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THE SCIENTIFIC DISCOGRAPHICAL ANALYSIS SERIES


	

Tools You Can Trust

discography 1982-88

above: Rob Ward & Ben Steadman From Manchester. Initially Rob Ward (vocals, percussion & tapes) and Ben Stedman (drums, bongos and tapes), later adding Phil Hughes (guitar & percussion), Eddie Fenn (ex Crawling Chaos, drums), plus additional percussionists for live performances. I first saw Tools You Can Trust on Whistle Test in a piece by John Peel showing how a session was recorded for his Radio 1 show. This was in January 1985. I liked them immediately but it took me ages to find their records. While all the metal percussion on show might make you think of early Einsturzende Neubauten, TYCT xwere more post-punk than industrial. There was a political (socialist) dimension to their lyrics which made them seem po-faced and overly serious to some. There's very little information about the band on the web. There is no mention in Trouser Press, and the entry in All Music is empty. A full list of Peel sessions is here. An interview with the band in NCNF fanzine in 1984 can be found here Their impact on the indie charts in the UK is recorded here

Part 1: Main Releases


Working and Shopping (single)


1983 7" - Red Energy Dynamo Records - S101 - UK - no PS - folded insert [1000 copies] (label) side 1 Working and Shopping side 2 The Work Ahead Of Us Notes: Later compiled on "Sharpen The Tools".

Show Your Teeth (single)


1984 7" - Red Energy Dynamo Records - S301 - UK - PS - insert side 1 Show Your Teeth side 2 Messy Body Thrust Notes: Later compiled on "Sharpen The Tools".

Cut A New Seam (single)


1980 7" - Red Energy Dynamo Records - S401 - UK - PS - insert side 1 Cut A New Seam side 2 A Knock For The Young Notes: Later compiled on "Sharpen The Tools".

Sharpen The Tools LP


1986 LP - Red Energy Dynamo Records - T501 - UK - PS (front cover) (back cover) side 1 side 2 Notes: Compiles the first three singles S101, S301 and S401

Yet More Proof


1985 LP - Red Energy Dynamo - T601 - UK - insert (front cover) (back cover)

Say It Low (single)


1986 12" - Red Energy Dynamo - T701 - UK (back cover) (front cover) side 1 Say It Low side 2 A Blaze of Shame

Again Again Again


1986 LP - Red Energy Dynamo - T801 - UK (front cover) (back cover)

The Tools For Better Labour


2/1988 Video - Ikon - IKON 19 - UK (front cover) Working And Shopping / Show Your Teeth / Cut A New Seam / Say It Low / A Blaze Of Shame / Snap Out The Light / Binge And Purge / A Brutal Light / Can Of Worms / The Main Stem / Made To Last / The Motive / Goods For Blood / Brace Yourself / Messy Body Thrust

Part 2: Various Artists Compilations



Various Artists

Hits And Corruption


1986 LP+K7 - HAC Records - HAC 1 & HAC 1C - UK - booklet track(s) Can of Worms
Various Artists

Manchester: So Much To Answer For


19?? 2xLP - ?? Records - ?? - UK track(s) Working & Shopping

Part 3: Peel Sessions



Peel Session 1983.10.08

First session, recorded 8 October 1983, broadcast 12 October. The Feud Working And Shopping Show Your Teeth Houses And Tools Lineup: Ben Stedman (bass, guitar, drums, tapes) Rob Ward (vocals, percussion, tapes) Eddie Fenn (drums) Colin Larn (drums)

Peel Session 1984.03.21

Second session, recorded 21 March 1984, broadcast 4 November. Ranters And Preachers Messy Body Thrust Cut A New Seam Blowin' Up A Storm Lineup: Ben Stedman (bass, guitar, drums, tapes) Rob Ward (vocals, percussion, tapes) Eddie Fenn (drums) Claire Wilkinson (percussion)

Peel Session 1984.11.27

Third session, recorded 27 November 1984, broadcast 5 December. A Knock For The Young Crammed Down The Throat Shazam / Sign Of The Swinging Lightbulb Lineup: Ben Stedman (bass, guitar, drums, tapes) Rob Ward (vocals, percussion, tapes) Phil Hughes (guitar, trumpet, percussion) Jill Richardson (drums, percussion) Martin Herring (drums, percussion)
THE SCIENTIFIC DISCOGRAPHICAL ANALYSIS SERIES