Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Issue #50 - The Anniversary CD Compilation




Twenty years ago we’d been running Bucketfull for about two years, and by then – between August 1996 and December 1997 - had published four issues without too many hiccups. OK we (or more precisely Terry) had been taken to court by a scumbag, and there were the weird and often inexplicable typos which mortify to this day, but we were solvent. We’d also got shot of all the subscribers we’d inherited from Jon Storey and now had our own growing list.

We were hitting #50 and thus far hadn’t cover-mounted anything. It wasn’t a good time for 7” singles; the nearest pressing plant that anyone knew of was in the Czech Republic; so we thought we’d do a CD compilation instead. We made a wish-list and started working through it, and surprisingly we kept on hitting pay-dirt.

Both Joss and I really wanted to get a Dan Penn track, so I got hold of his address and just wrote him a letter, which you still did in those days, and back came a DAT and a cassette, as you still got in those days, of ‘Jewel Of My Heart’ along with a friendly handwritten reply which I still have to this day. The track was an, possibly the sole, out-take from his Do Right Man album, and is, and remains, utterly wonderful.

We also got a track from Jim Dickinson, 'Too Late'; a song co-written with Ry Cooder and John Hiatt, and recorded with his sons Luther and Cody. Joss had interviewed Jim and so this coincided nicely. We put Jim on the cover; I’d found a nice picture of him in a Dylan magazine but nobody could trace the origin. I ended up phoning up Jim to ask him about it and had a long and wide-ranging conversation – he told me a lot of stories – eventually being advised “just use it, the magazine went bust”. So we did and he’s unmistakable on that golden cover.

So that was two tracks, and there were another seventeen from folk like Dwight Twilley who gave us ‘It’s Hard To Be A Rebel’, Matthew Sweet with ‘Bold Moves’, and Sparklehorse’s Blake-via The Fugs setting of ‘London’, Bill Lloyd, The Barracudas, You Am I, and Darryl-Ann.

Listening again now I’m astonished at the quality and just how well we sequenced it. It sounds still so fresh and life-affirming even as time has made it poignant. Both Jim and Mark Linkous went some years back, and the loss of Tommy Keene last autumn so soon after touring with Matthew Sweet still stings.

We did very well with it and sold out the first print-run. A second smaller print-run used up the rest of the CD pressing. They soon went and that was that. I’d see it now and then on eBay usually going for between fifteen and twenty-five quid. For a long time all I had a handful of copies in poor condition, but a few years ago someone – I think closing a record store – offered me a box of old mags and when I got to look at it there was a small quantity of #50s in very good condition.

I thought they’d all gone but the other day, digging around at home (as some of you will know I have time on my hands currently) I turned a few copies up. Rather than stick them up on eBay I’m offering them for sale here, now.



£12 to the UK, £14 to Europe, and £16 to the USA and the Rest Of The World.

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BoB #50 with CD inc p&p

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Bucketfull Of Brains #83 now available : Order here


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BoB #83 The Replacements

Monday, 14 April 2014

Bucketfull Of Brains #83 now available: Order here



Bucketfull Of Brains #83 is now available. The new issue can now be ordered by mail-order and there’s a PayPal button with a drop-down menu below. Please ensure that you pick the correct price for your territory. If you're in London you can pick up a copy in Sister Ray.

Prices inclusive of postage etc are UK £5.20, Europe £8.25, and USA / Rest Of The World £9.60

BoB #83 The Replacements

Friday, 4 April 2014

Bucketfull Of Brains #82 now available: Order here


Bucketfull Of Brains #82 is now available. The new issue can now be ordered by mail-order and there’s a PayPal button with a drop-down menu below. Please ensure that you pick the correct price for your territory. If you're in London you can pick up a copy in Sister Ray.

 The new magazine was as ever put together by Terry Hermon with editorial input from Nick West; many of our usual contributors are present and correct; Mick Dillingham, Phil Suggitt, Charles Pitter, Martin Dowsing, Simon Wright, Jud Cost, David Bash, Dennis Dalcin, Kevin Mathews, David M Snyder and Jeremy Gluck. We welcome Ieuan Franklin. Plus we welcome back Gurbir Dhillon.

There’s something of a UK home counties focus to this issue as we feature DANNY AND THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD, THE SNAKES, THE DREAMING SPIRES, THE EPSTEIN, and the Hastings-born exile WESLEY STACE. There’s also a clear Swedish tendency as BENJAMIN FOLKE THOMAS is interviewed, and there’s an account of Stockholm’s THE PLASTIC PALS recent New York jaunt.

Mick Dillingham looks at the splendid FRUITS DE MER label and talks to co-founder Keith Jones along with Greg Curvey of THE LUCK OF EDEN HALL and Nathan Hall of SOFT HEARTED SCIENTISTS. Plus Dennis’ Garage, various bits and pieces on THE TRONICS, SPRING RECORDS and more.

Prices inclusive of postage etc are UK £5, Europe £7.80, and Rest Of The World £9.20.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Bucketfull Of Brains #81 now available - order here



Bucketfull Of Brains #81 has just published. The new issue can now be purchased by mailorder and there’s a PayPal button below. Please ensure that you pick the correct price for your territory.



The new magazine was as ever put together by Terry Hermon with some editorial input from Nick West; many of our usual contributors are present and correct; Mick Dillingham, Phil Suggitt. Jud Cost, David Bash, Dennis Dalcin, Kevin Mathews and David M Snyder. Simon Wright returns to talk to THE FLAMIN’ GROOVIES on the night of their Scala show last month, and our old pal Dave Western took some excellent photos in the fading light of a gloomy day. Martin Dowsing provides a tranche of reviews, and we welcome new contributors in John Kieffer, Jane Parsons and Charles Pitter. 

Artists featured include M.WARD, FAMILY, GREG ROBERSON, IAIN MATTHEWS, DREAM SYNDICATE, BEAULIEU PORCH, THE LUCK OF EDEN HALL, M. G. BOULTER, JOHN PARISH, ERIC VOEKS and ELLIOTT MURPHY.

 Plus Dennis’ Garage and bits (and we mean bits) on SHAGRAT RECORDS, THE REPLACEMENTS, THE SEE SEE, and  other stuff probably.

Prices inclusive of postage etc are UK £.4.50, Europe £7, and Rest Of The World £8.25.
(To order back issues please visit bucketfullofbrains.com)

Monday, 22 October 2012

Bucketfull Of Brains # 80 now available


Bucketfull Of Brains #80 has just published. The new issue can now be purchased by mailorder and there’s a PayPal button below. Please ensure that you pick the correct price for your territory.

The new magazine was mainly put together by Terry Hermon and Phil Suggitt, and many of our usual contributors are present and correct; Mick Dillingham, Jud Cost, David Bash, Dennis Dalcin, Kevin Mathews and David M Snyder. Jeremy Gluck returns with tales of THE BARRACUDAS in Japan, Paul Martin brings extensive coverage of a fabulous new survey of GLAM ROCK picture sleeves. And Oliver Suggitt brings the wind of youth into the mix in writing about THE SPECTRALS.

There’s a chat with our jangly psych buddies THE SEE SEE, a wide-ranging interview with CHRIS STAMEY about BIG STAR, THE dB’s and his latest solo project. JONATHAN SEGEL talks about his solo projects and, of course, a bit about CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN. GRACE SLICK tells the professor about Blows Against The Empire. JEFF LITMAN tells his tale. And we hear from Ramblin’ Steve all about the history and the ethos of the WHAT’S COOKIN’ club in East London.

Plus reviews and bits on SHAGRAT RECORDS, PROCOL HARUM, and other stuff probably.

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Saturday, 28 January 2012

Dateline Jan 28th 2012: News from BoB Towers (Finally)


 So, hello. Where’ve you been? Oh, where’ve we been? Around...

Is it that long since 78/79 landed? Guess so. Have you got it? No? Quickly here, there aren’t many left. What’s been happening? Well Richard Buckner and Sacri Cuori were pretty ace, alone and together. Danny Champ and Richard Warren. Jason McNiff just last Monday at the Borderline. Taking Ben Folke Thomas to see Glen Campbell. The Loft. Pete Wylie being Pete Wylie. Jones and Simonon and Primal Scream doing ‘Jail Guitar Doors’. There’ve been moments but it’s been a hiatus, and now before nature abhors this vacuum too much let’s see some activity.

First activity is announcements from the record label of no less than three upcoming releases between now and May:


First off is a reissue of Trent Miller’s Cerberus (BoB 112). Originally self-released on his own Hangman Label in autumn 2009 it’s now getting a new push with a listed release date of 5th March. Visit his website and learn more about it.



Then we’re very pleased to be giving a UK and European release to Edward RogersPorcelain (BoB 121) originally put out in the US and Canada on Zip last autumn. This is Ed’s fourth solo album and as ever it features a plethora of New York’s finest. Due 2nd April.

And then, drum roll if you don’t mind, we’re extremely pleased to announce we’re putting out John Murry’s The Graceless Age (BoB 122) on 7th May. An extraordinary record. You may recall World Without End which John recorded with the old Memphis folkie Bob Frank; this is the solo album he’s been working on since. It involves a number of famed SF musicians including Chuck Prophet and it’s going to make some waves.

All that is just bare bones (and a few links) for today but over the next days and weeks we’ll surely be posting a lot of (metaphorical) meat.