“SONG FOR EWE”
with MARK TILTON of
BLACK CRACK & ex MEMBRANES
“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 was originally in The Membranes with John Robb. These days he fronts a garage punk band called Black Crack, and is produced by Robb and released on his label Louder Than War. He’s also played with Marc Riley’s post Fall band The Creepers and is a screenwriter and film-maker who frequently works with George Milton (son of legendary Ted Milton of Blurt), which informs his song choice – here he is “class act” (according to Marc Riley), the unmistakeable Mark Tilton!
It’s taken me a mad minute to get Mark’s choice up here, so without further ado, and while we wait for the (I hope imminent new Black Crack album) here’s Mark’s Milton inspired choice…
“The Room by Ted Milton/Loopspool
I first saw Blurt at Rafters in Manchester in 1980.
(here’s the original version of the flyer)
I liked Ted Milton’s wit, his absurdist, tortured soul. I became a fan. In the late eighties I went to film school in London and discovered one of my fellow students – an opinionated whippersnapper called George – was Ted Milton’s son. I didn’t like George. He was arrogant and not as sophisticated as he thought. He was 19. I was 26. We became friends. And then best friends. We made films together and, twenty five years later, we still do. He plays drums in my band Black Crack.
And, of course, I have got to know Ted. Ted is an intimidating father. A big tree to grow in the shade of. An exception to the rule of fatherhood. Ted speaks a couple of languages but particularly enjoys English, which he describes as ‘a snaky tongue’. It gives him great pleasure to speak indirectly. It allows him wit, articulate word-play, and a cover-up. It offers the chance to offend without being offensive (last night I learned Ted calls dog shit ‘barker’s eggs’.) It gives him honesty from behind a mask. On the album ‘Sublime’, which he recorded under the name Loopspool, he removes the mask. The second side opens with the love song, ‘The Room’. It speaks itself.”
EDITORS’ NOTE FROM NICK: CAN’T FIND “THE ROOM” ANYWHERE ON THE INTERWEB OTHER THAN ON ILLEGAL DOWNLOAD SITES, SO YOU’LL HAVE TO MAKE DO WITH THIS SELECTION OF TED MILTON / LOOPSPOOL TRACKS…SOZ
FIND BLACK CRACK HERE…
THANKS TO MARK, APOLOGIES FOR THE DELAY MATE.
ALSO, CHECK OUT TED MILTON’S OWN “SONG FOR EWE” HERE…