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Topplers Records



What's New?

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!

 

 

The Ticket Inspectors : Kozzie, Helen Webster, Steve Treatment, Bongo ChrisThe Ticket Inspectors : Kozzie, Helen Webster, Steve Treatment, Bongo Chris

Steve's band from 1989 until 1994. The Ticket Inspectors had a slightly gentler sound with bongos and flutes giving them a sixties psychedelic feel. They released a couple of limited edition home made cassettes with a mixture of studio and live recordings. There were many different versions with alternative photocopied covers available, some were 'padded out' with Steve's previous recordings!  Many of the best tracks are on the Hyped 2 Death CD and the studio recordings are available to download from Topplers records. 
The band's live highlight was playing the "Golden Moon Cafe" at the Glastonbury festival of 1993. They only played 6 gigs in total!

The first line up of The Ticket Inspectors was Steve Treatment - Vocal and Guitar, Bongo Chris - percussion, Helen Webster - flute, Kozzie - Bass. This line up was responsible for the studio recordings.

The second line up of the band featured Steve Treatment - Vocal and Guitar, Kozzie - Bass, Robert McVean - Guitar, Hogweed - Drums, Pedro - Flute and Suzie Currell - Fiddle.
This is the line up of the band that went out gigging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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