Archive for 2003

The Vanden Plas

Well well well, a UK band (or DJ or something) called The Vanden Plas (not some metal band from Germany called Vanden Plas) have actually remixed the Crimea’s recent single Baby Boom. Click more to see what they had to say about it on their website, or take a look at the site for yourself. Not only that, but XFM’s The Remix presenter has chosen it as one of his top five tunes. I’m currently trying to get an MP3 of the remix sent to me, so all’s left to do is find out more about Clinton’s dub reggae mix of On Something…
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Band Updates

I recently mentioned a remix of Baby Boom by Vanden Plas. Well, it was played on XFM’s The Remix on December 12th under the title Vanden Plas Vs The Crimea ‘Baby Boom’. Send any info on it (mp3 anyone?) this way. Click here or [More] to see the show’s playlist.
SoundsXP have a roundup of all the latest Crimea news. Read the article, entitled “A prize, goodbyes, good buys and mince pies”, here.
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Competition Winners

The Crimea Back Catalogue competition ended last night and I just got round to writing all the correct entrants names on pieces of paper, sticking them in a hat and picking two out. First up, the winner of the first prize of everything brought out by the band so far was D. Hoyle. The second name out the hat and the second prize winner of a copy of the Baby Boom single was Fabien Deshommes. I’ve e-mailed both of you as a reminder, e-mail me back a name and address to send the prizes to a.s.a.p. Sorry to everyone else who entered and didn’t win. No doubt they’ll be another competition along in the not too distant future.

Pop Factory Awards 2003

Owen at the Pop Factory AwardsThe Pop Factory Awards 2003 was aired on ITV1 Wales last night, and saw Owen and Joe from The Crimea turn up to accept the award for Best New Talent. Both looked pretty surprised, especially Owen who voted for Jarcrew to win the award. ITV1 Wales’ Pop Factory website has now been updated with details on the show including screen shots of the award ceremony broadcast and a couple of videos of bands playing live on the show. Click [More] to see some shots of The Crimea on the show, I’ll try and get some of my own up soon.
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Builth Wells Show Cancelled

The Crimea gig at Builth Wells on December 12th as part of the venue’s Big Bash 2003 has been cancelled after the event’s organisers pulled out. The gig the following day featuring The Keys has also been cancelled. Click [More] to read Owen’s appology.
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Pop Factory Awards Airing

The Pop Factory Music Awards 2003The Pop Factory Awards 2003, in which The Crimea won the award of Best New Talent, will be aired on ITV1 Wales this Friday 12th December from 11.30pm to 12.30am. About bloody time. Tune in to see Owen and Joe getting pissed.
There’s some new pictures of the band up on the site from John Bown, The Crimea’s new camera equiped friend.
And you only have a week left to enter the Crimea singles competition, so hurry up and get your entry in now.

Mailing List

Mailing ListCrimbo shows, apologies and lame gags. The usual Crimea nonsense.
The Crimea return to The Enterprise for the first time since they formed. Click [More] for Christmas gig info.
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Win Crimea CDs

Crimea Releases

Win The Crimea’s Current Back Catalogue – Comp Now Over
A competition designed especially for those of you who are having problems getting hold of the new single, the first prize is a copy of all the current releases by The Crimea (LWOA CD, WRG CD & 7″, BB CD) and a second prize of a copy of the new Baby Boom single.
All you have to do is e-mail the names of The Crimea’s current five members and what main instrument they each play to before midnight on December 15th. Both winners will be notified by e-mail and should then provide an address for me to send the prize to.

Random Mumblings…

Joe sleeping.The Van On Fire tour has given way to the Van On Hire tour, for obvious reasons… gig info here.
Someone in Germany wants you to vote for stuff… one of the options is Baby Boom, so I say vote away.
Recieved a parcel full of Crimea CDs yesterday, so a competition ain’t too far off.
Julz has got a new album out, being me I wasn’t content with one copy so got four. That’s another give-away ready then.
If you’ve sent me pics of the band they should be on the site soon but it takes so long to crop an image nowadays…

Manchester: An Alternative View

Tonight I have for you another reporter’s version of events at Manchester. Gone are Drowned In Sound’s “mess of acidic guitars” and “out of synch loops” and replacing them are “twinkly guitar effects” and “purposely out-of-step lyrics”. Click here to view’s review of The Crimea’s support for Dashboard Confessional on 7th November, or just click on [More] for the shortened version.
And just when you think the all clear’s sounded, I find an unedited version of the DiS review on the site. “I hate it so much it skull fucks my head”. Really, some people should stop going to gigs altogether. Read it here or click [More].
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Baby Boom Enters Top 10 (Kinda…)

I’ve always loved the city of York, and here’s yet another reason for it being the greatest place on earth. York’s major independent record shop Track Records have just listed The Crimea’s single Baby Boom as number eight in their weekly sales charts, beating the likes of Britney Spears and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Click [More] to see the chart, taken from this website. And if you’re still having trouble finding the single in a store, you can order it online from for the lowest price I’ve seen yet, ?2.49, including free second class delivery in the UK.
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Crimea Reviews & Updates

Online mag Drowned In Sound have reviewed The Crimea’s support slot for Dashboard Confessional in Manchester, and describe them as “fucking awful” and “an American Travis whose only interesting factor is a mulleted bassist”. My thoughts? Thank god for Joe and his new mullet. And why do people keep thinking Davey’s American? Click [More] to read the review or here to read it on the DiS site if you really must., on the other hand, quite like them. They’ve reviewed new single Baby Boom and after another comparison with the Flaming Lips, gave it 4/5 stars. Read the whole review on their website here or by clicking on [More].
Boobytrap Records’ website has been updated with information on the new single and on their Christmas Bash gig featuring The Crimea. More information on all new Crimea gigs can be found on the gigs page.
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Last Night’s XFM Session

If you were listening to The Crimea’s session on XFM last night and it all sounded a little familiar, that’ll be because it was yet another repeat of the live session they recorded for the Music: Response show on XFM back in February. Therefore I’ll not be needing any other recordings of the show, unless you happen to think yours is of an especially high quality. A review of February’s session can be found here and includes a transcript of an interview with the band, though the interview MP3s are not currently available.

Mailing List

Mailing List‘Things Go Well For The Crimea’… and other tall tales
Your mission, should you wish to accept it, is the number 78. Click [More] for further details. This post will self destruct if you succeed.
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Baby Boom News

Lots of Baby Boom related news today, I’ll just shut up and get on with it…
Andy Norton - Photo ? 2003 John BownThe Crimea will be in session on XFM’s The Works from 9.00pm tonight. You can listen to it on radio, digital TV or online at where you can also hear a clip of new single Baby Boom in the XFM Playlist section. have a review of the single, which first appeared in the Manchester Evening News (send scanned copies this way), on their website giving it three out of five stars. You can read the review here or by clicking on [More].
According to a comment left on the Manchester Online site, The Vanden Plas have produced a remix of Baby Boom. If you can get their message board to work, go leave a message there to find out more.
John Bown has taken four pages worth of black and white photos of The Crimea at The Met Club in London last Friday. You can view them all at his website here. Thanks to him for emailing me about them. If only others would do the same.
The single is currently listed as number 62 in the Future Chart, an official listing of predicted chart results for all new singles based on interest in them before release date. Not that it’ll get anywhere near the charts this week if the distribution isn’t sorted out. I apologise for anyone who’s tried to get a copy from a shop and hasn’t managed to (me included).
Though all is well on the radio play front, including the session I just mentioned on XFM, Radio 1 and 6 continuing to play the single and I was just emailed an enquiry from America about radio play over there.
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