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Well What?

by Walking Wounded

A distinctive mix of rock, reggae, ballads, punk/skiffle with incisive lyrics, driven along by djembe and fretless bass and featuring accordion, harmonica and slide guitar
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Falling Is Fun
3:57 $0.99
2. Down On the River
5:12 $0.99
3. The Play
4:19 $0.99
4. Go Go Bamako
4:57 $0.99
5. Km 82
6:14 $0.99
6. Well What?
2:25 $0.99
7. Djoliba
2:36 $0.99
8. La Falaise de Bandiagara
5:44 $0.99
9. Losing Control
4:30 $0.99
10. California
7:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
Walking Wounded are a 5 piece band from East London playing a wide variety of original material from Rock to Arabic, Reggae to Balkan, Celtic to Ska and more… They feature accordion, guitar, harmonica, bass, percussion and harmony vocals. Don’t be fooled – despite their eclecticism the Wounded retain their distinctive sound that makes them instantly recognisable and the band rock with an energy that many an electric band would envy.The band were one of the winners of the 2004 Glastonbury unsigned bands competition and one of The Guardian’s ‘Best of the rest’ at Glastonbury 2004.

What the Critics Say :

Party musicians, ideal for your local rave up. This bunch are a whole world party on their own . ’ (Folk Roots)

‘ London is a hotbed of undiscovered talent judging by the Walking Wounded’s wry lyrics ( London Evening Standard)

‘Walking Wounded are a band with roots, rhythm, rock and conscience… Delivered in a style similar to the Levellers, i.e. full blast, the Walking Wounded are singing honest, loud and live…’(Detour)

‘This band are fiercely proud of their eclecticism which sees them glide through acoustic punk, Jazz and pop. (Mojo)

About the album: All tracks composed by Hugh Poulton . Produced by Chris Clark, Hugh Poulton and Christine Taylor. Recorded and engineered by Chris Clark and Jamie O'Brien at Reservoir Studios (London). Mastered by Adie Hardy at Panic Studios (London).

Howard 'Arnold' Lane - percussion
Jonny Owen - harmonica, vocals
Hugh Poulton - vocals, guitar
Christine Taylor - accordion
Adrian Teasdale - bass

Well What? has been conceived as an album rather than a collection of tracks for single downloading. Although we believe that the tracks can and do stand on their own, we believe that an album is more than just the sum of it's parts and we have tried accordingly to collate and record a variety of songs/instrumentation which highlight our different facets and hopefully enhance each other....Falling Is Fun - The breezy opener with perhaps somewhat obscure lyrics in some places (but then again obvious in others). Down On The River - Now this is a really old number written in the 1970s - pre-Thatcher even! - but I think still keeps its resonance with references to economic crisis, lying politicians, competing economic theories, debt and bankers etc. Used to be faster and punkier but is now reggae (cod reggae? halibut reggae even!). The Play - The newest number - a rare piece of subtlety (Leonard Cohenesque?) about life, love, women etc (who is Rosetta anyway? and why she wearing boots). Go Go Bamako - Written just before going to Mali (when Mail was a happier place before the latest Toureg rebellion and subsequent army coup). Km 82 - Written for the Inca trail in Peru. There are different versions of the trail usually starting from a point on the railway from Cuzco to Aguas Calientas (at the foot of Machu Pichu). The shortest starts at Kilometre (Km) 104 but the classic trail starts at Km 82. Well What? - The album title track (also known as 'The Morrisey song'). Well what indeed - 'brief burghers'? surely you mean 'beef burghers ' Jonny? (he justifies this blatant misreading of the lyrics as deliberate and referring to "even faster food"). 'Dusty Bibles - Dirty Thoughts' is reportedly a billboard in the south of the USA. Djoliba - More attempted subtlety. Djoliba is the local Bambaran name for the river Niger in Mali. This instrumental was written while camping and relaxing on Monique's patio at her place on the edge of Segou overlooking the river. Happy memories. La Falaise de Bandiagara - La Falaise (the cliff) is the heart of the magical (literally) Dogon country in Mali. - gadju belli balli is a phonetic rendition (almost certainly misspelt) of 'thank you' in the local Dogon language. Losing Control -A song about being in love. California - The final track once more mines the well worn Walking Wounded seam of holiday travelogues (and Jonny has the last laugh)



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