Hangman's Beautiful DaughtersOptic Nerve
Smashed Full Of Wonder
Released: 27th March 2020
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Limited Blue Swirl Vinyl.
A major retrospective of late 80s psychedelic garage rockers Hangman’s Beautiful
Daughters. Their complete recordings remastered and available on CD for the first time.
Includes two previously unreleased tracks.The album comes with a deluxe 12 page booklet, featuring never- seen before photos and a history of the band written by Jowe Head, of Television Personalities and Swell Maps fame.
A mainstay of the indie and C86 scene, the London-based band were signed to Dan Treacy’s Dreamworld Records. Treacy, the genius behind The Television Personalities, played a major role in the band’s birth, contributing a few songs and as producer.
‘They all looked dead cool: Gordon played chiming 12-string guitar licks which sounded like a dirty version of Roger McGuinn’s sound with the Byrds, with his long blond fringe making him look like a tougher cousin of Brian Jones. Emily had a sensuous, husky alto voice, and looked fine with her long wavy auburn locks, suede fringed boots and mini-skirts. Phil was taciturn and nonchalant; impenetrable with his shades and dark bowl-haircut and like a cuter version of Bill Wyman. Ray was an accomplished, energetic and handsome drummer with a ready grin and long parted wavy chestnut hair. Sandy was an exuberant presence, with her raven-black short spiky hair, skinny legs and leathers; she played choppy rhythm chords on a sunburst pear-drop Vox guitar, and added her voice to the mix.’
Hangman’s Beautiful Daughters were described at the time as like a cross between The
Jefferson Airplane, MC5 and The Velvet Underground. Touring regularly across the UK and mainland Europe, they released the EP And Love is Blue, the singles They Fell for Words like Love and Darkside, plus the album Trash Mantra. All of these recordings were also repackaged and released in Germany and the US.
A further EP was recorded for Dreamworld but never released, with two songs from that session, If It Means Anything and King of Sweden, getting their first airing on the new release.
The band primarily comprised of singer Emily Brown, guitarists Sandy Fleming and Gordon Dawson, bassist Phil King and drummer Ray Philpott. Equally adept at producing hard charging rockers or more languid, opiate-tinged soundscapes, Hangman’s Beautiful Daughters were part of the DIY culture that helped shape British guitar music.
SIDE ONE 1 OUTTA MY HEAD 2 LOVE IS BLUE 3 PUSHING ME TOO FAR 4 DARKSIDE 5 DON’T ASK MY NAME (JUST CALL ME JACK) 6 POPULAR TREND 7 CAT’S GOT NINE
SIDE 2 8 THEY FELL FOR WORDS LIKE LOVE 9 JONATHAN 10 SOMETHING ABOUT TODAY 11 CALL HER NAME 12 STRANGE THINGS 13 KING OF SWEDEN (DEMO) 14 IF IT MEANS ANYTHING (DEMO)