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EMI Cassette Super C60 (Unreleased) (1980)

 

Jazz Mucus for Funk People EP (1982)

 

Winter Feis (Live Appearance 1982)

 

Olacs Volume 79 (1983)

 

Midges Of Rock (Live Appearance) (1983)

 

Mehags Agus Fuidheags (1984)

 

Calan Bow Gets Run Over (1984)

 

Bogie Goes to Bennadrove (1985)

 

Ch***y Al*ne Picks The Guireans (Compilation 1985)

 

Hey Hey We're Gordon Macleod's Guireans (1986)

 

The Cac Album (1987/88)

 

Guireans on 45 (1988)

 

Live At The Cross Inn (5/7/1988)

 

The Brag Demos + Free Muriel Gray (1989)

 

J*** S**** is a H***s*x**l (1989)

 

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Alasdair Mackay Is God (Sorry - Bod) (2002)

 

How Much Mor Cac Could It Be? - The Midges of Rock 2003

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Jazz Mucus for Funk People EP (C8) (1982)

 

Personnel

Iain (Deadstone) Livingstone : Bass; Drums; Whistle; Chanter; Vocals

Alasdair (My Name is Not Bod) Mackay:  Guitar; Vocals; Drums

Roddy (Huggan) Huggan: Vocals, Drums, Guitar

Recorded in the Livingstones’ sitting room again, this time with a real bass and electric guitar, although the drums this time consisted of a cassette box placed near the microphone and played with two biro pens. This was the first use by the Guireans of “multi-track” recording, achieved by recording the backing tracks on one tape recorder then playing them back while recording on another, and singing at the same time. “Wall of Sound” pioneer Phil Spector was alleged to be quaking in his boots when he heard of the advanced studio techniques being developed in Hitsville, Sandwick.

The EP format was chosen because Deadstone’s mam had got a radio-cassette player for her birthday, and there was a wee demo cassette supplied with it which could be taped over.

The new Guireans lineup came together through the involvement of its members in “proper” bands; Deadstone and Aird Tong art terrorist Bod were in ill-fated Doors wannabes The Dark Visit, and the early incarnation of a-bit-better-fated Doors wannabes The Subterraneans. Beatles Anorak Huggan was a groupie and later singer of Gress’ very own earnest early 80s post-punk TSB Rock School finalists The Mean Time. (In different circumstances the Mean Time could have given U2, Simple Minds and Big Country a run for their money. The aforementioned bands were always banging on about honesty, passion and integrity and flirting with Christian symbolism, but the Mean Time went one better, boasting the minister of Stornoway Free Church himself on the drums. Admittedly, Mean Time sticksfuhrer and  home-made “Stranglers” jacket-wearing Uibhisteach the Rev Kenneth Stewart didn’t actually do both jobs at the same time). See Roddy's developing Mean Time Website for further details.

Several years later, when House music was hitting the nation for the first time, the bassline on “Jazz Mucus for Funk People” (1982, remember) was spotted on M.A.R.R.S’ allegedly seminal “Pump Up The Volume” (1987).  How they could have sampled it when there’s only one tape in existence is a mystery, and to this day Huggan, Deadstone and Bod are each convinced that the other two of the trio secretly formed M.A.R.R.S to make a fortune and deprive them of their rightful earnings.

Tracks

1. Jazz Mucus for Funk People

2. Blues Music for Manic Depressive People

3. Gob Music for Puke People

4. Hendrix Music for Feedback People