Little Annie (the artist formerly known as Annie Anxiety) has been a part of the extended Southern family from the very beginning. Having encountered Crass in NYC at the fag-end of the Seventies, she was entranced enough by Steve Ignorant’s tales of life in the communal Crass home of Dial House that she upped sticks to move across the pond and become part of their clan – gigging with them and writing lyrics for some of their songs including the seminal feminist punk anthem “Shaved Women”. (Read part of the storyhere.)
A decade or so later she was living in the garden of On-U Sound mastermind Adrian Sherwood’s East Ham home and making records with the On-U posse. In 1992 she released the album Short And Sweet on the On-U Sound label. It included this song, “Bless Those” aka “Little Annie’s Prayer”, in which Annie bestows benedictions upon all of society’s outcasts – the ad men and jazz men, boxers and bankers, the glamourous, dangerous formless and spineless…
If the tune sounds familiar, it may be because it was notably recorded by Living Colour (whose ranks included On-U compadre Doug Wimbish, a co-writer of the song).
We still prefer Annie’s version, and the hint of mischief in her voice when she croons “…and those that could go either way”.
Mat Sweet is bringing his new album Burnt Up On Re-Entry to venues across Europe. He will be touring with the delightful Jessica Bailiff, so there are two great reasons not to miss out.
Meanwhile please enjoy the second video from Burnt Up On Re-Entry, for “A Brilliant Shaft Of Light From Out Of The Night Sky”. You might also want to consider picking up one of the limited edition shirts (“Everyone will let you down in the end”) we have available from the web shop.
Boduf Songs and Jessica Bailiff European Tour Dates
Wednesday 17.04.13 UK – London / Cafe Oto
Thursday 18.04.13 UK – Bristol / Cube Cinema
Friday 19.04.13 UK – Brighton / Green Door Store
Sunday 21.04.13 D – Dresden / Tante Leuk
Monday 22.04.13 CZ – Prague / Rubinrot
Wednesday 24.04.13 IT – Padova / La Mela di Newton
Mathew Sweet will bring his new album Burnt Up On Re-Entry out on the road for the first time in a joint headline tour with Jessica Bailiff in April and May (dates below). In celebration, we bring you another video from the album, this time for the song “A Brilliant Shaft Of Light From Out Of The Night Sky”.
Wed 17 – Cafe Oto, London
Thu 18 – Cube Cinema, Bristol
Fri 19 – The Outer Church at the Green Door Store, Brighton
Mon 22 – Rubinrot, Prague
Sun 28 – Werkstatt, Linz
Mon 29 – Rhiz, Vienna
Tue 30 – Galeria U Mloka, Olomouc
Wed 1 – Boro, Brno
Thu 2 – [venue TBC], Pilsen
Fri 3 – Schokoladen, Berlin
Sat 4 – Hafen 2, Offenbach
Sun 5 – Portier, Winterthur
Wed 15 – Kavka, Antwerpen
We proudly present the first video from Boduf Songs‘ new album Burnt Up On Re-Entry. With sounds on the album recently described by Pitchfork as “like a mechanical valkyrie diving for your eyeballs”, “a La Brea tarpit of down-tuned doom guitars”, and “a rigor-mortis dance-pop groove”, one can barely begin to imagine what Mat Sweet might conjure up as a visual accompaniment to his audio creation.
And here we have it – a dark vision, a five minute epic, a heart-rending story of alienation and salvation (or is it?) told in stop motion animation. The entire video was crafted by the hand of Mr. Sweet himself.
Burnt Up On Re-Entry is available now on double vinyl and CD.