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2009/10 ..The Orphaned Files. New Album. 17 Tracks.  Available through uk & Through the bands website. And now Available for download click here..
To hear samples of the above Album you can also visit        where  you  can  also  leave messages and contact the band....

Blowzy Weirdo's 1991 ALBUM.  15 Tracks....... SOLD OUT
Tracks are now only available via download  sites..itunes  ect.....
JOY.12"  3Track CD/Vinyl Single 1991.    SOLD OUT
Bear Wiv Me (Remix) / Big Sad Fat Lad/ Keeping It All Sweet. #1. 3 Track   12" Vinyl Single 1990.        SOLD OUT 
It's Dead Smart (Extended).  /Ultra Dead Smart(Dancing Mix). Schooley (Remix)
Boy's Honour (Football Gangs).  4 Track  12" Vinyl Single.  1990.       SOLD OUT
Once A Prefect. / Idolater./ Venerate Me Utterly #2. /  3 Track 12" vinyl Single. 1989.    SOLD OUT 
Dandelions (ALBUM). CD/Vinyl. 11 Tracks.  1989.
Songs now only available via download sites..itunes etc...   SOLD OUT   
Barbarouse English Fayre (ALBUM) CD/Vinyl
12 Tracks  1989. 
Songs now only available via download sites..itunes etc SOLD OUT 
Vicious British Boyfriend (EP) 12" Vinyl. 4 Tracks. 1989.   SOLD OUT
Barbarous English Fayre #2 
Same as 1989 release/alternative sleeve/Re released through Midnight Music 1990.      SOLD OUT
Bombs Away On Harpurhey.
Big Girl's Blouse.  2 Track 7" Vinyl Single.  1989.   SOLD OUT
 England's Finest Hopes (EP) 12" Vinyl. 4 Tracks. 1988.     SOLD OUT

 King Steptoe & The Strangeway's Headcase.
(Early story song on compilation ALBUM, Head Over Ears)  1987.   UNAVAILABLE 
Spider Psychiatry. 1st Single. 3 Track 7" Vinyl
1985.    SOLD OUT
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Interview with 'Charlie Keighera',  Sunday 15th February. 2009. A pub in Didsbury. Manchester. UK.
Q  It's Nearly 18 years since you released any music..where have you been? Why have you decided to release a new album?
A....I've been very busy. (very long pause)....When the band ended all them yonks ago I em... didn't really know what to I did very little for a while.. then got a everyone else..Being in a band is a job too but it's a weird job..there was also a lot of other things going on in the meantime, you know, personal demon issues  to deal with...and a bit of mowing the lawn
Q. Can you explain a little more about these 'demons'? 
A.Don't Move! There's one right behind you..(Like a fool I glanced over my shoulder, Charlie laughed)..What I mean is it's like.. Well...its like when stuff ends there's lots of space to be filled.... people tend to fill that kind of space with rubbish...rubbish like drugs, alcohol, endless introspection and masturbation... some people don't though, those kind of people are well...I dunno less dangerous, more dependable...and they tend to have very clean bathrooms..
Q. So how clean is your bathroom these days?
A. Most days its acceptable..but its not easy to keep your bathroom as clean as you would like...but its a hell of a lot better than it was. So I am getting there.
Q. Why did 'King of the slums' end or did you just stop recording and performing?
A. Well in effect the two things are the same,aren't they? But  yeah...the band did actually, formally, split up, End. In the early 1990s..I cant remember exactly.... You need to remember that the band was never a massive deal..we were a small band, we had quite a bit of music press coverage considering our actual popularity..A  Culty kind of band seems to be an appropriate description. ....We all had had enough at the time...we were a pretty difficult band to deal with, always falling out with each other and our record companies etcetera.. the people in the band wanted to move on, they needed to start earning some proper was defo time to have a rest for all concerned.
Q. The new album. Who is it? Is it the band or is it something other..
A. The band? Yeah, its 'King of The Slums'.....
Q. So have you worked with Sarah Curtis or any other band members? 
A. I've worked with mainly new people for the new songs but I have had other people from the band involved..not Sarah, directly...we have moved on... that was a long time ago
Q. you think that you will perform LIVE again? Will the band record more?....(Charlie then left the interview to go outside for a cigarette and to see who had been calling and texting his mobile during the previous 20 min's.)
He didn't return.
4 Days later he contacted me and apologized for being rude and said it would be OK to finish the interview the following Sunday. I agreed....we met this time in a bar in Manchster city centre and continued with the last question........
A. I dunno about doing any gigs...There's  been two serious requests that have come through to me regarding doing some gigs....the offers were  tasty, and flattering,  however the personnel logistics seem massively difficult to resolve.....I'm not ruling it out but it seems unlikely .... there's been a few more opportunities  regarding recording a completely  brand new album  at the end of this year, and there are a few people I would like to work with on that...but It's all up in the air  at the moment..there's a lot to think through and I just wanna see how this new album works out before coming to any decisions. I find it astonishing that I'm even having these kind of conversations
Q. The Orphaned Files did it come into  being? And how did you feel about going into a recording studio again?
A. The album started about three years ago...I was made aware that after all these years people were actually still remembering the band on the www and on occasion still being played on the radio. Juliet Green in New York kept sending me websites and comments on the band...she ground me down and then put up the money to go into a studio and write some new songs. She  made me finish it all off and arranged all this kinda thing and set up websites and all that.... I cant stand her ...but, yeah I really do like the album..think it shows all the bands stuff off.
Q. The studio..and writing songs again after all this time, how did that feel?
A. ......Starting lyrics again was a total nightmare..I started drinking again big time, then got it all under control and it was good to use my head again....the studio was tough but I got through it and glad I did. It's hard to go back though..
Q.. Do you still listen to bands?
A.  I've always loved music , I still find it the most powerful stimulant..but I don't seek it out..I tend to find and be drawn to strange music, weird bands.
Q. Like who?
A. I don't really know their names..but I found a load of new stuff on myspace recently and was fascinated by what people get up to, there really is some wild stuff out there and if you got an open mind you can find yourself drawn into some rather splendid places.
(Charlie then departs for another cigarette. After 10 min's have elapsed I began to worry, but he returned this time.)  
Q. I read somewhere that you were now living in Argentina and painting portraits of churches..
A. (Charlie laughs) .....Yeah, I've read some odd stuff too....No I don't live  in Argentina, but I do paint...I had a weird fascination for a while about cathedrals, not painting the buildings themselves but the shadow they cast,  painting the stuff that went on in those shadows....(Laughing loudly) ...Told you I had demons to deal with, I've had a very troubled past. It's not easy being weird.
Q. I also read that some of the bands ex members were residing in various prisons around the world Or had come to tragic ends..
A. (laughing) ..No, not as far as I'm aware, but we did have quite a few people come through the band so you never know. As far as I know everyone was well behaved.... good little boy's and girl's and probably have very respectable jobs now. 
Q. Have you?
A. On occasion.
Q. What is your favorite song by the band?
A. Probably..'Full speed ahead', but obviously think the new stuff is far more attractive.
Q. Are you married? Have children?
A. Suspiciously not
Q. What car do you drive?
A. Motorbike.
Q. Where do you do your weekly shop?
A. Asda or the corner shop
Q. What is your favorite Movie?
A. Leon or Naked Tango at the moment.
Q.What is your favorite era of design?
A. Em....1920's art deco....things with burlesque atmospheres. Also getting back into Picasso of late..he is very good with his blues....There is also someone, he's more recent I like..can't recall his name, but he has a similar surname to mine, think he is Italian and paints stuff with lots of fishes in...
Q.What are your politics?
A. Sensible libertarian.
Q. Do you follow any religious doctrines?
A. Em...I like some of the artwork....I currently attend my own church..the church of rational escapism.. but I keep on getting excommunicated for foul mouthed outbursts in the confessional box.
Q.Do you believe pornography is degrading?
A. Em...ideally, yes....em, I don't know really...probably but depends what's going on..some things are obviously sick other things are ok I suppose...I don't know it's a crap question mate.
Q. When the band started did you imagine that you would still be doing music nearly 25 years later?
A. Well, that's not really the case is it, the band was going for about 8 years...then it stopped, its just over the past couple of years that its reared its little shy head up again..lets see what happens...
Q. Which bands in Manchester do you enjoy?
A. Em....currently...from the little I'm aware...The Ting Tings are intriguing, I like their pop music , it's not stupid, its quirky but in a valid way....As for bands from the past, well I do like 'Ian Brown's stuff, but that's not the past it's current...em, there's so many..The Monday's were brilliant, Morrissey was unique, still is...Joy Division were huge and influential and a bit difficult, which I like. Mark E Smith too, total individual..Oasis, some great songs.There is so many good bands it's hard to think, I need a piece of paper to work on that one and it would take some time so lets move on. 
Q. Ok, final question..
A. Thank fuck for that.
Q. Ok, If  King Of The Slums' suddenly became a huge band, what would you do?
A. Deny all knowledge...(laughs)
That's a bizarre thought..I couldn't allow that to happen....nor will that ever happen...we were never that kind of band, we are a small private company catering to the specialized needs of a few, anything else is laughable. 
Charlie then left the building for another cigarette. He informed me he felt that  the interview was now over. We said our goodbye's and went our separate ways. I walked up Oxford Road in Manchester city centre and he got on a very powerful looking black motorcycle, finished his cigarette, put on a helmet and was gone. I found him to be an interesting, awkwardly intelligent, very private person. His assertion that his band is a private company and that it would almost like to vet its investors before accepting their patronage,  is a little naive, but I really feel that's how he would like things to be.
            The fact of the matter is, whether 'Charlie' likes it or not the band have retained a following. People like myself remember seeing the band perform LIVE, and hearing them on the 'John Peel' show . Buying their music, joining the fanclub, hanging around outside gigs, getting friends to listen to them. They were a different kind of a band, with different sounds and great lyrics. This interview is not about my personal nostalgia, it is about the new album. The new album, 'The Orphaned Files', is wonderful, end of review. The thought that there may be another album is even more wonderful.
  If, 'Charlie' is currently accepting investors for his private company, then please review my credentials and accept my pledge of allegiance.  And, ."Charlie", please be careful on that motorbike.
Zak Phillips. (Fan)
( I did in all ask 'Charlie', over a hundred questions, it did in the end turn out a lot more revealing.... 
but for now I feel the above is adequate. ) 
copyright 2009.

                                                The band formed in mid 1984/1985 in Hulme, Manchester . UK.
The area at that time was dominated by a huge housing complex known as,'The Crescents'. The area had become a virtual no go district for traditional family life, most families had moved out. The area was infested with drug problems and gang issues. It was all eventually demolished and rebuilt , but  this time with actual consultation with the people who would be living there. It is now a completely different environment. 

In the mid 1980's it was a place most Mancunians regarded with caution. It had a lot of empty properties, these empty flats became populated with a high number of musicians, bands, artists.  Charlie Keighera, acquired a flat in one of the 'crescents', specifically to start a band.  The flat was lived in and frequented by a colourful collection of characters over the following six months,  Mohican punks, ordinary punks, Smith's people, Smackheads, Rastas, young alcoholics and deserted soldiers to name but a few.  They all invariably had one thing in common, they were unemployed, many unemployable. 
                                      After a while it  became clear that 'Charlie' was getting nowhere with starting his band, there were too many distractions, too many people lying on the floor. He decided to clean up his act and clean up his flat. Nomore smackheads, nomore gluebags hanging around, nomore 'fannying' about.                                                                                                                                                               Three months later, ironically through one of his ex Mohican acquaintances, Sarah Curtis' visited the flat.  For some reason he wanted a violinist to help start the band and develop a sound. If guitarists were required,  then they were literally  falling out of the windows  nearby, but a 'violin' was required.  Luckily, 'Sarah Curtis', not only had one but she could actually play it, she was a classically trained violinist from the Royal Northern college of music. If Sarah, was looking for something a little outside of her music studies, then she had defiantly found it. 

                                                                                                                     Over the next few months a curious range of noises were peeling the wallpaper from the walls. Charlie, and Sarah, were experimenting with what could and couldn't be done with the sound of a violin. There was no budget for the experimentation, just nothing better to do, so anything and everything that was hanging around was used to 'adjust' the sound.  Charlie was all the time writing words/lyrics  too and learning more and more about the guitar. The flat was then burgled, the small amount of equipment they had acquired was stolen. It was a big blow but the two begged and borrowed from all they knew and continued after a month or so.  The flat was then burgled again :(   It was deeply sad faces all round.  Charlie, then decided to ask a few friends from the past to ask a few questions, little was forthcoming, he then asked a few questions personally, and enough equipment was returned to come to  a decision. "We need to record something before what's left of our equipment disappears up some knobheads vein again", was the decision that was reached.  A trip to a recording studio shortly after resulted in the band's first 'single'. "Spider Psychiatry", it had three tracks and was posted to every person they liked and had heard of in the world of radio etc. Nothing happened for a whole year. The band then also performed their first 'LIVE' gig at the "Cyprus tavern", in Manchester City Centre.  One evening, the weirdest of the three tracks on the single was played by BBC Radio Manchester DJ. "Phil Korbel", things then began to slowly change. 

                                                                                                                    Following their first radio play of the year old single, by Phil, the band sent it out again to their 'favorite' radio people. 'John Peel',  then also started to play a track on the single. The band  were also introduced to,' Dave Haslam', he liked the band too, he was also setting up a record lable, and running a magazine, he was also a highly regarded DJ  at "The Hacienda", nightclub. John Peel continued to play the old single, but it was "Dave Haslam", who got the band known and exposed to the national music press etc. It was 'Dave', who financed their next recordings and subsequently released them on his record lable, 'Play Hard Records'.  A flex disc was included in one of Dave Haslam's  magazine's, the track was titled 'Hemophiliacs on tacks'.  The song was a 'storysong', as was the next one released through 'Dave's lable 'Play Hard Records', 'King Steptoe & The Strangeway's Headcase'. The band had a great number of these 'story type' songs in the beginning, 'Wretched Dunce District', 'Mattress, Fag and Slang', 'The Sideboard Walks', 'Mauled by Inertia', 'Deep Downtown Dimps', 'The Treehouse Fire', these and many more came through as a bootleg some years later.  

                                                                                                                     In February 1988, 'Play Hard Records', released the band's first EP. The EP was called 'England's Finest Hopes'. It resulted in the band getting more national music press coverage, more gigs, more radio play and most important it got them a 'John Peel' session.  Another EP followed , "Vicious British Boyfriend", and then the 'Bombs Away On Harpurhey', single.  Play Hard Records, then released an album of the bands music.."Barbarous English Fayre".  The album did very well in the independent music charts and the future looked very positive for the band.  King Of The Slums, decided to move to another record lable, "Midnight Music".  A tempestuous relationship evolved with the new lable, publisher, management etc...A second album was released, "Dandelions", followed by three 12" singles.  The relationship broke down and the band were offered a new deal with "Cherry Red Records",  the third album was released, "Blowzy Weirdo's", and the "Joy", single.  The band's relationship with their  now 'third' lable also disintegrated. King Of The Slums were obviously not the easiest of band's to deal with. They were also falling out with each other too. A  series of performances in America and Europe were being negotiated when they 'fell out' with their agent. Charlie & Sarah, then fell out with each other and  everyone had fallen out with everyone. The band then did what turned out to be their last performance in 'May' 1991, in Manchester.  According to 'Charlie', it was one of their best gigs.

                                                                                                                      A few weeks later they sent a letter out to the fans in their fanclub explaining the situation and that the band had decided to, if not have a rest, then split up. They all went their separate ways............ In 2009, King Of The Slums, released a new collection of songs. "The Orphaned Files".  The Album/CD,  is the first official release since the "Blowzy Weirdo's" album.  As a result of the success of the new album, 'Charlie Keighera', is currently negotiating the recording of another 'King Of The Slums', album/CD at the end of 2009. If this materializes then the band will more than likely consider performing "LIVE" again in early 2010 or 2011..   If you would like to contact the band direct then please feel free 
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