Piccadilly Records: The Thanes "Dishin' The Dirt" b/w "I Don't Want You"
Formed in 1980 using the name The Green Telescope, the idea was of playing the ’60s sounds that they were then discovering every day. They switched names to The Thanes (of Cawdor) in 1986, because says Lenny Helsing (lead guitar/vocals), “We wanted something with less of a psychedelic vibe, a name that would more accurately fit in with our sixties American teen-punk garage infatuation.” Their first album “The Thanes of Cawdor” was released in 1987, leading to their organ-driven garage band sound getting these Edinburgh boys support slots with the likes of The Soup Dragons, Primal Scream and, in more recent years, original Nuggets-era bands The Remains, The Sonics, and ? & the Mysterians.
Over the years the group has seen releases on some of the most respected labels supplying the international garage-punk scene, with vinyl and CDs on Screaming Apple (Germany), Larsen (France), Corduroy (Australia), Misty Lane (Italy) and . . . now appearing on the UK’s premier garage rock’n’roll label. With a breathtakingly exciting original in the form of “Dishin’ The Dirt” and a revamped slice of vintage Scot-beat stomp in “I Don’t Want You”, The Thanes – Angus McPake (organ/guitar), Mark Hunter (bass/backing vocals), Mike Goodwin (drums) and the aforementioned Helsing – have created two new recordings produced in McPake’s “Ravencraig” studio lair, a setting that positively channels their predilection for ’60s garage fuzz beat, while, appropriately, bringing out unashamedly untamed, and unchained, aspects of the group that we don’t get to hear too often.