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28/07/2021
The NoMen have a new digital release on Shambotic Records. Listen to it on the Nomen's page Now!!!

 

27/07/2021
OOPS! Looks like I broke all the links for Steve Treatment's MP3s. All can be heard in their DIY glory right here, now!
https://www.topplers.net/steve-treatment/music/

 

17/07/2021

Updated The  NoMen and Phones Sportsman pages.
New album from The NoMen available now.

 

08/04/2021

New downloads available on Bandcamp

 

12/02/2021
Updates to Phones Sportsman

 

11/12/2020

Added pages for Dan Melchior, The Knockouts, Jowe Head, Topplers 'Other' releases and updated Phones Sportsman and The NoMen.

 

21/11/20

Updated The NoMen page with news of a new album.

 

01/11/2020

Topplers Records and Steve Treatment are merging their websites. There may be a bit of chaos but we'll get there!

 

Phones Sportsman - from Swell Maps to PSB

Phones Sportsman was an integral part of the early Swell Maps with Nikki Sudden, Epic Soundtracks and Jowe Head. He retired from the music industry just as The Maps released their first LP but was persuaded to return for a solo single on Rather Records in 1980. It is Phones on the cover of the 'Read About Seymour' sleeve in his motorbike helmet and goggles! He also contributed to the solo albums by Nikki Sudden and Jowe Head.

Phones Sportsman

After Swell Maps there was a gap of over 25 years as he worked across the world and offshore as a geologist before he Googled himself and saw there was interest in his work with Swell Maps, and also that a band in Scotland called The NoMen had done a cover version of all the tracks on the 1980 solo single. At that point Phones got in touch with Topplers and began creating music again using friends and family as his band and getting The NoMen involved in the music as well.

Two albums "May Contain Nutters" and "Arson & the Juggernauts" were released by Topplers in 2008/2009 and a CD EP "Your Body or Your Brain" was released in 2010 at which point The Phones Sportsman Band retired again.

Phones in Africa

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Phones SportsmanPhones SportsmanIn the 2020 Lockdown Phones Sportsman and his Band came back with a new 13 track album. The golden tonsils are still in evidence and his off-the-wall lyricism is perfectly suited to the DaDa theme running through this collection. This album also includes two tracks recorded with Jowe Head in 2008 under the name "HeadPhones". These tracks have lain unfinished since they were originally recorded but, with the help of The NoMen, they have been fully restored and fit in perfectly with the rest of the new recordings. The album was produced as a very short run which has now sold out but a digital version can be found at The NoMen's BandCamp page at a special price.

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A Bad Reputation is a Good Place to Start - After completing the DaDa album Phones was still filled with lyrical and vocal ideas. He asked the NoMen if they had any old riffs lying around that he could use. As it happened The NoMen had an album of material almost ready which had been interrupted due to the Lockdown imposed on them! Many of these tracks were without lyrics and Phones dived in at the deep end and within a week he had lyrics in place for all of them. Not content with just writing the lyrics he asked for the backing tracks and recorded vocals for some of them! 

Is this a NoMen album? Is it a Phones Sportsman album?

Find out yourself buy getting the 22 track CD with 8pp booklet.

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A new sound and a new album! 

The lockdown opened a whole new creative streak for Phones Sportsman. Initially inspired by P.I.L the music for this album  uses recordings of Jamaican drum legend Style Scott with Allan NoMan laying  down bass lines over Scott's rhythms. These basic tracks were sent to Phones who created stylish pop songs from them.

Under Lockdown conditions none of the musicians met face to face but, following on from Phones, Billy NoMan laid down Moogs and space-dub-soundscapes on his Juno. George NoMan was next to add some guitar and the individual tracks were mixed and mastered by longtime NoMen producer Klaus Henreich. The result is a bass heavy, genre hopping excursion into unknown territory!   Buy on BANDCAMP 

 

By early 2021 Phones Sportsman declared he was once more retiring from music...

 

Punky Pea

That didn't last long. A crazy dream inspired a fast shouty song and The Phones Sportsman Band was reformed with previously unknown musicians Peat Bog, Urban Clearway and Max Logic. Phones told his wife he was recording a Punk EP... she said, "What's a Punky Pea?"

The Punky Pea EP contains five high octane, punk fuelled, scorchers... a fitting follow up to their 1980 single on the Swell Maps "Rather Records." It's a Punky Pea - Five tracks... Five Stars!

 Available on the Topplers BandCamp Page as a download.

 REVIEWS : Sounding so synthetically weird but at the same time deeply rooted in an early primordial British post-punk, to understand this psychotic and instantaneous product you have to know a little bit about where it all comes from... Phones Sportsman is David Barrington, one of the founders of the almighty and undisputed Swell Maps, who after their dissbandement released an only 1980 single as The Phone Sportmans Band, never to make any music again working as a geologist since, until almost 30 years later, in 2008, he returned with a couple of albums for Topplers Records only to disappear again, reportedly selling all his instruments and retiring from the music business.... Last year Pandemic brought him back into the studio with Scottish The NoMen and his old Maps colleague Jowe Head. Now Phones is back "again... and again" with this bizzare mixture of renewed old-school post-punk, disrupted disco, synth-vibes and extravagant madness! Tremendo Garaje

 

 ...it could be the ecstacy and hydrocodone kicking in but this is relaxing as hell! Like the Sex Pistols meets Teletubbies! Back Seat Driver; all about pints of obsession UK ale, footsie, mother nature, balls, cubicles, laughing out loud, smoldering latter day saints... real genius like Iggy Pop on laughing gas with cockney swang! 

Barry Lyndon: YouTube

 

After "Punky Pea" Phones once again looked forward to his retirement... But... The Nomen required his involvement for a forthcoming project... and Punky Pea has been calling again... Look out for PSB updates soon!