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Steady The Buffs

Buff Medways Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Transcopic
  • ASIN: B000066HEX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,519 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Troubled Mind 2:11£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dawn Said 1:55£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. A Strange Kind Of Happyness 2:08£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Archive From 1959 2:43£0.69  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Sally Sensation 3:16£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Vanessa Does Favours 2:33£0.69  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Misty Water 2:33£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Well Well 2:50£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. You Piss Me Off 2:08£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Ivor 2:22£0.69  Buy MP3 

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Over the last 25 years Billy Childish has banged out more than 100 albums of rough and ready garage-rock and this latest offering Steady the Buffs is more of the same but with higher than usual peaks.

When the White Stripes broke through with their peculiarly intense brand of lo-fi mayhem, it was fitting that they should cite Billy Childish as a major influence.

, With the Milkshakes the Thee Headcoats and solo, Childish has produced all of his material on a shoestring budget--all heavily stylised, openly humorous and loyal to the wild spirit of rock & roll.

Now with a bassist and a drummer they are the Buff Medways (presumably named after the East Kent Regiment of Victorian times). Childish opens the album with his best track in years. "Troubled Mind" is a simple rock & roll riff backed by constantly seething drums with Billy sounding about 18 and as sexually desperate as it’s possible to without a terrible mess being made. It’s nearly matched by other bluesy moments like "Well Well" and "Time’s Up" as well as "A Strange Kind of Happiness"--a sparse but ebullient take on 1960s summer-pop. As ever, Childish falls down when resorting to punky thrashes like "Vanessa Does Favours" but that’s to be expected. Billy likes punk and Billy does what he likes. He’s very rock & roll like that. --Dominic Wills

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Medway between a Rock and a Who place... 21 Jan 2003
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Whack The Kinks, The Who, The Sonics, The Stooges and The Ramones into a Moulinex 4-speed 'Easy Clean' blender and set to "heavy mince". What you get is an awful lot of Rhesus A and bone marrow, one hell of a lawsuit and a glorious tripartite cacophany that is The Buff Medways.
"Strange Kind of Happiness" out-Who's the Who. "Sally Sensation" sees The Who invite The Sonics over for a kebab and dominoes. "Ivor" bloody well IS The Who!!!
"Vanessa Does Favours" is Ray Davies singing through a traffic cone in a midget submarine. "Dawn Said" sees Ray, Johnny Ramone and David Gedge arsing around in the studio after the caretaker's locked up for the night. "You Piss Me Off" is the 'B' side of Ray, Johnny Ramone and David Gedge arsing around in the studio after the caretaker's locked up for the night.
"Steady The Buffs" is a thumping lo-fi beauty - the gift that keeps on giving. What the Medways save in production costs they spend like princes on power.
So you like boy bands!! Enlist with the Buffs, because even if you don't like it, you will...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic 1 Dec 2007
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Lets get one thing straight. I am a Billy Childish fan/obsessive. However I can remain objective. Billy has made a hell of a lot of records, I don't think I own even a fraction of them and no not all are good.

This is the first Childish record I bought and perhaps for that reason it remains close to my broken heart. This is where Billy brought sixties pop into play (The Who/Hendrix) and it is quite a polished record by Childish standards.

One of the secret ingredients here is Johnny Barker, bass player, who provides brilliant, falsetto backing vocals. Wolf Howard (Drums) has established a rapport with Billy which continues today (MBEs) but there is something that sounds like the early stages of a love affair on this record. Wolf is aggressively funky!

I would like to point out the highlights on this record but the highlights
begin with track 1 and end with track 12. Buy it!....its slightly better than Westlife.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars English garage-punk blues. 2 Jun 2002
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Billy Childish,author poet,musician,realeases his 100th recording with his latest band the Buff
Medways.An influence of the White Stripes,Childish plays his punk blues in nostalgic but what sounds a refreshing way.
Stripped down riff based songs reminiscent of the Jams angry energy.Songs such as 1959 with an
early sixties feel,with wry sometimes comic
lyrical content make this cd highly reccomended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Punk Rock ist nicht tot! 18 Sep 2002
By "dimmydat" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Try sitting still while this one's on! Wild Billy Childish's ace 100th album has more raw rock-n-roll energy, passionate vocals, and catchy songs than you can shake a chicken at.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nominee for Top 100 CDs of All Time 12 Feb 2004
By Jersey Kid - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I purchased Steady the Buffs by Billy Childish and the Friends of the Buff Medway Fanciers Association (wheee...) after reading an interview with Billy in MOJO.

The shock accompanying my first listen was akin to what happened when I first heard 'Tutti Frutti' by Little Richard: a hiss of static followed by transcendant rock 'n' roll.

You see, the "rock 'n' roll" part of the equation is misisng from a lot, maybe most, of rock music today. The 'too tough to live, too tough to die' ethos has been replaced by hiding the singer behind dancers...until, of course, you want to show her breast. But...I digress.

Billy Childish and his bands are likely the greatest cover band of all time. And, I mean this in the most complementary way.

Evoking pieces of Link Wray, the Kinks, early Who, countless also rans and merging it with a more contemporary Johnny Rotten attitude, Mr. Childish puts the paddles on the heart of rock 'n' roll and brings it back to life.
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