Andy Xport - Still Shakin' The Bush Boss! CD Review
Man's Hate Reviews & Track Listings
Man's Hate Productions I.S.C. Tape Series
Anarcho-punk guitar maestro Andy
Xport was one of the stalwarts of the underground tape scene of
the 1980s, and is now proving a wow with a new audience on
Originally out of Peterborough, Cambs, Andy first made an impact
on the music scene, with pal Jon Hindle (vocals, guitars, bass,
mandolin, flutes) and the mysterious Livingston Seagull (drum
machines), as part of The A.P.F Brigade, who were active from
1977 to 1984, and had their track, 'Anarchist Attack', featured
on the legendary 'Bullshit Detector' LP in 1980, which was
released by those seminal anarcho-punkers Crass. With The A.P.F.
(APF = Animal/Anarchy, Peace & Freedom) Brigade the young
Andi Export (as his name was spelt then) was showing his musical
flair, supplying vocals and featuring on guitars, bass, and
percussion, and also experimenting with tapes. The combo released several cassettes, with 'Live
Brigade' being their first release, which was recorded in
Hindle's garage (though they weren't really a garage band!). This
release was unusual in that each copy was individually recorded.
In the mid-1980s, Andy's solo Man's Hate project was launched,
and he was now known as Andi Xport. It was Man's Hate, as Man's
Hate Productions, which produced the ISC Compilation Tapes, of
which more anon. Andy's solo material showed off his skills as a
multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, bass, keyboards, and
percussion, and having a moving vocal style, which complemented
the subject matter of his songs. Man's Hate sound was like power
pop meets punk, with catchy tunes, and very thought-provoking
lyrics condemning animal cruelty, environmental destruction, and
man's inhumanity generally. Notable songs included 'Men And Women
On Horses With Dogs (featuring American drummer Fenner Castner,
who guested on several Man's Hate songs)', 'Ding Dong Avon
Calling', and 'Porton Down Torture Down'. The Man's Hate songs
were also interesting because of Andy's method of playing the
guitar, and his preferring a method of playing "with my
thumb over the top, like the good Reverend Jack Wilcox showed me", which gives a guitarist more fluidity than the
sometimes ponderous A-G chord sequences.
Also in the mid-'80s, Andy launched his respected International
Sound Communication (I.S.C.) Tapes, which featured all sounds
under the sun, from all around the world. Among the artists
featured on the compilations were Blyth Power, Thatcher On Acid,
Donald Campau, Lord Litter, and the then unknown Chumbawamba,
with their early classic, 'Shovelling Shit'. Personally I
remember Andy having thousands of tapes under his bed, because he
just didn't have room anywhere else for 'em! In all there were 15
compilations put together in just a few years.
I met Andy for the first time in 1986, and we worked on stuff for
Man's Hate/The Peace & Freedom Band. We co-wrote 'Peace &
Freedom Band', 'Nature', and '30th Century', which were recorded
in Andy's bedroom, and these tracks are featured on the new Man's
Hate 'Looking Back At Anger' compilation album. These tracks were
originally on the 1988 Peace & Freedom Band album, 'Life',
which was polished up and finished at chez Xport. Andy
also co-wrote and produced the Peace & Freedom Band thrash
send-up 'War-r-r-r', and played all the instruments.
Andy Xport certainly had, and still has, admirable ethical
credentials, and easily survived my cynical examinations early on.
You couldn't catch him out. Once when seeing a jacket of his
suspiciously looking like leather, he replied, when challenged,
that it was a wax jacket. Still unconvinced, I later found out
that, yes, there was such a thing as a wax jacket. Andy also knew
some interesting characters, like the unforgettable Nailz (and I
never even met him), on the run from the South African army and
who walked around Peterborough in obscene T-shirts! The
triumvirate of me, Xport, and fellow Peace & Freedom Band
member Andy Bruce, also had a fun day out in London in 1986,
meeting ultra Bohemian Ralf/Gypsy, with my mother saying I looked
like "a scared rabbit" when I got home. We were
basically good boys from good homes, you see. Nice subversives,
if you like. Rebelling against injustice is something Andy Xport
continues to do, and I'd recommend you buy his Man's Hate
compilation album - only he's giving it away free!
- Paul Rance/booksmusicfilmstv.com.
Paul Rance on some recent Andy Xport Songs
Ma*onna Bought My Babies
Accomplished music, in a song attacking the latest accessory for the rich and famous.
Short and sweet attack on the arms trade. Perky, with a good joke at the beginning!
(More info on the arms trade in London: http://www.dsei.org)
Very catchy, with challenging lyrics.
Now this does sound steam driven!
A cover of a Cress song.
Gods On Our Side
Like an old-style raucous punk number.
Brave Neu World
Wow! Electro meets electric blues. I think it's the best thing he's ever done musically. Catchy as hell.