Hank lyrics about the disgraced television and radio presenter Sir Jimmy Savile O.B.E. written, like, years ago
In 2004, Hank released How To Prosper in the Coming Bad Years. As if that title wasn't prescient enough, the LP featured a song about Jimmy Savile, Jimmy Falls Off Own Mountain. He wasn't dead and he wasn't accused of any wrongdoing but I think we could all tell there was something up, eh? But maybe not quite as bad as the reality. Eurgh.
At certain times in my life I feel like no door ever opens
I treat those slags like shit in boiler rooms
But maybe those lessons weren’t thoroughly taught
I kept booze under the sink but swore I’d never touch it
But the guests never showed so I had to break the seals
I’m on the phone at all hours to keep my face young
I sleep rough and ready for the nightly rituals
The rumours haunt me and I try to forget them
But when I hear that lift door creaking in the dark…
There were occasions when I could have loved
But then who would care about my seedy recollections?
WEEKLY WEEPING SINGLES CLUB - The Complete Set
Over the course of thirteen weeks (OK, two years), we issued digital singles of unreleased recordings. Here they all are:
This looks like it will take up too much of my time. Click.
TWO NEW HANK LPs TO BE RELEASED IN 2013!
Yes, we know we said they would be out in 2012 (and 2011 and 2010) but we are almost positive that 2013 will be the year. Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) is helping to mix them too.
And behold, the track listings (subject to alteration):
Showers Of Happiness - 1. Four Questions 2. She Is The Ball Rolling 3. They're All Corrupt 4. Border between me and my brother/Welcome To Wales 5. Act It Out! 6. Descendants Of Michael 7. Raggledy Road 8. Sugar Mound 9. Open Station, Lines OK 10. Underneath The Paving Stones, The Beach 11. You Never Really Let Go Of The Past 12. John's Gone 13. You Sound A Bit Down 14. Commentators
Hank Play Rave Anthems Of The 1990s - 1. Do You See The Love In My Eyes? 2. Entering Lush House 3. Career Outta Diplomatic Bag 4. Anthem 5. Give It Mousehouse 6. Why Are You Smiling? 7. The Lights Inside 8. Exiting Lush House 9. Everybody, Everybody
We just opened up a Hank bandcamp account too. More stuff to be added there forthwith.
Thanks for your support! Really!
Links to those we love
Have a gander at these WT-approved sites. You've got some time, doncha?
Learn to Swim - Tons of free, downloadable gems. A must for fans of Radiophonic Workshop, Ghost Box, electronica, etc. Also featuring the entire recorded output of pre-Hank Cab Williamson project Cab Williamson's Waxworks. But best to avoid that and concentrate on the rest of the site, wethinks.
Blocks Recording Club - They have very kindly put out all three Hank LPs. Maybe they will put out some more.
Gnomebody Gnomes - Kitchener, Ontario's premier hippyster female duo featuring the irrepressibly talented Krista Blake and Victoria Kent.
Ye Olde Syrup Shoppe - The most excellent Victoria Kent (see above) has also finally unleashed her wondrous pop songs.
ubuweb - Bloody amazing selection of avant-garde stuff
We are thrilled to announce that Weeping Truckers has obtained the rights to the highly sought after cassette-only release by Glaswegian combo The Please Please Love Me Do Long Long Long's featuring such classics as I Want to Fuck Your Hand, And Your Bird Can Fuck and Fuckia. Watch this space.
It is impossible, therefore it is not
It is not, because it is impossible. It is, therefore it is possible. If it is, it cannot be impossible. (with apologies to R.D. Laing)
About Weeping Truckers
WT is a creative outlet, mostly masquerading as an olde thyme record label, run by a man called Jeremy Charles Singer who appears in various projects, including Hank and Sir Clement.
For a full list of recordings by Hank, please go here. A more complete discography will appear once we have vetted all the potential interns.
Thanks to Michael Corrin for writing some code for this page. Otherwise, it would be an incoherent jumbled mess. What's that you say?
Why Are You Smiling?
So many people are sitting around me, I will lay myself right down enveloped in body warmth. I look around, I see your smiling faces looking at me. My sister holds out her hand.
She says, “Let’s go and jump on the trampolene, we can bounce up and down.”
We can bounce up and down.
We take our shoes off and run to the back yard, climb on up to begin.
And when we’re bold we increase in size, when we are open, we will be wise. The smiles on our faces are our disguise.
In the inner reaches of outer space we are never home .
Sir Clement - Can't Count Corn E.P. is available for free download (see below). Also, here is the critically-acclaimed promotional film for the eponymous number.
Download Can't Count Corn E.P, as a 3-song zip file right here.
Or, if you are picky, you can select the individual numbers:
1. Can't Count Corn - Chorus: I can't count corn I can't count corn I can't count corn I can't
2. You Fetter It - Chorus: Yooooooou fetter it! Yooooooou fetter it!
Jeremy and Lex enjoy a brisk summer walk in the glorious wonderland that is Toronto, July 2011.
Sir Clement bask in the rays of goodwill emanating from the masses at Toronto Pride, July 2011. That's Lynne T on tambourine. What a woman.
Jeremy Singer prepares dictaphone compilation
Over the last few years, Hank frontman Jeremy Singer has recorded hundreds of hours of dictaphone recordings: sketches, improvisations, personal musings and ansamachine messages. These initmate analogue excerpts are now in the process of being handpicked for the upcoming Cab Williamson presents 'Dictabeat, volumes 1-9', soon to be available via mail order. There will be a strictly limited edition box set of CDs and dictaphone cassettes as well as yer precious mp3s as a free download. This is a rare instance where the limitations of mp3 audio work in favour of the material. All the recordings are hissy and in mono and sound like ghostly echoes of memory. Perfect for your early morning gym workout, what?
Anyone here from myspace?
Fuck you, Murdoch.
Southern Charles is alive and well and living in pyjamas
Wondrous debut single inspired by Bertrand Russell. Recorded at Truckers HQ in early 2012 by Jeremy Charles Singer who also edited the video.
A Memorable Tribute to a Brave Failure
Cab Williamson has vanished. We haven't seen him in ages. The last words he said to us were "See you next Tuesday".
Whatever Happened to the Forster Appeal Video Remix!
Here is a video remix of the previously unreleased Sick Wife Elizabeth Mix of Whatever Happened to the Forster Appeal? Compare and contrast with the original video for added fun times.
Weeping Truckers Upcoming Releases
Hank - Showers of Happiness/Hank Play Rave Anthems of the 1990s (strictly limited handmade CDR edition/download)
Jeremy Charles Singer - Cab Williamson presents 'Dictabeat' volumes 1-9 (strictly limited dictaphone cassette edition/download)
Southern Charles - Living Between Peacocks and Bones
The PPLMDLLLs - The Fuck Album (reissue)
We imagine these will be available sometime in 2012 or 2013 or thereabouts unless you want to give us a load of money to speed up the process. Didn't think so.
Go on, do buy 'The Luck of the Singers' by Hank (Blocks Recording Club, 2009) - strictly limited vinyl edition, sleevenotes by Bentley Arthur, includes the hits 'Exclusive Plot', 'My Black Year (My Black Bottle Of Beer)' and more, reasonable price, includes download, etc.
This is the sort-of-new video by Hank member Christopher A Cummings a.k.a. Mantler: 'I Guarantee You A Good Time' co-directed by Jeremy Charles Singer and Chris. Filmed in the tropical climes of East Toronto and Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. This song was recently awarded the coveted BBC 6Music Record of the Week. Jolly good show, Christopher!