The Becketts were a West Country band who had quite a number of singles on various labels including Lovely, Bad Girl and Fabulous. There is absolutely nothing about them on the web, nothing in the Rough Guide to Rock and so on...
I think they're
bloody great, influenced heavily by the Pixies perhaps, but then, so were
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How did the PJ Harvey thing happen?
Well, that happened at exactly the same time as Stereolab. I got a tape from another West Country band, The Becketts. They played at the White Horse and this guy from the Becketts said 'Here's a band, they're friends of mine from Dorset...they really want to play in London, I think you'll like them...' I remember I thought the tape was really badly presented - really naff cover - a sort of out of focus black and white photo, really bad name - sort of Singer/Songwriter sounding - folky-ness. It just sat in the box for a few weeks before I even bothered playing it! But when I did play it obviously stood out because it was just not 'indie' and it was at the height of shoegazing... Everyone was shoegazing and Lurching.
INCREDIBLY - More Information!!!!!!
I realise that last time I updated this dinosaurs walked the earth, but hey I got a mail from someone else interested (the name's been lost) and he told me the following stuff! - Edmund (FBP)
"You don't mention the fact that guitarist Simon Ashdown is actually the son of former Liberal Democrat's Leader Paddy Ashdown, possibly the only notable thing the press had to say about them at the time"
it was a bit..by the by, and it's the music that mattered, right? RIGHT?
album, 'Lust' came out not long after that and it really was rather splendid.
As a point of note I was told that the cover you found so intriguing is
actually an extreme close-up of Madonna's genitalia, or maybe they were
having me on."
'Me and Robert Forster' actually came after, not before 'The Most Beautiful Girl In The World', quite a while later (I thought they'd been and gone). Again, another much treasured slab of vinyl. They had now added Debbie Johnson which changed the sound slightly, I'm still undecided whether it was for the better or not.
I certainly think it was, I loved both before and after stuff, but the female vocals gave the music a whole different slant...it allowed growth.... - Edmund (FBP)
May 2002: Martin mailed me to say "They were heavily influenced by the Pixies and were mates of a guy I used to work with. The info about Madonna and Paddy Ashdown is true. We used to go and see them whenever they played in London. The comic book stuff is taken from the cult comic 'Love and Rockets.'
Paddy Ashdown had 'Me and Robert Forster' as one of his 10 Desert Island Discs.
One Evening in about 1990-91 they played at the New Cross Venue supporting the Family Cat, first time I saw a FCUK T shirt. A Video was recorded which featured me dancing on the speakers. That was the last I saw of them I think.
Edmund says - the following stuff has been commented on by Michael Paine/(ex-Chinaski) from the band! So I'll leave it as a rumours/truthes thing to clear things up for the future!
"Their first album actually sold in Smiths!"
Martin - Their
'Myth' album was not so successful. Debbie left the band to go to music
college. No idea what happened to the rest except that Michael seemed
somewhat bitter about PJ Harvey's success and I believe that may have
accelerated the band's break up"
Martin - "The
cover of 'Lust' is a blowup of Madonna's bush taken from a soft porn mag.
I believe it was Playboy but can't be 100% sure. Also it was John Parrish,
the Beckett's drummer, who originally supplied the PJ Harvey demo to the
Right, so there
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