The Men The Couldn't Hang
Sound Control, Manchester.
The Men They Couldn't Hang came together in 1984 to perform at the alternative music festival in Camden town alongside the legendary Pogues and the Boot Hill Foot-Tappers. Paul Simmonds, Philip 'Swill' Odgers and his brother Jon, veterans of the Southampton based pop-punk band 'Catch 22', met Pogues roadie Stefan Cush whilst busking in Shepherds Bush in London. Their early line up was Stefan Cush (Vocals, Guitar), Philip Odgers (Vocals, Guitar, Tin Whistle, and Melodica), Paul Simmonds (Guitar, Bouzouki, and Keyboards), Jon Odgers (Drums, Percussion) and Shanne Bradley (Bass). Championed by the late John Peel their first single, a cover of Eric Bogle's 'Green Fields of France' (1984), became a big hit on the UK Indie charts and a staple of Peel’s festive 50. It then appeared on their first album, "Night of a Thousand Candles", which was released in 1985. The album also includes the singles 'Ironmasters' and 'Greenback Dollar''/'Night to Remember'. Signing for MCA the following year, they recorded their second album, "How Green Is the Valley", produced by Mick Glossop. Included on this album are the singles 'Gold Rush', 'Shirt of Blue' and 'Ghosts of Cable Street'.