BP Fallon & The Bandits | Still Legal (Vinyl)

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Still Legal (Vinyl)

by BP Fallon & The Bandits

Rock'n'roll legend BP Fallon makes his stunning debut LP with current and former members of Blondie, The New York Dolls and The Small Faces plus Primal Scream producer David Holmes in the mix.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Does Anyone Care What Anyone Says in Rock'n'Roll
2:41 album only
2. I Saw Her Face
3:46 album only
3. Cold Chills
2:52 album only
4. Fond of Cocaine
2:49 album only
5. Kill Me Till I Crawl
3:07 album only
6. The War to Fight for Love
4:16 album only
7. Don't Tell Me Your Sins
4:12 album only
8. Jesus Saves
4:20 album only
9. You Used to Touch Me
3:24 album only
10. Increasingly Often
3:12 album only


Album Notes
BP Fallon & The Bandits - Still Legal - the LP - a rockin' chunk of 180gm black vinyl

Allan Jones - Editor of Uncut Magazine - writes:
The last time I had occasion to write about my old friend BP Fallon in Uncut was in March, 2010, when he’d just released his debut single, produced by Jack White and released by Jack’s Third Man Records as the first in the label’s new Spoken Word-Instructional Record Series. “Fame #9” was backed with “BP Fallon Interview By Jack White” and “I Believe In Elvis Presley”, on which White played some viperish slide guitar, with The Raconteurs’ Patrick Keeler on drums. There was also a video, featuring some of BP’s many friends, including Kevin Shields, Bobby Gillespie and Gemma Hayes.

Readers whose memories are still more or less intact may recall me writing about Beep as someone who had loomed large in my life since my very early days on Melody Maker, which I had just joined as a ‘junior reporter’. I first met him in 1974, at a Roy Harper show I was reviewing at Kensington Polytechnic. I recognised him from a photo that had appeared in MM of him interviewing John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the Amsterdam Hilton, where they were holding what I think was their first Bed-In. Lennon was smitten enough with him for Beep to later turn up on Top Of the Pops as a member of The Plastic Ono Band, ‘playing’ bass on “Instant Karma”.

Beep was, famously, a self-styled ‘media consultant’, often also described as controversial, since he had an inclination towards the kind of colourfully outlandish behaviour that had made him as legendary as some of the people he has worked with over many years, including Marc Bolan at the height of his popularity, Led Zeppelin, Harper, Ian Dury, The Waterboys and U2. He was what I suppose you might call a ‘scenester’ and that night backstage with Harper I introduced myself and was very quickly regaled with many hilarious tales that he told in a hipster Esperanto of his own sublime invention that was nothing like anything I’d ever heard.

I was beguiled to the point of impressionable infatuation and many colourful adventures ensued as we became friends, a night out with Beep not something you would easily forget. Wherever we fetched up, there would be people he knew, and what they had in common was that they all clearly loved Beep, who was popular with everyone, including people his various antics had at times in their relationships with him caused them no end of exasperation. His company is a blessed thing to recall.

Anyway, I return to BP now, because when I recently got back from a quick trip to Los Angeles on urgent Uncut business, there was a package waiting for me at home, sent from Texas, that when I opened it to my amazement contained a CD called Still Legal, credited to BP Fallon & the Bandits. And there Beep was on the cover, unmistakably groovy in a picture where he was flanked by his band, The Bandits: former Blondie bassist Nigel Harrison, Aaron Lee Tasjan who has played guitar with The New York Dolls and Blondie drummer Clem Burke.

The CD turned out to be a gas...
- Allan Jones, Uncut Magazine

‘Still Legal’ is centred around love, lust, mutual infidelity, drugs, models and everyone from Jesus and Edie Sedgwick to Dylan and Columbus – “Normal New York stuff” says Fallon.
- Edwin McFee, Hot Press

“I’m not ready to stand naked on the top of a mountain in the Himalayas chanting – I need the benign wickedness of Babylon some more”
- BP Fallon to Barry Egan, Sunday Independent

Drawing on a late ’60s/’70s aesthetic for its musical spark and the decades (and decadence) of rock’n'roll mythology for its attitude... White boys playing the blues – but with a philosophical edge... If you’ve got Blondie’s rhythm section on board (Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison) you’re halfway there, while young guitarist Aaron Lee Tasjan knows his heritage too... Rock nuggets... Syd Barrett reciting poetry over Stooges riffs… whew! Delivering rock’n'roll of the highest calibre”
- 'Still Legal' review by Craig Fitzsimons, Hot Press

BP Fallon - vocals
Aaron Lee Tasjan - electric & acoustic guitars/piano/birorhythms
Nigel Harrison - bass guitar/additional guitar on 'Face'/synth on 'Sins'
Clem Burke - drums/percussion
Ian McLagan - Hammond organ on 'Crawl' & 'War'
Tanya Mellotte & Siobhan Fahey - backing vocals on 'War'
Brendon Anthony - violin on 'Jesus' & mandolin on 'Often'

Lyrics - BP Fallon
Music - BP Fallon/Aaron Lee Tasjan/Nigel Harrison/Clem Burke

Produced by BP Fallon/Aaron Lee Tasjan/Nigel Harrison/Clem Burke
at Red Horse Ranch, Austin, Texas
Engineer - JC Cornal

Mixed by BP Fallon/Aaron Lee Tasjan/Nigel Harrison/Clem Burke
with JC Cornal at Red Horse Ranch Studio ATX
and Paul Kostabi at Thunderdrome Studio NYC

Pre-production with Stephen Ceresia & Phoebe at Sunday House Studio, Bastrop, Texas

'War' backing vocals recorded in LA at Keefus & Jade's studio by David Holmes
courtesy Lisa & Nina Records
'Jesus' vocals/guitars/birorhythms recorded by BP/Aaron in Room 211 The Greenwich Hotel NYC - bass guitar added by Nigel in Camogli, Italy - Clem's drums and Brendon's violin added at Red Horse Ranch Studio in Texas

Design by Steve Rapid in Dublin
Front cover photography - Christopher Durst
Splash by Conor Friel

Pressed by our friends at United Record Pressing in Nashville
'Still Legal' by BP Fallon & The Bandits - because they are and because it is

"I believe in BP Fallon - the biggest legend to ever walk”
- Josh McClorey, The Strypes



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