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Main F**king Event: Adrian Flanagan Of The ERC's Favourite LPs
Laurie Tuffrey , February 13th, 2014 08:36

In the week of release for their second album, one of The Eccentronic Research Council's musical maestros writes us an "autobiographical chronological" journey through his life in listening

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Fat White Family - Champagne Holocaust
I didn't want this list to not have something recent in it, for fear of it looking like the £5 shelf in Fopp [laughs].

I bought the Fat Whites LP last spring on vinyl, which subsequently got stolen from my record bag when I was DJing somewhere, which is funny as I had records by Perrey and Kingsley and the unfortunately named Dick Hyman in the same bag that are probably worth a few hundred quid to some Discogs ninny with too much money. Anyway, I took from this unfortunate theft that it wasn't about the money, they wanted the music, and it's a brilliant record, from what I can remember [laughs]. Reminds me of lots of things all at the same time like The Birthday Party, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Fall, Manson family demos, etc, but sounds ultimately like The Fat White Family.

I think you have to see them live to get the fuller picture, though; I saw them in a backroom in London playing to 40 maniacs, everyone around me was either taking poppers, sniffing glue out of brown paper bags, jumping on people’s backs and dipping pockets for gentleman's wallets, and that was just the girls in the crowd [laughs]... It was great, the band were the straightest people there and that's saying something - the keyboard player played the keyboard whilst lying on his back, using his chest as a keyboard stand [laughs]... Bloody great band, with a good attitude… next big thing? Who gives a fuck?! Just keep doing what you’re doing and keep moving forward.

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Feb 13, 2014 2:00pm

Who is this man,what is an ERC? so many doh!

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Feb 13, 2014 2:17pm

Being 'investigator-driven', or 'bottom-up', in nature, the ERC approach allows researchers to identify new opportunities and directions in any field of research, rather than being led by priorities set by politicians. This ensures that funds are channelled into new and promising areas of research with a greater degree of flexibility.
....ah, i see.

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Feb 13, 2014 2:17pm

Brilliant. All hail Kings Have Long Arms!

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Feb 13, 2014 9:59pm

Ha 'it's scaring me' is exactly what my eldest said about the 1612 Underture. Next time I put it on though, she appeared in the room dressed her witch costume.

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Feb 14, 2014 10:15am

With him on the Carpenters

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Jossy's Giant
Feb 14, 2014 11:16am

"It's a scientific fact that 'Papercuts' by Broadcast is a better track than anything on Exile On Main Street." If I wasn't already married I would like to marry this man. Plus he likes Mum & Dad. Best. Baker's. Dozen. Ever.

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Feb 14, 2014 2:33pm

Great list - very nice to see Smell Of Female and the incredible Broadcast album on there.

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Curbu Jones
Feb 14, 2014 2:47pm

Marvellous reading, gotta go and check some records. Thanks Adrian.

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Feb 16, 2014 2:15pm

Best Baker's Dozen contributor in while. Have to wholeheartedly endorse his views on MES, Poison Ivy, Broadcast and the Carpenters.

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Mar 11, 2014 12:28pm

This man's word is gospel blud.

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Oct 23, 2014 12:00am

I love ERC and now i feel I wish Adrian Flanagan was my friend.
As a young child I met Adrian Street.
All I recall was my dad was not happy because of something dodgy going on with him and his sisters husband, therefore an uncle, who he never liked anyway. I have no idea what it was.
All I recall is dark times in Worthing.
Maybe Adrian Street is a bleached haired south-coast 'Twin Peaks' Bob?

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