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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… “Savoy Digital Angst” September 23, 2017

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

Savoy Books in Manchester was started by David Britton and Mike Butterworth in Manchester in 1976. There’s an interview with Butterworth here which gives good details of the whole Savoy Books story, the many raids by the Manchester Obscene Publications Squad and persecution which almost forced them out of business.
In 1984 they branched out from books to records and teamed up with singer PJ Proby to produce some rather unusual music and ‘aural soundscapes’. They recorded unique covers of Joy Division, New Order and other artists.
However it wasn’t those covers but the “Savoy Digital Angst” EP that caught my ear. Probably the strangest versions of Irish Ballads (and oddly a dance version of God Save The Queen) that I’ve heard. The Jolly almost dance mix of “Kevin Barry” , then to what sounds like a mash of Black Sabbath riffs a version of “The Old Fenian Gun” and a marching song style version of “Bobby Sands”.
There’s another interview with Butterworth here.
There’s quite a few odder things from the label if you look up “Savoy Wars” on youtube, such as Fenella Fielding doing Robbie Williams “Angels” or her really peculiar version of “Blue Monday” .
The “Savoy Digital Angst” EP

1. Kevin Barry 00:00
2. The Old Fenian Gun 08:00
3. Bobby Sands 10:33
4. God Save The Queen 15:59


1. WorldbyStorm - September 23, 2017
irishelectionliterature - September 23, 2017

I’ve found myself bouncing around singing Kevin Barry recently!


2. roddy - September 23, 2017

I remember reading an interview with Christy Moore a couple of decades ago where the reporter suggested some of Christy’s output was “angst ridden”.Christy quickly retorted – “I’ve never been ridden by an angst in my life”!


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