Ed Blaney. Photography courtesy of Danny J Blaney/DJB Photography

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.

Today, continuing our April Fall month on Velvet Sheep, is another member of the greatest rock & roll band of our time. This fella has managed the band and is still friends with Mark E. Smith to this day, in fact MES is still recording with him for his own project. Originally in the band Trigger Happy with Jim Watts and Dave Milner, he was initially tour manager for The Fall, promoted to manager, and then to full-serving member of the band in 2001, on guitar, BVs and as a co-writer on The Fall album “Are You Are Missing Winner” for the tail-end charlie tracks “Hollow Mind” and “Reprise Jane – Prof Mick – Ey Bastardo”. He left and then returned as manager again (or “broker”) and played guitar on the band’s final Peel session in 2004. In 2008 he recorded an album with his former band leader called “Smith & The Blaney” and then a second “The Train Part 3”, and he’s on the verge of a third collaboration with his uniquely voiced former boss man plus Jenny Shuttleworth and former Fall bandmate Jim Watts on his own label Yerrrr Productions. It’s Ed Blaney, or simpler still Blaney!


Photography courtesy of Danny J Blaney/DJB Photography

Here’s my fav from “Are You Are Missing Winner”…”Crop Dust” circa 2001


Back to today and I asked Blaney to describe his latest project. He writes thus:

“I’ve just finished my album BLANEY ‘URBAN NATURE’ comes out May 27th on all formats including vinyl. Features Mark.E.Smith on several tracks, we are all very pleased with the end results. Its being released on my own label too which is a good learning curve. Looking forward to taking it out on the road with the band. You can hear a few clips and pre-order it here http://www.blaney. co”

I’ve heard the snippets on the site and if like me you’re a mahousive Fall fan, you will love it. But what is Blaney loving? Without further ado, here’s his “song for ewe”…

“Bob Dylan’s “Masters of war” ,

I haven’t listened to this song in a while, it could have been written yesterday, still very current in today’s world, strong and very accurately damning. For all the right reasons.”