Post-Rocktoberfest: Butterfly Child – The Peel Session

October 7, 2009 at 9:00 am 19 comments

Butterfly Child

Butterfly Child

Bubblegum Cage III is proud to present the first of two sessions that Joe Cassidy’s band recorded for the John Peel show. As previously mentioned, these 1992 recordings feature a line-up identical to the one that appeared on Papa Sprain’s one-and-only Peel session – Cassidy, Gary McKendry of Papa Sprain and Rudy Tambala of A.R. Kane. Cassidy’s guests certainly make their collective presence felt – the session includes some of the most aggressive, noisy material Butterfly Child ever recorded. Perhaps that’s why Peel was so effusive in his praise for these songs when the session was originally broadcast. He got particularly hot under the collar about  “Led Through the Mardi Gras”.

These MP3 were recorded from the same cassette that yielded the Papa Sprain session files. The cassette was provided by erstwhile electronica artiste FortDax – to whom this here blog is eternally grateful. The tape will be mailed back to you soon Darren. Honest.

Download the entire session here.

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19 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tim  |  October 14, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Wow, I have had a cassette of this for years but with a tape flip in the middle of Neptune’s Fork. Thank you so much for letting me hear the full song.

  • 2. Biggie Samuels  |  October 14, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Hey, that’s what I’m here for! “Neptune’s Fork” is great.

    Coincidentally, when your comment rolled in, I was actually listening to the Ghetto Speak EP, for the fist time in years. Must say, it’s startlingly better than any of the band’s other releases and – like the Peel session – it seems to feature Gary McKendry quite prominently.

    Doubtless, this little gem is now out-of-print, so I don’t feel too bad about leading you to a blog you can download it from. Be warned though, the download link is said to be more-then-usually pop-up laden.

  • 3. Biggie Samuels  |  October 14, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Hmmm… My attempt to HTML a hyperlink into that last comment didn’t seem to work. Here’s where you can score the EP:

    • 4. Tim  |  October 14, 2009 at 11:39 pm

      Thanks for posting the link, I already have this EP, plus everything else Butterfly Child ever released!

  • 5. rudy  |  November 4, 2009 at 10:07 am

    long time since i heard this – pretty damn good, i reckon!

    rudy kane

  • 6. duulmusik  |  February 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Dead link. Ugh! I have been searching for both Butterfly Child peel Sessions since I first heard BC on Rock Over London in ’93!! Any way to re-up this and the other session? I love their 90’s material and the early stuff is so rare. I actually have Eucalyptus on cd as well as the Rough Diamonds Rough trade singles on japanese import if anyone needs! thanks!

  • 7. doug w  |  May 27, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Request seconded… any chance of a reupload for those of us who arrived somewhat more than fashionably late?


  • 8. Biggie Samuels  |  June 10, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I do plan to re-up this session but it might take a while as I seem to have mislaid the original files.

  • […] Post-Rock compilation re-up for y’all. Click here to download UK Post-Rock Vol. 2. And as a by-popular-request bonus feature, you can click here to download a Butterfly Child Peel […]

  • 12. duulmusik  |  October 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Yep – sounds great. I just scoured all over for the 1/1/94 session and its nowheresville though. Any chance you may have this in your archives?
    I also remember a Butterfly Child EP that was available online for free – it came out independently as a download – the cover was fashioned after the coca cola logo. It was done in Chicago. Anyone remember this?

    • 13. Biggie Samuels  |  October 18, 2010 at 10:22 am

      Sadly, the Butterfly Child session was from a borrowed tape, not my personal archive. Still, the guy who leant me the tape has been threatening to do a blog archiving his old Peel Session recordings, so who knows?

  • 14. Occasional Rain  |  October 26, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Thanks for posting this – just rediscovered Butterfly Child after years and years. Spectacular.

    Just posted ‘Passion Is Not The Only Fruit’ from the second album over on my indie music blog.


    • 15. Biggie Samuels  |  October 28, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      Have you heard Ghetto Speak? That’s the one, as far as I’m concerned.

  • 16. Tony  |  April 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    A wee birdy reliably informs me that a retrospective Butterfly Child album will be coming out later this year, including unreleased material. A 7 inch single came out on vinyl for Record Store Day in the past week. There’s also plans afoot for a Hark! records compilation later in the year, so I’m told….

  • 18. mik  |  March 1, 2014 at 2:22 am

    New Butterfly Child album on the way!! details on their facebook page.

    • 19. WaveFoundation (@WaveFoundation)  |  December 29, 2014 at 12:28 am

      He actually commented on mojo board that he had enough for 12 B.C. lp’s but he was just waiting to see how this one would be received.

      “Planning on a full length but it will depend on how these singles go. Have at least enough material for 12 albums since the last one came out. All just a case of what works really. A crisp five pound note will be in the mail shortly”

      Big admirer of Cassidy’s B.C. outfit.


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