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Sunday, 28 September 2008

STEVIE VAYNE AND THE SLAVES - Guarana / DAVE KUSWORTH - The Bounty Hunters



After the collapse of The Vaynes, singer Stevie hooked up with a new bunch of musicians who he christened The Slaves, and released the album Guarana, named after a stronger coffee like bean from Brazil, it finds him in a more reflective and introspective mood than previously, more Lou Reed/Velvet Underground than Iggy and The Stooges. This rip is from a promo tape I blagged of Stevie when they supported Johnny Thunders in Stevenage. The other support band that night was Dave Kusworth and The Bounty Hunters, so it seems an appropriate time and place to post this; The Bounty Hunters, his 1987 debut album, classic Kusworth that pulls on the old heart strings with an aching beauty that is only surpassed by his work with Nikki Sudden, brilliant stuff. Click here for some Stevie, and there for some Dave. Enjoy!

8 comments:

planckzoo said...

Many Thanks! I Love Kusworth and look forward to hearing Steve Vayne.
I'm currently trying to hunt down on of Dave and the Bounty Hunters disk that seems to have vanished from its case....

Anonymous said...

Must have been a great night that Bounty Hunters/Vayne/Thunders gig. Wish I’d have been there. Your account of it elsewhere is great reading Nuzz. Shame Dave didn’t get to play with JT as well as Stevie that night. Would have been interesting.

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DD Dynamite said...

Looking forward to the Stevie Vayne album!! Thanks for the great stuff you share! The first Dave K album is perhaps his finest..a true gem!!

gomonkeygo said...

I likewise can't find my Bounty Hunters! Thanks and thanks again!

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Chris Martin (Still a Vaynes Fan) said...

Nice one on letting more folk hear the great sounds of the Vaynes, Stevie,Mick and Jessica were very good friends of mine. I have some stories but they're not for the internet!!

glenys said...

I know its a few years on since the original posting, but I have found in my record collection, a pre-release copy of Stevie Vayne's Gurana LP. Does anyone know how much it would be worth, please? I will have bought it on a gamble a few years ago, as it only had the serial number on the label and a loose complement slip from the record company to the ?DJ with it. It was only through googling the serial number that I found out what it was, and it has introduced me to an area of the music industry I was previously innocent of. All very interesting, though. And you will be pleased to know I am based in Sheffield, so it hasn't travelled very far.

Stevie Vayne said...

Hey guys, I friend of mine just passed these comments to me - quite a warm feeling to read such cool words.
For anybody who is interested, when Johnny Thunders passed away I basically hung up my guitar, microphone and walked in to the sunset for a while. I played two more live gigs, one was the old London Marquee as headline for a tribute to Johnny, the band that night was made up of myself, Mickey Lake from The Slaves, one member of classic Uk band The Boys on guitar and Max Splodge from Splognessabounds/Angelic Upstarts on Drums...it was a pick up band on the night, no rehearsal, just jamming through Thunders/Dolls/Heartbreakers classics, an emotional night and I was glad to do the show. The only other show in did was ten years later, the ten year anniversay of Johnny Thunders passing, I was living in NYC asked to to play at CBGBs in memory of JT...again the band was picked up on the night and we jammed through Gloria, Louie Louie and a mix of Pills/Too Much Junkie Business, playing to a packed CBGBs as a headliner that night was one of the best moments of my life, so many luminaries of the NYC-original punk/CBGBs scene in the room and we were so well received. It was the first time my then girlfriend had ever seen my play in a band, she couldn't believe the reaction of the room when Stevie Vayne was introduced and they crazy crowd, completely out of control, when we played that night. The organizers of that show offered me to out a band together and tour the world in homage to Johnny, but for my own reasons I had to refuse to come out of rock n roll retirement....My now wife bought me an old style record playing stereo recently, and I played for
her the album Guarana, Lou Reed had died a few days earlier, and playing through the album for the first time in many years, it struck me that the only reference anybody could make to describe Guarana is by referencing the original Velevet Underground records - When the album was released one critic wrote "it's a breath-taking slice of underground rock n roll", while another simply wrote "Stevie Vayne has obviously lost his mind and needs psycho-therapy" - I took both comments as compliments at the time, the good and the bad - at least they could hear something real in my work. Well I guess I will leave it there, just to say thank-you to anybody that ever listened, and liked, what I recorded, or enjoyed any live performance they ever witnessed - it has been appreciated, cheers, Stevie x