15 September 2008

Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - Peel session 1996

Gorky's were quite a quirky band from North-West Wales. I used to work with someone who knew these guys, although I never met them (we were working in Spain at the time). I saw them live once, in Wolverhampton, at The Varsity, where I had also played quite a few gigs. Gorky's were something different to say the least. They sang in both Welsh and English as you will hear from the songs posted here.
It's quite hard to explain their sound. If you don't know them, just have a listen. It leans more towards indie-pop than rock but they had their own sound and you would know it could only be Gorky's if you turned on the radio midway through one of their songs.
This session is dated 21/4/96 and there was one other song, which I didn't record. Maybe I was in the bathroom at that stage of the show, I don't know...
Anyway, my favourite of the three songs is "Young Girls, Happy Endings". Not only because I can actually understand the lyrics but also because they sum up the music scene very well, even 12 years later:

You know young girls like happy endings
Well I guess that's the way it's gotta be
Cause without all these happy endings
What would happen to my industry?

You know I wrote that bit to sell ya, sell ya
You know I never mean a word I tell ya (repeat)

Ivory towers wrapped up in silk
A young calf with its mother's milk
Victorian England shining so bright
Two lovers kissing in the moonlight

You know I wrote that bit to sell ya, sell ya
You know I never mean a word I tell ya (repeat)

Are the feeling's stronger, the reason's longer (repeat)

Meirion Wyllt
Dim Atsain
Young Girls, Happy Endings

The band finished in 2006 after 15 years and 9 studio albums. Incidentally, for those unfamiliar with GZM or the Welsh language, "Mynci" is pronounced "Monkey".

By the way, there's part of a Nirvana set over at Live Indie Classics.


Ass Hat said...

thanks, onion terror!

i also met gorky's in 1996, or thereabouts. they were a great bunch of guys (and girl).

they encouraged me to "stick it to the man", which was inspiring, to say the least.

BrnLng said...

Hi! Just random Gorky´s fan here. : ]

"Dim Atsain" is "Pen Gwag Glas" indeed.