I’m delving into the world of the single! I’ll buy a 7”, 12” or CD single every week and post my findings here. Who knows what musical discoveries will be made?
Last week’s purchase of the David Coverdale single was a roaring success. I’ve listened to that one many times over and have grown uncommonly attached to it. With my intention being to reduce my spending, it seems like I’m onto a winner with this single-buying lark. Let’s see if it keeps up.
This week’s hunting ground was the old-school Record Fayre in Glasgow. I saw lots here to tempt me. I couldn’t see any CD singles though and asked if they had any. “There wasn’t any interest in them so they got binned.” Aarghh. If only I’d thought of doing this sooner. Who knows what goodies have ended up as landfill…
Luckily there was plenty of vinyl so I eventually headed home with the 12” single of Wolfsbane’s Ezy for £2.50. My most expensive Single-of-the-Week purchase yet but hardly breaking the bank. A couple of things about this caught my eye. The one sticker on the plain black cover read “Limited Edition”. Always a good thing! The other statement on the sticker read “The Blackest Format in Rock History” and this made me chuckle a lot. We know Spinal Tap beat them to the punch with the all-black cover but Metallica also brought out their “Black” album in 1991, the same year this single was released! Although I can’t find an accurate release date for Ezy, I wonder if Wolfsbane were poking a bit of fun in Metallica’s direction with this release? The scamps.
So, as you can see from the detailed photographs, this is black. Black. Apart from the cover sticker (which implores me to remove it upon purchase. Luckily the previous owner kept it on or I wouldn’t have spotted it!) there are no liner notes here. Unless they are in black. There is no information on the centre stickers of the vinyl either. This really is blacker than a very black thing. Helpfully, a large portion of the A-Side is engraved with the song titles and has engraved signatures of the band members too. These are black.
Well, we’ve established that this is a fun item and that it made me chuckle. But is it any good? I confess to having overlooked Wolfsbane. I liked what I heard of them back in the late 80s/early 90s and I thought they were a charismatic bunch. Any band that calls their fans the “Howling Mad Shitheads” can’t be all bad, right? But, as you will all know, they didn’t exactly set the world alight (can’t hold that against them) and their lead singer Blaze Bayley defected from the band to replace the irreplaceable Bruce Dickinson in Iron Maiden (I’m definitely going to hold that against someone until I get that time and money back) so I guess I just wrote them off too easily.
I’m delighted to report that this is rip-roaring fun. They come across like a British Van Halen. Less flashy but with the same kinetic energy and similar riffing style. Blaze sounds much more comfortable and charismatic singing in this environment. Vocally, would have made a more successful replacement for Dave Lee Roth than Dickinson. His delivery is the stand-out feature of Ezy and the excellent B-Sides (previously unreleased tracks Load Me Down and the country-on-speed Dead at Last).
I’ve enjoyed this single tremendously and I’m really excited about delving further into this band’s back-catalogue. Hmm, maybe this Single-of-the-Week project could break the bank after all.
Amount spent on purchases: £3 (I’m just going to round up the 50p.)
Amount spent in total so far: £434