Yellowjack – ‘Godot Woz Ere’ album lyrics
Yellowjack – Band Interview Part 1 (2014)
Yellowjack – Band Interview Part 2 (2014)
Yellowjack – ‘Rebel Yell O’ Jack’ (The Hamilton Ruminations, 2014)
‘Put His Mouth On A Meter’ Dept. loudly presents Hamilton set to Maximum Ramble. ‘Well, Basically’ is a two-part filmed interview where he bangs on and on and (let’s not forget) on. Here is Part One, all half hour of it, and over there lurks Part Two (in which he attempts his John Cooper Clarke impression).
Yellowjack Review – Roland Bends Ear To ‘Godot Woz Ere’
Dave Pope – guitars and vocals
Andy Thomson – bass
Paul Hamilton – drums
‘Godot Woz Ere’, in being (thus far) the sole item in their catalogue, is Yellowjack’s debut, farewell and/or greatest hits album.
Pope and Hamilton, formerly of art school knees-up combo Horrible Head, eschew all the current modes of songwriting, performance and production, and, in eliminating the Gimmick Of The Minute, create a suite of songs unblemished by date-stamping. ‘Godot Woz Ere’, with its unadorned guitar/bass/drums template, could have appeared any time in the past four decades. It might still sound as vital and fresh 40 years from now. Let us know, any of you time travellers out there.
With Andy Thomson on bass and Malcolm Gayner (Reticents and Bisonics engineer/producer) on board, Yellowjack take satirical potshots at racial intolerance (‘Gnomes Of Bromley’), online orthodoxies (‘Everyone Likes This’), political defeatism (the title track) and rock bands reforming to surf the nostalgia wave (‘We’re Back to shake our fists at The Man/Don’t forget to visit our merch stand’).
‘It’s Time I Went Mad Again’, sent soaring by Gemma Gayner’s one-woman orchestra, is an unconventional love song: Well, how many ballads do you know that have lines as silly as, “Drunk drivers drive when they’re drunk/Painters paint paintings with paint/Sunny days are hot and cold ones are not/What is is and what ain’t ain’t”?
Yellowjack, in their adherence to core values and traditional mores in song-making (telegraphed by their sporting Morris Men regalia on the cover), have produced an album which, despite its often bleak subject matter, is a positive, sanguineous lughole-tickler.
Purchasers of the ‘Godot Woz Ere’ CD will also receive – whilst stocks last – a CD of Horrible Head’s ‘The Gloom Of Youth’ utterly FREE for you to compare the Pope and Hamilton of way back when to way forward now.