Having lived in Bristol a decade and a half ago, I’ve maintained an avuncular fondness for things ‘Bristol Sound’. And of all the 90s Brizzle groups, nominal underacheivers/cult item Smith & Mighty were probably my favourite; I even saw them at a festival in Fishponds north of the city center, subsequent to their Bass In Maternal Lp (not to mention once spying the distinctive looking Ray Mighty, wearing a Smith & Mighty t-shirt, at the Tesco near Ikea off the M32). A relatively poorly written précis of the scene, only partly due to its subjects’ reticence and inarticulateness, Phil Johnson’s Straight Outta Bristol, put me on the S&M tack.
I’ve got a couple highly listenable S&M cd comps on !K7, but I’m always on the lookout for Cup of Tea, Three Stripe and More Rockers vinyl and was quite pleased to find this twelve, the second time they successfully deconstructed a Bacharach/David, at a bootfair in Ashford. BTW, it’s a shame they’re stuck with that band logo, isn’t it?
Rob Smith, of course, has gone on to produce several interesting singles as RSD for various dubstep labels, for which I’ve had to pay retail. Somehow, I don’t see any Punch Drunk or Tectonic coming chaz shop-way anytime soon.