All my vinyl records
Wild Willy Barrett and Two Names: Organic Bondage

How bizarrely wonderful was the gig at which I bought this? Consider:

  • Willy wore wellies, obviously.
  • The instruments were all carved out of plywood by a fan.
  • The record sleeves were also carved out of wood by Willy, having been taught by the fan.
  • Two Names played his drums with wooden spoons, and kept spares in the breast pocket of his pinstripe suit jacket.
  • Among Willy’s effects was a Woolworths kitchen knife attached to a guitar pickup for twanging and (quote) a tape of Two-Names singing in the bath (unquote) wrapped around a wooden knob to rotate it against a tape-head for a “scratching” sound.
  • It was announced that it was Willy’s last gig of the year, this was in January.
  • One of the songs is called ‘Please Don’t Throw Me to the Christians’; another contains the line ‘and there is no herpes/ in Milton Keynes’.

But there was also Willy’s superb fiddle playing, and excellent fingerstyle guitar on I Did It Otway, performed on the landlord’s guitar, the last tune played on it due to the nature of the piece.

The record sleeves came in three styles: card for £3, plain wood for £5 and fancy wood with a hinge and a catch for £20. I went for the middle option.