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Billy Childish is an English artist, painter, author, poet, photographer, film maker, singer and guitarist. Although an admitted commercial and critical failure, British musician, writer, and artist Billy Childish has become one of the most prolific performers in rock history.
In fact, a complete discography of his solo work and projects as a member of his various bands would take up countless pages. As of latehe had released between to albums as a solo artist and as a member of bands such as Thee Headcoats, and also worked with and produced records for bands such as Mudhoney and the New Bomb Turks. A singer, songwriter, artist, poet, critic, fanzine editor, and guitarist who suffers from severe dyslexia, Childish, it would seem, gets little rest.
However, many have never heard of Childish, listened to his songs, viewed his estimated 1, paintings, or read his excess of 40 books of verse and two novels that spanned his long, uninterrupted career.
A cherished underground musician, Childish has remained obscure to the mainstream. Nevertheless, Childish started recording inplaying a rough, punk-inspired form of music commonly called garage rock for its lo-fi production techniques.
Although his music varied in substance and coherency over the years, the consistent element of Childish's work was that it always sounded as though it was recorded and mixed in about an hour.
We know it for about three minutes, when we record it. Considered a primitive talent because of his learning disability and lack of a completed formal education, Childish made music based on pure emotion and even revealed that he never learned to play guitar properly. But Jason Newsted Interview - Metallica - Destroy Garage such setbacks, Childish remained unfailingly sure of himself and his vision, and even his worst critics declared that his music was as honest and direct as one was ever likely to hear.
And while critics called Childish everything from a mad genius to Funiculì - Funiculà - Luciano Pavarotti - Il Meglio goofball, his followers insisted that he was one of the most under-appreciated musicians of his generation.
Childish has also inspired a younger generation of musicians; some of his most loyal supporters included the late Kurt Cobain, Beck, Jon Spencer, and Graham Coxon of Blur.
Years after releasing his first single, the Sex Pistols-inspired "Fun in the U. Art, as well as a love for Wild Billy Childish* - Crimes Against Music: Blues Recordings 1986-99 , came to Childish early in life.
He loved to paint from as far back as he could remember, and enjoyed listening to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. When Childish reached his teens, he discovered punk music and became a fan of the Sex Pistols, the Kinks, and the Clash.
Around the same time, the young artist also started listening to blues and rock music; some of his favorite performers included Bo Diddley and Jimi Hendrix. Lacking the necessary skills and determination to excel at school, Childish dropped out at age 16, and at age 17, took a job working in the local dockyard.
However, making a living as a laborer only lasted for a short time. Martins College of Art after submitting of his own drawings, but only lasted in the program half a term. Around the same time, Childish was drawn more and more to the British punk scene.
According to Childish, taking on an alias was meant as a tribute to punk's earlier days. Everyone seemed to have a weird and wonderful name, so I wanted one. Not until the mid- to lates did he start earning any mentionable income, primarily from his paintings. Childish arrived on the punk scene in with his first band, the Pop Rivets, an enthusiastic mod-punk combo that recorded three self-produced studio albums. At first, Childish provided just vocals and finally learned to play guitar at about 20 years of age.
Bythe band had mutated into the Milkshakes also known as Thee Milkshakes and originally Mickey and the Milkshakes. A more competent band than the Pop Rivets, the Milkshakes played energetic garage rock infused with the spirit of Bo Diddley and the early Kinks. Although not so impressive as their inspirations, the Milkshakes fascinated many by the amount of work they produced.
For example, inthe band's most productive year, the Milkshakes released at least seven albums, and four of those recordings came out on the same day. Meanwhile, Childish, by now playing guitar as well as singing, and Milkshakes partner Mickey Hampshire served behind-the-scenes with their sister group, the Delmonas, who originally convened as the backing singers for the Milkshakes but ended up Wild Billy Childish* - Crimes Against Music: Blues Recordings 1986-99 several records of their own.
Around the mids, Childish retired the Milkshakes and started a similar sounding band called Thee Mighty Caesars. His new band's original lineup consisted of the Milkshake rhythm section, and like their predecessors, Thee Wild Billy Childish* - Crimes Against Music: Blues Recordings 1986-99 Caesars enjoyed a prolific output.
Childish released most of Haciendo Pan - Trio Servando Díaz* - Postales De Mi Terra records on his own imprint label, Hangman. He also used the publishing arm of the label to begin issuing dozens upon dozens of volumes of his poetry.
Also during Thee Mighty Caesars years, Childish started producing solo and side projects at an astounding rate under various assumed names and with other musicians. A small portion of his earlier work, which brought forth the singer's blues side, included I've Got Everything Indeed, i remember, and The Cassettes, all released in The year 's Poems of Laughter and Violence was a spoken-word, ambient project, while 's 50 Albums Great was a retrospective collection of solo versions of songs from previous releases.
InChildish established a new vehicle for his punk and rock impulses with Thee Headcoats, a trio formed with drummer and backing vocalist Bruce Brand, who also performed with the Pop Rivets, the Milkshakes, and Thee Mighty Caesars. Johnny "Tub" Johnson, who replaced original member Ollie Dolat, joined the lineup on bass and backing vocals. Considered the most successful and accessible of Childish's undertakings, Thee Headcoats continued the singer's propensity for releasing massive amounts of work.
Some of the group's more recognized albums included 's Beached Earls CD, which combined the Beach Bums Must Die and The Earls of Suavedom vinyl-only albums, both released inand emphasized the band's s lo-fi garage tendencies; Heavens to Murgatroyd, released inand Headcoatitude, released inoffered both rhythm and blues as well as pop songs; and Bo in Thee Garage, released inwas a careless, yet compelling, Bo Diddley tribute.
The band also recorded numerous live albums, Spring Day - Mikis Theodorakis With Chorodia Trikalon* - The Early Years Live! These recordings were made with Thee Headcoats' all-female counterparts, Thee Headcoatees which included members of the Delmonaswhose own albums were largely written and De Fans - K3 - Alle Kleuren .En Meer!
(DVD) by Childish. Wild Billy Childish* - Crimes Against Music: Blues Recordings 1986-99 of the musician's other diversions around this time included the Black Hands, a band which featured Childish's leftist sentiments deceptively set to an upbeat accordion, banjo, and trumpet, as well as the Singing Loins and the Natural Born Lovers.
ByThee Headcoats broke up after Johnson left the band. In that year alone, the band had released ten albums, including In Tweed We Trust and Knights of the Baskervilles, and Childish started tentative arrangements for two new bands, the Buff Medways and Swedish Erotica.
He also helped an artist society called Stuckism, an anti-conceptual art movement. Because of Childish's lengthy discography and his insistence of making all his recordings available to his public, album reviewers recommend the following as an introduction to the songwriter's work: the two-CD sampler I Am the Billy Childish, released inMichael Mashkov & Leaman - The Puzzle 50 tracks, each from a different Childish project, and the track Native American Sampler, Wild Billy Childish* - Crimes Against Music: Blues Recordings 1986-99 benefit project for the tribal rights organization Survival International released incollects previously released cuts from Childish-affiliated bands.
Childish has not played live since then. Thee Headcoats: -Headcoats Down! It's Thee HeadcoatsSub Pop, Billy Wild Billy Childish* - Crimes Against Music: Blues Recordings 1986-99 Date of birth : Date of death : - Birthplace : Chatham, Kent, England Nationality : English Category : Arts and Entertainment Last modified Marian (Version) - Scooter - Jumping All Over The World Billy Childish is an English artist, painter, author, poet, photographer, film maker, singer and guitarist.
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