Archive for 2002

LWOA on Radio 6.

Below is an email I was sent today from the producer of the BBC 6 Music radio station.
Great single – we are playing it on the Evening Sequence at 6 Music. In our playlist meeting the third track made us laugh some..
Cheers, Jo Tyler, Producer, BBC 6 Music

Check out the 6 Music site at The Evening Sequence is on 7pm – 10pm Monday to Thursday.

LWOA on Radio 1′s Session In Wales.

The Crimea were played on Radio 1′s Session In Wales last Thursday I believe. You can hear the show by visiting the Session In Wales site or by clicking here, but it’ll probably be gone by tomorrow evening. It’s on at 1 hour and 32 minutes in, but there’s another nice band from Aberystwyth, The Hot Puppies, on at 1 hr 25 mins that you can have a listen to. They say they recieved the single through the post with a post-it note from Owen stuck on the CD saying “This is my new shit”, along with information about a strangely named Jose Blase, a 19 year old refugee from Zimbabwe, and about a keyboardist from Chamonix. They also believe Owen should be more careful in the future about what he puts on post-it notes.

XFM playlist.

Finally. The Crimea are on the XFM Playlist with Lottery Winners On Acid. Check out the latest playlist here, or click on [More] to see the list with The Crimea in. The single’s also still on the SBN Playlist B for the second time in a row.
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General Updates.

The Crimea are back in Kerrang! magazine. They’re in this weeks (16/11/02 issue) news section about four pages in, with Davey giving details on the new single, along with a nice pic of the single cover.
Talking of the new single, it was played on on Radio 1 on Monday on the daytime Mark And Lard show. Apparently they said they liked it.
More single news, this time about buying it. Owen’s said the price of mail order for the single has gone up to ?4.49. It apply’s to the sending a cheque off bit, and might apply to the Townsend Records site too, but at current their prices haven’t changed. Owen apologises for the high price, but if you’re at any of the upcoming gigs you should be able to get it at the merchandise stall (if there is one) for ?4.00.
Townsend Records are also selling Davey’s book, Unamazing Disgraces, for ?6.00 ex. VAT on their web site (?8.55 inc. VAT and P&P).
To end with, another confirmed gig date change of sorts. The Monarch gig on the 11th, which I thought had moved to the 10th, is infact on the 11th. It’s all rather confusing. I say just put off buying tickets to anything until the last minute.

Gig news and Bleedmusic review.

If anyone bought tickets to the cancelled gig at Fibbers, and can get to York Barbican Centre on the 16th, email ASAP to sort out free entry to the gig.
Details on how to pre-order Lottery Winners On Acid, due to be released 25/11/02, are on the shop page.
A poor review of The Crimea at The Monarch on 23/10/02 has been posted on the Bleedmusic website. Click here to see the review.

On SBN Playlist B.

The Crimea are back on the SBN playlist, this time on the B list along with big money makers such as Craig David, Nickleback and Robbie Williams. Click on [More] to see the full B list for 11/11/02, or check the SBN site for the latest playlists.
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Gig changes.

The Fibbers gig in York has been cancelled, and replaced by one a day earlier in York Barbican Centre. Sorry to anyone who’d bought tickets to the Fibbers gig. They have added even more dates to the tour though, including another gig in Aberystwyth, which I know will make a few of you very happy. As always, keep checking the gigs page, and the rest of the site for the latest Crimea info.

More from the mailing list.

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The boys are busy touring the UK. Click [More] to get the latest news from the Crimea mailing list.
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Gig news.

For anyone who was planning on going to the York gig in Fibbers, don’t get your hopes up. Owen’s not too sure whether it will happen or not, so don’t go buying tickets or making any travel plans just yet, and sorry to those of you who already have. On a happier note, it looks like they’ll be playing the Birmingham Academy on the 29th of this month, supporting The Levellers. And anyone who’s going to The Borderline to see them tommorow evening, I’ll have a flyer up on the site by tomorrow afternoon to get you in for ?1 cheaper. Check the gigs page for updates on all the latest gig dates and venues.

Towsend records selling LWOA.

The first place I’ve found selling the new Lottery Winners On Acid single is Its currently listed as out soon, but when it’s out, it’ll be ?2.34 ex. vat, and about ?2.75 with it. Add to that ?1.50 for shipping and you can have the single for ?4.25. I’ve never bought anything from the site so I dunno how reliable it is. But wow, I just noticed they’ve got it on the main page of the site in the pre-order section, along with some Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams stuff. Maybe I’m wrong thinking no one knows who they are.

Gig changes and Davey in The Fly.

Sorry to anyone who this affects badly, at least Lucifer’s happy, but there’s a couple of confirmed gigs that have changed date. The one at Glasgow Barfly has changed from the 25th to the 28th, and the Camden Barfly gig has changed from the 11th to the 10th. There’s also been two other gigs added to the tour, and I now have more info on the Borderline gig, with a discount flyer coming very soon.
Taking time out from all the gigging, Davey’s been talking to The Fly magazine about everything from music to his house falling down. has the full article, so go there to read it. I’ll put up the full article here when I get my hands on a this months copy of the mag from my local Barfly venue.

More gigs.

Owen and one of the Crimea managers are convinced they’re playing The Borderline in London on Nov 12th, so i’d say it’s safe to buy tickets if you can get some, but not before you wait to see if the manager guy sends me a discount flyer for the gig that he promised to send for everyone to download. There’s also a load more gigs confirmed if you can’t get to that one.
Yet another Crimea site has appeared, this one at It’s another Yahoo! group, run this time by Craig from
The manager guy also said the single will be out on the 25th, and available nationwide. Click [More] to see the e-mail he sent me.
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Crimea sites and Single set-back.

After half a year of waiting, I’m no longer the only updated Crimea/Crocketts site on the web. Two more have recently arived, and one of them looks very nice indeed.
The Crimea Yahoo Group
Yahoo! has another crox related group, this time it’s the Crimea in the title. A nice alternative for anyone annoyed with the old message board’s loading time, and you can add your photos of the band to the site. There’s only six members so far, so get over there and sign up.
The Crocketts Archive
Ok, this site’s been up a while, but it’s no longer the Crocketts archive, and is now based around The Crimea. And is it ever a good looker. The band may finally adopt an official site out of this one, and then I can fade into the background again. And the Woman magazine article can make a comeback too. You can visit the site through the above link, or through the shorter address of
Single Set-Back
Thanks to the new Crimea Yahoo! group, someone’s been telling everyone about a drunken chat he had with Owen Hopkin. Apparently Owen told him the new single will be out on the 25th :o ( but it will be available in most good independant record shops around the country. If anyone in Leeds or York fancies getting their hands on the single, I’d suggest camping outside Jumbo Records/Track Records all night on the 24th as I personally will be buying every copy I come across.

LWOA on the SBN playlist.

Ok, Popex has been saying it for ages, and now I finally know what it’s going on about.
The Crimea are on the SBN playlist!!! To be exact, Lottery Winners On Acid is on the C playlist for the week beginning 28th October 2002, meaning radio play throughout the country on many a student radio station. Click on [More] to the see the playlist for 28/10/02, or to see the current playlist, click on the following link…
Visit to get more info on SBN, and to listen to SBN radio online.
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Lots of updates.

Gee, have I ever been a lazy boy. So, Kerrang! magazine is out NOW with a nice review of The Crimea in. It’s in the Live Reviews section, and there’s a nice big picture of Davey and Andy, while they’re given 4 out of 5 for the reviewed gig at Dublin Castle on October 1st 2002. It really is a great review, so get a copy now, it’ll be in shops until this Friday. If you miss it, click here to see the article.
Tina Mcclelland has finally uploaded her pictures of The Crimea to her site at They were taken at the Black Lion in Salford on September 16th 2002 where the band were performing for the ITC Unsigned event. There’s a large review of the gig in the reviews section, and a small review of the same gig at the Honk – Welsh Music On-Line site. Click here for that review, or click on [More].
Lucifer’s been shipping out copies of ‘Woman’ magazine to a few lucky crox fans. Included is a very intresting article on Owen and his girlfriend taking part in an ‘I Love You, But I Don’t Love That’ section involving certain items of clothing owened by the two. I’ve had orders not to reveal it, but if you can get ahold of the September 9th issue of the magazine, offer as much as you can. It’s worth it.
Last of the updates is that Owen’s emailed me about dates when they tour the country to support their new single release. As expected, they’re only playing the Barfly venues so far. Currently there’s five gigs that should be happening, and possibly another in late November. Keep checking the gigs page as I get more details on each show.
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