L-R: MC 1201, Prof. Isaac Mangang, Mr. Lucas Bones
a phenomenon unlike any other to have graced the most obscure corners
of Maidenhead. A band that existed (and indeed still does, on paper
at least) for the sole purpose of thinking outside the square and
having a good time. Fine. But what does Pwürg
have to do with this site? Well, our adventures in the CRCMH would
probably not exist if it wasn't for Pwürg
- or perhaps it was other way around. Either way, here's the facts...
was formed in late 1993 by Mr. Lucas Bones (aka Owen Pellow) and Prof.
Isaac Mangang (aka Damon Torsten). It all came together when Bones
and Mangang - both bass-playing avant-garde artists with interconnecting
social circles - presided over over the birth of a new drum machine,
christened Ziggy Reaper Jr.
This resulted in some ethereal experimental recordings and the filming
of the arthouse classic Mist
Raiders. Over a pint or twenty in a dark lonely pub upon Holyport
village green, the name Pwürg
was invented to describe this indescribable muzak. And from that day
forth, alongside casual member MC 1201 (aka Ben Lee) and glossy production
mastermind Ray Hurley-Castle, Pwürg
began to take over the town.
all truly began with a trip to the CRCMH - from which the legend of
the song "Winkipop Surprise" was born. The formation of
Pwürg's spin-off company Gratis Surprise Incorporated
gave birth to perhaps the most amusing saga to have baffled the people
of Maidenhead in decades (See Below). This song, appearing on their
debut EP, led the band to explore other local issues and taboo topics
that no other act had the guts to speak out about.
band attracted a sizeable cult following, and at least one gigantic
party in Bourne End was known to have played their classic "Ricketts"
(which gives a run-down on how bad the shops in Maidenhead High
Street are) on the stroke of midnight to welcome in 1994 - rather
appropriately accompanied by the entire congregation performing
the "Pwürg Twist" (created by choreographer Matt
Osborn). Even the Maidenhead Advertiser jumped on the
bandwagon and insisted several times upon hounding the band
Left: Part of a typical Maidenhead
their lifetime, Pwürg released several underground classics on
independant label Poo Records - promoted and available through word
of mouth, bootlegging, and from (the now sadly defunct) Dave's Music
Machine in Queen Street. Contrary to popular belief, their releases
were not available from Green Brenda's Vinyl Emporium, because it
never existed in the first place. The catalogue, recorded primarily
at Hillview Studios, Maidenhead, is due to be remastered on CD in
the near future (email us with your interest and we'll keep you posted
- they'll be put on the web as free MP3 downloads too). So, for the
record, Pwürg's central long-playing works are:
(Dec 1993) - The debut. Ten songs best described as the foundation
of the fledgling Goth/Fairground movement in the UK. The title
came from a promotional blimp that refused to leave the skies
over the town. Anyone recall?
||Bad Cheese - The Smell Of Royalty
(April 1994) - A punchy and lighthearted 13 track album pointing
to a groovier direction. Classic songs and a famous title inspired
by an attack on Prince Charles in New Zealand by a student with
||The Midnite Boogie Sessions
(Dec 1993) - A posthumous (so to speak) collection of
rambling blues and banana-related tunes from an infamous all-nighter
in Holyport. Contains the eloquent ballad "Sunday" -
which says it all really. Relaxation defined.
(May 1994) - Not strictly speaking a Pwürg
album, but is Bones & Mangang under the guise of "Monkfish."
Nothing short of an avant-garde and experimental psychedelic masterpiece,
though largely overlooked at the time.
on many occasions, Pwürg
were quite adamant in their stance against performing live. The Hobgoblin
in Maidenhead High Street came close to securing them for a night
once, but it never eventuated. But wanting a legacy that outshone
The Beatles, Pwürg decided to outdo The Beatles. By May 1994, it had
become apparent that the band would be forced into dormancy for the
simple reason that its founder members would be living on opposite
sides of the globe. Thus, they decided to stage a farewell concert
- to be carried out in the most appropriate and fitting way possible.
Pwürg went one better than the infamous gig on the roof of the Apple
building in Saville Row. In that instance, the audience could hear
the band, but not see them. Quite typically, Pwürg went against
the grain and decided that because the main purpose of a band is to
be heard, that their audience should be able to see them but
not hear them.
a result, they carefully chose the venue of a footbridge over the
busy A423 Maidenhead-Marlow Road and, quite unannounced, set up their
gear and ran through a whole treasure-trove of classic numbers. An
audience of hundreds upon hundreds of (extremely) casual concert-goers
watched in momentary awe as our heroes did their stuff - with only
one human being outside the band known to have actually heard the
show (an old man walking his dog over the bridge). The event was recorded
on a cheap dictaphone, and thankfully, three minutes and three seconds
of it were preserved for eternity (the songs "Get Down - And
Stay There" and "Big Hair"). These were later enhanced
and released posthumously as "The Gig On The Bridge EP"
(and will appear in remastered form on the "Bad Cheese - The
Smell of Royalty" CD.
with that, Pwürg disappeared almost as mysteriously as they had arrived.
And you never know when the perennial phoenix that is, was, and always
will be Pwürg may arise in all its splendour once again. Most likely,
and typically, when you least expect it to (or indeed when its founder
members are actually in the same country for starters)...
from the CRCMH webmaster:
This Pwürg section of the site will be
dramatically expanded with all sorts of info, lyrics, photos and a
whole lot more on the band once all of their music is freely available
for you to download and experience. Until then, it seems a little
premature in putting everything you'd ever want to know about them
up here. For the time being, you can always email us with questions
about the band.
now we are proud to announce the most basic site in cyberspace: The
All-New Bare Bones Pwürg
The selection of MP3s offered (for free of course) is far from comprehensive
at the moment (and the quality is dubious at best right now) - but
give us time and, well, you'll be thanking us. Go have a listen anyway...
downloaded the Pwürg tracks the other
day and they are all fantastic!"
Maidenhead music guru / DJ extraordinaire