Tyla Gang - ‘Rewired’
New album from the unreleased 3rd album and other 1977 & 1978 studio sessions, plus bonus live album. Reformed after 32 years, and touring Europe, coinciding with Sean Tyla's autobiography!
In 1977 former Ducks Deluxe front-man Sean Tyla’s new project The Tyla Gang was the second artist signed to the newly-formed Stiff Records, with the 7” single ‘Styrofoam’. Then came the ‘Suicide Jockey’ 7” on Skydog. Next it was to new US-based label Beserkely Records, home to The Modern Lovers, who issued two albums: ‘Yachtless’ (1977) and ‘Moonproof’ (1978).
The Tyla Gang line-up featured Bruce Irvine on guitar and Mike Desmarai on drums; Peter O’Sullivan, Brian Turrington, and early Ducks member Ken Whaley variously handled the bass duties. European tours and TV and radio performances built the band up to be one of the premier touring bands of the age.
Now they've reformed, and touring Europe: Sweden in September & October, UK in October, Germany in the spring, plus Sean Tyla solo France & Sweden. See http://tylagang.com/ for dates.
DISC 1: STUDIO SESSIONS & OUTAKES:
On The Street, Don’t Turn Your Radio On, Styrofoam, Dust On The Needle, No Roses, It’s Gonna Rain, Spanish Streets, Moonlight Ambulance; Jungle of Love, Bar du Telephon, Amsterdam Dog, Chasing The Dragon, Out on the Run, Whaleback Boogie, Moonlight Ambulance 2.
DISC 2: LIVE AT VIN DE BOOGIE: Styrofoam, Speedball Morning, Lost Angels, I Don’t Want Your Love, Suicide Jockey, Cannons of the Boogie Night, Fireball, Gonna Take Me Away, Pool Hall Punks, Walkin’ The Dog, Hurricane, Whizz Kids. Live August 1977
Cat no: FREUDCD106 Code: 5013145 210628
SEAN TYLA – Jumpin’ In The Fire
“A rollicking read” - Jake Riviera
Sean Tyla has always had a reputation for being, to put it mildly, plain speaking. In his autobiography he brings this attitude to his writing in a book that tell the story of the life of a musician trying to make a living in the 1970s.
The story starts with his entry into the business in 1970 as a jobbing songwriter for Lionel Bart, through to the formation of ace pub rockers Ducks Deluxe and onto The Tyla Gang. Tyla himself made the cover of Le Monde, who dubbed him Le nouveau Christ and received a gold disc in Germany. In a sense the book is about what might have been. Show Tyla a golden opportunity and he will blow it! This is the man who turned down an offer to join Motorhead, passed on producing the Sex Pistols and signed for Stiff Records rather than Warner Bros. This is partly what makes the story so fascinating.
There are plenty of books about 1970s excess - of chauffeur-driven limos, soulless stadiums and endless supplies of cocaine. For Tyla it was mainly unreliable tour vans, smoky pubs and amphetamine sulphate, plus occasional glimpses of the promised land to keep him going. Given his lifestyle back then, it is amazing that he is still alive to promote this book.
In fact, he has reformed both the Tyla Gang and Ducks Deluxe and is embarking on tours in 2010 and 2011 that would daunt a man half his age. The glowing foreword from Will Birch will only enhance the appeal of a story that deserves to be read. Comes complete with 8 pages of black and white photos.
· Paperback: 208 pages
· Publisher: Soundcheck Books (25 Oct 2010)
· Language English
· ISBN-10: 0956642004
· ISBN-13: 978-0956642004
· Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.8 x 1.2 cm