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Obelisk - rarities compilation

by The Dudley Corporation

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Waif 02:31
Quick (demo) 03:29
Hed (demo) 02:01
3rd Song 01:37
Little Man 02:00
A.M (Demo) 01:17
Rux 01:51
Tropics 03:10
Halflife 01:12
The VG Song 02:26


released October 21, 2011

Obelisk is a label from Birmingham, run by a great lad called Rob Strong. He put out the third ever Corpo 7", 'The Morning After'. Some years later he approached us to do a special limited CD, only a hundred copies would be released and each one with an individually sleeve hand painted by his pal, Rob Baker.

We were chuffed to be asked but at the time had no original music to release. Simple solution was to round up a bunch of demos and unreleased tracks. We were dead pleased with the results. There are a long list of outtakes that could be added to this now, but this will do for now. Thanks again, Rob and Rob!

Original liner notes below

So we start with (01) Fool, this is going to be a song on the next record but what harm in letting it slip out now. There’s actually a *proper* demo of this around, but I prefer the ramshackle acoustic nature of this. It’s rickety and rickety is a friend. (02) Waif is the first song the Corpo ever played together, we had another guitar player at our first rehearsal and he left after half an hour saying our wanky ways were like a sickening love in. (03) Spanish Steps, our only foray into electronica this previously appeared on a hardcore compilation, I'm sure it must have wet itself. (04) Quick and (05) Hed, old old demos from the first album, recording in bedrooms is a science. (06)3rd Song and (07) Little Man found themselves on the flip side of a 7" with Japanese Sludge Rock Monsters Boris, we never sounded so pink. (08) Count me in and (09) Aliens were the extra tunes on the "What a Human Does" CD single, that we conned into the Irish charts. Count me in was re-recorded for our last album, and Aliens is going to be rerecorded for our next. We're cheap cheap cheap with our songs, eh? (10) Stupid, another rickety lo-fi recording of a first album song, I think the end vocals are actually better than on the album. (11) A minor thing, aka Jazzy J and the bass noodling of a giant. (12) AM, there it is. (13) The morning after, (14) Rux and (15) Tropics were all the offspring of our first ever proper 7" record on our own, on the same fine record label that’s brought you this marvellous CD offering. White Vinyl, nothing finer than having your own see-through White vinyl. (16) Halflife sounds a little too much like a Rob Crow offering that we were scared to put it out before. (17) Stutter was recorded under the influence of a seriously bad cold, the voice is barely holding together throughout and makes me think I should get sick more often.
(18) VG, a song that I've always liked but never liked the recording of, we tried many times but it never seemed as good as it good be. I think this is version 2 or 3 of it.
(19) Colossus and we're 14 years missing Freddie. RIP...

The Corpo were mostly Dudley, Joss and Pip on these recordings. Thanks to the labels that put out the originals of some of these tunes, and thanks to home recording equipment everywhere.
Special thanks to the two Robs for the amazing art, and I mean the actual art not the shystery music, that you are holding in your hands right now. A privilege to have been asked.

Mastered by David Dubh Black, I think!


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The Dudley Corporation Dublin, Ireland

The Dudley Corporation are Joss, Mark and Dudley.

Dublin gents with 4 LPs under their decaying belts.

In brief, they play short rock songs with wit, verve, romance and booksmarts.

Their shows are notoriously frenzied, visceral and exciting affairs with one song careering into another or stopping on a sixpence, as they say in football parlance.

They are quite old.
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