This is an inventory of individuals and organisations that give our world a turn for the better.
Comprehensively incomplete and perfectly inconsistent, vimeo is where most of Smoking Ant’s vids and long-form films can be found lurking, prancing or cowering.
All of Smoking Ant’s audio catalogue (oh, apart from a few things, such as the secret songs hidden on Bisonics’ ‘Play for today’ CD, that is) are to be found on bandcamp.
If it wasn’t for Dave Pope you’d be looking at a blank screen right this very now. In addition to being guitarist, vocalist and composer for Yellowjack and Horrible Head, Dave puts websites together. His graphic designing abilities have graced zillions of types of media – most immediately to hand, he designed sleeves for the Yellowjack and Jazz Cattle albums, and images for Murphy & Hamilton’s ‘Two Camels’ and ‘The Point Of Light’ tracks. His portfolio has style, imagination, integrity, wit and intelligence – but don’t let that stop you from investigating further.
Disc Wizards have magnificently manufactured both discs and sleeves for CDs by Bisonics, Yellowjack, Loudsneakers, Horrible Head, G.T. Thomas, Murphy & Hamilton and Reticents, and Smoking Ant Records are honoured to be associated with them. For all your record-making needs, go here: www.discwizards.com/
Rob Sedgebeer is a webmaster extraordinaire, maintaining not only Richard Herring’s award-grabbing site but also this incredibly funny, insanely passionate comedy forum: notbbc. When not caught in the glare of a computer screen, he’s showing off his technicals for this astoundingly mirthful show: go8bit.com
There’s more to life than life. Use your loaf – like The Idler.
G.T. Thomas won’t mind your boggles but let her boggle your mind.
Marko Fontaine was the first champion of Reticents, Bisonics and Murphy & Hamilton on his Punk Rock Jukebox radio show on WCNI in Connecticut, USA. Going To A Pogo? Damn straight! Make a date on Thursdays 1700 – 2000 GMT.
Jason Emberton, in his roles of musical midwife, digital doctor, sound surgeon and pop practitioner, has birthed babes for Bisonics, Horrible Head, Murphy & Hamilton, Yellowjack and Jazz Cattle. Have you a sick tune that needs curing? Then call Doc Emberton now.
Stephanie Johnson was, from 2010 to 2012, Smoking Ant’s illustrious designer across the pond, producing logos, record sleeves and lots of funny times from her Connecticut base. Having now outgrown the ‘ass-hats’ of Smoking Ant, she toils and tinkers at her craft riiiiiiiight abooooooouuuut HERE.
Karen Morden is a gargantuan pal and a dab hand with the quill and the brush. What art movement is she aligned to? Mordenism, of course.
Billy Snyder’s Pirate Radio station OKIBOKI devoted 50% of its 120 minute broadcast to Smoking Ant’s catalogue throughout July & August 2012. To hear it, go to Pirate Radio selection on their home page, select ‘Archive’ and click ‘pr69’. But all the shows are aural treasures, and happily not buried on some Ben Gunn-inhabited island.
Compassion’s not a fashion. Amnesty International.
Textile designer Kim Dawkins stresses the ‘fun’ in the ‘functional’, the ‘ho-ho’ in ‘household items’. She’s seriously crafty and hereabouts.
Karen Birch, one roaringly shy and screamingly retiring bod, has lent her graphic designing capabilities to Reticents’ ‘Bad Line’ album and Bisonics’ ‘Keeping Mum’ video. She even filmed bits of the ’Spoon In Your Sink’ video by Babylon Squeak.
Art world maverick Harry Pye knows everyone in the galaxy except you. Make friends with him at: www.harrypye.com/
Paul Hamilton is the co-author of ‘How Very Interesting: Peter Cook’s Universe And All That Surrounds It’. You can pick it up for about 1p from Amazon. It’s worth every penny. Almost.
This website is written, produced and directed by Dave Pope & Paul Hamilton for Smoking Ant Records Ltd.
The music has been made with the talents of: Anne Antonsen, Simon Baines, Si Beex, Karen Birch, Ernest Bothershops, Lacey Brown, Astrid Brunvatne, Beth Clemons, Chris Dedrick, Sandy Dedrick, Berend Dubbe, Jason Emberton, Bjorn Floystad, Phil Ford, Asmund Geitung, Toralf Geitung, Gemma Gayner, Malcolm Gayner, Paul Hamilton, Arthur Higgins, Bethany Hyde, Molly Hyde, Sean Hyde, John Johnson, Andy K of Pigshackle, Mark Moriash, Stephen Morphet, Dennis Murphy, Douglas Murphy, Gavin Murphy, Jesper Murphy, Kim Ono, Josh Ottum, Andrew ‘Droop’ Petrie, Phil (Andy’s mate), Dave Pope, Nick Shaikh, George Spiggott, G.T. Thomas, Andy Thomson (who knows Phil), David Toynton, Mark Wallis, T.W. Walsh, Joan Watson.
The visuals, both pictorial and filmic, were made by: Richard Bell, Gordon Beswick, Karen Birch, Mark Bleakley, Graham Cawte, Becky Chamberlin, Rachael Field, Gemma Gayner, Gillian Golding, Jason Gollop, Paul Hamilton, Robbo Hamilton, Stephanie Johnson, Meghan Killimade, Georgina Micklethwaite, Karen Morden, Hilde Oygarden, Gary Page, Lisa Page, Troy Page, Dave Pope, Dee Pope, Harry Pye, Kate Quinton, Phoebe Seawell, Piet Schreuders, Roel Siebrand, John Smith of Great Missenden, Martin Steib, Roozbeh Tavakoli, Brian Wallace, Edward Ward.
The verbals, by which we mean interviews, articles, puff pieces, that sort of waffola, were made by: Si Beex, Bob Bryan, Pieter Du Toit, Paul Hamilton, John Hind, Sean Hyde, Kate Laity, Georgina Micklethwaite, Laura Miller, Gary Page, Mark Perry, Dave Pope, Harry Pye, Daniel Spiers, Andy Thomson.
The Pointing Man: Rob Sedgebeer.
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