Archive for 2003

New Crimea Photos

The girl behind Iona Photography has posted loads of photos of The Crimea on her personal weblog. They feature backstage pics of the band and others after one of their gigs supporting the Stereophonics in Ireland earlier in the month, including some of new man Andy Norton who’s even been spotted doing a bit of crowdsurfing . Visit the post including photos of the band here.

The Crimea In Session On XFM

The WorksThe Crimea will be in session on XFM show The Works, presented by Claire Sturgess, starting tomorrow night at 9.00pm and finishing at 11.00pm. If anyone can record the show for me, please do so I can get MP3s up on the website. You can listen to the show in London on 104.9fm, through various digital TV / radio channels or online at

Unconfirmed Gig Correction

The gig itself is still unconfirmed but I made a little mistake with some details about the possible gig at Chapter in Cardiff. The date should be Wednesday 19th December, not in November. Whether it’s on at all is another matter…

Fred Flintstone Video Problems

It was bound to happen. Technical problems are a mother fu… If anyone’s downloaded the Fred Flintstone Acoustic Live On Cable TV video as part of the Alternative Baby Boom downloads, and you’re getting and error message telling you to download an Indeo codec, add a comment to this post or drop me a line. Hopefully the problems will be sorted out soon enough.
Update The ‘man who can’ Mr Denyer has managed to solve the problem. All you should need to do is visit the following website link –, download and install the file. The instructions are for Windows 98 but will be the same for most Windows operating systems. Just remember those virus scans of downloaded files, though it’s been checked and was virus/trojan free. Lastly, you really should use Windows Media Player to view the video, Real Player messes it up somewhat.

Baby Boom Out Now

Baby Boom - Out NowThat’s right, The Crimea’s third single Baby Boom is out now (but do any shops have it in? :o \). Hopefully Boobytrap Records have got their distribution sorted out and it’s available around the country in various HMV, Virgin and assorted indie record shops right now. It’s backed with The Great Unknown, a lovely little song though coming in at nearly six minutes long, little isn’t exactly the right word. Julz features on both songs meaning there’s something nicer to listen to other than Davey’s *ahem* interesting string plucking methods (I know he tries but really, if you’d have heard some of the stuff I have..). Anyway, a minute long solo from her wraps up the single. Lyrics are now up on the Baby Boom single page and if you can’t find a copy in your local store, you can pick up a copy online at Townsend Records, Amazon and HMV among others.

The Alternative Baby Boom

The Alternative WRG.For one day only on the day of the official single’s release, download the alternative Baby Boom single for free!
Up for download is Baby Boom, recorded during The Crimea’s session for Radio 1′s Session In Wales, The Great Unknown played live at the Borderline in London sometime during the first half of the year, and a video (yes, a video!) of a Fred Flintstone (former Baby Boom title) acoustic played live on Stuart Cable’s ‘Cable TV’ show. The two MP3s both feature former member Julz Parker while the video is just Davey, Joe and Andy.
All three tracks are available through the downloads page all day on November 17th.

Another Baby Boom Review

Just in time for it’s release, Stuart Denyer has done an excellent review of Baby Boom for his website He’s probably the only person to review the single who’ll have bothered to listen to it more than twice, and has managed to pin down the meaning of the Baby Boom song, which before reading seems just an advertisement for Hanna-Barbera. He’s had a go at transcribing the lyrics too, and also has reviews and lyrics for both previous singles. Click here to go straight to his review of Baby Boom or here for a list of his other Crimea single reviews.

Baby Boom Review & Missed Session

The first review of Baby Boom (out Monday) has appeared on the web. Gigwise liked the lyrics, may like the band but didn’t like the single much when they reviewed it for their weekly round up. Click here to read the article on their website or on [More] to stay here and read it.
It seems that Gideon Coe had the band live in session for his Radio 6 show last Wednesday. If anyone has a recording of the show, send it this way. Click on the [More] button to see what he had to say about the band.
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A New Gig

A man from Boobytrap Records has posted details of a Crimea gig on the Boobytrap messageboard. I think it’s gonna be in Cardiff at Chapter on Wednesday 19th December with Kidz With Toyz, but I’m not too sure so click on [More] to read the actual post and make up your own mind.
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General Updates

Andy NortonThe Crimea will be in session for XFM as part of Claire Sturgess’ show The Works on Wednesday 19th November at 9.00pm. It could just be a repeat of the original XFM Music:Response show but who knows. Thanks to Dan on the message board for the heads up.
People who’ve seen new Crimea lead guitarist Andy Norton in action like what they saw. Julz’s replacement is apparently trying to take Davey’s crown as maddest guy in the band. main man Craig has stuck loads of stuff about him in a thread on The Crimea Forum here. You can also here him performing with one of his old bands Denzel on the BBC OneMusic Unsigned website here.
If you’ve been to any of the gigs on the Van On Fire Tour 2003 and fancy yourself as a bit of a reporting genius, send your reviews into and any photo’s you have of the band to I’ll add anything I’m sent to the website asap.

Another Gig Review

OuTMoDed, one of the bands that supported The Crimea at Manchester’s Victoria Inn last night, have a very very small review of the whole gig on their website here. That’s about as interesting as it gets today. Although I was sent a picture of Crocketts member Dan Harris’ arse. Thanks to whoever sent it. No names, no pack drill, as the man himself once said. Evening.

Previewed And Playlisted.

This week’s Independent newspaper has previewed the last two shows of the Van On Fire 2003 at London’s Metro Club on Wednesday and the Cardiff Barfly on Thursday. View the article on the press clippings page and then go along to see the band play.
The Crimea’s new single Baby Boom, out November 17th, has been added to XFM Radio’s main playlist. You can listen to the station online at or view the current playlist by clicking here.

Win Signed CDs! And A Review…

Win A Signed WRG CDBaby Boom’s out in a week but if you haven’t got a hold of the last single White Russian Galaxy yet, OistarBwoy are giving away two signed versions of the single if you can just answer one simple question. They’ve also reviewed The Crimea’s gig last night at the Shepherds Bush Empire supporting Dashboard Confessional. Click on the [More] button to read the Crimea related bit of the article or visit for the full article and competition.
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Crimea Profiled In The Fly

Owen’s ex work colleague’s are still interested in the little bloke with a girl’s haircut. Gawd knows why… Something about “dead fucking cool” and “dead fucking talented” ?!? As if…
The November/December issue of The Fly magazine contains a one page profile of The Crimea including a chat with the band before their set supporting Travis a couple of weeks ago. There’s also details on the new single Baby Boom and an ad for the Van On Fire tour later on in the mag. Thanks to Amy on the message board for providing scans of the article and ad, both of which you can find in the press clippings section. If you’d like to pick up a copy of The Fly for yourself, you can get one free from any of these venues.

Baby Boom News

Two places on the web are now taking pre-orders for the Baby Boom single. has the single priced at ?3.99 and have it at the much more attractive price of ?2.99 while also having the first two singles and Davey’s poem book for sale too.
And The Crimea have yet again been stuck on SBN’s B playlist with Baby Boom. You can check out the rest of their playlistings here.