Saturday, February 13, 2010
Old Lady Drivers LP - first time on CD?
Question: Thanks for answering about the first time on vinyl.But what about first time on CD.I need OLD and Intense Degree Earache versions on CD for my early earache collection, any chance of these being released? From: Jimplotkinsguitar55@gmail.com
Answer: I can't believe I'm actually reading this! Seriously, this topic crops up so regularly on this blog, you'd think they were world-beating bands we're talking about.Sadly, neither were. Looking back using the 'search this blog' feature in top left of this page, I see it was first answered back in 2005.Now, five years on, you're still asking. You collectors never give up!
You could say I'm doing Jim Plotkin's career a favour by not releasing his debut, OLD LADY DRIVERS. Earache's 7th release was only ever on vinyl, and showcases Jim Plotkin's early proto- grindcore outfit. Warning- it comes with a level of juvenile humour which is hard to stomach even now.It was only on the later early 90's OLD albums like 'Formula' that Plotkins shimmering guitar playing and sense of atmosphere came to the fore. That one is a forgotten gem of a record, but the debut is nothing amazing.
Apparently Plotkin himself made and sold a bootleg of OLD debut a few years back, which I've never seen. I do realise that a lot of fans want the complete set of the early Earache titles, it looks odd that so few of the early titles made it onto CD, but the format was so expensive to produce back then, thats just how it was. If I searched for a bit I might uncover the masters deep in the vaults- which is basically two store rooms in my house- so could re-issue them no problem. To be honest, its more interesting for me to keep things like the early Earache catalogue in its original haphazard state, because thats how it was made originally, that's how history intended it to be.
A few years ago we did offer a few obscure titles for other labels to license and produce on CD, OLD was on the list, but there were no takers for it. A company in Japan called Disk Union did the Intense Degree album on CD.I guess since the release of the John Peel sessions 3 x CD compilation 'Grind Madness at the BBC', there is a bit of a renewed interest in Intense Degree's only album "War In My Head'. Good luck finding that one!
"Record Collectors are Pretentious Assholes" - that's the title from a Poison Idea release back in the 80s. Early Earache act HERESY had some fun with that idea in a photo shoot (see pic). Nowadays I'm really liking the fact that Earache's early titles are not at all easy for newbies to collect.I consider it as a bonus for any old school fans who are still around from back in the day, who might already have the original Earache pressing on LP. I like the fact that only a single one-time pressing of OLD LP exists, probably only 4,000 were made. Same number with Intense Degree. If you really want it, you'll just have to wait for one to pop up on e-Bay, sorry.
Actually there is one extremely unlikely scenario which might change this. In recent years a ton of 90's era bands from this label have been reforming and reactivating themselves to take advantage of the modern touring and festival opportunties. I dont blame them because back in the early 90s no such festivals existed, the scene was so small its hard for anyone to understand nowadays. I for one, never had a clue that Carcass, Brutal Truth, Sleep and even Godflesh would all decide to give it a go and reform, even after over a decade of inactivity in some cases.
Hell might have to freeze over first, but if Plotkin & Dubin decided to reform OLD its likely they could even receive decent festival offers - maybe even OLD & PITCHSHIFTER for Hellfest 2011?- then we'd be forced to re-issue the Cds to co-incide.