C/D: The Darkside "All That Noise" (1991)

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Mediocre 60's wankery or a sliver of brilliance?

I think the latter.

The Silent Disco of Glastonbury (Bimble...), Sunday, 26 June 2005 00:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

dud, i hate bassman.

keith m (keithmcl), Sunday, 26 June 2005 01:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i think i liked it! i sold all my darkside stuff years ago. and all my hair & skin trading company stuff too.

bimble, i don't actually have any crispy ambulance bootlegs (i wish!). That was just something i wrote 5 years ago when i was drunk. maybe Dr.C can help you out.

scott seward (scott seward), Sunday, 26 June 2005 01:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Elvis T. to thread! And Orbit! And anyone else who loves S3 type stuff!

When I first heard it back in 1991 I was only half convinced by it but in later years I accepted the obviousness of the album with equanimity while enjoying it quite happily otherwise. I think I did the AMG review...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 26 June 2005 01:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

indeed you did Ned.

Andrzej B. (Andrzej B.), Sunday, 26 June 2005 01:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i think fortunate hazel was a big fan. i don't know what he thought of 'melomania' but i think he liked this one.

keith m (keithmcl), Sunday, 26 June 2005 01:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

There's also the story of the unreleased third album...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 26 June 2005 01:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Guitar Voodoo" is ABSOLUTE CLASSIC.....the rest of it, dud.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 26 June 2005 02:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Lunar Surf single is classic, but then again, I think it's all classic.

Orbit (Orbit), Sunday, 26 June 2005 02:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

this album was indeed my favorite of the first round of post-spacemen 3 solo albums. the other two took you to outer space and left you there, pete bassman always came back to earth.

still a great album for late night summer listening.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Sunday, 26 June 2005 06:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

C -- obviously a great deal less ambitious than (for instance) any Spiritualized record, but I probably pull this one out more often than any of the Spzd albums.

Jeff Wright (JeffW1858), Monday, 27 June 2005 01:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Hi Jeff!

Orbit (Orbit), Monday, 27 June 2005 01:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
mediocre spacemen. rather just thrown in some spacemen. buy sonic boom. spectrum and boom. bassman was a prototype.

wesley los angls, Friday, 29 July 2005 00:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Classic! Nothing here will change the world, but much like Jeff W I listen to it pretty often. Also seek out the "Waiting For The Angels" 12"/CD for the "Sweet Vibration" b-side which really needed to be an a-side.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Wednesday, 3 August 2005 01:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

New Bassman stuff on the Acid Ray site also

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Wednesday, 3 August 2005 01:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
New update from Bassman on the Acid Ray site:

Darkdaze, The Story of The Darkside. This collection is being put together to satisfy the interest in a band that has remained in obscurity ever since Beggars Banquet consigned the group to the darkest place in the Beggars vaults. Every demo, outtake, rehearsal and live recording that is worthy of inclusion will be remastered and compiled into the largest collection of Darkside music, which pop pickers means that it will be the definitive collection. All the material has never been released on Beggars Banquet, early demo sessions and unheard material present an alternative history of a troubled band.

I have so many emails asking about the project, I thought I’d better let you know the state of play. I really wanted to do a series of cd’s covering the whole lifespan of the band but there is a lot of material and too much too deal with in one go, so after some consideration I decided that an alternative version of All That Noise would be what most Darkside fans would want to hear the most and that is what I have created, an alternative version of the record. I had a listen to all the tracks recently and they sounded awesome, all are rough mixes and two, Love in a Burning Universe and Soul Deep, are instrumentals. Personally I think it deserves releasing on a label rather than punting it out myself either way you are gonna get to hear it next year, of course I anticipate some shit to come my way as a result of doing this but really after fifteen years of complete disinterest from anyone who was ever involved with The Darkside I don’t expect anyone to try and stop the project, if they do then I'm gonna make up some special editions and stick them right up .. .... ok I think I better stop there but you get where I'm coming from, the music is excellent and really deserves releasing, at present I am in negotiations and until certain aspects are resolved I cannot move forward with it, more news in the New Year.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 22 February 2007 00:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Crossed fingers!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 February 2007 00:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

they had their moments, spread between a lot of crap - the constant lineup changes didn't do them any good. I have good memories of listening to their first record during my first mushroom trip, but I can't say my cassette copy really makes me long for an expanded reissue.... has anyone heard the early pre-All That Noise stuff? Total goth silliness.

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 23 February 2007 23:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The mastering on this CD sucked big time.

Heh, Darkside thread...

Saxby D. Elder, Saturday, 24 February 2007 05:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Hey, I'm up for this. I wouldn't mind some goth silliness either.

Bimble, Saturday, 24 February 2007 17:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
If you love this album, you are a hippie. You will have to live with that fact, I'm sorry. Except, if you aren't a hippie at all, it still sounds good, this album. Salivating over idea of reissued CD...

well, I still only have it on cassette and it sounds fookin' great.

Bimble, Sunday, 11 March 2007 01:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"Waiting for the Angels" & "Guitar Voodoo" salvage this otherwise unremarkable album, but I would rank those cuts among the the best of the immediate-post-Spacemen output & I still rock WFTA occasionally, mostly when I'm a-smoking. "Melo-Mania" was the stronger record, as I recall. What about Alpha Stone? I never really heard enough to have an educated opinion.

Dorf Engulf, Thursday, 15 March 2007 05:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Alphastone reactivates! New material on the way:

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Friday, 19 December 2008 06:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Some rumblings from a couple of months back:

It became immensely frustrating trying to find a way to legitimately re-release the recordings I have of The Darkside, but I feel over the past year that some advances have been made, in that I now can talk to most of the ex members, maybe something positive will still happen in time, negotiations are still in progress to some extent.

This may be a premature announcement but I have nearly finished compiling the first in the Darkdaze series. The first issue is two cds, one comprising the unfinished 3rd lp session recorded in Walsall early 93, and the other a live concert recorded in Frankfurt.

Although this is the latter end of The Darkside it is in my opinion a good documentation of this band which had evolved into a hard rocking three piece garage band, I still need approval from ex band members, as regards Universal I doubt if they will ever cooperate or show any interest unless it is to issue an injunction on me.

I am very grateful for the patience and understanding I get from Gareth, he has enabled me to keep my music alive and as the tired old saying goes we hope to get out there and do some shows, our music is uncompromising and unorthodox, individual and unique and has been during the past six years or so, whatever the chosen name at the time and there has been at least four we have always tried to push our sound to the limits but confined within a decaying town well past it’s prime has had an extreme isolating effect on myself, I appreciate any contact and apologise for my inconsistency.

I refuse to disappear into the ether neither to be beaten down by apathy, I was a founder member of the Rugby Psychedelic scene and despite the long lasting legacy of negativity that emanates from those times I try to remain upbeat .

Thanks to Jack Trevillion I have one last chance to record an lp, I appreciate Jack’s offer and I sincerely hope that what I come up with will be of sufficient quality to be released. I hope to be able to play gigs with the new Alphastone set, in previous years we did as many as we could afford to do, with the impending recession I think it will be especially hard for me to fund future gigs outside our locality but I remain hopeful. Thanks for all the support from myspace friends, I really appreciate it.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 23 February 2009 17:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

I just pulled this album out last week.

All Night Party Of Goth (Bimble), Monday, 23 February 2009 19:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

Funny, yeah, I too just dusted off "Waiting For the Angels" the other day, for the first time in many moons. For the most part, I like the album as a whole sort of OK (really, it doesn't make much of an argument for itself when one can simply reach for Soul Kiss or Laser Guided Melodies when in the mood for such things), but I looooooove "Waiting for the Angels." That bassline, those Hammond B3 drones & then the super-flange climax just fit together so nicely.

As an album, I dig Mello Mania a bit more, but not by much.

2 ears + 1 ❤ (Pillbox), Monday, 23 February 2009 19:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

The news section on the Acid Ray site seems to have gone bust, though the site itself is still up. Hmmm.

On a related note, though -- if you read through the comments on this blog entry, you'll find comments from the very first Darkside singer Nick Hayden about what his path was after leaving early on, plus follow up comments from Spiral 25 member Joe Chapman, who played with Hayden in the latter's post-Darkside band Flite 118.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 8 October 2009 04:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

From 2011. I hope Bassman gets around to making an album of this. Always like the electronic + psych guitar sound he was doing in Alpha Stone.


Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:06 (four years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Bassman writes about making the album. It's a great record - I wish it could have been better.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 04:58 (one year ago) Permalink

Dispiriting read but starcrossed seems to be the nature of everything in the orbit of Sp3 that's not the two main guys (and even then).

So did the Acid Ray shop restart?

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 04:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Maybe a Bandcamp page, Pete, if you're reading.

Noel Emits, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:32 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah I was thinking that as a logical backup.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 14:26 (one year ago) Permalink

That would be awesome if he put all the demos and unreleased Darkside stuff on Bandcamp!

erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:31 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Check it out! https://www.discogs.com/The-Darkside-Complete-Studio-Masters/release/10876635

I ordered my copy from Rosco direct (msg him on Facebook). Can't wait!

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 6 October 2017 01:43 (one year ago) Permalink

wow, that looks great! is there a non-facebook method of buying a copy?

erry red flag (f. hazel), Friday, 6 October 2017 02:12 (one year ago) Permalink

So great! Will look into it for sure.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 6 October 2017 02:17 (one year ago) Permalink

And per Facebook seems like he's chilling in Mexico right now

Ned Raggett, Friday, 6 October 2017 02:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Is disc 2 the alternate version of All That Noise he talked about in 2007? wowee

erry red flag (f. hazel), Friday, 6 October 2017 02:21 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Anyone get this box yet? Wondering if the extras make it a worthwhile purchase if one already has the albums and Mayhem EP.

early rejecter, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 14:53 (ten months ago) Permalink

I just got it in the mail yesterday! Haven't had a chance to open it yet.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 15:25 (ten months ago) Permalink

Kept trying to order it from the man himself but apparently he had trouble with PayPal.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 16:54 (ten months ago) Permalink

kinda disappointing they didn't put the Highrise Love 12" on there, there's plenty of room on disc 4

erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 23:16 (ten months ago) Permalink

I think the Nick Hayden-sung tracks are non grata at this point.

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 9 December 2017 20:22 (ten months ago) Permalink

ah, didn't know that 12" was a sore point for the band

erry red flag (f. hazel), Saturday, 9 December 2017 22:10 (ten months ago) Permalink

Maybe less sore point and more, uh... different band. Sorta how MBV sees their early stuff.

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 10 December 2017 02:35 (ten months ago) Permalink

that aside, I've been listening to the "alt mix" of All That Noise that comprises most of disc 2, and it's pretty damn good. warmer, more guitar forward and fuzzed out. has a nice galaxie 500 vibe. also cuts out don't stop the rain and sweet vibrations, which knocks the length down to a nicer 36 minutes. I bet it sounds amazing on headphones.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Sunday, 10 December 2017 06:31 (ten months ago) Permalink

also while most of the tracks are called alt mixes, they seem to be different recordings. there's no information in the liner notes (there aren't any liner notes) so I dunno

erry red flag (f. hazel), Sunday, 10 December 2017 06:44 (ten months ago) Permalink

eight years later (see above), waiting for the angels is still A JAM.

© louis jagger/richards (Pillbox), Sunday, 10 December 2017 06:57 (ten months ago) Permalink

seven months pass...


I am the bass player of The Darkside again and God willing we will make a new album and play live.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 20 July 2018 19:50 (three months ago) Permalink

woohoo! the remixed All That Noise is glorious

com rad erry red flag (f. hazel), Friday, 20 July 2018 20:28 (three months ago) Permalink

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