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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Meet the 1990s - Stepping out from Franz Ferdinand's shadow

These altruistic "little brothers" of Franz Ferdinand are making great music, just having trouble getting dates. Talented Rock - sans a single pretty boy.

The 1990s had their work cut out for them.

They ain't pretty...

Ok - let me clarify, rather than to sell out shows with their smashing good looks - they let their music do the talking.

In a recent article in Britain's UNCUT Magazine (the best rock rag in the world - period), the Scottish trio get a write up and a tearing down, of sorts.

"The 1990s. Two parts ex-Yummy Fur - Jamie McMorrow (bass, crazy teeth) and Jackie McMorrow (vocals/guitar, crazier teeth) - to one part Ex-V Twin Michael McGaughrin (drums, Monkees haircut.)"

Meet The 1990s - and before you get any ideas about you having the one-up on these newcommers, realize this: their instruments have more miles on them than your used car.

1990s MySpace

1990s Home Page

"They play rock and roll like a blonde gets out of a car!”

Over the last six months the group witnessed their former mates (Franz Ferdinand = Ex-Yummy Furs) take off both musically and in terms of world exposure. Now, it's their turn.

HISTORY OF THE YUMMY FURS

What is the Glasgow Sound?

The Yummy Furs were a Glaswegian quartet formed in 1992, born from the determination of John "Jack" McKeown (The 1990s).

To hear some truly amazing Yummy Furs music from the BBC in 1995 - the John Peel Sessions:

For the best examples 0f the "Glaswegian Sound" of those days - Listen to:

"CAR PARK" & "INDEPENDENT POP SONG".

Yummy Furs tracks from the BBC archives

They recorded more than 60 tracks in just their first five years together. By 1999 the band would have recorded several times, released five albums and played for thousands.

The group had a dedicated following, but one this fan base never seemed to grow.

Extremely popular in the Glasgow clubs and in some of the trendier spots elsewhere in Europe, the sound never caught on elsewhere.

The musicians (at last count there were ten to eleven incarnations of the band lineup- each including McKeown though) decided to call it quits some six years ago.

Alex Kapranos and John Thomson went on to form Franz Ferdinand.

LIVE FROM GLASGOW -

An old YUMMY FURS VIDEO - Very low tech, but still rare and cool.

OLD YUMMY FURS VIDEO on VIMEO

Want more pertinent music history? Of course you do!

Learn quite a bit about The Yummy Furs (1992-1999) here:

YUMMY FURS backstory

GUITAR TABS for POLICE MAN from The Yummy Furs

Yummy Furs guitar tabs

"The guitar sound is easy to get. I use a fender amp and a fendermustang guitar.
To get a similar over drive I use a VOX pedal." Tabs transcribed by Nick Thurgoode.

One last look back at the 1990s (thanks to Wikipedia)

During the decade -


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1 comment:

Dany said...

good site, will link up this week