Sunday, 3 August 2008

Inca Babies

Sometime in 1982 or 1983 in Manchester’s Hulme district the Inca Babies were formed. At the time, Manchester music was gripped by a schizophrenic jazz funk scene which was emulated by the "indie" scene’s own approximation with its "jangly, dancy" pop. In this climate the Inca Babies had no choice but to come up with their own sound. What resulted was a Raunchy Death Ray twang from a punk-trash, Americana perspective. Link Wray, the Cramps, the Gun Club and the Birthday Party were the spirit guidance, and a big influence. But, because the Incas were an obscenely English band impertinently playing out of their continent, people didn’t get it at first. However musicologist C.P Lee in his book on the Manchester music scene must have spotted something when he called them the ‘Hulme Cramps’. So indeed, must Radio 1 DJ John Peel and his producer John Walters. They took one listen to the first single The Interior and offered them a session on the spot. It was to be the first of four they did for Radio 1 between 1984-87. After this there was a frenzy of bookings for their rowdy live shows. No Cub Scout hut was too small or warehouse too large. Within a year they had been to every borough and city in the land, usually at the stick carpet end of town, and a fan base had gathered across the UK. With 2 number one slots in the Indie single chart and a top 5 album, "Rumble", the Incas soon began to find an audience abroad. Tours of Mainland Europe included Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria and all of Scandinavia. Three further Albums ("This Train", "Opium Den" and "Evil Hour") were released including six more singles all experiencing good sales and chart places. During this time, while popularity was not a problem keeping personnel was, and while singers and drummers came and went, the backbone of the band who played every gig and appeared on every record, Bill Marten (bass) and Harry Stafford (guitar, later Vocals) struggled to keep the integrity of the band alive. The end came when there were no more singers and no more drummers. By the late 80s acid clubbers raved through the night and there was no place for the Incas.

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Rumble (1985)

1. Crawling Garage
2. The Interior

3. Blind Man (the Chiller)

4. The Diseased Stranger Waltz

5. Leucotomy Meat Boss

6. Big Jugular

7. 16 Tons of Fink

8. Cactus Mouth Informer

9. Grease-Ball Mechanic

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This Train... (1986)

1. Plenty More Mutants
2. Correction Stack

3. Hole in the Gulley

4. Candy Mountain

5. Splatter Ballistics Cop
6. The Depths
7. Backyard Bones

8. Daniella
9. Call Me Enemy

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Opium Den (1986)

1. Opium Den
2. Thirst

3. Devil in My Room

4. Ramblin' Man

5. Big Cyprus

6. A Grim Thought

7. Dresden

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Evil Hour (1987)

1. Evil Hour
2. Long Uphill Trek

3. Partisans River

4. A Madmans Demise

5. Bad Hombre

6. Artillery Switchboard

7. Two Rails to Nowhere
8. Volts

9. Burning Town

10. Young Blood

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bitrate: 192kbps

EPs & singles


1. The Interior single (1983)
2. Grunt Cadillac Hotel single (1984)

3. Big Jugular EP (1984)

4. The Judge single (1984)

5. Surfin' in Locustland EP (1985)

6. Splatter Ballistics Cop single (1985)

7. Buster's on Fire single (1986)

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Anonymous said...

Mil Gracias que yo sepa estos son todos los discos de INCA BABIES, todos me han gustado, mi disco y cancion favorito es el de evil hour, tienes un exlente blog.
ATT: Daniel

Anonymous said...

genial con los discos de inca babies gracias por compartilos

Setnakt said...

gracias por compartir

Anonymous said...

Muy buenos discos. Gracias a Escucharlos!!!

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