Saturday, 21 May 2011

Officially my new favourite band

We’ve been watching reruns of our favourite 80’s alternative comedy The Young Ones and I mentioned to my mate Clare that I heard that Ade Edmonson who plays Vyvian (the one with the orange mohawk/metal stars on his forehead/likes mindless violence) had a band. Clare jumped up and down and squealed and said they were brilliant and the next day brought me a CD of The Bad Shepherds called Yan, Tyan, Tethera, Methera which is ancient Cumbrian for One, Two, Three, Four! The album is awesome! What they do is take all your favourite punk/alternative songs from the 70’s and 80’s but—get this—play them on folk instruments like the mandolin, uillean pipes, penny whistle, bodhran and celtic fiddle. It is a perfect reimagining of these songs in a cool folksy way with reels and jigs inserted between lyrics. Clare has now taken up the mandolin, how cool is that?  

The CD Yan, Tyan, Tethera, Methera features these songs:
  1. I Fought The Law/Cockers At Pockers
  2. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
  3. Rise
  4. Whole Wide World/Hag With The Money
  5. The Model
  6. Humours of Tullah/Teenage Kicks/
    Whisky In The Jar/The Merry Blacksmith
  7. Once In A Lifetime/Pinch Of Snuff
  8. London Calling/Manchester Calling/The Monaghan Jig
  9. Up The Junction
  10. Yan, Tyan, Tethera, Methera!
    (Fraher's Jig/Coppers & Brass/The Old Bush/Rip The Calico)
  11. God Save The Queen/Mountain Road

Their new CD By Hook or by Crook which I soon will have features these tracks:
  1. Anarchy in the UK
  2. Sound of the Suburbs
  3. Making Plans For Nigel
  4. Friday Night, Saturday Morning
  5. Ramones Medley
  6. Panic
  7. Ace of Spades
  8. Ever Fallen In Love With Someone
    (You Shouldn't've)
  9. White Riot
If you like punk music or are stuck in 80’s nostalgia but also love folk music—check them out. You will not regret it.


  1. I posted this on FB, as there are many of my "friends" (new fangled word for penpal) on there who might be interested. Sounds fascinating. Maybe I could finally appreciate your music when it is put to a new beat/accompaniment. I just remember the grating, screeching sound of ???? when you were a Mountain Camp kid. shudder.

  2. Violent Femmes! finally remembered their dadburn name.