THE MILKSHAKES 107 Tapes 2LP
This is a re-issue of the 1986 Media Burn compilation of demos from July 1981 and a couple of German live shows from April 1983, back on double LP for the first time in 24 years.
THE MILKSHAKES were mainly Micky Hampshire (Git/Vox) Billy Childish (Git/Vox) Bruce Brand (Drums) Russ Wilkins (Bass)
When his punk band, the Pop Rivets, broke up in 1980, Billy Childish formed a new group with Mickey Hampshire, a Pop Rivets roadie who had been performing in a group called Mickey and the Milkshakes. The two began writing songs together and released their first LP, Talkin’ About, in 1981. With Childish on guitar and vocals, Hampshire on guitar and vocals, Bruce Brand on drums, and Russ Wilkins (later replaced by John Agnew) on bass, the Milkshakes sound was a primitive blend of British beat groups, like the early Kinks at their toughest, and hard-rocking American guitar instrumentalists, like Link Wray. This sound came to be known as the “Medway sound” and Childish has been playing a variation on it throughout his whole career. The Milkshakes were a very prolific group, recording nine records in their six years together. Childish and Hampshire split the lead vocal duties and the band was very much a blend of Childish’s primitive songwriting and Hampshire’s more melodic leanings. The group also masterminded and backed a Medway girl group, the Delmonas. The Milkshakes broke up in 1984 and Childish, Brand, and Agnew went on to form Thee Mighty Caesars where Childish’s raw punk-blues could roam untainted by any semblance of professionalism.
1: Pretty Baby 2: Ruhrge Beat 3: Well Well 4: Tell Me Where's That Girl 4: I Want You 5: Flat Foot 6: I Say You Lie 7: Shed Country '81 8: Don't Love Another 9: Mumble The Peg 10: You Did Her Wrong 11: The Red Monkey 12: Let's Stomp 13: Eaten More Honey 15: A Girl Called Mine 16: Little Queenie 17: Jaguar 18: Black Sails (In The Moonlight) 19: I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry 20: She Tells Me She Loves Me 21: Soldiers Of Love 22: Monkey Business 23: Let Me Love You 24: El Salvador 25: Boys