Cheap Thrills

by The Dodos

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Hulme, just south of Manchester City Centre, was something else, it was truly the planners dream gone haywire , by the turn of the eighties family units had fled from "The Crescents" , concrete blocks that dominated the landscape.

It was somewhere between 'A Clockwork Orange' and 'Mad Max' , a dystopian, neo-brutalist, edge of city centre zone, that was home and playground to students. drop-outs and alternative types of all persuasions.

Hulme had cheap accommodation and a sea of possibilities, Hulme had a recording studio, where the tracks on this release were recorded ,called ' Out of the Blue', set up by an enterprising soul ( take a bow Adam Lesser), then a four-track before it moved to the more salubrious surroundings of Ancoats.

Hulme was wild , dangerous and fun , Hulme had The Dodos .

Manchester was a city in transition with a music scene in transition. The heady punk excitement of 1976 to 1980 was fading away.

Time for something new, exciting, different.

The Dodos tried to do something different probably 18 months before they should have done.

The Dodos were formed when the singer approached the guitar player in Rafters , at the time Manchester's pre eminent venue. They had both recently left well established bands , the Hamsters , and Elti Fits. They fixed up a rehearsal to take place in the cellar of the War on Want offices on Oxford Road for the following week. The guitarist brought along a drummer and a trumpeter (Matthew), songs were ripped from the ether and it was decided to debut the band that very night when the rehearsal space was opened, to those in the know, as ' The White Noise Club'. The bass player from The Fall (Steve) stood in that night and the band played a hardly ground breaking set , by the next week the Dodos had their own bass player, who provided the magic ingredient , an appreciation of space to let the rhythm breath, that made the band stand apart from their contemporaries , the trumpeter departed and the singer brought in a keyboard player , a female non-musician seemed just the random element the band needed.

The band lasted twelve months recording three sessions in the aforementioned "Out of the Blue" , played live on a regular basis constantly striving to stretch their parameters.

They were in truth a band out of kilter with their contemporaries in northern England. In New York at the same time a scene dubbed ' no wave' flourished , The Dodos were making music remarkably similar an ocean away. A poor fit in a dour post punk Manchester.

This is edgy, funky, bass driven, post-punk music. Unique at the time. In hindsight a remarkable set of recordings.

Clearly a case of ' Right Time , Wrong Place' as Kurt Vonnegut Jnr expressed in such a bitter sweet fashion and so succinctly in ' So it goes!'.

This album compiles all their recordings and is a true historic artefact of one of Manchester's great lost bands.


released May 13, 2016

Drums - Gregg
Guitar - Graham
Bass - Tim
Organ - Anne
Vocals - Ian

Mastered by Tim

Artwork by Todd Rempling

Assembled by Messrs Moss and Osborne, March 2016



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