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2006
NEW CD - 'FOLLOWING ON' NOW AVAILABLE!

The second part of the Official Bootleg series has now been
completed. Following On will be in a CDR format and comprises 18 tracks. None of the tracks have been available in digital format before with some never having officially been released at all. In addition to tracks from the Quite Extraordinary and Hats Off to Eldorado EPs there are songs we'd forgotten about plus a few left over from the aborted second album and the original 4 track cassette which we managed to inveigle into MES's grubby mits, all those years ago.

The full list of tracks is:

The I, Ludicrous Guide to Self-Improvement
I'm Outraged
Danny Baker's Diary
Hacky's Wine Bar
Hats Off to Eldorado
Man's Man
Our Mates
Mistakes
At the End of the Day

Kick Down the Stumps
Sunday Lunch With the Geldofs
Sex
Ludicrous
The M25
Leisuretime
World Cup in the USA
Trevor Barker +
Fabulous +

+ Live recording of Will with Rockformation Diskokugel, Darmstadt 2006.

Copies of Following On are available for just £8.00 and full details can be found on the Merchandise page.

13 November 2006



Did you miss the two I, Ludicrous live appearances in the last week? Could quite rearrange your schedule to get to Shoreham or Oxford? Wife wouldn't let you escape with your mates for an evening? Hubby would starve without you there to cook his evening meal? Fear not. Thanks to Id and Will reviews and photos are available for your delectation on the gigography page.

20 September 2006


CHRIS HAWKINS' REVIEW IN LONDON MAGS

That nice man at BBC 6 Music with flawless taste in music - Chris Hawkins - has was so taken with the Bull & Gate gig that he has written all about it in the July issues ofLondon Magazines Angel and North.

"These guys are simply genius," wrote Chris. "They are big football fans and singer William Hung did a great Peter Crouch robot dance before launching into Three English Football Grounds and The Highland League".

Couldn't have put it better myself!

6 August 2006


FRANK SIDEBOTTOM'S WORLD CUP EXTRAVAGANZA - 15 JUNE

BULL AND GATE, KENTISH TOWN, LONDON
Thursday 15th June, 2006

The Engerland v Trinidad & Tobago World Cup match was shown live with oranges at half time. The live music that followed included an absolutely blistering set from I, Ludicrous.

Click on the pic for photos from the night.

21 June 2006


I, LUDICROUS ON BBC 6 MUSIC

Chris Hawkins has taken to playing the occasional I, Ludicrous track on his BBC 6 Music radio show - good on yer, Chris!

12 June 2006


I, LUDICROUS AT THE FIGHTING COCKS - 19 MAY 06

I, Ludicrous played a storming set to an appreciative crowd at The Fighting Cocks, Kingston Upon Thames on 19th May. Click on Will's face to read a review and see photos from the night.

20 May 2006


I, LUDICROUS ON NEWSNIGHT 3 Nov 2005!

"Here's an interesting little tidbit", reports John. "Our mentor Simon 'Rapier' Brown phoned me just before Christmas to congratulate us on our appearance on BBC Newsnight. I knew nothing about this and suspected that Simon had been hallucinating. I contacted Newsnight and recieved an email confirming 'Eastenders' was played over an article about hardmen the Mitchell brothers being assaulted by their wives/girlfriends on November 3rd. So, while the Fall provide the backing themes for football on the BBC, it seems the Luds accompany more lofty affairs."

18/2/06

2005

DEADPAN ALLEY - AVAILABLE NOW!

Hi Pop Pickers
Finally we are able to offer you our first two albums on CDR. Deadpan Alley is part one of the official bootleg series. It contains 19 tracks consisting our two first albums - It's Like Everything Else, A Warning to the Curious; the flexi-version of Preposterous Tales plus Quite Extraordinary and Spock's Brain.

To quote John "it's beautifully packaged and should play on all the usual media but we can't guarantee anything" - the proviso shows John works in the computer sector. It costs £8 including P+P **

Track listing:
Trevor Barker
A Pop Fans Dream
My Baby's Got Jet Lag
3 English Football Grounds
Preposterous Tales
Fabulous
Ludicrous
Are You Turning Round and Telling Me
Spock's Brain
Quite Extraordinary
Preposterous Tales (flexi-version)
30something
Britische Architect
House beautiful
Moynihan Brings Out...
Another Beaten Man
We Will fall
Good Evening
Stuck in a Lift
To secure your copy send a cheque payable to I, Ludicrous to 9, Holmbury Grove, Croydon, Surrey, CRO 9AN.

Please allow 21 days for delivery but we'll try and turn things around faster.

** Euros 15, US$ 15

Send cash or cheque via paypal.com - account will.rippingale@virgin.net


I, LUDICROUS AT THE BULL & GATE - 3 DECEMBER 05

I, Ludicrous played at the Bull & Gate, Kentish Town, London on 3rd December - the band's first gig in over a year. I, Ludicrous were supported prior to that by The Cleo Whip and We Yes You No. See photos here.

4 Dec 2005


IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO TODAY....

According to an obscure French website, it was on 4th Feb 1985 ("une autre epoque") that "John Cooper Clarke et Nico font une apparition au 'Cricketers, Kennington' de Londres". They fail to go on to say that this was the same night that Will & John decided to form a band.

Happy Birthday I, Ludicrous!

4/2/2005
2004
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM I, LUDICROUS

John & Will have again not been invited to contribute to the Band Aid single. This was surely an administrative error - had Midge been in the area we know he'd have dropped by and bundled the lads into his waiting Vauxhall Astra to whisk them off to the studio. To provide some semblance of compensation for not hearing Will usurp Bono for the "Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you" line here's a revival of I, Ludicrous' original tribute to Band Aid - Sunday Lunch at the Geldofs (demo version) (1.87Mb)....

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A LUDICROUS NEW YEAR!!


CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO ANGLERS MAIL READERS

I, Ludicrous would like to wish all the readers of Anglers Mail a Merry Christmas. You are invited to download your very own Preposterous Tales by right-clicking on the icon below (2.3MB)....

MERRY CHRISTMAS !!


JOHN PEEL

I, Ludicrous felt extraordinarily proud to have one of their records featured in one of John Peel's tribute shows this week. Although not sure they merited the billing "Peel faves" any more, there's no doubting he certainly was a champion, and although they, like many thousands of other bands, did one session and weren't asked back, they were at least given the chance. As Andy Kershaw has been saying, for today's new bands, that chance has gone.

Will is currently abroad, but it was he who broke the news to John, who has penned the following for the website:
  "First time I met him, I had been waiting outside Broadcasting House in my Vauxhall Viva waiting to give him an I, Ludicrous tape. After about 3/4 of an hour, I saw him loping round the corner. I got out of the car, sped across the road, and pressed the cassette into his hand. At that moment I became excruciatingly embarrassed, as I realised that the last thing he wanted was yet another amateurish tape to go with the thousands he already had piling up. 7" vinyl I might have got away with, but another cassette? All I could do was blurt out an apology for lumbering him with more rubbish. But he was politeness itself: "No, no, not at all" he said. "It's my job". It was probably a year before we got our session, and the tape had nothing to do with it (although he was forced to play tracks from it on his Radio Cambridgeshire show, but that's another story)".

I would like to offer my own tribute:
  When I was a teenager I was asked which three people in the world I would like to meet. John Peel was unashamedly top of the list. Like others in my peer group I tuned in to John’s late night Radio 1 show, fingers poised on the cheap radio-cassette’s chunky ‘record’ button waiting for the next gem. Every night you would hear something new, something that inspired. The Smiths – record! The Fall – record! The Wedding Present – record! Billy Bragg – record! The Pastels – record!
  For some bands and musicians Peel's radio show was their conduit to a successful career in music; for others that Peel session or even the single Radio 1 play remains their musical career highlight – but still important enough that it is something to commit to tape and tell the grandchildren about. One tribute on Radio 4 suggested that John Peel was the godfather of modern music; Blur’s Damon Albarn corrected the statement – “more the midwife”. John just loved music and seemed uncomfortable with the celebrity that his passion awarded him. “An anorak on the inside,” is how he described himself when he came to Ipswich as a guest on a community radio show. John’s versatility and sincerity was evident when he began hosting Radio 4’s Home Truths – switching (as John Procter pointed out) from broadcasting obscure bands to obscure people.
  It was via Peel that music fans the length and breadth of the country, and further, were introduced to I, Ludicrous in 1987 when he took a liking to the band’s flexi release Preposterous Tales. So much so that the song reached Number 11 in that year’s Festive 50, and gave I, Ludicrous their only TV appearance to date (albeit on Ceefax!).
  I was fortunate to meet John on several occasions and we exchanged a number of phone calls. I always found him a sincere and genuine person. He was always interested in the individual, not just putting on a polite 'celebrity' façade. On one occasion we met briefly by chance in Ipswich town centre. After a very brief chat John made his excuses and dashed off into the night. A day or two later I received an apologetic BBC postcard – “Sorry I had to rush off..... forgot to ask you about your holiday... hope it was a treat”.
  The world has lost a friend.

Our collective thoughts are with Sheila and their children in this most trying of times.

Jeff Higgott 31 October 2004


I, LUDICROUS - "PERVERTED BY MARK E." - LIVE IN LONDON 9 OCTOBER

A review of the recent Bull & Gate outing can be found here. It was a cracking night!


NEW COMPILATION


Preposterous Tales features on the new Rough Trade Shops Indiepop compilation CD being released by Mute Records on 23 August.


I, LUDICROUS - NEW COMPILATION APPEARANCE

A new CD has just been released paying tribute to The Fall - "Perverted by Mark E.". The double CD features 29 tracks with a mixture of Fall covers and songs about The Fall. Track 2 on CD 2 has been provided by John & Will and their rendition of "I've Never Been Hit by Mark E. Smith' sits alongside offerings from the likes of Preston School of Industry and the excellent Rockformation Diskokugel.

This CD is not formally released in the UK but those nice lads at Castle Ludicrous have managed to obtain a strictly limited number so that you may own one. Perverted by Mark E. is available for only £10 from the usual address.

Click here to go straight to the merchandise stall. section.

26 May 2004

MOI REVIEWED IN Q MAGAZINE

Museum of Installation was rewarded with a review in Q magazine (and awarded 3 stars, no less). The review can now be found within the discography section.


I, LUDICROUS AT THE BULL & GATE

I, Ludicrous played the Bull & Gate, Kentish Town on Saturday 10th January 2004. See a few photos from the night here.


2003
I, LUDICROUS IN BRIXTON & BRIGHTON

Photos from the Brixton Telegraph and Brighton Evening Star gigs have finally been uploaded to the Gigography pages. Click on the photo to go there.

Thanks to Margi Shand and Martin Norris for the pictures.


RADIO SESSION
I, Ludicrous made an appearance on Steve Lamacq's 6music radio show on 22 July.



THE MUSEUM OF INSTALLATION - GET YOURS NOW!

For the bargain price of £10 you can purchase your very own copy of The Museum of Installation. Full details can be found on the merchandise page. The CD was selling like hot cakes at the Bull and Gate but there are still plenty left, so go on, treat yourself!

If you are new to this site and are not a member of the I, Ludicrous email list please drop a line to find out more and receive more details of this and other releases.


I, LUDICROUS AT THE BULL & GATE - 5 JULY
I, Ludicrous unveiled their new album to an appreciative audience on Saturday 5 July. It was great, as always, to see so many people there to cheer on the lads.

The evening offered "a number of songs off the new album plus some goldie oldies and at least one unheard track".

Photos and review can now be found under the "Gig Guide" link to the left or by clicking here.

Jeff 25/6/03
WILL HUNG LIVE IN GERMANY

Any I, Ludicrous fans in the Frankfurt area were able to catch a cameo appearance from Will on Monday 16th June singing a couple of songs accompanied by ROCKFORMATION DISKOKUGEL at the NACHTLEBEN in the centre of Frankfurt.


I, LUDICROUS IN THE OBSERVER

I, Ludicrous received a mention in the Observer Sports Supplement on 3 March 2002 in connection with their penning Three English Football Grounds. Read the article here.



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