THE TUNNEL USERS, Sun Arise Dub, 1982Posted: February 25, 2010
Sun Arise is actually the b-side of this single but for me that´s just what it felt like last night when Holli from Jungle World got my new hard drive going again: the sun was rising.
So, I´m back! It took a while to re-install all the programs, photoshop, wavepad, the scanner and of course the internet but now I´m almost set like before. Holli even managed to save the files from my old broken hard drive although I realised after thinking I had lost them for good for a week that I didn´t need 90% of them anyway.
After being on withdrawal for a week I´m almost over the addiction so for this week I will take it easy with the blogging. Only one record. More to come next week. By the way, our last radio show on Tuesday was a lot of fun. Franky Fuzz played some of his hits live in the studio and I played mostly good music for a change. I hope I´ll be able do it again some time.
On Friday evening I´ll go over to the other studio of Herbstradio 99.1 to play music on the Dschungelfunk show from 6 to 8. It´s a special show about religion and I´ll spin a couple of really rockin´gospel records, some weird German religious music that I´ve posted on this blog before and some outright blasphemous tunes. What the hell, I might even find some Satanist music until Friday.
I found the Tunnel Users 45 a couple of years ago in a Berlin second-hand record store and took it because of the nice graphics, somewhere between the B 52´s and the Revillos.
Musically they´re much more pop than the sleeve suggests but I like both songs.
Dance? is about a girl who takes the initiative because the boys are too shy to dance.
Sun Arise Dub is a sort of sped-up dub-style cover version of Rolf Harris´British #2 hit song from 1962 Sun Arise but with some added 1982 background noise.
The Tunnel Users were from Liverpool and I found the only information about them on a Welsh music site:
Tunnel Users - band (1981-83) feat; Colin Pennington (gtr,voc) (later of Decemberists, Hell Fire Sermons, James), Phil Butcher (voc), Clint Gannicliffe (keys), Gary Rowlandson (drms) (died 2006), Paul Maloney (bass), Geraldine French (voc), Jeff Hill (keys). Played Larks in The Park Festival 1981 and noted for their live performances rather than recorded work. Rel ‘Ideas’ tape (Mar81) on a label(?) was run by Garry Gannicliffe and based at Gladville Road, Mossley Hill, L’Pool, L17, and 7″ Dance on Ex-Jukey Recs (Jul82).
The cartoonist and musician Rolf Harris will be turning 80 on March 30. While looking for a 1962 version of Rolf Harris singing Sun Arise I found these videos instead.
Rolf Harris doing Wild Thing:
And Rolf Harris painting and singing: