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Midweek Bootleg

Midweek Bootleg 007: Far (feat. Chino Moreno of Deftones & Grady Avenell of Will Haven) – Do They Know It’s Christmas?

December 6th, 2012

It’s December. It’s Christmas. So for this week’s Midweek Bootleg we’re getting all festive with curious cover c/o Far and a couple of their pals from Deftones and Will Haven.

Chino Moreno Deftones Xmas Christmas Thrash Hits

Yeah, we’re those annoying pricks who get really, really, REALLY into Christmas. We’re the pricks who insist on organising the office Secret Santa. We’re the ones drinking nothing but eggnog and mulled wine for the next five weeks. We’re the ones posting weird Christmas cover songs in our (mostly) weekly Midweek Bootleg feature. Yep, we are those guys.

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Midweek Bootleg 006: Marilyn Manson – Surrender

November 21st, 2012

With the ‘Twins of Evil’ tour arriving in the UK next week, we’re turning our attention to the cover song that serial cover’ers Marilyn Manson have never released in an official form. And of course, Hugh Platt likes any excuse to waffle on about Manson.

Marilyn Manson 2001 Thrash Hits

Oh Manson. Manson, Manson, Manson. I’ve had some words about you in the past. Next week, I’ll have some more words about your current antics. But for the time being, let’s talk a little bit about your record of cover songs, shall we?

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Midweek Bootleg 005: onedice – ‘Laugh, Cry, Lose’ (single version + b-sides)

November 14th, 2012

This week we found ourselves digging through out record collection following a co-incidental request from one of Bristol’s most overlooked bands: onedice. We even ended up interviewing the band’s former frontman, David Malpass, about it.

onedice old promo photo Thrash Hits

A couple of weeks ago, we saw a message on the official onedice Facebook page, asking if any of their fans had a copy of the ‘Laugh, Cry, Lose’ single that they wouldn’t mind uploading to Soundcloud, as the band themselves no longer had one. Well, thanks to the nerd, hoarding nature of Thrash Hits writers, we knew we had one lurking in our record collection somewhere, and we got digging.

Wait, back up a little – who are onedice, and why should you care?

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Midweek Bootleg 004: Raging Speedhorn – Thumper (demo version)

November 8th, 2012

When it comes to unlikely “success” stories of British metal, you’d be hard-pressed to find one less likely or as “successful” as Raging Speedhorn. We cracked out their demo CD, and let Hugh Platt get on with the business of being nostalgic.

Raging Speedhorn 2000 Thrash Hits

If you’ve listened to this week’s episode of the Thrash Hits Podcast (and why wouldn’t you have?), you’ll have heard Raz and I reminiscing about Raging Speedhorn, after the surprise (well, to us at least) appearance of former Raging Speedhorn vocalist, John Loughlin, in the live line-up for Extreme Noise Terror at this year’s Damnation Festival.

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Midweek Bootleg 003: Pitchshifter – Un-United Kingdom (live at Reading ’99)

November 1st, 2012

If there’s one band from the pre-Millenial Brit-metal set that everyone seems to have a story about, then it’s Pitchshifter. With Guy Fawkes’ Night a few days away, Hugh Platt takes a look at ‘Un-United Kingdom’.

Pitchshifter old promo photo Thrash Hits

So Halloween is over. Done. No Halloween-flavoured bootleg this week. Nosiree. Instead, we’re going to be looking at an altogether more British affair: Guy Fawkes’ Night. Well, more specifically, a song that references it once in its lyrics. Yep, that’s the level of topicality we’re maintaining with Midweek Bootleg. Long-time readers of Thrash Hits might remember a guest column I wrote for the ladies over at Reign In Blonde way back in 2010 on this subject, and yeah, I’m cribbing the focus of this week’s bootleg – Nottingham’s perennial reunion band, Pitchshifter – from that very column.

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Midweek Bootleg 002: Light Of The Morning – All Else Is Error

October 18th, 2012

People who collect records are lonely nerds who should go outside and run about in the sun a lot more. Hugh Platt is one such loser, but before we cast him out into the sunlight, help him uncover the truth about Light Of The Morning.

Light Of The Morning Bootleg photo Thrash Hits

Okay, so this is an odd one. With regards to the subjects of this week’s Midweek Bootleg, I’ve got nothing. Nowt, zip, nada, zilch, zero. Light Of The Morning are a complete and utter mystery.

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Midweek Bootleg 001: Pulkas – Live Radio Session

October 4th, 2012

While sorting out his record collection, Hugh Platt stumbled across a wealth of awesome bootleg recordings of bands you probably don’t remember or even care about. Not that he’s going to let that get in the way of him using this as excuse to blather on about Pulkas.

Pulkas promo photo Thrash Hits

In 1998, a band that only a small minority of you will have probably heard of came in at no.4 in Metal Hammer magazine’s Critics’ Album of the Year list with their debut record, Greed. They also came in at some ridiculous high placing in the annual Readers’ Poll in the Best New Band category – they were top 5, but I’ll be damned if I can remember exactly which place they had. That band was a London four-piece by the name of Pulkas.

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