October 26, 2008

The Real Tuesday Weld: The London Book of the Dead

The Real Tuesday Weld is basically Stephen Cotes, a UK musician who fell in love with '30s jazz and cabaret. The band is named after American film actress Tuesday Weld, a sixties sex bomb. Coates once had a dream involving Weld and '30s vocalist Al Bowlly.

Tongue firmly in cheek his album The London Book of the Dead is like a rolodex of early 20th century music, peppered with modern day electronics. Kix for instance is a spin-off of Cole Porter's I Get A Kick Out Of You, Apart is and Andrews Sisters pastiche, you get some sact singing in Cloud Cuckooland and Dorothy Parker is indeed a rather tragic song about this famous poet and writer.

Stephen Coates is living his dream of being a sharp witted composer to the fullest, landing him gigs in art galleries and writing music for the Tate Gallery. It's hardly rock 'n' roll, but it goes back to the hooks and riffs of a bygone era that is still more influential than most people are willing to acknowledge.

The Real Tuesday Weld: The London Book of the Dead

The London Book of the Dead is released on Six Degrees Records (Antique Beat in the UK).

  1. Blood Sugar Love
  2. The Decline and Fall of the Clerkenwell Kid
  3. It's a Wonderful Li(f)e
  4. Cloud Cuckooland
  5. Kix
  6. Love Sugar Blood
  7. I Loved London
  8. I Believe
  9. Song for William
  10. Waltz for One
  11. Ruth, Roses and Revolvers
  12. Dorothy Parker Blue
  13. Last Words
  14. Into The Trees
  15. Bringing the Body Back Home
  16. Apart
Live dates:
  • 11/20 Ars Cameralis Upper Silesian Arts Festival, Katowice, Polands
  • 12/05 Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

» tuesdayweld.com
» myspace.com/therealtuesdayweld

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