Cornershop Announce Live Dates & Festival Projects

Cornershop are pleased to announce rare live dates and a summer of festival projects.

The end of May represents the point all Cornershop fans need to clear a date in their dairies, with the announcement of series of rare live performances  as follows:

25 May Nattjazz Festival in Bergen, Norway

26 May Stockholm Debaser Slussen, Sweden

27 May Stavanger Folken, Norway

28 May Oslo, Norway’s Rockefeller.

On June 2nd Cornershop will play a one-off London gig at the O2 Academy, Islington, where fans will be treated to songs from Jullandar to Judy. Tickets for Cornershop at the O2 Academy are available now.

June 3rd they hotfoot the show across the country to play the Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham.

July 8th Cornershop play Lounge On The Farm, Canterbury, Kent. Completing the live schedule to-date, Cornershop join a host of top UK bands at Japan’s premier music event, Fuji Rock Festival (July 29-31). Further live dates are now being scheduled.

Finally, Manchester International Festival have announced their programme, which will see Cornershop joining Damon Albarn, Bjork and Snoop Dogg as part of the festival’s music output.

The festival commission, an interactive installation called ‘Pop O Motion’, sees collaboration between Cornershop and animator-illustrators, Rude. Always known as innovators Cornershop and Rude are creating the music & video elements for the installation with children from Boltons Castle Hill Primary School.

The event will run from July 2-17. Whilst the event is FREE to attend, booking is necessary. Tickets can be obtained directly from the MIF website.

The First John Peel Session Recording

Cornershop 1st Peel Session, broadcast on Radio 1, 13th February 1993

Tracklisting: 1. Nai Zindigi Nai Jevan (New Way New Life), 2. Summer Fun in a Beat-up Datsun 3. England’s Dreaming” 4. Trip Easy

In those early days we were under the tutelage of Jon Robb, & Captained by Marcus ParnellMarcus was in the band The Dandelion Adventure, from Preston, and we had studied there at Lancashire Polytechnic – our drummer was a local record collector and DJ of much repute.  Together with my brother Avtar and Anthony a sitar playing fan of trigonometry we were complete to make the biggest of sheer noise.  John Robb produced our early records, and knew just about everyone in the industry.  His critique and hard work left him with a lot of affection from everyone that we came across.

We were asked to do a Peel Session on the back of John Peel seeing us at the Camden Falcon.  At the same gig was John Savage, Hanif Kureishi, John Robb and Tom Ravenscroft (& my future wife).

The day before the Session, we played a Rough Trade Shop in-store (Covent Garden) & got pretty freaked out afterwards by being asked to sign autographs – on the night we played The Square, Harlow for the second time.  The first time we played there was when Gary Walker agreed to sign us to the Portobello based Wiiija label.   We slept over at Inder Kaur’s flat on the Camden Road, all of us on the same floor, ready for the Session the next day.

Being our first radio session we were rather apprehensive.  We were advised that these sessions were recorded, and then you are asked to go out during the mixing stage, while they mixed the tracks in your absence.  At that time, I think they called it heavy heavy manners.

The engineer had complaints about our amps so radical rewiring was set upon by the BBC tech. department.  They weren’t too impressed on having to mic up a lawnmower head either.  After that, the session seemed to go smoothly.

All of us lived in different cities: Preston, Wolverhampton, Leicester and London so it was very rare for us to play songs together, unless it was at a gig in which we never heard each other anyway.  To play in the same room as many a famous individual and bands had played was a point that we had already started attacking by drinking ourselves through it.

John Robb and Marcus arrived later.  We had very little equipment, and for our first two years Benedict always used John‘s Fender TelecasterMark, in true dynamic management role set about filming the session on his hand held cinecamera, but soon passed out under the grand piano.  Towards the end Gary Walker joined us.

As it turned out, the BBC staff did not rally us out to do the mixing stage, probably because there would be no guarantee of rallying us back again.  We sat in the studio and we mixed it with them until very late in the night.  I had come along with a few audio ideas on tape, which after all these years is testimony that we actually took things quite seriously right from the start.

On the subject of recollection, very little could be remembered of the Session by all those I got in touch with, to put this piece together.  Anthony did remember driving his fucked black 1978 BMW 320 back to Lancashire – it consumed 5 litres of oil, the entire contents of the engine: it had smoke pouring out of it all the way home.  The way he got back was to be the same as the group would move forward.  Jallopy.

See a youtube link of the Session here

The Britishers Cup Of Tea

The Britishers Cup Of Tea.

Sitting down to a calm cup of char. Hand made cup & saucer. A rather handy weapon of a teapot (in the right hand). God given leaves, hand picked by a village of ladies, that are hopefully getting well paid for it. For hope is what it is all about. Hope and reflection. The clink of served tea apparatus is like waiting for the start of yr vinyl record to bust. The pouring process is like the conductor tapping their baton, and the rest is pure symphony.

When we were growing up in the Black Country, or as Slade put it “down our way,” like most Asian families the tea was constantly on the boil – every 23 minutes, even faster if visitors came round, and they regularly did. The news of the day was not over the garden fence, or on the door step, but in the kitchens being overheard from the pantry of every self respecting Wog household.

The Indian way of making tea is to heat water, add tea, and sugar and cardamom and cinnamon & whatever else you require & leave to reach boiling point, for as long as it takes to get yrself up to date with all the shit that’s going down, especially if Dave Hill, or Enoch Powell were to drop in.

The television remote control was for other children a chore, a heavy responsibility to behold, but in an Asian household it was a rather handy weapon, with which to conduct whose turn it was next, to make the tea. I hear sheet music again.

Going back to finishing off that tea – after bringing to boil, add milk and let it simmer for as long as further gossip does hold.

A bad cup of tea though, is like the chalkboard rubber being chucked at you in the middle of a maths lesson, for a maths lesson is a maths lesson, not a wiggle yr pencil lesson.

Thankfully, the Commonwealth is not like it used to be, but in India as with England and most of the modern world, it is a sad footnote that denotes the traditional more time consuming hot cup of char, or even coffee is being out paced by Fanta and Rola Cola. Does nobody like to chat nowadays? I say, …he’s gone.

The health benefits of a good tea cup are continually applauded & demoted, but I certainly feel tanned. However, due to the tonnage that I drink I’m a furry old, copper kettle myself, still longing for Lyons tearooms to return as much as vinyl records and Willie Rushton. There is hope and there is reflection.” Tjinder Singh, p&c ample play 2009.

London Animation Festival will showcase….

Every 100 Day Cycle People, we have just had some very good news. We have always appreciated the hard work of our video makers, whom have provided their skills and time for our low budget truely independent Ample Play Label scale, for a song, if you will.

Well now, London International Animation Festival have put together, in their words “20… of the world’s best and most innovative music videos produced in the last 12 months,” and no less than 2 Cornershop videos feature in this Top 20. ‘Soul School’ by Abi Williams, and ‘Free Love’ by Chris Hemming. We are very happy for them.

London Animation Festival will showcase all the 20 videos SATURDAY 28 AUGUST, 8.15pm d’tails below:

5 Things you may not know about Cornershop…

We at Cornershop HQ are surprised and gladened how the band are often described and at times horrified. So we thought we would leave a few titbits before we eventually get to the main body of information. Therefore we will be putting up extra curricular snacks over the next month. Wikipedia being so Waki.

  1. First English group to work with Dan the Automator of Kool Keith Dr Octagon & sadly more laterly for Gorillaz fame. See Candyman track for Nike
  2. The London club night Buttoned Down Disco is named after the track Buttoned Down Disco from the Clinton Album
  3. Original Cornershop drummer David D Chambers used a lawnmower grass collector as part of his initial drum kit with the group
  4. Laura Marling & Jeffrey Lewis had their cover version of Eminem’s Brain Damage recorded by Tjinder at his Sassy P Studios.
  5. Cornershop were the last group to work with Allen Ginsberg on track ‘When The Light Appears Boy’

International Front Covers


As well as collecting records, I have slowly developed an interest in books. I generally go for old books, mostly factual, with a view to see what the writers opinions were at the time of writing, against how things panned out in reality. Of the Fontana book shown in the picture written by Martin Walker, there is amongst many other tit bits this paragraph, which shows history in the repeating:

Pg 220

“The responsibility for ending racism in general, and stopping the NF in particular, now seems to rest with the Labour Movement. For it’s own sake, it will have to end the erosion of its once core support in deprived urban areas, and the evidence suggests that it will increasingly have to challenge the NF for that support. This will mean, almost wholly, relying upon the weakest of three elements of the

Labour movement, the constituency Labour parties. The other two, the trade unions and the Parliamentary Labour Party, will have their own tasks through organising in the workplace and passing legislation. But in fighting racism in the communities where people live, the burden is upon the CLPs and upon Labour councils. They seem, in 1976,

to be ill-equiped to carry it.”

If you have an interest in items like records and books or car manuals etc., that you can pick up & smell, which may from time to time be used as a handy weapon, please share it with us. This blog space has not been well promoted as we think best how to push it, but one day it will of course be bigger than the Imperial Google Library at Queens.

Sweets for my sweet

Hello there, this is the new Message Blog of the website, designed to rally around any topic whatsoever. Its all new to us, and to start with I have decided to show a picture I took yesterday – behind the sweet jars is a London Street that I think will be bigger than the Portobello Road in less than 10 years, but for those of you not in the capital, the sweet jars themselves are candy enough. Tjinder