CD mini albumL'augmentation LP/CD mini album


Released on CD and limited edition of 210 copies on black vinyl