Mean Red Spiders
Mean Red Spiders
Mean Red Spiders' music is largely guitar-based, and influenced by psychedelic music. Stage shows were lit with projected layers of screen images with liquid light techniques. Their music makes extensive use of distortion, digital keyboard loops, recorded voice samples, and effects pedals, creating a repeatable orchestrated wall of Sound style with vocals, considered by some reviewers to fit into the shoegaze, or dreampop genres, or described as being space rock. The band is not to be confused with the earlier British R&B outfit of the same name (1985-1993) who issued two albums, 'Nude Guitarist in Wet Lettuce Frenzy' (1987) and 'Dark Hours' (1991), the punk rock band made up of members of The Chesterfield Kings, or the UK outfit currently performing under the same name. Members Adam Rosen David Rodgers Minesh Mandoda Lisa Nighswander Greg Chambers Marco Landini Eric Abboud David Humphreys James Anderson Scott Cameron Rob Boak II. There is NO connection here with the Canadian band with the same name.
This very obscure band was from Ipswich England, formed in the 80's, and led led by Toni Vines, one of Ipswich's most experienced guitarists, who played with Alexis Korner, members of the Paul Rodgers band and Andy Fraser's band. He has also played with visiting USA Bluesmen like Louisiana Red, Lowell Fulsom and Jimmy Rogers. Toni went on to play with Paul Martinez (ex Robert Plant Band), Pick Withers (ex Dire Straits) and Mick Avory (ex Kinks). The Mean Red Spiders played on many TV shows and once had record of the week on (OGWT) "Whistling" Bob Harris' BBC Radio 1 Show.
"Dark Hours" is a good heavy blues rock album with potent guitar and great harmonica playing. There are a few great original tunes on this album. If there is one "gripe" about the album, it is that most of the tracks are too short, and the music never fully gets a chance to develop. Sadly, the Mean Red Spiders are another "fell by the wayside" band who could have made it big.
[ Mean Red Spiders' 1st album, "Nude Guitarist In Wet Lettuce Frenzy" was recorded live at The Oliver Twist in Colchester, 1987, and produced by Dave Hoser & The Mean Red Spiders ] - A.O.O.F.C would sincerely like to thank Zivoin for the info in brackets Mean Red Spiders - Dark Hours - 1991 - Gray Bros TRACKS / COMPOSERS 1. Feel So Bad - Sharpe 2. Live And Let Live - Wright/Vines 3. Arms Open Wide - Vines 4.
Just Can't Stop - Sharpe 5. Love In A Bottle - Sharpe/Wright/Vines/Burrows 6. Drunken Fool - Sharpe 7. Dangerous Games - Sharpe 8.
Heaven Above - Vines 9. Teacher - Sharpe 10. Happy On My Own - Wright 11. Murder My Baby - Sharpe 12.
Love Won't Save You Now - Wright 13. Sure Can't Hide - Sharpe/Wright 14. Lie And Cheat You Blind - Vines All the info below was provided by Zivoin. Thanks a million, Zivoin for your invaluable information MUSICIANS Can Wright - Guitar, Dobro & Mandolin Toni Vines - Guitar & Vocals Mark Sharpe - Harmonica & Vocals Paul Burrows - Bass Guitar John Butters - Drums and Twink Connelly - Vocals Reg Webb - Keyboards Chris Pyne - Saxophone John Maylam - Trumpet Recorded in Ipswich, UK. Produced by Billy Gray Read more on Last.fm.
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