Coventry: City-Specific Listening is the result of a year-long search for music recordings that include the word ‘Coventry,’ either within track titles or artists’ names. Eschewing the convenience and portability of MP3s, I have focused on physical formats only, resulting in a piece that celebrates the tactile nature of the 7”, 12” LP, CD, CDr and compact cassette. A table and shelving unit, painted Coventry Blue, (a colour by Valspar®) makes accessible the aforementioned formats from which a compilation tape, titled COV C60 has been recorded.
Coventry: City-Specific Listening is somewhat like a partner project to the work 15:06:13-16:06:13/15.06.13/SG Subtitle:The One Hour Piece.
To date the Coventry collection consists of the following:
Bounce The Mouse, Will You Ever Say?, Mousetrap Records, 1988 – includes the track “Coventry” (12″)
The Business, Do a Runner, Mad Butcher Records, 2015 – includes the track “Coventry (New Version)” (blue vinyl 7″)
Chicks on Speed, 99 ¢, Chicks on Speed Records, 2003 – includes the track “Coventry” (LP)
Clean Looking Boys, “Sent to Coventry”, DJW Records, 1983 (7″)
Coventry, “Around the Corner There’s a Man (He’s My Friend)”, Nasco, 1969 (7″ promo single)
The Coventry Automatics AKA The Specials, Dawning of a New Era, Receiver Records Limited, 1993 (LP)
Coventry Music, Sewer Wisdom, Sacred Phrases, 2010 (cassette)
Coventry Music Dieu Du Ciel/C.Yantis Comet Lodge, Hobo Cult Records, 2012 (cassette)
Greg Davis, Arbor, Carpark Records, 2002 – includes the track “Coventry” (LP)
Dog Leap Stairs, “Sussex (Storybook)”, Rubber Records, 1976 – includes the track “Coventry” (7″ single)
Morgan Fisher, Hybrid Kids 1+2, Cherry Red Records, 2008 – includes the tracks “Coventry” and “Coventry Backtrack” (CD)
Flying, Just-One-Second-Ago-Broken Eggshell, Mill Pond Records, 2006 – includes the track “Calvary, Coventry, Critical” (CD)
Frank Griffith Nonet, The Coventry Suite, 33 Records, 2004 – includes the track “The Coventry Suite” (CD)
Russell Haswell, Value + Bonus, No Fun Productions, 2010 – includes the track “Coventry” (CD)
Nuala Honan, The Tortoise, no label, 2013 – includes the track “Sent to Coventry” (CD)
The Mob, “Send me to Coventry”, Halida Records, 1980 (7″ single)
The Offenders, Hooligan Reggae, Kob Records/Redstar 73 Records/Mad Butcher Records, 2010 – includes the track “Coventry Rebels” (CD re-issue)
Tango, “Mainline/Sent to Coventry”, Media Recordings, 2002 (12″)
Trespassers W, Pretty Lips are Red, Dead Man’s Curve, 1987 – includes the track “Coventry” (LP)
Trespassers W, Aimez-Vous Potemkin, Mecanique Populaire, 2014 – includes the track “Coventry” (Double CD)
Various, Duets, Tranquility Tapes, 2012 – includes the track “IO” by Coventry Music (cassette)
Various, Greetings from Hibernate & Home Normal, 2011 – includes the track “Coventry Carol” by Wil Bolton (CDr)
Various, Old Frontiers, Old Frontiers, 2011 – includes the track “The Squeesze (Pt.1) ” by Coventry Music
This project is commissioned by Artspace, Coventry as part of their City Arcadia programme 2015/2016, with funding from Coventry City Council and Arts Council England. Curators Laura Elliott & Michael Mayhew.
My Cov 15 chart as published in the June 2016 issue of The Wire magazine.
Below is the COV C60 tracklisting:
1. Chicks on Speed
Lyrics by Melissa Logan, Alex Murray-Leslie + Kiki Morse.
Music by Melissa Logan, Alex Murray-Leslie, Kiki Morse
+ Gerhard Potuznik. Produced by Chicks on Speed
(Melissa Logan, Alex Murray-Leslie + Kiki Morse) &Gerhard Potuznik.
Mixed by Glove. Copyright Control, 2003
2. Bounce the Mouse
Writtten by Bounce the Mouse. Produced by Chris Nagle.
Published by Moustrap Records. ℗ 1988
3. Greg Davis
Written and produced by Greg Davis.
Published by Carpark Records. ℗ 2002
4. The Mob
Send me to Coventry
Produced & arranged by Arun Bhandari, assisted by J. Rivers & J. Pryal.
Published by Kalida Records. ℗ 1980
5. Wil Bolton
Written and produced by Wil Bolton ℗2011
6. Hybrid Kids
Traditional, arranged by Morgan Fisher. Produced by Morgan Fisher.
Published by Cherry Red Records. ℗ 1980
7. The Offenders
Written by Valerio Tenuta.
Published by Kob Records/ Redstar 73 Records/ Black Butcher Records.
Calvary, Coventry, Critical
Written, produced and recorded by Flying.
Published by Mill Pond Records. ℗ 2006
1. Coventry Music
Published by Hobo Cult Records ℗ 2012
2. Nuala Honan
Sent to Coventry
Written by Nuala Honan. Produced by Nuala Honan
and Jamie Harrison. Published by Nuala Honan. ℗ 2013
3. Peter Hammill
Written by Peter Hammill. Produced by Peter Hammill.
Published by Static Music Ltd. ℗ 1993
4. Trespassers W
Lyrics written by Cor Gout. Music by Oudijk/Simonis/Krepel/Trespassers W.
Published by Dead Man’s Curve. ℗ 1987
Sent to Coventry
Written and produced by J. Giltrap. Published by Media. ℗ 2002
6. Russell Haswell
Performed, Recorded, Decomposed, Edited & Mastered by
Russell Haswell. Published by Mute Song LTD. ℗ 2010