Monday, December 7, 2015

The "crowdfunding" thing did work and the Free Surf Music #4 album is at the pressing plant ,although the chances of it appearing before the new year are starting to look slim.

In other news, the new Chrysanthemums album is coming along nicely.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Free Surf Music project continues after a fifteen year break. 

I was wondering if this "crowdfunding" thing might work:

Thursday, October 1, 2015

A new T-shirt. The first Cordelia Records T-shirt since the '90s

And a new edition of the "Hang on Consatnce Let Me Hear the News" album by The Deep Freeze Mice. 

This has a folded A3 cover. One side of it is a reproduction of the original manuscript of the lyrics which were all written on a single piece of paper. You can see all the working out and many illustrations. (With a magnifying glass).

Friday, August 7, 2015

The "I Love You Little Bo Bo with your Delicate Golden Lions" my favourite album by The Deep Freeze Mice is back on Cordelia Records for the first time since 1984. The new edition sounds extra lovely and has new bonus tracks in the form of an (almost) complete concert from August '84 (see the concert poster below).

Monday, June 1, 2015

A recording of this concert by The Deep Freeze Mice is included on the new CD version of the "I Love You Little Bo Bo With Your Delicate Golden Lions" album which is currently at the pressing plant. I only just found a copy of this poster so it missed being included in the artwork.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

I found this contact sheet but unfortunately I don't have the negatives. The Deep Freeze Mice recording the "Hang on Constance Let Me Hear the News" album in 1985. Left to right: Mick Bunnage, Alan Jenkins, Sherree Lawrence, Peter Gregory.

Monday, April 27, 2015

                           Cordelia has a new Frank Zappa related CD out today.

Friday, April 24, 2015

This is the secret bonus track from the "Ziggy Played Surf Guitar" album: ....I just noticed that somebody posted it on youtube last month and it has one view.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

ZERO's new album "Money, What Money" is out now on Cordelia.


1. Variant #1
2. Let's make the water turn black
3. Lumpy gravy
4. Idiot bastard son
5. My guitar wants to kill your mama
6. Pygmy twylyte
7. 555
8. Dirty love
9. Orange County lumber truck
10. Oh no
11. Holiday in Berlin
12. Centerville
13. America drink / Bow tie daddy

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The current edition of the German Rolling Stone magazine has an article called "Die 100 besten Alben (die keiner kennt)" (The 100 best albums that nobody knows about) which includes this one....

I don't speak German but I imagine that translates as "Alan Jenkins is very very good at music and anyone that has ever bought a U2 album but not a Deep Freeze Mice one is a total spastic". 

Two things: Surely nobody has heard of the better Mice albums either? And The Soft Boys' Underwater Moonlight and the Monochrome Set's Eligible Bachelors are also in the list.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Here's a review of the new Ranch House CD by Freek Kinkelaar in Vital Weekly....

Of mice and men: working on an extensive re-release project of all Deep Freeze Mice albums, singer/guitarist/songwriter/professional wrestler (that last one is only a rumor) Alan Jenkins has released the fourth Mice album Saw A Ranch House Burning Last Night. For those unfamiliar with the Deep Freeze Mice - they were an 80s Leicester-based band who made a very successful combination of awkward yet brilliant pop featuring clever lyrics, odd phrasing and timing and downright weird experiment - often combined in a single song. Ranch House, as said, is their fourth album and finds the Mice in a transitional phase. Losing their drummer Graham Summers due to ‘creative differences’, the atmosphere in the band during the main recording session of this album had improved massively. And you can tell on the album. They also had to rely on a Simmons electronic drum kit on some of the tracks. Something you can also tell on the album. The Simmons may have been state of the art in 1983, when Ranch House was recorded, but its sound in 2015 is possibly most sympathetically described as ‘typically 80s’. This does not hamper the songs too much, but it does firmly places the Ranch House’s great pop songs - such as The New Emotional Twist, You Took The Blue One, Hitler’s Knees, The Damage and oh, I could go on and on - in that period of time. This CD version contains no less than 12 bonus tracks ranging from studio outtakes to a live performance in Leicester in 1982. Even though Summers had left the band for the main session of Ranch House, he did contribute to an earlier session, so you get to hear him of a few songs. Future Mice drummer Pete Gregory is featured on some of the bonus material. And, most importantly, there is more to this album than the music: the CD booklet is quite amazing with 20 (!) pages of background information and full color pictures. Try to find that quality and quantity in the Big Names of the current pop music industry, say U2, Justin Bieber or Coldplay. One possible explanation is their fans cannot read, another one is that they are simply not interesting enough to write about in booklets. Every Mice re-release so far has featured such a high quality booklet with interviews done by Jenkins with Mice members or, in the Ranch House’s booklet, with producer/engineer Geoff Griffith. The interviews are funny and elaborate, but also document the history of a band surviving in the margins of pop music. Being released on Jenkins’ private label Cordelia Records, this album deserves to be a best seller. Both musically as historically the Deep Freeze Mice reissues are among the best the independent music industry has to offer. And this is your last chance seeing, as Jenkins’ predicts in the booklet, these are the final reissues of the Mice’s work. Grab your copy before the Ranch House is lost in time. Essential. Really. (FK)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The "I Love You Little Bo Bo with your Delicate Golden Lions" album by The Deep Freeze Mice is being remastered at the moment. Here is a comparison between the new version and the CD that Rafffmond/JAR music put out in the '90s:

"Bo Bo" is the fifth and, arguably, the best Mice album - the remastered version may well be released later in the year. 

Meanwhile a new version of the fourth Mice album, "Saw a Ranch House Burning Last Night", will supposedly be out next week.