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DOWNLOAD: The Babblers - Come Down Here (Kevin Coyne cover) (MP3)


"The Babblers turned out to be the alter-ego of the Bonnie "Prince" Billy lineup. Dressed in sunglasses and one-piece pajamas with hoods, the six band members ambled onto a mostly dark stage that was adorned by a handful of small table lamps and a vertical trellis of white Christmas lights. One could have easily taken this for some sort of silly dalliance, but in fact, it's a rather complex conceptual project: The group's name is a reference to Babble, an obscure, rock-opera-ish album from the late-70s by the late British outsider artist Kevin Coyne and German singer Dagmar Krause. The hour-long set was an in-sequence performance of the entire Babble album, with Oldham and Angel Olsen, as "Angela Babbler," in the lead vocal roles." [The Thread]
The Babblers opened for Bonnie Prince Billy at Town Hall in NYC last night (12/8). We have a full review coming. The above-quoted review is from an earlier Babblers show. The above MP3 is believed to be a studio version of a Babblers song aka Will and band covering Kevin Coyne & Dagmar Krause, but you never can really know . Live Babblers videos below...



Comments (15)

The Babblers are my 2nd favorite Bonnie Prince Billy alter ego. My favorite is when they perform as the hummus barons, and dress up in tan outfits and platform sneakers and perform rare instruments such as the electric kazoo and bone boomer.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 2:10 PM

Finally some recognition of the Babblers. They're not on the outsider looking in anymore. Even Wayne Coyne likes them.

Posted by DANIEL JOHNSON | December 9, 2010 2:45 PM

wow wasn't even aware that kevin coyne had died. thanks to will for bringing his music back to life!

Posted by me | December 9, 2010 3:30 PM

The Babblers were gexcellent last night. I was so impressed to see Will Oldham in fully fleshed out "rock band". I know that may sound limiting, and in fact- the set was quite varied. Although the suits were initially funny, to me, the pajama suits worked more as a means to take the spotlight off of Oldham, and showcase them as a full band (not a Will Oldham & Co. project), which worked really well.

And BPB's band last night clearly were masterful musicians. Jazzy, bluesy, and bringing the rock when needed. Plus Matt Sweeney showed up!

Great night.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 4:12 PM

Oh my heavens yes, let's apologize for a "limiting"" rock band!

Kevin Coyne was fucking great -- I recommend his Majory Razorblade album highly. John Lydon stole a lot from Kev's idiosyncratic vocal stylings.

Dagmar Krause did some great stuff in Slapphappy as well.

Babblers were very good -- BPB says they are looking to record their versions of the material, so let's hope.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 4:35 PM

the babblers played a couple of relatively obscure bpb singles, the sun shines down on me, and, i confess. very well played at that. anyone know if the rest of that set consisted of covers of the original babble?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2010 9:00 AM

The sun shines down on me and i confess are from the 1979 Babble LP. BPB covered those.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2010 9:44 AM

The Babblers played here in Columbus last night. What an intoxicating show! As far as I know, they only played the Coyne/Krause record, but I took a few photos of what appeared to be the setlist. I'll have a look to see if they threw anything else into the mix. I doubt it, though. It all seemed quite cohesive to me.

Posted by Eric | December 10, 2010 10:20 AM

If you want to know the roots of Oldham's obsession with Babble, read this:

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2010 11:34 AM

Oldmah did release I Confess and The Sun Shines Down On Me from Babble years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2010 11:40 AM

11:34 thanks for that link!

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2010 1:54 PM

yea great link! thanks...

wheres the pics from town hall??????

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2010 1:55 PM


Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2010 2:03 PM

Will has been increasingly championing Coyne's music over the last few years - he often has talked with Jon Langford of the Mekons about their shared love of Coyne's music - there is a radio converstaion between the two.
Babble is one of 40+ albums that Kevin released - often under the radar of most music fans. His themes and often the harsh delivery made much of his music not radio friendly but there was also the tenderest of love songs that spoke of real life love - Sunday Morning Sunrise " Its sunday Morning and the kids are sleeping and I hope that they don't wake" as he lays quietly with the love of his life.
Babble is subtitled - Songs For Lonely Lovers and is a continuation of the themes of the social outcasts and forgotten of society that Kevin wrote about from his time as a socail worker. His live album In Living Black And White is a how I came to his music and has the most heart stopping moment of any album I've ever heard. During a monologue to backing tapes he sings of mad visions - of chasing a black brush - he suddenly stops "is he yours do you know him? He has a piece of paper in his pocket says he knows you?" clearly Kevin retelling a tale of someone found dead and he has been called to identify the body and realising this person was coming for some help but never made it. Another outcast from society looking for a friendly face but dying alone.
But contrast all the bile and despair with songs of pure humour like Chicken Wing or Chairman's Ball.
When John Lydon plays your song at the Height of the Pistols Fame - when Pere Ubu sings your song, when Robert Wyatt shares an album - the second lp of Sanity Stomp - when Andy Summers of The Police says in his book that The Kevin Coyne Band was the best live band he's ever played in. When Jac Holzman in his recent book praises Coyne's band Siren whose ablum Electra released in the USA - you know you're talking about someone who should be investigated even if its just to see him on You Tube!!!
Thanks to Will for shining a light in a deneglected corner

Posted by tony donaghey | December 11, 2010 7:58 AM

11:34, what issue of Mojo was that article in? Thanks so much!

Posted by Wayne | December 17, 2010 7:50 PM

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