“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest as guitarist/vocalist Karin Diblitz helped form the John Peel endorsed Biel, Switzerand punk trio Chin-Chin who followed in the footsteps of Kleenex/Liliput in making a righteous yet unholy racket perhaps best encapsulated by the album “Sound of the Way West” and the EP “Stop! Your Crying” (see the Kleenex vibe continues with all those tears!) which were originally released in 1986 on the labels Farmer (on 12″) and  53rd & 3rd (as a comp) but which now get a first time release on 7″ on the excellent reissue label Optic Nerve. On half blue, half yellow vinyl no less.

Ever the wag, Peel who’d heard Chin-Chin through the Swiss label Farmer, apparently introduced them when he first played them in ’86 saying “According to my correspondents, that’s the sound of young and unemployed Switzerland. I must admit, I didn’t know there was such a thing as unemployment in Switzerland but apparently there is”.

But this undoubted disaffection did have a strident joy, and I’m pleased to have become acquainted with a band that got a lot of play around the C86 time but has since fallen below the radar. The band were Esther (bass/vocals) and Marie-Ann (drums/vocals) who had played together in Swiss new wave band Sophisticated Boom Boom (not to be confused with the Scottish pop punks) and Karin, who these days is known as Karen Simpson, and who’s more recently been in the trash/surf/outsider experimental duo Stereophonic Space Sound and also run a Zurich record shop with that band’s Ernst Maeschi. It’s a pleasure to welcome to these pages to pick a top nugget of garage rock, Karen Simpson!

Without further ado, this is Karen’s “song for ewe”…

“The Sid Presley Experience – Firewater

This track is so full of drive and raw energy. Although it is a cover version of the 1964-track by The Astronauts, it totally reflects the mood of the time – just go and do it and do it with attitude! After the split of The Sid Presley Experience, two new bands emerged: The Unholy Trinity and The Godfathers, one of my all-time favourite bands.”

Out now, the imperative and strictly limited blue/yellow 7″ of “Stop! Your Crying” also includes a poster and a postcard…get it on the link below.


It’s part of the Optic Nerve 3.0 Re-issue series that also features some awesome new re-releases by The Siddeleys and Girls At Our Best