leonardo da vinci: vitruvian man, 1487. a question of singular proportion.
An album I haven\’t listened to in over thirty years: the \”Streets\” compilation of \”Select Highlights From Independent British Labels\”. The first LP release for Beggars Banquet, BEGA 1 ; a swelter of fine British talent from The Lurkers and The Doll to John Cooper Clarke and Slaughter & The Dogs.
The last time I heard this, I sported holes in the knees of my trousers and safety-pins on my shirt. Nothing much has changed.
Arthur Comix – or \”Arthur Comics ?\”, as the band was credited on the back of the sleeve – were in reality none other than those infamous Snivelling Shits, formed by legendary \’Sounds\’ and \’Zig Zag\’ journalist extraordinaire, Giovanni Dadomo in 1977. Rumour has it that Beggars Banquet forced the name change to get the record into distribution, but given Dadomo\’s occupation – and reputation for spinning a line – the tale is more than likely apocryphal.
The fabulous Dadomo sadly died in 2002.
Giovanni Dadomo: vocals; Dave Fudger: bass; Steve Nicol: drums; Pete Makowski: guitar.
Produced by Ed Hollis and Steve Lillywhite.
▼ ARTHUR COMIX: ISGODAMAN ? from \”Streets: VA\” LP (Beggars Banquet) 1977 (UK)