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a series of CD albums featuring various artistes

 

The godspunk compilation CD series is a co-operative venture, in which all contributing bands / artistes share the cost of manufacture. Each contributor pays a fraction of the total CD manufacturing cost for each six minutes of audio contributed, gets one page of artwork in the accompanying booklet and receives a number of copies of the finished CD album. Currently, six minutes allocation costs £70 and the contributor receives 40 copies of the CD. This is an effective way of working, as each band / artiste gets their music on 500 'proper' CDs (not CD-Rs) and has their music heard by the other bands' audiences without the hassle of distribution being the responsibility of one person. If you would like to be considered for inclusion on a future CD, please contact Pumf.

 

 

  

 

In January 2019 I received an e-mail from Marcos Farrajota, who said, "I made a comic-strip review of your series godspunk in "A Batalha" - the 100 years old Portuguese anarchist newspaper! I can send photo of the page just in case you really want to see it!"
I, of course, responded that I would love to see it, and Marcos sent a couple of photos back of the
Nov / Dec 2018 issue.
Click the images on the left for full-size images
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godspunk volume twenty-two (PUMF 819, 2021 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
   disc one
1 Contraband - Howl in the Typewriter
2 End of Max (take one) - AWARE

3
Forbidden Love - UNIT
4
pOPULATION cONTROL - SAWGASM
5
I don't give a fig about you - Jeanie & the Kaprikorns
6
4 organs - Dr. Awkward
7
Con Artist - Howl in the Typewriter & the taurus board
8
20 20 20 20 - Lettuce Vultures
9
The Green Room - UNIT
10
An Angel on Fire Upon the Altar of Lust - Sex Demon
11
Illusion Terror - Bidoche Musique
12
How The Necronomicon Was Destroyed By The Church - Infected Youth
13
Close Your Eyes - Large Veiny Members
14
The Birds - Proud Fuckoo Band
15
Mutant Flash Mob (radio edit) - Magic Bullet
16
Sophisme Pléonastique - Lieutenant Caramel + Shaun Robert (voice Lydia Jordan)
17
Darkness & Silence - UNIT
18
Bleed - Harsh Noise Movement
19
Drone On - Nil by Nose
20
Serotonin - Father Stone
21
clickclickclick - Dr. Awkward
22
Winning The Struggle - UNIT
23
Of The Blasphemous Gods - Infected Youth
24
It just takes heartache to love you - Jeanie & the Kaprikorns
25
Thoughtfishing (John Tree's Lament) - Howl in the Typewriter with Andy, Carl & Paul
   disc two

1
King of the Underground - Howl in the Typewriter
2 Sex For Spastics - UNIT
3 Gun Dub - Nil by Nose
4 Illusion Return - Bidoche Musique
5 The Horny Devils - Sex Demon
6 Dream Demon - Harsh Noise Movement
7 Paul the Pagan - Howl in the Typewriter & the taurus board
8 A Normal Child - UNIT
9 Jorge & Tony - Hermanos Guzanos
10 Terminus - Proud Fuckoo Band
11 We Would Hear The Machines (godspunk edit) - Magic Bullet
12 Space Goat - Father Stone
13 End of Max (take two) - AWARE
14 The Wheels - Howl in the Typewriter
15 Realise Your Potential - UNIT
16 Mini Little Dub - Nil by Nose
17 The Existence Of Copies Of The Blasphemous Book - Infected Youth
18 tHEOLOGY tHROUGH tHE pYLORIC vALVE - SAWGASM
19 number 3 - Dr. Awkward
20 Normalized3 - Dresden Kirk ft. the taurus board
21 Pensée Poisson - UNIT
22 It just takes heartache to love you - Jeanie & the Kaprikorns
23 UpdowNInouT - Howl in the Typewriter

Click to listen to a two-minute soundbite from disc one
Click to listen to a two-minute soundbite from disc two
(these consist of extracts from several tracks, interwoven to give an overall aural flavour)


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Contraband by Howl in the Typewriter


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King of the Underground by Howl in the Typewriter

 - Review by Hiroshima Yeah! #187, August 2021
To paraphrase something John Peel once said about The Fall, godspunk compilations are "always the same, always different". Colourful clown photos? Check. Tracks by Howl in the Typewriter and UNIT? Check. But, wait a second, this latest instalment is a DOUBLE CD (containing 48 tracks!), which means DOUBLE THE FUN if you're looking for a dizzyingly diverse mix of mad sounds. My personal faves are the short and sweet country rockisms of Jeanie & the Kaprikorns (one of their contributions is only 40 seconds long, before surfacing again as a positively EPIC 59 second version), Lettuce Vultures' Trump-supporter-bashing "20 20 20 20" ("Proud to be stupid - A flag waving drone [. . .] A gun-toting clone"), the tracks by Proud Fuckoo Band (dedicated to Wesley Willis, "the Daddy of Rock'n'Roll"), which sound like John Cooper Clarke singing with Go Kart Mozart, the spoken-word audio buggery of "Sophisme Pleonastique" by Lieutenant Caramel + Shaun Robert (with Lydia Jordan), the lovely ambience of Bidoche Musique's "Illusion Return" and Dr. Awkward's one-minute-long twangfest "Number 3", but there's something here for everyone. Well, maybe not quite EVERYONE . . .

 - Skylight Webzine, July 2021
This is a double CD compilation featuring mainly underground artists ranging from Post-Punk, Electro, to Industrial and Experimental. There are more than 50 artists in this compilation [nineteen, actually - Ed] including Magic Bullet, Infected Youth, Proud Fuckoo Band, and many others. The whole compilation has a DIY attitude with bands submitting both professional and lo-fi music tracks and it seems that the scope of the compilation is to offer an introductory sample of the Pumf Records roster for the music fans than a glossy audio production for the audio fidelity enthusiasts. In the world of the digital only releases, this is an exception since it is a professionally printed audio CD with a colored booklet offering information about the bands. If you support the old school Punk productions, then have a look here because it has the vibe you are looking for.

 - Bricklaying the Charleston blog, June 2021
I should possibly open by declaring certain details which may suggest a lack of objectivity on my part. I've known pStan Batcow, the man behind both this compilation and the Pumf label which spawned it for a plurality of decades. He's appeared on things I've recorded, and I've appeared on stage with him back when he was blowing a jug for the Ceramic Hobs. I contributed to the first three volumes of godspunk, and have been a member of one of the bands who contribute to this collection. Anyway, pStan has been sending me the latest volume of this thing since way back whenever, usually with some disclaimer along the lines of I know you probably think this is a pile of shite, but it's free, so bollocks - you'll have it and like it, or words to that effect; and I always feel as though I should make the effort to review the thing, or at least spread the word in some way, but I never do.
It isn't that I think the godspunk compilations are a pile of shite, but I've often found them a bit of a mixed bag. There's been some great stuff on godspunk over the years - not least being the Las Vegas Mermaids and one of the Shend's rare solo outings - but there's usually a couple of tracks I'm not so keen on, and I always feel awkward about it. Actually there have been at least a couple I've actively hated.
The deal with godspunk is that the artist contributes to the cost of producing a fancy compact disc, essentially paying for time on the disc and a page in the accompanying booklet. So if you have sixty quid, or however much it costs, you can probably get yourself on one of these. Although this has meant the inclusion of an occasional splash of uninspiring or otherwise workmanlike pub rock over the years, that sort of thing has generally been in the minority, and the eclecticism of these compilations tend to reflect the mix of weirdos with whom pStan Batcow breaks virtual bread rather than who just happened to have sixty quid to spare. The godspunk discs therefore tend to present a bewildering selection of pop, punk, DIY, techno, house, country, noise, avant-garde, prog, metal, rockabilly, free jazz, and trad garage just for starters; which can be a bit overwhelming if you're not prepared for it, which is usually why I'm left speechless.
I tend to listen to this sort of thing on a Discman while I'm out on my bike, and I took a slightly different approach with this one because it's the first volume issued on two discs. Fearing sensory overload, I took the case with me so as to refer to the track list as I listened, and somehow it made a big difference, providing some kind of context to the anticipated barrage of random swerves. It still didn't mean I loved everything here, but it rendered the experience a little less like arbitrary twists of a radio dial and therefore a lot more interesting.
My favourite tracks came from the ever formidable Harsh Noise Movement - who directly big me up in the booklet for some reason; and Jeanie & the Kaprikorns who seem to be a country and western outfit, which may mean I've been in Texas too long, or not long enough depending on how you look at it. Also great are the Large Veiny Members, taurus board, and Nil by Nose - all godspunk regulars who can usually be relied upon to come up with something worth hearing; and pStan's own Howl in the Typewriter should probably have been mentioned in that sentence. There's also UNIT, of which I was a member back in the eighteenth century and concerning which my commentary might therefore constitute a conflict of interests, although I will say that it's probably the best stuff I've heard from UNIT in a long time, at least in so much as that a couple of their tracks feature none of the usual easy listening glockenspiel overload and are therefore almost listenable, if a little more clean cut than I like; having said which, I could have lived without the Apostles classic Anarchy, Peace & Freedom rewritten as a self-improvement anthem. Infected Youth banging on about H.P. Lovecraft didn't really do it for me either, but never mind - a couple of duds amongst what amounts to nearly fifty tracks isn't a bad average.
I suspect the mistake I've been making with these godspunk collections, aside from taking them along as I go out and about but leaving the track list at home, is listening to them as I might listen to, off the top of my head, Rising from the Red Sand or some compilation demonstrating a fairly specific focus; because godspunk is essentially a spigot. You turn the tap and weird shit gushes out in seemingly random sequence. The key to appreciation is therefore in riding the gusher, going with the flow, and expecting to be surprised - which you absolutely will be. With editorial policy being whoever happens to have sixty quid and something they want to share, one might be forgiven for certain assumptions regarding godspunk; but it's worth remembering that it's 2021 and the majority of talent free shitehawks will most likely be clogging up Bandcamp or similar download sites because they're free and easy, or at least easier than physical media has become. So rather than godspunk assembling an array of ageing pub rockers who just happen to have cheque books at the ready, it's probably closer in spirit to the tapes once issued by Music for Midgets and the like, by virtue of contributors having eschewed the path of least resistance, musically speaking; so check the fucker out, is what I'm saying here.

 - Bottom of the Pops chart #253, 23 May 2021
Number 1 (TOP of Bottom of the Pops!): Howl in the Typewriter - King of the Underground
Modern Britain gets stranger and stranger, it must be all that Boris driving them bonkers. Hawkwind meets John Cooper Clarke with some Lovely Eggs & Syd thrown in for good measure. Great stuff. No other country will ever be able to make music like this.

 - Bottom of the Pops chart #254, 30 May 2021
Number 7: Howl in the Typewriter - King of the Underground
Yes I know we featured it last week, but it's just so off centre we had to pop it again hoping that somebody else will see in it what we see / hear.

 - Review by Jerry Kranitz, May 2021
pStan Batcow has been running his Pumf label since 1984 and a look at his web site shows new releases continuing at a steady clip. One of the highlights is the godspunk compilations, which always includes a wild and wooly assortment of creative mania, recalling the best of the old cassette culture comps. pStan use to send them to me regularly in the Aural Innovations days but the latest, volume twenty-two, is the first I’ve heard in in some years. It’s a 2-CD megathon of 19 bands and 48 songs.
I’ll start with Magic Bullet, which is the brainchild of Mick Magic, ship commander of Magic Moments at Twilight Time and the long-lived Music & Elsewhere label (he also most kindly sent me this CD.) Mick gets two tracks: ‘Mutant Flash Mob (radio edit)’ consists of spaced out electro rock with brain scrambling phased and time warped effects that morphs into a delirious alien dancefloor thumper. Trip-EEEEEEEE!!!! And ‘We Would Hear The Machines (godspunk edit)’ is similar but the dancefloor is hurtling through space and dodging machinery debris. Fun stuff.
Howl in the Typewriter and UNIT contribute the most tracks and are bands I’m well acquainted with. Howl in the Typewriter is headed up by Pumf boss pStan, who wows us with an array of 60s garage meets 70s punk, whimsical psychedelic drone song, quirky robotic synth-pop with an infusion of radio samples, and much more. They also close the compilation with a nearly 10-minute rollicking collage that pretty much sums up this wonderful collection.
I’ve heard lots of music from Andy Martin and UNIT over the years and there is NO classifying these guys, though they really do have a recognizable style, due in part to Andy’s distinctive vocal style. One song sounds like Hawkwind playing punk-metal. Another is a pleasantly melodic, weirdly psychedelic, yet UNITly offbeat tune with teensy-weensy Proggy bits. We’ve also got a drugged 60s sounding song with a psychedelic avant-folk edge and proggy keys, a cacophonously swirly and hard rocking prog-punk song, and more.
I won’t detail the rest of the bands but here is a quick half penny tour: if whacko-jazz is a genre then that is how I would classify the band AWARE. SAWGASM excel at spacey, experimental freak out collages. Jeanie & the Kaprikorns play country hoedown instrumentals, sometimes with a dreamily trippy edge. Dr. Awkward’s three entries are all very different, from high intensity orchestral ambience, to grooving space-tribalism and electronic effects. Lettuce Vultures serve up a mangled, contorted and maimed, dissonantly angular and goofily zany noise-punk song. Sex Demon are best described as Cookie Monster vocals speed-metal for noise-punks. Bidoche Musique have lots of fun with cut-up voice samples weirdness and drugged feedback / noise drone-rock with beautiful guitar melodies. Infected Youth combine lo-fi rock with various spoken word samples. Large Veiny Members contribute melodically bouncy yet minimal music for Terry Riley meets Philip Glass fans. Proud Fuckoo Band play classic raucous, screechy, acid-psyching, drunken punk rock ‘n’ roll. Harsh Noise Movement play both ear splitting power electronics and a blend of simple grooving percussion, lo-fi disco keys and gibberish vocals. Nil by Nose have one track of twangy drone rock, and two more of sci-fi electronic weirdness. Father Stone play classic punk with a thrash-metal kick on one track, and their second, ‘Space Goat’, is one of my favorites on the comp, sounding like the Stooges as a psychedelic metal band. Finally, underground veterans Hermanos Guzanos contribute a collage / cut-up of a circus marching band providing the music for an Eastern European dancehall troupe.
It all happens at the Pumf web site . . .

 - Review by Ear Of Corn #53, spring 2021
The compilation series continues with a double dose of music this time around. Around two and a half hours of goodness. Many of the usual bands such as Howl in the Typewriter, UNIT, Nil by Nose, etc. Plus a bunch of new bands or at least bands I hadn't seen on these comps in the past. The most notable addition is my buddies from many years back, Hermanos Guzanos. I hadn't heard anything from those fellas in years, so it's good to see them in action again. Great compilation with so much interesting music to hear. This series is something you need to check out.

 - Review by Andy Martin (UNIT), 14th April 2021
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godspunk volume twenty-one (PUMF 798, 2020 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 Amnesiac Smile - Howl in the Typewriter
2 Misery - Johnny and the Kaprikorns
3 The Witness - UNIT
4 Accomplished in a year - The Large Veiny Members
5 Mirakil - the taurus board
6 Where Eagles Dare Not - Lettuce Vultures
7 Bingo Crepuscule - Howl in the Typewriter
8 Breaking Barriers - UNIT
9 Jock Stewart - Johnny and the Kaprikorns
10 Journey - Nil by Nose
11 Baptised in Seagvll Shit - Satanik Seagvll Sekt
12 Alf Garnett Love Triangle - Harsh Noise Movement
13 The Island - UNIT
14 All Cahoot And Scrunty - Howl in the Typewriter
15 Weetabix Head - Johnny and the Kaprikorns
16 Difficult to say - The Large Veiny Members
17 Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes - UNIT
18 Howl in the Typewriter - Howl in the Typewriter

Click to listen to a two-minute soundbite from the album
(this consists of extracts from several tracks, interwoven to give an overall aural flavour)


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Howl in the Typewriter by Howl in the Typewriter


CLICK TO WATCH THE VIDEO:
Bingo Crepuscule by Howl in the Typewriter

 - Review by Node Pajomo 2.6, Jan 2021
This is the usual culprits with a few new voices belting out the usual fractured oddball pop, rock, and, country. UNIT rock it hard on this one with "The Witness" that actually had me banging my head and dusting off the air guitar! There are some trippy atmospheric numbers, the aforementioned country jams, and even some hints at black metal. Howl in the Typewriter apparently have a theme song that is a straight up diss track! I could easily go track by track and sing the praises of this one, but you would be better off just ordering one from pStan.

 - Review by Ear Of Corn #51, fall 2020
I'm not trying to promote my own music [Lettuce Vultures - Ed], because god knows it's the weakest track on the compilation, but this is the best volume of this series I've heard so far . . . and I've heard more than a dozen of them. I guess it's partially the variety of styles, but also the quality of contributions. The music covers pop punk, electronic, industrial, experimental genres and more. Some new participants crop up here and provide some of my favorite tracks. Also the great submissions of Howl in the Typewriter, UNIT, Nil by Nose and The Large Veiny Members appear, as usual. Great compilation!

 - Review by Hiroshima Yeah! #182, July 2020
Considering I was sent TWO copies of this new 18-track godspunk comp (thanks Jamie!, thanks pStan!) it seems RUDE not to write something about it. With another semi-terrifying clown pic on the cover of the swanky colour booklet, it's packed with oodles of eclectic, batshit crazy tunes from the likes of Lettuce Vultures (good name!), Harsh Noise Movement, Satanik Seagvll Sekt, UNIT (the ubiquitous project of ex-Apostle Andy Martin) and Howl in the Typewriter, whose opening track "Amnesiac Smile" contains the gloomily prescient line "the virus is spreading and it's out of control". (I was also sent a rather nifty Howl fridge magnet, which will sit nicely next to the one I have from The Pub, the establishment in Malta where Oliver Reed died). My fave things here are the three tracks by Johnny and the Kaprikorns (who ARE they? They sound like a lo-fi version of The Gourds! GREAT!), the Husker-Du-meets-Genesis "The Witness" by UNIT, Nil by Nose's "Journey" (I'm a sucker for spoken-word vocals) and the Trump-baiting "Where Eagles Dare Not" by Lettuce Vultures, whose delightfully shambolic, early Mountain Goats vibes really warmed my cold, cold heart . . . Oh, and the eponymous Howl in the Typewriter track is pretty funny too, taking the piss out of the boastful claims of rappers in semi-Frank Sidebottom stylee.

 - Review by Andy Martin (UNIT), 24th May 2020
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 - Review by Idwal Fisher, July 2020
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godspunk volume twenty (PUMF 791, 2019 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 Anglerfish - Howl in the Typewriter
2 Beatnicks from Space - Nil by Nose
3 Amery Hill School - UNIT
4 Just Stare At Your Phone - Lettuce Vultures
5 You Make My Teeth Itch - Dr. Awkward
6 A Wolf Giving Birth to Fifteen Blue Feathered Marbles - Blue Eyes of the Broken Gonk
7 Freeloaders - Howl in the Typewriter
8 The Greenfinch - UNIT
9 Evil Gods Of Darkness have Mercy - Infected Youth
10 Cosmic Orders - Mutant Beatniks
11 A Salads Pucker - The Large Veiny Members
12 Dickie-The-Fence Timeslip - Dr. Awkward
13 The Quasar - UNIT
14 Spunknik Stink Shyte - TWDC (plus pStan)
15 Bog-Eyed Friar - Blue Eyes of the Broken Gonk
16 Barbara's Bridge - UNIT
17 Beowulf - Howl in the Typewriter
18 Cybermonktime - Dr. Awkward
19 Evokation Of the Massed Gods Of Darkness - Infected Youth
20 Leisurely Waiting - Lettuce Vultures
21 Drizzle Rider - Nil by Nose
22 A Study Of Alkaline Metals - UNIT
23 Loaves of Bread - Howl in the Typewriter

Click to listen to a two-minute soundbite from the album
(this consists of extracts from several tracks, interwoven to give an overall aural flavour)


CLICK TO WATCH THE VIDEO:
Freeloaders by Howl in the Typewriter


CLICK TO WATCH THE VIDEO:
Anglerfish by Howl in the Typewriter


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Loaves of Bread by Howl in the Typewriter

 - Review by Ear of Corn #47, 2019
Another fun volume of great music by underground musicians which naturally includes Howl In The Typewriter, Nil By Nose, The Large Veiny Members and UNIT. Plenty of other folks join in on the fun as well. Ten acts and 23 songs. A wide variety of sounds and styles. Something for everyone, I dare say. This time, personal favorites come from Howl In The Typewriter and Dr. Awkward. A fantastic series of compilations!

 - Review by Node Pajomo #2.5, early 2020
The standard creepy clown lurks upon the insert booklet. Many of the usual suspects gather for the twentieth godspunk compilation. It is mostly fractured digital pop. The cat from UNIT is still struggling with his school days, and rightfully so from the sound of it. Writing about these comps is always difficult because the bands and styles are all over the place . . . very odd places. I don't think a "wolf giving birth to . . . marbles" would sound like BLUE EYES OF THE BROKEN GONK thinks it does, but I suspect neither of us will ever know. I mean, I suspect it would be kind of noisy, but where would she get the violin? NIL BY NOSE's "Beatnicks From Space" was a stand out, but I can't remember why . . . and bible IS only bile with an extra B. There isn't a bad track in the lot. I really enjoy DR. AWKWARD and LARGE VEINY MEMBERS and perhaps HOWL IN THE TYPEWRITER'S "Loaves of Bread" is the stand out, but your mileage is certain to vary. Quality oddity!

 - Review by Andy Martin (UNIT), 17th August 2019
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 - Reviews of godspunk volumes eleven - twenty by Jamie Azzopardi, 2021
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godspunk volume nineteen (PUMF 770, 2018 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 Digital Sickness - Howl in the Typewriter
2 Game Of Thrones - UNIT
3 Stealing The Pennies From A Dead Man's Eyes - Dr. Awkward
4 Satanic Mass - Flux of Yellow Daisies
5 Always There - Nil by Nose
6 Who Won The War - UNIT
7 Black Cat - Howl in the Typewriter
8 Everyone Leaves You In The End - Shy Rights Movement
9 2000 in 10 followed by King Piranha - AWARE
10 Share The Same Thoughts - UNIT
11 Leaving the Laboratory - The Golden Gonk
12 in whose nostrils was the breath of life? - Howl in the Typewriter
13 This May Be A Tad Uncomfortable - Dr. Awkward
14 Gaudeamus Igitur - UNIT
15 Hanging Like An Elf - The Large Veiny Members
16 Insecticide Track 1 - Flux of Yellow Daisies
17 Endlessly Blue - Shy Rights Movement
18 The Loch And The Glen - UNIT
19 The Glory of the Sun - Howl in the Typewriter
20 Wake Me - Nil by Nose
21 Puttin 'Em Back - Dr. Awkward
22 Soul Patrol - UNIT
23 A Mill1oooooon - Howl in the Typewriter (plus dJohn)

Click to listen to a two-minute soundbite from the album
(this consists of extracts from several tracks, interwoven to give an overall aural flavour)


CLICK TO WATCH THE VIDEO:
Digital Sickness by Howl in the Typewriter


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A Mill1000000n by Howl in the Typewriter (plus dJohn)

 - Review (of godspunk volumes eighteen and nineteen together) by Node Pajomo #2.4, February 2019
I am confident that I have used the term "fractured pop" repeatedly when reviewing Pumf's releases and I am afraid I just used it again. The recording and production quality is always top notch, even if there is always a clown staring back from every cover. Most of the artists return for every volume, but there are some new faces each time as well, including Mr. Ritchie from Hiroshima Yeah! on the newer disc! His tracks accompany his poetry nicely. Styles brushed up against include punk, bluegrass, folk, electronica, new wave, psychedelia, progressive, rock, pop, experimental, jazz, metal, and many more . . . occasionally all in the same track! One of these UNIT tracks is even in Latin! I am completely unable to pick a favorite track as so many of them are brilliant. I can't remember how much pStan wants for these things, but drop him a line if you are an adventurous listener! Great Stuff!!

". . . great show, very upbeat and good for walking, but the part that amazed me the most was Digital Sickness by Howl in the Typewriter. The lyrics to that song were so reflective of the way I've felt for the past couple of months, it was almost creepy - like the guy had got into my brain somehow and extracted a bunch of my thoughts / issues . . ."
 - Darrel Draeger, in a personal e-mail to Lord Litter (after hearing LL's Magic Music Box radio show), January 2019

 - Review by Hiroshima Yeah! #167, January 2019
. . . kicking off with the latest instalment in the long-running godspunk series of CD compilations featuring pictures of creepy clowns on the covers (has there ever been a clown who ISN'T creepy?!) In the spirit of full disclosure, I must confess that a couple of my Shy Rights Movement songs are included on this release, but I wouldn't let THAT trouble you, especially when there are also tracks by UNIT, Howl in the Typewriter and The Large Veiny Members that should put you in the mood for REVOLUTION, plus utter weirdness from the likes of Flux of Yellow Daisies, AWARE and The Golden Gonk. To be perfectly honest, utter weirdness is usually the common denominator on these comps, and this one is no exception. 

 - Review by Ear of Corn #44, early 2019
The compilation series continues . . . a new selection of experimental, electronic, punk and even noise tracks. 23 tracks in all, some by the folks you usually find on these compilations, such as Howl In The Typewriter, UNIT and Nil By Nose. Aside from the regulars mentioned (who again contribute some great tracks), some favorite moments on this edition come from Dr. Awkward and Flux Of Yellow Daisies. Always lots of great listening.

 - Review by Marcos Farrajota (writing for A Batalha), 2018
A mais recente antologia de musica insana veio calma, ao contrario dos volumes anteriores (ver CAPAM no numero anterior). Ate os UNIT, que sao a banda Hardcore de servico, decidiram fazer um tema a cappella e outras esquisitices. Este volume mantem as caracteristicas dos anteriores, ou seja, continua o caleidoscopio que caga bem de alto sobre as logicas de carreiras rock. E gente livre la daquela ilha de reprimidos chamada Inglaterra. Contactem-nos!

 - Review by Andy Martin (UNIT), 21st November 2018
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 - Review by Carl Dullbedsitblogger (Nil by Nose and Large Veiny Members), 7th December 2018
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 - Reviews of godspunk volumes eleven - twenty by Jamie Azzopardi, 2021
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godspunk volume eighteen (PUMF 756, 2018 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 Image is Everything - Howl in the Typewriter
2 Red Pick Up - Nil billy Nick
3 Nina On The Dance Floor - UNIT
4 Protocols - Howl in the Typewriter
5 That Scat! - No bum Nutella
6 Panzer - Dumb Robot Pilot
7 Little Lizard - Howl in the Typewriter
8 Rain Man (Electric Dub) - S. L. I.
9 Throat Drone - Nurturing bubbly Nodules
10 Miranda Passes The Audition - UNIT
11 A Strong Sense of Embarrassment - Howl in the Typewriter
12 Meat Balls - The Large Veiny Members
13 Metal Trap - Numouse byte Nutron
14 One-way Jigsaw - Howl in the Typewriter
15 Rise of the Sacrificial Goat (excerpt) - Flux of Yellow Daisies
16 My Babys Skin - Necromancy bilious Necromancy
17 Reginald - S. L. I.
18 Ampoule gaz tete - Moineau Ecarlate
19 Look Ma! - Naughty boyd Narcissist
20 WeavyHeight - Howl in the Typewriter
21 A Song For Paul Novak - UNIT
22 Tidal - Dumb Robot Pilot
23 Teal Hair - Newly bought Nanook
24 The Eroder - Howl in the Typewriter

Click to listen to a two-minute soundbite from the album
(this consists of extracts from several tracks, interwoven to give an overall aural flavour)


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Image is Everything by Howl in the Typewriter


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One-way Jigsaw by Howl in the Typewriter


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The Eroder by Howl in the Typewriter

 - Review (of godspunk volumes eighteen and nineteen together) by Node Pajomo #2.4, February 2019
I am confident that I have used the term "fractured pop" repeatedly when reviewing Pumf's releases and I am afraid I just used it again. The recording and production quality is always top notch, even if there is always a clown staring back from every cover. Most of the artists return for every volume, but there are some new faces each time as well, including Mr. Ritchie from Hiroshima Yeah! on the newer disc! His tracks accompany his poetry nicely. Styles brushed up against include punk, bluegrass, folk, electronica, new wave, psychedelia, progressive, rock, pop, experimental, jazz, metal, and many more . . . occasionally all in the same track! One of these UNIT tracks is even in Latin! I am completely unable to pick a favorite track as so many of them are brilliant. I can't remember how much pStan wants for these things, but drop him a line if you are an adventurous listener! Great Stuff!!

 - Review by Hiroshima Yeah! #157, March 2018
Coulrophobes beware, for here's another instalment of Pumf's godspunk compilations, which always come with bright and cheerful - or terrifying, depending on your persuasion - clown-related cover art. When you're not pigging out on waffles, ice cream and maple syrup and watching shitty old films like Best Pair of Legs in the Business on the Talking Pictures channel, spending some time with the critique-of-vacuous-celeb-obsession Image is Everything by Howl in the Typewriter, the two Bob Mould-ish instrumentals by Dumb Robot Pilot and Reginald by S.L.I. can be a suitable alternative. There are also a few tracks by UNIT, the current project of ex-Apostle Andy Martin, a couple of which are nice instrumentals, one dancey, one jazz-rocky (there are rather a lot of instrumentals on this compilation, for some reason) plus several less-than-serious numbers by, presumably, the same person / people recording under different daft names all with the initials NbN (they're all "represented by Nil by Nose", it says in the booklet) in kinda the same way that I used to have tracks on various noise compilations under names like Cold Boiled Dog, Unknown Carnivore and Droney Mitchell. These tracks, although far from being my faves, remind me a bit of the silly albums that Cathal Coughlan and Sean Hughes released under the name Bubonique.

 - Review by Ear of Corn #42, Spring 2018
Another excellent installment of this compilation series with some of the regulars like Howl in the Typewriter and UNIT and some newcomers like Flux of Yellow Daisies. As usual, Howl in the Typewriter provides some of my favorite tracks here. Also dig the weirdness from Flux of Yellow Daisies and all the short tracks by various groups with the initials N.b.N. (Nil by Nose connection?) A very cool, entertaining collection of music. A good variety of styles. The comps in this series are always loads of fun!

 - Review from KFJC radio station website, 21 / 11 / 2018
Clown-punk country-noise, Blackpool-UK, rock ‘n’ roll-freakshow nightmare-disco, music from the crud behind your ears. UNIT, Howl in the Typewriter, Dumb Robot Pilot, Nil by Nose as many aliases, et al.

 - Review by Andy Martin (UNIT), 12th January 2018
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godspunk volume seventeen (PUMF 749, 2017 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 Little Punk Kid - Howl in the Typewriter
2 The Grange Hill Theme - UNIT
3 Auburn Hair - S. L. I.
4 Brindhuft Spocmeg - Howl in the Typewriter
5 A Song For Lee Perkins - UNIT
6 Creeping Clowns - The Large Veiny Members
7 Failure to Thrive (Zygfryd) - Howl in the Typewriter
8 Tie the Captain to the Mast - New born Nihilist
9 Chester Scores Another Goal - UNIT
10 Heavy Water - Heavy Water
11 We don't think that the Weatherman's dumb - Howl in the Typewriter
12 A Song For Billy Harper - UNIT
13 Limbo Nimbus - The Large Veiny Members
14 The Leaves - Howl in the Typewriter
15 Take Me On A Journey - S. L. I.
16 Terry Cashmore - UNIT
17 Seven Women - Howl in the Typewriter
18 Thinking Bread - Nil by Nose
19 A Song For Terry Cashmore - UNIT
20 Pumping & Racing - The Large Veiny Members
21 Corpse Van - Howl in the Typewriter

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Little Punk Kid by Howl in the Typewriter


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Brindhuft Spocmeg by Howl in the Typewriter

 - Review by Node Pajomo 2.2, Summer 2017
I'm sure I've used the term Twisted Pop or some variation of the same when attempting to describe the Sound of Pumf's Blackpool and this compilation is further evidence of the aptness of that definition. A full one third of the tracks are from
Howl in the Typewriter and they vary stylistically from the aforementioned fractured pop to avant poetry to amusing sample heavy electronica to the difficult to categorize. I always dig the uberstereo vocals in their / his tracks. UNIT rocks the living hell out of that vibraphone and has very awkward lyrics about school chums in the early 80's but their 'Chester Scores Another Goal' is an epic instrumental fusion work out that would undoubtedly burn the house down in a live setting. The Large Veiny Members do a few instrumental tracks that utilize a semi-cheesy organ sound and I swear one track has chattering teeth. New born Nihilist splays out some heavy dark instrumental action that feels like an Intro to Something Greater. Heavy Water do a hard rock instrumental, Nil by Nose play a short carnival instrumental, and S.L.I. stand out by being the most conventional alt.bar.rock band I've heard in ages. I cannot think of a way to emphasize the overall sense of 'oddness' that permeates this disc, so you'd better just send pStan your monies. Always a Keeper.

 - Review by Ear of Corn #41, 2017
More greatness from Howl in the Typewriter and pals. HitT's 'Little Punk Kid' and 'We Don't Think that the Weatherman's Dumb' (chock full of Weatherman samples) are my favorites on this one, without a doubt. Some more cool songs for various people by UNIT and an unbelievably catchy and upbeat 'Take Me On a Journey' by S.L.I, are other favorites of mine on this volume. 21 cool tracks. Another winner!

"Yeah, great stuff that - that was Howl in the Typewriter there featuring pStan Batcow . . . that was called Corpse Van on the brand new compilation godspunk volume seventeen. Richard text in [during the show] saying 'liking this, it's awkward and cool' - it is, yes, it was bleeding all over the speakers in here as well. I actually turned it down, but it was still [. . . muffled . . .] recorded at high volume. Great stuff!"
 - Neil Crud, DJ, after playing 'Corpse Van' on Tudno FM radio show, 29 / 5 / 2017

 - Review by Andy Martin (UNIT), 31st March 2017
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godspunk volume sixteen (PUMF 742, 2016 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 FF - Howl in the Typewriter
2 Who - UNIT
3 Ghetto Scum - Spam Javelin
4 Let's Talk About It - Nil By Nose
5 Mia Borowy Buys A Drum Kit - UNIT
6 80s Buddy Cop - The Large Veiny Members
7 Cryptosporidium - Howl in the Typewriter
8 Fuck Off - Spam Javelin
9 1 rotten westernoTe manipulated (Howl in the Typewriter remix) - Catholic Overspill Blame dJohn
10 A Song For Imogen Boorman - UNIT
11 Horrid Beastliness/Beastly Horridness - seven eves
12 Fucking Jerk - Spam Javelin
13 Battered Crawfish - Nil By Nose
14 How Does it Feel? - Howl in the Typewriter
15 Dan Borowy Buys A Bass Guitar - UNIT
16 Friends of Mine - Higgins++
17 Blackhole - The Large Veiny Members
18 How Can You Die When You're Already Dead? - Spam Javelin
19 And He Ran - Howl in the Typewriter
20 Snail Party (Wah!) - Tirikilatops
21 Look Into The Sky - UNIT
22 Life's A Bastard And Then You're Dead - Spam Javelin
23 20 Gold Pieces - Howl in the Typewriter

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Cryptosporidium by Howl in the Typewriter

 - Review by Node Pajomo, Winter 2016
Do yourself a favor and send pStan some monies right now. The Tirikilatops track 'Snail Party (Wah!)' is PRICELESS, so you are getting more than your money's worth with this song alone! While most if not all of the artists on the CD are from the UK, this big bouncy and squishy track is from South Korea! Adorable nonsensical lyrics, a driving glitchy dance beat, a clean poppy synth tone, and this weird squishy bounciness that I cannot resist. "Boom Jiggy - Pow Jiggy - Jiggy Jiggy Jiggy" indeed. I need this on a 12" and there needs to be an extended disco remix AND a classic 70's dub version on the B- side. And my pal Eons One is going to want TWO copies . . . There are 22 other tracks on here varying from a little punk rock to a lot of warped weirdo pop to quite a few atmospherically psychedelic numbers that makes me think there has been a nice influx of hashish to Blackpool . . . or am I just projecting? I enjoyed almost every single one of this CD's 4380 odd seconds, emphasis on the odd. "Damn that sorcerer! Twenty gold pieces and I'm wankered on Rohypnol".

 - Review by Ear of Corn #40, 2017
A good dose of weirdness here with such acts as Howl in the Typewriter, UNIT, Spam Javelin, Nil by Nose and plenty more, 23 tracks in a variety of styles. The biting social commentary of 'Fuck Facebook' by Howl in the Typewriter is a perfect kick-off to this disc with the punk anger of Spam Javelin being another highlight for me on this particular volume. A great bunch of music from a long-running underground label.

20 Gold Pieces by Howl in the Typewriter was played on Resonance 104.4FM on 30th June 2016, on the Pull The Plug show. I received this message by e-mail shortly afterwards from the show's DJ: 
"When I was first playing the latest godspunk CD, I sort-of fell asleep listening to it on the sofa. When the '20 Gold Pieces' track started, I was dozing & half-dreaming, and that track incorporated itself into my dream. What a fucking weird dream that was. And when the track suddenly ended there was silence, and my dream continued on (something about a postman leaving a package in my kitchen?) Anyway when I woke up I had to play it again to make sure it was as fucked up as it seemed in my dream. It was."
 - Johnny Seven, Pull The Plug radio show, July 2016

 - Review from KFJC radio station website, 26 / 6 / 2016
Compilation of nine British bands, each of them sharing in the cost of CD production and distribution. The result is a variety of interesting sounds, ranging from straight-ahead punk to far-out psychedelic electronics. Howl in the Typewriter: Playful experimental wanker-pop. Each track sounds different. Mellow psych/punk to drippy-droney and orchestral pieces. Final track samples Hanson. UNIT: Melodic Brit-pop with a modern electronic feel. Slightly creepy. Spam Javelin: Hardcore punk rock with aggressive guitar riffs and pounding bass. Nil by Nose: Underwater bloops and dubby beats. The Large Veiny Members: Retro synth-heavy electronic experimentation. Catholic Overspill Blame dJohn: Bizarre mix of synth, acoustic guitar, and maracas. seven eves: Strange droney blips + buzzes played forwards and backwards. Higgins++: Britpunk. Tirikilatops: Crunchy beats and melodic bloops. Gah-gah-Goo-goo vocals mixed with Japanese exercise soundtrack? Great!

 - Review by Andy Martin (UNIT), April 2016
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godspunk volume fifteen (PUMF 735, 2015 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 Woodchip of the Mind - Howl in the Typewriter
2 A Song For Barbara Jackson - UNIT
3 Grass Skirt No Pineapple - Nil By Nose
4 Ringmaster - Dumb Robot Pilot
5 The Tragedy Of The Lampost Gullivers - The Lampost Gullivers
6 A Song For Danny Wentworth - UNIT
7 Jacob Swift - Howl in the Typewriter
8 ALIEN CARNAGE - The Atom Furnace
9 Danny Wentworth - UNIT
10 Little Ball of Badness - Howl in the Typewriter
11 Happy Smashing Fun Time - Dumb Robot Pilot
12 A Covenant - The Large Veiny Members
13 A Song For Wayne Johnson - UNIT
14 The Toaster - Howl in the Typewriter
15 Namaste - Shaun Robert
16 French Disco Punks - The Lampost Gullivers
17 EVIL-UTION - The Atom Furnace
18 Pipebomb - Nightclub in a Volcano
19 A Song For Wayne Gibson - UNIT
20 Doreen - Dumb Robot Pilot
21 Three Zero Five - Howl in the Typewriter

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Jacob Swift by Howl in the Typewriter


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Little Ball of Badness by Howl in the Typewriter

 - Review by Robert Dellar, Southwark Mental Health News #130, April 2016
UNIT, along with Stan Batcow's Howl in the Typewriter the most consistent contributors to Stan's long-running 'godspunk' compilation series, also provide the highlights to this album. UNIT's tracks here are nothing like those on their out-takes CD, and consist largely of catchy pop numbers detailing the eccentricities of specific children Andy went to school with, decades ago. The funniest of these is A Song for Danny Wentworth, concerning a 14-year old whose disinhibited behaviour, which includes random surrealist vandalism and waving his cock about in class, earns Andy's admiration: "I'd rather spend a day with him than half an hour with you," he comments, and the joyful feel of this song is enhanced by a fairground-style horn section. It's followed on this album by Stan's Jacob Swift which sounds like a conscious attempt to compete with Andy in the praising outrageous behavior stakes, but without the pop hook-lines. Also of note on this edition of godspunk are Lampost Gullivers, an artful bass / drums / guitar trio in a kind of Captain Beefheart mode, let down somewhat by poor vocals. Overall, I would recommend this album to fans of bloops, loops, analogue keyboards and indecipherable shouting.

 - Review by Ear of Corn #40, 2017
Another clown on the cover and more great music! A little theme almost begins to emerge on this one, with a good number of songs that are written for or about specific individuals. 'A Song for Danny Wentworth' is the best of that batch. A swell collection of strange things here. Plenty to keep it interesting.

 - Review from KFJC radio station website, 2 / 8 / 2015
This is a compilation by nine bands, among them UNIT, Nil By Nose, Howl in the Typewriter, Dumb Robot Pilot. Each band shares in the cost of the compilation. The sounds do have a punk vibe, but they mostly struck me as the clown on the cover does - with a carnival creep that startles. Listen for yourself - there’s plenty of material on here.

 - Review by Andy Martin (UNIT), July 2015
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godspunk volume fourteen (PUMF 728, 2014 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 The Girl on the Pink Bicycle - Howl in the Typewriter
2 Sniffled In World Body Bag - UNIT
3 Hannom - Tirikilatops
4 Golden Age - Dumb Robot Pilot
5 Greetings From Ceausescu - Bartles
6 Scraps and Peawet - Scraps and Peawet
7 Transmitting from Earth - Howl in the Typewriter
8 Iris Watson - UNIT
9 Swangin' (we're) - Babobo
10 Another Lizard is Born - The Large Veiny Members
11 mythology - Shaun Robert
12 Rock N Roll is Never Die - Ddong
13 Chinese Fantasy - UNIT
14 Callin' all Humans - Bartles
15 Bomiya - Cow
16 Bikini Atoll Beach Party - Nil By Nose
17 Ten Years - Sil Pid
18 Mekanika - Dumb Robot Pilot
19 Theo's Lullaby - Dimm D3ciple
20 Cowboy Song - Baby Shit Pad
21 Atrophy - Howl in the Typewriter
22 Final Fantasy - UNIT
23 Epistle to the Bottle - Benny Fitfraughd
24 Sambucca Revisions - The Large Veiny Members
25 Iccccc - Kimchi
26 Mordecai Watson - UNIT
27 U.N.IT. - Royal Spud Hair
28 Spider Respects Nothing - Howl in the Typewriter
29 Space Bug - Dumb Robot Pilot
30 National Anthem - The Revolutionary Army of the Nation State of Dave
31 False Face Society Blues / I Cut A Mask - Bartles
32 Horibochi fkr - Tirikilatops
33 Deutschland Du Warst Als Kind Schon Scheisse - UNIT
34 Ants in me House - Scraps and Peawet
35 One-eyed God - Howl in the Typewriter

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The Girl on the Pink Bicycle by Howl in the Typewriter


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One-eyed God by Howl in the Typewriter

 - Review by Richard Foster, Incendiary, January 2015
The seasons trundle on their inexorable course, fads, haircuts and styles of trouser come and go, but one thing is steadfast in its surety. At some point in the calendar year there will be another marvellous godspunk compilation. What do they put in their tea in West Lancs? As ever Howl in the Typewriter keeps up his one man crusade for intelligently deranged pop; the creepy Transmitting from Earth, (with its Idiot Joy Showland casio line), Atrophy and Spider Respects Nothing will, in time, be pillars of the rock canon and will get him that in-depth Radio 4 interview with Melvin Bragg. The other godspunk stalwarts, UNIT, give us a whole set of different ideas from instrumentals like Final Fantasy that seem very ghostly and 'not here', as if the band has somehow a hologram that they can wheel out, to THUMPING bedroom dance tracks like Deutschland Du Warst Als Kiond Schon Scheisse. The two tracks, Iris Watson and Mordecai Watson, however, are gloriously messy, difficult UNIT excursions, and the most itchy of their tracks.
This new comp is a dancey bugger, and MUCH more loose than some of the earlier releases. Somehow, through tracks like Dumb Robot Pilot's Golden Age and The Large Veiny Members' Sambucca ReVisions and Another Lizard is Born, godspunk records have made this battery powered spaceship and they're going on a journey to an out of town garden centre. Maybe they'll resuscitate the old tramlines that are long hidden round the UK, and make them glow in this glorious acid-fried technicolour. Or not. You see, as well as thumping and bleeping dance / trance tracks like Nil By Nose's Bikini Atoll Beach Party there are lots of frazzled excursions leading nowhere in particular, with more loose threads than a worn carpet. We can point to a truckload of strange things offered up by the bunch of loons in Scraps and Peawet, Dimm D3ciple, Shaun Robert, Bartles, and Royal Spud Hair. In fact the mid-section of this record can have you flat on your back. It's utterly rudderless. This is of course a GOOD THING.
If you'd get one godspunk comp to get out of your box to, I'd get this one, it's perfect trippe material, C17th stylee. The soundtrack to digging up Silbury hill.

 - Review by Rebert Dellar, Southwark Mental Health News #127, March 2015
This is the latest in a long series of compilation CDs released by Blackpool's Stan Batcow. Each volume has a picture of a clown on the front of its sleeve, and this volume's clown is bald and looks miserable. As ever the record features a few tracks by Stan's own solo venture Howl in the Typewriter, and these cover a range of musical styles veering from the droning electro-jazz of Atrophy, to the wacky psychedelia morphing into more conventional pop of opening track The Girl on the Pink Bicycle, and several bases between. As a project, Howl in the Typewriter presents itself here as a jack of all trades, with all that that implies. Reclusive, mysterious American artist Bartles contributes some interesting short pieces that could loosely be described as avant-garde rap, and on a previous volume of this series he provided a song advocating the beheading of psychiatrists. Andy Martin's cult-rockers-with-twists UNIT present tracks whose styles range from gentle piano composition, to free-improvised jazz, to industrial soundscapes with lyrics at times trying a little too hard to be clever. Some of UNIT's numbers here also featured on the two most recent of their own albums and it's significant that, although these selections weren't the stand-out tracks on these, they're easily of a higher standard than the rest of the material on godspunk volume fourteen. Several other acts are also featured. This compilation isn't bad by any means, but it leaves the impression of ostentatious wackiness foregrounded over genuine invention.

 - Review by Andy Martin (UNIT), 12th October 2014
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godspunk volume thirteen (PUMF 721, 2013 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 Memory - Howl in the Typewriter
2 Anthrax - UNIT
3 Dancing Ants - The Large Veiny Members
4 the things that may or may not be true - Howl in the Typewriter
5 White Trash - UNIT
6 Not Any More (feat. The KBC) - John Tree's blissed-up rework
7 Glass Heart - Howl in the Typewriter

9 Eric Cooper - UNIT

11 Contacting Hassocks - Nil By Nose
12 (traditional) - Howl in the Typewriter
13 The Ritualistic Mating Dance of the West Highland Terrier and the Fluorescent Floating Human Eyeball (Eggnog Variant #4) - The Melodramatic Monkey
14 Graveyard Love - The Flesheaters
15 Your Brain is aJah - Howl in the Typewriter
16 Discotheque Repetition - The Large Veiny Members
17 Shells & Stars - UNIT
18 The RooHniverse - Howl in the Typewriter
19 The Prozac Song - Dimm D3ciple
20 Portal - Shaun Robert
21 Friends - UNIT
22 Howl in the Typewriter in Derek's Briefcase

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Memory by Howl in the Typewriter


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The RooHniverse by Howl in the Typewriter

 - Review by Richard Foster, Incendiary, January 2014
In the booklet that accompanies the new godspunk record we see a picture of multiple schoolgirl pStans (aka Howl in the Typewriter) hanging out with Sir Margaret of Thatcher. Somehow this “obviously doctored” image brings to light the Oz trial of 1971 especially Neville and co’s jolly, consciousness raising japes. With a little reflection on our side we can see that somehow this image is a blast from another time, a sort of memento mori of how “indie/alternative shit” used to be. Not busy with trying to make everything into some platform-friendly unit of production.
The opening track, Memory and Howl cuts such as The RooHniverse, In Derek's Briefcase, and the things that may or may not be true, somehow picks up on these vibes (as well as the hippy feel in the image described above) and steer this record through a frayed world of long forgotten raves, the bellybutton fluff of squat gigs and miserable, comedown, Aldi-bakery breakfasts. So hippy that Your Brain is aJah is very much like Robyn Hitchcock’s acapella stuff on I Often Dream of Trains. We could be watching the Pink Fairies under an underpass off the Portobello Road, so thick is the fug down in this ur-provincial netherworld.
The other (dare we say) house band, UNIT come on like Marvin the Robot from Hitchhiker’s . . . with the anti-love song Anthrax, (somehow sounding like a scuzzy version of the Ex too). Beaming in from planet UNIT takes a lot of courage and determination, just to keep on beaming in the way they do. Which is one of the reasons why I’d probably say - just because of their sheer bloody-mindedness - they are up there with the Biscuits in being one of the country’s greatest groups of all time. UNIT throw in a few more crackers with White Trash (the ultimate in open wound pathos; basically this digs a big hole for coiffeured dudes like Walker & Gainsbourg, hoys them in, and leaves no bouquet. “He says you’re a bloody nuisance”, indeed . . .), a daft, falling apart at the seams instrumental break called Eric Cooper, an insane rap featuring some rooks, (Shells & Stars) and Friends, a spit in the eye of history itself.
Old Pumf compilations often had a fair bit of punk sand in the Vaseline. And while we get some Dr John psycho schlock with The Flesheaters’ Graveyard Love, and some psyched out growling and scraping in Shaun Robert’s Portal, this compilation is more like some Gong fag end, a snot rag retrieved from the chilled-out, ephedra-popping, arse-end of Rave, probably in its most anal incarnation, the Amsterdam squat scene from about 1999 . . . Well, that’s what listening to Dancing Ants or Discotheque Repetition (courtesy of Large Veiny Members), Nil by Nose’s Contacting Hassocks, or John Tree’s remix of the KBC’s Not Any More does to my memory anyway. Mention should be made of The Melodramatic Monkey’s increasingly fried song titles too. Every compilation seems to throw up a new verbal construct; this time we have The Ritualistic Mating Dance of the West Highland Terrier and the Fluorescent Floating Human Eyeball (Eggnog Variant #4). And it sounds like? Well, the usual, reassuring jazz-off using Soft Machine offcuts. The morning after is well documented by Dimm D3ciple’s The Prozac Song, a massacre of Marley, and rightly so.
Just remember fellow wizards; you can’t beat your brain for entertainment!

 - Review (of godspunk volume twelve and thirteen) by Node Pajomo, Spring 2014
While I love compilations, I consider a 25% agreeability rating (or AR) to be the norm. Once I accept the synthesizer dominance among these blokes, the AR on these discs is absurdly high. Without actually getting out a calculator I am going to speculate that the AR on these discs must be approaching 80%. Prog rock, fractured pop, bedroom punk, ambient atmospherics, musiqe concrete, even surf and rap are all represented in a warped and unique way. Some of the synthesizer sounds are on the cheesy side as is one of the drum machines, but I am able to get past it. One of the bands / artists is called Data's Cat which pleases the Star Trek part of my brain. They are one of the more rocking units on the older disc. The band UNIT does an interesting version of Gand of Four's 'Anthrax' which makes up for their mutilation of Wire's 'Go Ahead'. Recommended.

 - Review by Ear of Corn #41, 2017
A swell 22 track, 9 band compilation from Pumf. Of course, you get a healthy dose of Howl in the Typewriter and UNIT, which is pretty much the norm for this compilation series. Quite a bit of the music is synth driven, but certainly not all. Upbeat punk to experimental with even a rap track tossed in for good measure. Very entertaining stuff, which is pretty much standard for this label. Also includes a track by The Flesheaters (not the legendary L.A. punk band). Great comp.

 - Review by Andy Martin (UNIT), October 2013
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godspunk volume twelve (PUMF 707, 2013 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 Sanitised - Howl in the Typewriter
2 Martin’s Gone - UNIT
3 Samba Savarah ft Veronneau (John Tree’s Full Brazilian Remix)
4 Male Slag - UNIT
5 Squid Bullets - Data’s Cat
6 These Sounds - Nil By Nose
7 Subhuman Debris - UNIT
8 A Short Unprepared Speech - Howl in the Typewriter
9 The Wiring - Dimm D3ciple
10 Why Russians Rarely Smile - UNIT
11 Loss - XxiiJ
12 For Nick Wong - UNIT
13 Derek’s Briefcase - Howl in the Typewriter
14 Take it easy Guys Oomba Goomba - Nil By Nose
15 Vita Odiosa - UNIT
16 Pipe, Slippers & A Basket Of Flute - Data’s Cat
17 The Fishman - Howl in the Typewriter
18 Nimbis Tonantibus - UNIT
19 Sans Moi - The Large Veiny Members featuring 90 [Noventa]
20 BBC Bastards - UNIT
21 Let’s Eat Rotting Flesh - The Flesheaters
22 Conspiracy - UNIT
23 The Nightmare of Childhood - Howl in the Typewriter
24 F You - Stevan Barnes
25 Go Ahead - UNIT
26 Balloc - (Nil By Nose Remixed By 1001101000)
27 A Song For Eric Cooper - UNIT
28 The Fishman in Derek’s Briefcase - Howl in the Typewriter

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Sanitised by Howl in the Typewriter


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Derek’s Briefcase by Howl in the Typewriter

 - Review by Richard Foster, Incendiary, April 2013
Yet more from the institution that is Pumf Records: volume twelve of the long running godspunk series no less, though sad to report an LP that charts the breakup of what constituted UNIT’s line up since 2005, which is sad because I have a particular soft spot for the records they’ve knocked out since then – hopefully a phoenix of sorts will soon rise out of the ashes.
Typically we get 11 tracks from UNIT (there are 28 tracks in total). And of course what we have is fabulous: messy, idiosyncratic, thought forms and off the cuff instrumentals that sound like car crashes, polemics delivered with conviction. Some of these, such as BBC Bastards and Luc Has Gone document the eventually irretrievable band tensions. Ho hum. Of course we get some cracking Howl in the Typewriter tracks too: Sanitised being a particularly breezy opener what with talk of snails and (doubtless sardonic) impersonations of Jimmy Savile.
Outside these stalwarts the compilation is often quiet, concerned with abstract work outs like Dimm D3ciple’s The Wiring, that have a flavour of the Orb or Coldcut or even the Nutty Professor. Some are whacky in a coy way: Squid Bullets turns from some sort of cod-90s groove to an expostulation of the Spanish guitar amidships, before piloting a course through teen metal territory. I can’t really work out. Others catch you out because they just float by until, a few listens later, they decide to let you into their secret. Examples are Loss by XxiiJ, Nil By Nose’s These Sounds, Samba Savarah (what’s that about?) or Pipe Slippers & A Basket of Flute by Data’s Cat . . . I’m guessing that Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld must have been a big hit on the Fylde coast. When Howl in the Typewriter start joining in with tracks like Derek’s Briefcase, you begin to note that this is the most psychedelic, most cinematic of godspunks yet.
Things can’t be all abstract can they? Well, no. As well as UNIT’s growls and Howl in The Typewriter’s The Fishman In Derek’s Briefcase (which is a sound recording of bunch of kids yelling over who is the fictitious superhero The Fishman), we get Sans Moi which is a brooding soliloquy in French (and damned good too), and Let’s Eat Rotting Flesh by The Flesheaters, a zombie work out which sounds just like its title.
One day these LPs will become collectors’ items.

 - Review by Ear of Corn #41, 2017
A heaping 28 track compilation, with Howl in the Typewriter, UNIT and Nil By Nose accounting for 20 of those tracks. Clown art, as
always. If you are disturbed by clowns, I wouldn't let that keep you away from checking out some of the volumes of this comp series. Always entertaining things to be heard. Really dig a lot of UNIT'S shorter tracks, many of which were not originally intended to be released according to the booklet. Howl in the Typewriter, as usual, is responsible for most of the rest of my favorite tracks ('The Nightmare of Childhood' is my favorite track of the whole thing, by the way) on the compilation. Just really a ton of great stuff to listen to.

 - Review by Andy Martin (UNIT), February 2013
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godspunk volume eleven (PUMF 693, 2012 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 2012 - Howl in the Typewriter
2 Le Treizieme - Laszlo Klemke
3 Giving It Large (For Phil Tufnell) - UNIT
4 Game Over (Live on Venus) - Data’s Cat
5 Boogie Monster - Dimm D3ciple
6 The East Is Red - UNIT
7 Cheeseburger-eating American - Howl in the Typewriter
8 Narwhal - The Large Veiny Members featuring Vag
9 Industrial Espionage - Spycore
10 Brighter Than Light - Kunzysteem
11 The Chinese Boy - UNIT
12 Burning Bright - Englandz Glory
13 Douchebag - Nil By Nose
14 Shameless Love - The Johnny Lieberbaum Pops Orchestra
15 Chewed by Badgers - Howl in the Typewriter
16 The Sword Of Erin - UNIT
17 Yeti - The Large Veiny Members featuring Vag
18 Positive - The Glue Machine
19 Howlin’ in the Canyon - The Earls Of Monte Cristo
20 So Long Thanks For All The Masks - Nil By Nose
21 My Parents Are Dead But I Wish It Was Me Who Had Killed Them - UNIT
22 when I was a little boy - Howl in the Typewriter

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 - Review by Richard Foster, Incendiary, June 2012
Where to begin? Well this, the eleventh godspunk compilation has UNIT’s eloquent and remarkably insightful ode to Middlesex and England’s Phil Tufnell, which is as good an excuse as any to buy this record. In fact we could stop the review there; such is the power of that image, but we won’t. godspunk compilations always throw up things that just couldn’t be heard anywhere else. This is a stage for the forgotten, the unwashed, the bunker dwellers and the slightly deranged and as such Incendiary embraces it. No scrubbed up types here begging for your attention. If you don’t believe me listen to another of UNIT’s offerings on the LP, My Parents Are Dead But I Wish It Was Me Who Had Killed Them.
Howl in the Typewriter has a bunch of new tracks including the downbeat and somewhat psychedelic campfire ditty, 2012. As ever (with 2012 and when I was a little boy) Howl in the Typewriter sets a whole range of personal reminiscences and ruminations to tape. Balancing extreme navel gazing against intelligent arrangements doesn’t always work (and it can very easily fall into the musical bear trap known as “whacky”) but when it does it creates a message that you can’t really hear anywhere else.
This compilation seems a bit more laid back than previous, Laszlo Klemke’s Le Treizieme and Kunzysteem’s Brighter Than Light are maudlin and unobtrusive instrumentals and the Data’s Cat’s normally splurgy and organic soundscape is very well ordered. The Johnny Lieberbaum Pops Orchestra give us one of the straightest tracks ever on a godspunk record (it is good, mind), and even Dimm D3ciple seems that bit more spaced out than previous. Tuffers aside, our first signs of some naughtiness and joie de vivre come with Howl in the Typewriter’s Cheesebuger-eating American and the daft collage Chewed by Badgers. The dippy and cod-innocent brace from The Large Veiny Members and featuring Vag - namely Narwhal and Yeti hit the spot too. England’s Glory, UNIT’s The Chinese Boy and Nil By Nose’s Douchebag are all a bit of cheeky fun as well. Best is the ode to Beefheart in Nil By Nose’s So Long and Thanks for All The Masks.
godspunk: daft as you can imagine but essential nonetheless.

 - Review by Robin Duke, Evening Gazette, May 2012
Blackpool's indie label has come up with another intriguing compilation of bands you may never see and tracks you are unlikely to hear elsewhere. UNIT come dangerously close to being commercial, Howl in the Typewriter rarely take that chance. Some pearls, some peanuts.

"Many thanks for the wonderful godspunk volume eleven - I listened to it all weekend whilst doing mundane tasks like stripping layers of old wallpaper and it was stunning, nothing sounded like anything I had heard before which is a rare thing these days. 23 out of 10, go to the top of the class and fall off (an old Spike Milligan joke)."
 - Dr. Adolf Steg, April 2012

 - Review by Node Pajomo, Winter 2012
A 22 track CD compilation curated by Pumf records earlier this year featuring a dozen or so artists. It strikes me as very British, which makes sense as is from England. It goes from friendly psychedelia to French circus music to some sort of fractured skiffle to a prog rock instrumental to distorted electronica to an off the meds number tided 'My Parents Are Dead But I Wish It Was Me Who Had Killed Them'. A fascinating cast of characters that might be able to get a discount on group therapy.

 - Review by Ear of Corn #41, 2017
Another heaping platter of electronic and other various bizarre bits of joy, including the usual suspects and plenty more. As always, loads of enjoyment to be had while this flat piece of plastic spins in the player. Capped off in lovely fashion by the final track where Howl in the Typewriter assembles a sampler's delight of a track in homage to his youth (judging by the track's title). A great deal of fun to be had!

 - Review by Andy Martin (UNIT), 2012
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godspunk volume ten (PUMF 686, 2011 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 TMI - Howl in the Typewriter
2 Universal Soldier - UNIT
3 Explosive #1 (Trip Hop But Drips mix) - Nil By Nose
4 Pissing in the Coffee - The Melodramatic Monkey
5 Lurking - Howl in the Typewriter
6 Crow Crested Cobra - Seven Footsteps to Satan
7 b600 - tbd
8 Death To R & R - UNIT
9 Moon Star Tail Lights - John Tree
10 Frederick - Howl in the Typewriter
11 Mao Tse Tung - The Red Guards
12 It’s Lovely Today! - The Shend
13 Dragon Ninja (A Ninjas Lament) - Nil By Nose
14 The Stolen Carrot - Howl in the Typewriter
15 Ming Hai - UNIT
16 The Danube Affair - Laszlo Klemke
17 Politics of Punk - Foxhole UK
18 Hello . . ? - Howl in the Typewriter
19 Lava Surf - Seven Footsteps to Satan
20 Second Desert - UNIT
21 To the Beat of the Drum (Touch mix) - Dimm D3ciple
22 “put it on top of the settee” - Howl in the Typewriter
23 Explosive #2 (Gabber Gut Bust mix) - Nil By Nose
24 Dem Ol’ Llamas (the dastardly godspunk version) - Cyril Bagels & the Alpaca 5
25 Nazi Scum - UNIT
26 Sciatica Blues - Howl in the Typewriter

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 - Review by Richard Foster, Incendiary
Time for more godspunk, how can we mere mortals resist? And resistance should be futile, because there are some crackers on here. I may be guessing but this is possibly the best of the 10 thus far, what is missing in eclectic acts is made up for in the consistently high level in terms of quality and intent. It’s as if the bands are really going for it this time.
There seems to be a more psychological bent to a lot of the material as well. We have dreams explained (The Stolen Carrot) and UNIT’s monologue on Second Desert is almost Thespian. Lord knows what The Shend want to convey in It’s Lovely Today but it ain’t on the level. And what has happened to Howl in the Typewriter? One minute he’s railing against vaginal discharge and the sexual connotations that faeces could have and the next he’s ranting about Sciatica, whilst telling Lionel Richie to piss off. Oofph.
A number of stompers are here to ensure you can’t with Seven Footsteps to Satan’s, Lava Surf (a hairy, straggly stomp if ever there was one) the gloopy and weird nonsense (otherwise known as Dem Ol’ Llamas) served up by Cyril Bagels and the Alpaca 5. The techno and drumnbass bastardisation that is tbd’s b600 is pretty hot too.
UNIT carry on their war against the ills of humanity; possibly their strongest set of tracks on any of the godspunk compilations: Ming Hai is a great track (about a Chinese takeaway), Universal Soldier and Nazi Scum are powerful tracks and Death to R & R is really something else, a shambolically bad but heroically, epically dismissive declamation against the entire genre of Popular Music. And Laslo Klemke’s weird 60’s Iron Curtain vibe surfaces again; the pastoral Slavic workout that we are given on The Danube Affair apparently is a take on 60’s spy themes. Damned if I can see it but it doesn’t really matter.
Marvellous and invigorating stuff.

 - Review by Biscuit Psychosis, July 2011
"Rock & Roll meant something once . . ."
I was tempted to start this review with a few stanzas detailing the time I met Russ Abbott at a school fete in Blackpool but let's not go there shall we? I'm sure nobody reviews a godspunk album with a lot of shite about them hanging with the stars do they? :-)
A new godspunk CD means many things to many people but to this particular twat it means I'm likely to be introduced to some strange types I've never heard before and it also always means new stuff from UNIT and Howl in the Typewriter. Howl weigh in with a marvellous eclectic set of tunes of which "Hello . .?" caused unadulterated gales of laughter through Biscuit Towers and is the natural successor to volume six's Shitbomb. TMI is pure classic Howl pop and surely it's about time for a new Howl full-length? (I said that last time didn't I?)
Of the usual godspunk mainstays Dimm D3ciple and John Tree don't disappoint neither do Nil By Nose and The Shend. The Shend track is particularly impressive and reminded me just how much of my misspent youth I spent listening to the DCL flexis.
But the annual godspunk best track trophy goes to UNIT this year. I admit I'm a fan but this year they've contributed a superb set of tracks and Ming Hai is instantly in the best 5 UNIT tracks of all time. Besides, any song that begins with the line "Rock & Roll meant something once, but now it's only played by cunts" and then goes on to sound like Zappa's Brown Shoes Don't Make It on a budget has also got to be genius right? Fuck, yeah!
So there you have it. As ever a godspunk album is a mixed bag and some of it you'll like and some of it you won't but there isn't anything on here that isn't worth at least a couple of listens and for me that's what sets the godspunk albums apart from most other compilations CDs. Roll on volume eleven!

 - Review by Robin Duke, Evening Gazette, July 2011
If you are looking for the strangest version of Buffy St Marie's classic folkie Universal Soldier, step no further then UNIT on this latest esoteric compilation on the enterprising but sometimes hard to find Pumf Records. Founder pStan Batcow pops up everywhere but lend an ear also to The Red Guards.

 - Review by Ear of Corn #41, 2017
26 tracks of oddball experimentalism. I'd say this volume, more than the others I've listened to up 'til this point, delves into weirdness. Electronics still abound but don't take as prominent a role in this volume. Some sample-heavy experimental pieces, even some spoken word along with a great deconstruction of Lionel Richie's 'Hello' by Howl in the Typewriter. UNIT'S cover of Oi Polloi is also quite excellent. One of my favorites of this comp series so far.

 - Review by Wong Yit Sinh & Andy Martin (UNIT) 2011
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godspunk volume nine (PUMF 672, 2010 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 The Edge of the World - Howl in the Typewriter
2 the hod cloppers: the first rehearsal - the taurus board
3 The Dream (millions of people mix) - Dimm D3ciple
4 Employment Enjoyment - UNIT
5 tree peva kozol - Balkan’oliks
6 Turf The Roads (feat. Mr. Parsley) - Lenin’s Virulent Muscle
7 Iblis (extract) - The Death of the Enlightenment Project
8 The W*y You Look Ton*ght (solvent abuse mix) - John Tree
9 Minh, Binh & Vinh - UNIT
10 Whales - Howl in the Typewriter
11 The Spyral Suitcase - Laszlo Klemke
12 Static and Silence - Boxhead
13 The Devil’s Janitor - Seven Footsteps to Satan
14 Dopamine Dream - The Shi-ites
15 Labor Callum Obducit Dolori - UNIT
16 Giraffe and Egg (Sgt. Panic edit) - The Melodramatic Monkey
17 Spider Crabs (feat. Diken Marshall) - Lenin’s Virulent Muscle
18 Summer Baby - Howl in the Typewriter
19 dicky dicky dick boom - Balkan’oliks
20 Stranded - Dimm D3ciple
21 Eagle - UNIT
22 Ram Raiding - Howl in the Typewriter

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 - Review by Richard Foster, Incendiary
Ah godspunk, what would we musical procrastinators do without you? And what’s more, volume nine is possibly the best of all the godspunk compilations. Some inspiring and challenging stuff is encased within (as per normal), but where this compilation wins out is the sheer consistency of the material and the compilation’s pace and sonic direction throughout. As seems to be the norm, Howl in the Typewriter kicks proceedings off in lugubrious style: this time with the paranoid stomp of Edge of the World: (outside of John Shuttleworth’s celebrated number, is this the only popular song with repeated mention of Dandelion & Burdock?).
Following this we have take-off towards an underground Nirvana of sorts, beginning with an old fashioned rave up with a funny ending from the taurus board: (the hod cloppers: the first rehearsal) and something nice but all too quick from Dimm D3sciple. UNIT’s Employment Enjoyment then combines po-faced tweeness, a hilarious instrumental middle section and blasts of intemperate language that needs to be heard to be believed. At this point you really do wonder what on earth is coming next. (As an aside I’d probably say UNIT’s four tracks on volume nine are the strongest I have heard from them: Labor Callum Obducit Dolori is a beauty and Eagle is an affecting tale of social care industry & one unfortunate lad’s fight against it).
Moments of beauty are also found with John Tree’s floating fancy The W*y You Look T*night (solvent abuse mix) and Howl in the Typewriter’s Whales is another. We get cod spy themes, courtesy of Laszlo Klemke, cod-Balkan knees ups courtesy of the Balkan’oliks and a take on the dreamy instrumentals Paul Simpson used to turn out, courtesy of Boxhead. There are the usual uncompromising sound collages too: The Death of the Enlightenment Project’s Iblis is one such and Melodramatic Monkey’s soliloquy, Giraffe and Egg, is another. And we have a welcome return from the Shi-ites, whose Dopamine Dream is a messy dole-queue ballad of the highest quality.
A brilliant & singular record in a remarkable series, what more can I say?

 - Review by Biscuit Psychosis
Pumf Records' never ending godspunk series is now at number nine, and for that we should all be cock-a-hoop. Showcasing the mad-bollocked bastards of the underground is an essential job and here are another 22 tracks of questionable sanity. A new godspunk is always a cause for celebration even before the CD hits the tray for two reasons. Firstly, it means new Howl in the Typewriter tracks. To this warped mind, and aside from the legendary Dandelion Adventure, Howl is the very best of all pStan's musical projects and things he's been involved in: not always brilliant but always interesting, likely to challenge but often extending melodic tendrils into your brain and the tracks here are no exception. The Edge of the World is prime Typewriter, nice scattershot beats and farting synth noises evoking an alien invasion of South Pier, vocals are in pStan's "slightly more hysterical John Cooper Clarke" delivery. Ace! The other tracks are of a similar quality, Whales even recalls Joy Division's Atmosphere and words can't really describe Summer Baby. Surely it's time for a new Howl album?
Secondly, a new godspunk means new UNIT stuff. I've become quite a UNIT fanboy over the last few years so much so that I made a 2 disc compilation of all their godspunk tracks and even made my own cover for it. Makes a great listen too. The tracks here are even more wonderful and eclectic than usual, at times there's a Bonzo Dog Band sense of mischief and Minh, Binh & Vinh sounds like a demented Bill Hayley & The Comets. Awesome!
So to the rest of godspunk volume nine, mainstays the taurus board weigh in with a chemical brothers on cheap cider vibe. While maybe not a taurus classic it's fiercely great. John Tree's contribution is mildly disturbing and wouldn't have sounded out of place on Chris Morris' Blue Jam (and yes that is a compliment). Dimm D3ciple's opener is a tantilisingly brief welding of Tubular Bells and Stephen Hawking. If this hasn't whetted your appetite then you are probably dead. Or a cunt. There's much more genius on display such as The Balkan'oliks and Lenin's Virulent Muscle and this could well be the best and most varied godspunk yet (modesty forbids me mentioning a couple of tracks). So clasp hands, wave your intestines above your head and prepare for the earthworm invasion!

 - Review by Robin Duke, Evening Gazette, September 2010
Blackpool-based Pumf Records has ploughed a lonely furrow of independence and adventure for years and this latest bargain-basement compilation continues its tradition of shining equal light on the gloriously self-indulgent and the accidentally nearly commercial. Run the gamut from John Tree's inspired take on The W*y You Look T*night to Boxhead's Static and Silence.

 - Review by Ear of Corn #41, 2017
Another swell collection of all kinds of musical experimentation, electronic and otherwise. A pretty good range of styles, including even a noise track this time. Some very interesting underground material here from the likes of Howl in the Typewriter, UNIT (two of the standards on this compilation series), Balkan'oiks, Lenin's Virulent Muscle, and loads more. 22 tracks in all. A healthy portion of weirdness here. A label that consistently delivers highly interesting releases.

 - Review by Luc Tran & Andy Martin (UNIT), 1st August 2010
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 - Review by Mark Wharton, Idwal Fisher, September 2010
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godspunk volume eight (PUMF 630, 2009 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 Rainbow Footsteps - Howl in the Typewriter
2 Sebok Goes To The Shops - Boxhead
3 One Of The Lads - UNIT
4 In Der Teestube - the taurus board
5 Eaten By A Giant Razz - The Melodramatic Monkey
6 Sabaka Casa - Balkan’oliks
7 Shameless - UNIT
8 “the whole of the cosmos is a mindless chaotic phantasmagoria intent only on filling eternity and infinity with every possible and imaginable crazy situation” - Howl in the Typewriter
9 The Sunglass’d Eye - Evil Jack McDeath
10 Ixx Perra Mental - D.I.M.M.
11 Spatial - The Shi-ites
12 Buckingham Palace Burns Down - UNIT
13 RagZilla vs Octopus Episode 10 - The Melodramatic Monkey
14 Seven Men - Howl in the Typewriter
15 Bus Shelter - Heffalump Trap
16 Mr Arsehole - UNIT
17 On The Hook - The Cockfield Two
18 Murderer - Boxhead
19 The Circuit - Howl in the Typewriter
20 Syrnyj Poezd - Balkan’oliks
21 Nipples - The Melodramatic Monkey
22 I Heard Him Call My Name - UNIT
23 Beach Bum - Howl in the Typewriter

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 - Review by Mark Wharton, Idwal Fisher
Stan Batcow’s continued mapping of England’s underground lunatic fringe reaches volume eight and brings with it the usual bunch of anti-establishment, off their heads, jokey named, lets-hope-they-don’t-move-in-next-door oddities. And very good it is too.
I enjoyed huge swathes of volume seven and even found it within myself to start liking UNIT and their Chas ‘n’ Dave angst Londoner poppets of verite rap but maybe I’m tiring of them, or life. Its hard to tell.
Lots of new faces on volume eight with some Orb-like ethnic trance via the Balkan'oliks and some experimental wanderings on a track called Ixx Perra Mental by D.I.M.M. in which D.I.M.M. go for the unashamed Andrew Liles/Nurse With Wound dollar with five minutes worth of treated vocals and loops. Maybe Stan puts these on just for me? I’d like to think he does. Nothing hangs around for long so you have to be on your toes: sampled mania in the style of Mixed Band Philanthropist and The Broken Penis Orchestra are the preserve of The Melodramatic Monkey, The Cockfield Two are Bob Log III with a synth instead of a slide guitar, Boxhead play around with the kind of crap you hear blaring out of the windows of a souped up Saxo’s driven by open mouthed 17 year olds with socks tucked into their kecks but maybe I’m being unkind, maybe this is The Art of Noise brought back to life and then again maybe no. Evil Jack McDeath pull into the car park of an all night American diner order two cups of Joe, everything over easy and greasy and then write a song about it. the taurus board, one of the few surviving outfits from volume seven, float about in some kind of drum n synth heaven and Stan’s own Howl in the Typewriter book end things, as is custom, with his own take on pumped up bass driven 80’s pop anthems washed up on Blackpool beach with one hand holding a day-glo head band and the other Carter USM’s Surfin USM single which is apt as the last track is called Beach Bum. I’m saving the best for last though, Heffalump Trap’s Bus Shelter is six minutes of Boris meets a six string Ramleh. A slow melting, slack rimmed beat that comes with squally guitars and a series of slow chord changes designed to make driving with one arm out of the window whilst slowly nodding your head compulsory.
Stan’s godspunk comps contain the coloured drawing pins that litter the UK map of musical oddity. They’re the home for those who react to psychiatrists as much a vampire would garlic. This one has 23 tracks on it, runs to well over an hour and has music by 11 bands on it and I bet you your last fiver it still costs less than a back street blow job by a Blackpool tart.

 - Review by Andy Martin (UNIT), Nov 2009
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godspunk volume seven (PUMF 602, 2009 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 Planet Head - Howl in the Typewriter
2 thoughtless - A - RooHmania
3 Starfish - the taurus board
4 The Dogs / Fording Principle - Arkon Daraul
5 Snow on the Sea - The Richwoods
6 Uke Crazy Mother - The Richwoods
7 Chinned - The Richwoods
8 Bruce Willis (2 Young 2 Die) - Las Vegas Mermaids
9 La La La - SAASSS
10 Dopamine - Ray Reagan and the RayGuns
11 The Hairline Crack - HRT
12 Take a Day - Dimm D3ciple
13 Scoop Six Place Pot - UNIT
14 Better Dead Than Red - UNIT
15 Michael’s Brothel - UNIT
16 Eagle - UNIT
17 Water Wings - The Cheeky Buddhas
18 thoughtless - B - RooHmania
19 Dandelion - Howl in the Typewriter
20 Sound Effects - Maybe Alaska
21 My life as a supermodel - Richard
22 SmokeScreen - Dimm D3ciple
23 Clare’s Noodle - Upwey-hey
24 The Fetishist - John Tree
25 Deal Ear - Chelsea From Essex
26 thoughtless - C - RooHmania
27 Garden of Eden - Howl in the Typewriter

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 - Review by Richard Foster, Incendiary
Blackpool’s greatest set of avant garde music poets compile yet another brilliant CD choc-full of punk & outré tunes to satisfy every taste. I fucking love Pumf, they can’t fail. While the rock world blethers on and on, seemingly forever driving at 3mph round that drearily existential musical roundabout named underachievement, Pumf churn out committed, funny, intelligent and affordable releases by the bucket-load.
Volume seven of the godspunk canon has a number of old friends; Howl in the Typewriter’s demented Planet Head (replete with “advice” & bagpipes) kicks things off in style. And UNIT do a passionate mini set amidships, with Better Dead than Red the highlight.
Picking up on Howl’s occasional screams of “techno” on Planet Head, it seems as if a dye has been partially struck for volume seven. There’s a lot more dancey and droney stuff. RooHmania take us back to 1991 with thoughtless whereas HRT take us into outer space (with a nod to the likes of Coldcut on the way) with The Hairline Crack. And Las Vegas Mermaids’ Bruce Willis can be called a dance track of sorts: (for me it’s like an oddly appealing mix of Long Blondes chanteuse-isms and a spazzcore take on a Euro beat not heard since Jive Bunny). There are the usual oddities too. The Richwoods’ brilliant ukulele tracks Snow on the Sea, Chinned and Uke Crazy Mother, a sonic impression of swimming (courtesy of The Cheeky Buddhas) and a school choir give a welcome levity at just the right times.
Taken all in all, a most enlivening and stimulating listen.

 - Review by Andy Martin (UNIT)
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godspunk volume six (PUMF 588, 2008 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 Weigh How - Howl in the Typewriter
2 Interference - Evil Jack McDeath
3 Let ’em Dance - Jaw-D
4 Fountain Of Blood - The Style Pigs
5 Shitbomb - Howl in the Typewriter
6 Fen Rap (Zen Radio Version) - John Tree
7 Rock & Pop volume one backslash The Rise and Fall of Western Capitalism - Turn Leathers
8 Swirlygig - The Shi-ites
9 Iodine Twat - Howl in the Typewriter
10 The Psychiatrist’s Head - Bartles
11 All Right Me Lads - Elwyn Temple Meads
12 Hog II - The Style Pigs
13 Eco Warrior Blues - UNIT
14 ¡Miercoles! - Evil Jack McDeath
15 Nation of Two - Howl in the Typewriter
16 timorous - The Haddenham One ft. John Tree
17 Story Time - Jaw-D
18 Angel One - the taurus board
19 Isle of St. Claire - Elwyn Temple Meads
20 Left Channel: Never Killed Anyone - Howl in the Typewriter
      Right Channel: This Way Down - Howl in the Typewriter
21 Saw You Again_Edit - DimM D3ciPLe
22 Mr Hatchet Dead Man - The Style Pigs
23 Hijo de Puta - Vance Palmier & Evil Jack McDeath
24 Three Chrome Hooks - Howl in the Typewriter

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 - Review by Richard Foster, Incendiary
Ye Gods! How good is this compilation? Pumf’s collation of all that is weird, wonderful and uncompromising continues with godspunk volume six. As usual there is a plethora of sounds and attitudes ranging from the thumpingly assertive to the downright mad. Howl in the Typewriter’s Weigh How is a fabulous indicator of things to come. The weird synths couple with an oddly charming melody and increasingly demented vocals. It’s poppy, amateurish and lots of fun but it’s not normal lad, I can tell you.
A number of acts are highlighted on godspunk; Jaw-D make high energy lo-fi pop songs to die for, (Let ‘em Dance); Evil Jack McDeath creates short, snappy sampled guitar growls (Interference, Hijo de Puta) and Howl in the Typewriter continue to make warped pop throughout the length of the record; (Shitbomb being their affecting take on Sexbomb). The Style Pigs make an eclectic and refreshing racket with stuff like Hog II and the brilliant Mr Hatchet Dead Man.
My favourites come late on; the magnificent Elwyn Temple Meads somehow contrive to keep kitsch out of their affecting tales of the Isle of St Claire (if it is a piss-take it’s still a very charming one, la) and UNIT’s shambolic but utterly riveting Eco Warrior Blues is great. The Haddenham One ft. John Tree’s timorous is a menacing collage of samples that opens out into a dance track of sorts.
If you’re on the look out for something different, then this is your release, it’s a brilliant compilation.

"A compilation CD full of real Alternative & Underground music, they don't come finer than this! Pumf Records put a whole new meaning to the word 'Art'. Their musicians being given the freedom to produce interesting, amusing and avant-garde music, at a level you'll be pushed to find elsewhere. The CD includes Howl In The Typewriter, Elwyn Temple Meads & Evil Jack McDeath but to name a few."
 - album of the week, April 4th 2008, StarshipOverflow.com

 - Review by Andy Martin (UNIT)
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 - Review by Mark Wharton, Idwal Fisher
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 - Reviews of godspunk volumes one - ten by Jamie Azzopardi, Summer 2019
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godspunk volume five (PUMF 560, 2007 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 The Last Crumb - Howl in the Typewriter
2 Harmonium In My Head - Evil Jack McDeath
3 Iran & Iraq - Bartles
4 Preliminary Mash Up - Howl in the Typewriter
5 Rave ’Un - The Haddenham One
6 Night Of The Sambadrummer (night bus to RooHmania mix) - John Tree
7 Things’ve Changed Round Here - The Charles Napiers
8 Bus Driver - Las Vegas Mermaids
9 Wound - Howl in the Typewriter
10 Bus Driver (On The Road) - the taurus board
11 Ivor Kullin Goes To Denmark Street - UNIT
12 The Buddhist Response To Western Aggression - UNIT
13 No Matter, Try Again, Fail Again, Fail Better - UNIT
14 Penultimate Mash Up - Howl in the Typewriter
15 Thank You For Being Insane Pervert Human Being - Try Getting A Hearing Aid On The N.H.S., Shithead (Sorry If This Is Printed Upside Down) - Satan The Jesus Infekt’d Needles And Blood
16 Oh Kerim Bey - Big Ron Turner
17 Amateur Dub (learner bus driver mix) - The Haddenham One
18 I Seen Man (Hanging Door) - Howl in the Typewriter
19 The Fifth Letter - Mrs Edna Watley
20 Skateboard Park - Jaw-D (featuring the Half-Pipers)
21 She Comes In The Storm (Ging Shi-ite instrumental remix) - Needle Park (featuring RooHmania)
22 Concluding Mash Up - Howl in the Typewriter
23 Bus Driver (I’m Going Home) - the taurus board
24 Pumpkin Dump - Bartles
25 Bus Driver - Howl in the Typewriter

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Why Aren’t You Listening? – The godspunk compilations
 - Review by Richard Foster, Incendiary
Not so long ago I gave godspunk volume six a deservedly positive review in this Organ. And lo! There soon came through the post volumes 1-5, each bearing the distinctive (nay, trademark?) cover artwork; that of a slightly out of focus clown face, and each boasting titles that just scream out for recognition. I can’t resist sharing the title of this track that nestles on Volume 5 with you: Thank You For Being Insane Pervert Human Being – Try Getting A Hearing Aid On The N.H.S., Shithead (Sorry If This Is Printed Upside Down). That’s by Satan The Jesus Infek’d Needles And Blood. And it sounds like five minutes of screaming bloody madness.
There’s only one thing to do when faced with this sort of challenge, (or that sort of song title) and that’s listen to the entire 5 volume set; which I did. I can say I enjoyed it thoroughly. This is music with a grand, profound agenda; even if, (as with Howl in the Typewriter or Norman) it sets out to take the piss at times.
The music mostly consists of cut ups: lo-fi, sometimes wildly sloppy punk, bedroom rave and ‘dark’ techno; or fabulous bitter singer-songwriter rants. Howl in The Typewriter (with his scuzzy acidic agit-pop) is an ever-present, as is the fuzzy righteousness of UNIT. Acts to look out for are the brilliant Litterbug on volumes 3 and 4; their thrashy tales of suburban underachievement, (Who am I? and Looking Back Then) are fucking out there and should be dance-floor staples. Things veer from straight forward song-writing, like Las Vegas Mermaids’ tremendous Bus Driver (which graces volume 5), to obtuse ideas; a great run of found sounds and acoustic balladry from pinkeye can be found on volume 2.
There’s far too much to describe, really. But it’ll keep you off the streets for hours.
To be honest this is a series that really deserves a place in your collection. Just like those beaten-up small town classics that make up the Pebbles and Rubble compilations, these LPs offer a flip side view to what’s going on. It is also highly intelligent, contrarian, raucous music and genuinely looking out for a chance to expand your mind. It’s all way too honest with itself to play any pop-star games, this in a sense is true punk; no star trips, no entertainment schmaltz, just perverse, searching musical enquiries. Great sleeve notes for each volume, too.

 - Review by Andy Martin (UNIT), May 2007
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 - Review by Mark Wharton, Idwal Fisher, 2007
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 - Review by Phil Smith (The Haddenham One)
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 - Reviews of godspunk volumes one - ten by Jamie Azzopardi, Summer 2019
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godspunk volume four (PUMF 553, 2006 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 Girl - Howl in the Typewriter
2 Peter's Back (1988) - Yximalloo
3 Speak to the Hand - the taurus board
4 Alice Floats Away - Pilzin Sox
5 40 Miles of Dickson Road - The Haddenham One
6 In A Nutshell - The Haddenham One
7 Respectabollocks - Howl in the Typewriter
8 Jenny Sparkles - Litterbug
9 Subhuman Scum - Litterbug
10 nine and a half minutes - RooHmania
11 Some Strange Fabric (excerpt) - Stream Angel
12 Mummy - Lenin's Virulent Muscle
13 Plastic Bags - Lenin's Virulent Muscle
14 Walter & Frank & Tom (and guests) - Howl in the Typewriter
15 Resonance Roadshow - UNIT
16 Circle Of Sevens - UNIT
17 Why I Am Not Everyone - UNIT
18 High Fives - UNIT
19 Rocket No.9 - UNIT
20 Peter is Back (2005) - Yximalloo
21 The Payoff - Howl in the Typewriter

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 - Review by Liam, Modern Dance
A collection of 21 tracks from a variety of sources, combining electronica, experimental and some poetry and talking. Samples abound on a number of the tracks and the vast majority have strong bass and rhythm. A few are discordant and quite disturbing and, to me anyway, grate after a while. There are several quite dreamy tracks, and Alice Floats Away by Pilzin Sox stands out of the crowd. In a Nutshell combines the simple sweet tinkles of ‘The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music’ with samples and industrial clanging. Litterbug has a couple of great tracks, reminding me of the alternative noises that came out of the early 80s. Nine and a half minutes has a fantastic guitar hook and strong bass, combined with ecstatic moanings and breathing throughout and yes it does last 9.5 minutes and does come to a conclusion! A finer collection of group names you’ll not find – how about Lenin’s Virulent Muscle or Howl in the Typewriter. For sheer variety from one track to the next, UNIT can’t be matched – spoken words, vocal juggling, ethereal sounds and ear-ripping noises over 5 tracks. As usual I could go on and on here when I’m writing about godspunk stuff, but naturally everyone is going to have their own favourite style and sound. Again just excellent.

 - Reviews of godspunk volumes one - ten by Jamie Azzopardi, Summer 2019
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godspunk volume three (PUMF 518, 2005 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 Affairs of the Heart - Howl in the Typewriter
2 Buttercup - The 3 Ages of Elvis
3 Dishwash - The 3 Ages of Elvis
4 Asylum - Pissed Off
5 Paranoia - Norman
6 Who am I? - Litterbug
7 Looking Back Then - Litterbug
8 Green and Neon - the taurus board
9 Gonna Catch Up - Razor Dog
10 This Love’s Absurd - Razor Dog
11 Walter & Frank - Howl in the Typewriter
12 The Trial - LDB
13 World of Cricket - The Reverends
14 Make Believe - UNIT
15 Intlatol in Tlamacazquime - UNIT
16 In a Chinese Youth Club - UNIT
17 Breaking Barriers - UNIT
18 Little Bird - Kate Fear & Nigel Joseph
19 Mr. Jeffrey Martin Lichtmann - The Time Flies!
20 Spiritual Fornication - The Time Flies!
21 Personal Ads - Howl in the Typewriter

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 - Review by Hiroshima Yeah! (issue 8, October 2005)
Whether it’s ‘god’s punk’ or ‘god spunk’ I’m not entirely sure, but this 21 track comp contains music by the likes of The 3 Ages of Elvis, Razor Dog, The Time Flies!, UNIT, Pissed Off, etc, etc. Names to make even the BIGGEST indie snob scratch their head and say ‘Who?’
There are only a couple of names that ARE familiar to me here. Howl in the Typewriter (who have been going for YEARS and who kick the CD off in fine style with some English hip-hop track called Affairs of the Heart and end it with a brilliant spoken piece called Personal Ads) and Litterbug (a couple of whose CDs have been reviewed in past issues of this very zine. His two tracks here – Who Am I? and Looking Back Then – are good old confessional, guitar-driven rockers, although the latter descends into instrumental techno with samples, for some reason). Kate Fear and Nigel Joseph (Kate’s in Ceramic Hobs and I think Nigel is some sort of big boy on the noise scene or something) contribute something called Little Bird, which is eerie spoken-word poetry over ambient spookiness. Elsewhere, there’s dirty be-quiffed rawk ‘n’ roll (The 3 Ages of Elvis; their Dishwash reminds me of that brilliant/annoying song covered by The 5,6,7,8’s ‘Woo Hoo’ that’s in ‘Kill Bill’), electro-blasphemy (Asylum by Pissed Off), cheap keyboard techno strangeness with indecipherable shoutings (Paranoia by Norman, which has more changes than ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’), fist-in-the-air pub rock (the two tracks by Razor Dog), amusing Streets-like spoken-word rap/poetry (The Trial by LDB), lo-fi odd-bodness (World of Cricket by The Reverends), wimpy indie-rock with flutes and shit and out-of-tune singing and strange Japanese spoken bits one word of which sounds like ‘wanking’ (the FOUR tracks credited to UNIT) and gentle electronica (courtesy of The Time Flies!) It all comes in Pumf’s usual lush, colour packaging too, with some barmy sleeve-notes. Nice!

 - Review from KFJC radio station website, 22 / 8 / 2018
godspunk volume three backfilling our godspunk collect ’em all void. Released in 2005, this comp starts in 1984. All’s well that starts well with Orwell, and a dash of Subhumans too. The leadoff artist Howl in the Typewriter is Mark Standing, the one who PUMF’s up the volume of these comps. He’s a clever dude, his wry-fi raps are the sweet chunks o’ spunk, from the F-to-the-C-to-the muddereffing-shining-C. The 3 Ages of Elvis provide two takes on rock, first whistle-jangle pop then Brit bangers and boogie. Jungle to jeer Jesus by from Pissed Off. Norman piles multiple cartoons into one instrumental. Litterbug with two straight driving rockers dipped in teenage angst sauce. the taurus board pilots simple techno with a George Carlin sample in the passenger seat. Razor Dog’s got some bark. LDB = hip-hop, indicted as old and white but my guess is MF Doom would find it arresting. Reverends touched me, in a good way. UNIT is kinda kooky, punky / proggy with flute roops, hell they sing a song in Aztec(?!?). Kate Fear (a ruling name) makes plans with Nigel Joseph for a synth / speak swirl ala Map 71. The Time Flies! bounce beats with Brooklyn in the house via a complaint line call on their first, then try on Les Baxter’s old clothes while watching porn. The last Howl has 1:38 of silence before his rant. outStanding weirdos swimming in the Black Pool gene pool.

 - Review by Andy Martin (UNIT), August 2oo5
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 - Reviews of godspunk volumes one - ten by Jamie Azzopardi, Summer 2019
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godspunk volume two (PUMF 476, 2004 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 Llamas - Howl in the Typewriter
2 Last Days Of Rome - LDB
3 Stadium R ‘n’ B - LDB
4 Warrior - LDB
5 Here Comes The Butterfly - Howl in the Typewriter
6 When We Were The AIDS Team - Gays in the Military
7 Here Comes The Butterfly - Howl in the Typewriter
8 Rich Mans BallBag - Las Vegas Mermaids
9 Weevils - Las Vegas Mermaids
10 Here Comes The Butterfly - Howl in the Typewriter
11 the one - pinkeye
12 outside - pinkeye
13 the swan - pinkeye
14 lucy bird - pinkeye
15 field 1 - pinkeye
16 field 2 - pinkeye
17 wolf - pinkeye
18 Here Comes The Butterfly - Howl in the Typewriter
19 Rivers Of Baby Lon - Pissed Off
20 Here Comes The Butterfly - Howl in the Typewriter
21 Silent Weapons for a Quiet War - Higgins++
22 A New England - Higgins++
23 Here Comes The Butterfly - Howl in the Typewriter
24 Shulavon7 - RooHmania
25 J.I.G. - RooHmania
26 Here Comes The Butterfly - Howl in the Typewriter
27 Bright & Beautiful - UNIT
28 Made In Hong Kong - UNIT
29 Out To Lunch - UNIT
30 The Letter - UNIT
31 Two Weeks In Malaysia - UNIT
32 Here Comes The Butterfly - Howl in the Typewriter
33 King of Denial - the taurus board
34 Jesus, Buddha & Allah - Howl in the Typewriter

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 - Review by John Eden, Uncarved, 2004
That old post-punk 'cassette culture' is still going strong, you just have to look for it . . . godspunk volume one was one of my favourites of last year, so I was well chuffed to be sent the latest instalment by the man like LDB. It's a bit of a gargantuan effort this time round, with a whopping 34* tracks by 10 bands.
(*Or perhaps, 27 tracks - confusing? Yes!).
Label owners Howl in the Typewriter inhabit low-tech techno & post-punk territory with a nod to Wire, 70s Eno, and a whole truckload of other influences - it's definitely post-punk in 'never went away' modus operandi way, rather than a revival cash-in. (Although hopefully they will do alright now that the stars are correctly aligned again for this sort of stuff!) Some good poppy tunes + cynical lyrics = HIT! 'I'm not going to see the mormons again / I don't think the mormons are my friends.' Innit. [It's 'llamas', not 'mormons'! Ed].
Some more standout tracks from LDB: hip hop stylings which work precisely because he is too white, too old and too grumpy. This set builds on the innovation with the beats etc we saw glimpses of last time - samples of Candi Stanton's You Got The Love, the Pixies, etc. It's incredible that he does all of this without the aid of a sequencer. Basically I reckon this is just as good as The Streets (but in another direction to them/him), but I am biased. Stadium R 'n' B is the HIT! here. Last Days of Rome is the head-nodder for walking those mean streets. Warrior, is the, uh, stooped rawk number. (I really hope this is a one off!)
'Have you ever been porked? Ever had a man smoke your pole?' Gays In The Military contribute serious homo-swamp-rock topped & tailed with some great campsploitation film samples. Lyrically it's a voyage into the underworld of yesteryear (?) 'the yellow hankie boys / they don't like to kiss / they just want to get down on their knees and drink your piss!" HIT!
Las Vegas Mermaids don't seem to live in Las Vegas, but I reckon they really are mermaids. Their first track here is a tender, yet upbeat number - a touching daughter's tribute to her father 'you're just a rich old man with his ball bag hanging out / please put it away / I'm going to join a commune in France / and get fisted on stage every night' HIT! Track two is Weevils - deeply twisted sub trip hop 'weevils - insects of the night'. Errrrrrr?!
RooHmania's remix of Howl in the Typewriter (one of their catchiest tracks from volume one) is a bootleg mashup charting the history of UK pop. It covers Strawberry Fields, Satisfaction, Pretty Vacant, Blue Monday - all killer no filler! Their other track here is a rather fine skittery folk number, like a punkier Beta Band.
UNIT storm in at the last minute to deliver four tracks which average about 2 minutes each. As you would expect they cover quite a lot of ground in that time - a humanist version of All Things Bright and Beautiful and a couple of anti-bigotry rants (one of which is the latest instalment in a long line of autobiographical incidents). Two Weeks in Malaysia is another classic UNIT pop ditty, tailor made for Andy Martin's delivery; 'I know this song isn't very deep / and maybe it'll send you fast asleep / but it's better than pills / or counting sheep' - HIT!
Other tracks veer from experimental field recordings to politicised EBM.
I think it's safe to say that you won't find godspunk volume two in the shops, but you can order it via the Pumf Records website - while you're there check out their other releases.

 - Review from KFJC radio station website, 13 / 2 / 2018
You know the drill. We have several of these compilations from the Blackpool UK artists’ collective in our library – now here’s volume two from 2004. godspunk regulars Howl in the Typewriter bring seven minitracks, all named “Here Comes the Butterfly”, plus some fuzzed out rock (T1 and T34). Unit offers five hits of deranged art pop that reminded me of old Deerhoof stuff (T27-31), Pinkeye features female vox and weird electronics (T11-17), the Las Vegas Mermaids sing to some insect dance tracks (T8-9), LDB space out with melodic brithop (T2-4). Gays in the Military might have the best entry with a track of pissdrinking punk that should not be played during daytime.

 - Review by Andy Martin (UNIT), May 2004
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 - Reviews of godspunk volumes one - ten by Jamie Azzopardi, Summer 2019
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godspunk volume one (PUMF 455, 2003 - click to buy)

   Tracklist:
1 Jesus! - Howl in the Typewriter
2 Death Wish - LDB
3 Never Go Back Again - LDB
4 Ode To Some People That No Fucker Has Heard Of - LDB
5 Faction Paradox - LDB
6 Mirrorshades - Howl in the Typewriter
7 extract from a live performance at London Klinker, 10 /10 / 2002 - Hebetation
8 Ripple Effect - the taurus board
9 Codeine - Litterbug
10 Delmario - Litterbug
11 The Body - Howl in the Typewriter
12 Day That Will (excerpt) - Stream Angel
13 Incandescence - UNIT
14 God Of Grumblers - UNIT
15 God Of Nothing - UNIT
16 A Head Wound & A Fracture - UNIT
17 Love Camp #7 - Howl in the Typewriter

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 - Review by Modern Dance #47, 2004
Seventeen track compilation from Pumf featuring artists such as LDB, Howl in the Typewriter, Stream Angel, UNIT, and Litterbug. Now, Howl in the Typewriter took my breath away earlier this year, so I was eager to hear what else Pumf were prepared to put their name to. LDB, whilst inherently sounding uniquely home made, is, ultimately, honest. A few years ago, several poets began to put their words to music, be it simple beat box or cut ups, or whatever. LDB reminds me of this, where the words become meatier. They're not songs, as such, but poems with musical backing, if you know what I mean. the taurus board's Ripple Effect is simply brilliant, nuff said. Litterbug sound like early demos of The Cure! Not overly keen on UNIT, the reason, I think, is because they're just not experimental enough. In and amongst the likes of Stream Angel, Hebetation, LDB, Howl and taurus, they sound relatively 'normal'! A cracking introduction to Pumf, and to the individual acts on the label. Love to hear more taurus, though, Ripple Effect really stands out.

 - Review by Steve Rudd, Juxta Online, 2003
The first in hopefully a long-running series of releases, godspunk yields some nutty bands presenting yet nuttier songs. The Pumf label is run by Blackpool dude Stan Batcow who has here surpassed himself in collating a collection of tracks that all defy categorization and are united by - if anything - an obsession with sounding as original as possible. To say there are 17 tracks spread over 71 generous minutes, there are just 7 artists involved with Howl in the Typewriter's tracks being launched by 'Jesus!' and its crazy dance beat bludgeoning raving good vibes; imagine The Polyphonic Spree on sanity-bending drugs and you'll still be nowhere near . . . the Typewriter also contributes 'Mirrorshades', which is a much briefer, synth-based affair of atmospherics. Most of the tracks are anchored by strong dance beats. LDB and their 'Deathwish' comes forth as sinister, coolly dark R & B with a distinctly original twist in their steps, reminiscent of The Streets' music and stance on the industry. the taurus board are the only outfit to contribute just the one track to this compilation, entitled 'Ripple Effect', its hip and uppity beat is one of the album's highlights, as is Litterbug's wicked beat-&-guitar fusion on 'Delmario'.
Serving as a benchmark for largely unknown underground talent, if only money-hoarders The National Lottery would generously fund more and more small labels and help them release more and more compilations of this inspirational nature . . . woe to supporting so much sport, because music is far more important when it comes to helping to further humanitarian causes, and literally changing people's lives & their attitudes.
UNIT realise that 'The media sends us all to sleep' through 'Gods of Nothing', following straight on from their 'God of Grumblers'. Just like you should realise that some of the music here is genuinely some of the most original music you will have most likely heard in a very long time indeed. 5 / 5.

 - Review from KFJC radio station website, 20 / 5 / 2015
First installation of pop-dadaist cooperative ventriloquism out of Blackpool, UK. Variety of artists here with some familiar insertions: UNIT bringing their skeetering teetering rock and roller derby funk rap spite, Howl dropping in here and there with insurrectionary art invocations, video age electro funk, dreamy interlude and a shiny Jesus jingle to jig things off. Hip hop grind noir from LDB: aggressively introspective irreverant goofs. All sorts of in-betweeners like druggy haze wave, radio interference seance, and even some British big beat. A whole lotta variety for a whole lotta wankers.

 - Review by Andy Martin (UNIT), March 2003
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 - Review by Idwal Fisher #4, January 2004
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 - Reviews of godspunk volumes one - ten by Jamie Azzopardi, Summer 2019
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In the Beginning there was Shite (PUMF 280, 1997 - click to buy)

Pumf released albums by A-void (1984), Of Sound Mind (1984), The Howl in the Typewriter (the original incarnation, a duo - 1985), Sign Language (1985), The People’s Temple (1985), Henry’s Farm and Henry (1987). These albums were all deleted in 1997, but they gave their best bits for inclusion on this compilation. Warning - questionable sound quality!
   Tracklist:
1 A-void - Love to You (Take 1)
2 The Howl in the Typewriter - Within
3 The People's Temple - More Lies
4 Of Sound Mind - Him
5 Henry's Farm - Evil Clouds
6 The Howl in the Typewriter - Unrequented Love
7 Sign Language - From Dream to Dream
8 A-void - The Gardener
9 The Howl in the Typewriter - Mirror
10 The People's Temple - Journey
11 Henry - Goodnight's Rest
12 The Howl in the Typewriter - Waiting
13 Sign Language - Love and Glory
14 A-void - Love to You (Take 2)
15 The People's Temple - Dik
16 The Howl in the Typewriter - Never
17 Henry's Farm - Henry's Farm
18 Of Sound Mind - Lilleth
19 Sign Language - I'm Going to Zurich
20 The Howl in the Typewriter - Discontention
21 Henry - I've got a Gun
22 The People's Temple - Interlude 1
23 The Howl in the Typewriter - Pride
24 Henry's Farm - Evil Clouds (version)
25 A-void - God is Dead
26 The Howl in the Typewriter - God is Dead
27 The People's Temple - Tuition
28 Henry - Love Pangs
29 Sign Language - Warchant
30 The Howl in the Typewriter - Dark
31 A-void - Love to You (Take 3, cut and print)
32 Henry's Farm - Steam Engine
33 The Howl in the Typewriter - Relief
34 Of Sound Mind - Au Revoir

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 - Review by War Arrow, The Sound Projector #8, 2000
In 1997 Stan Batcow stepped back and noticed that the first few releases on his Pumf label were far below the standard of more recent works, reflected perhaps in the fact that people had stopped ordering them. Thus he decided to remove these tapes from the catalogue and, in case anyone was still curious, compile this 'best of' collection featuring the highlights from those early works by A-void, Of Sound Mind, The Howl in the Typewriter, and others. Perhaps with a certain sense of shame, he christened the release in a way that might at least inform the unwary of what they were getting.
Actually, I wouldn't call any of it shite, or at least not by my own definition of the term. It's certainly a step back in time, being from the mid '80s, a period which is now receiving the demonisation that was meted out to the 70s by a fickle public only fifteen years ago, when of course any fool knows that the real enemy is the '60s. Stan seems to have been in most of the bands here in one capacity or another, and despite a few metal bashing oddities, there's a certain uniformity of sound. Most of the tracks are fairly respectable recordings of the sort of groups I always ended up seeing in pubs around the time: Joy Division basslines and a fine array of effects pedals being stamped upon randomly by a spiky guitarist, before the word 'gothic' came into wide usage and took up its rightful place as an insult of a strength which placed it somewhere between 'slack-jawed arsehole' and 'Chelsea supporter'. This was when there seemed to be bands in pubs everywhere, none of which were covers-orientated, and most of which had some ambition beyond just sounding like a fusion of their favourite records. A lot of that stuff was great, so it's nice that Stan's chosen to preserve a few snapshots of his own little corner of that universe in this fashion. Being a compilation, there are ups and downs, but generally speaking, it's good to hear this sort of thing again reaching out from beyond the great airbrush of history. Give it another ten years and a new generation of tediously ironic little turds will probably be bending over backwards to breathe new commercially viable life into this sort of stuff. Therefore a more appropriate title would probably be, In The End There Will Be Shite, because there's nothing wrong with this lot.

Pumf up the Volume (PUMF 217, 1994 - click to buy)

 

   Tracklist:
1 Howl in the Typewriter - Dead Men
2 Cabbage Head - Cabbage Head
3 Dandelion Adventure - Chickenfeed
4 Judge Mental and the Heavy Dread Beat - Double of Dutch
5 Satan the Jesus Barmy Army - Sex and Violence
6 Raw Veg - Dumb Dumb Diddle
7 Jah Rizlafoureye and the Heady Bread Beast - Oral Death Camp
8 Howl in the Typewriter - Journey of Minds
9 Dandelion Adventure - Death is a Beautiful Carpark
10 SWANC - Me 163 Komet
11 Salty Grouse Castration Squad - Atomic Clock
12 Def-A-kators - Satan's in my Telly
13 Cabbage Head - A Less than Straightforward Afternoon
14 Orange Sunshine - I am the Walrus
15 Judge Mental and the Heavy Dread Beat - Gracious!
16 Howl in the Typewriter - Family
17 Dandelion Adventure - Sooper Trouper
18 Ceramic Hobs - A Thing of Beauty
19 Salty Grouse Castration Squad - Some Kids did Airfix Kits, Some just did the Glue
20 Orange Sunshine - Money for Nothing
21 Jah Rizlafoureye and the Heady Bread Beast - Shooting Guns (What a Crap Title)
22 Dandelion Adventure - King Burger Autopsy
23 Raw Veg - Dumb Dumb Diddle (a capella version)
24 Howl in the Typewriter - The Sea of Teths
25 SWANC - When I Fall in Love
26 Judge Mental and the Heavy Dread Beat - Brainfuck
27 Cabbage Head - The View from Nowhere
28 Salty Grouse Castration Squad - Pits of Hell
29 Def-A-kators - Theme
30 Jah Rizlafoureye and the Heady Bread Beast - The Old Cheb went Futt (and did what you know)
31 Howl in the Typewriter - The Return of Ptath
32 Orange Sunshine - Astronomy Domine
33 Dandelion Adventure - Speed Trials
34 Ceramic Hobs - Failed Attempts at Louie Louie Bleriot and Subsequent Arguments

Click to listen to a two-minute soundbite from the album
(this consists of extracts from several tracks, interwoven to give an overall aural flavour)

"Pumf up the Volume is weird and wonderful. A perfect introduction to the musical world of (Pumf) . . . I'm very impressed with the Cabbage Head tracks, and the Heavy Dread Beat tracks are killers too . . . in fact, Brainfuck is my favourite track on the whole tape . . . from the stripped-down minimalism to the Northern cynicism, even to the strange track titles and the structure of the lyrics and the fact that they're enigmatic and don't really show which side of the fence the writer's on, (the album) reminds me of The Fall."
 - Stream Angel

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