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2015/10/13 | Ricky McGuire Interview:

Fans of The Men They Couldn't Hang and UK Subs will be interested in this fascinating indepth interview with bass player extraordinaire Ricky McGuire: Link

2015/09/03 | Track listing and sleeve notes for Tightrope:

Mrs Avery (Simmonds/Odgers)Odgers & Simmonds Tightrope
A re working of the track which first appeared on the 2008 TMTCH album ‘Devil on the Wind’. This version features added vocals from Paul and pedal steel from Geoff Price. We’ve left on Nick Muir’s lovely piano and Bobby Valentino’s trademark violin. It’s an imagined sequel to the great Dr Hook song, ‘Sylvia’s Mother’.

Tyburn Tree (Simmonds)
We’ve added backing vocals from Phil and a mandolin part from Paul to this overlooked track from 2008. A bitter look at the Banking Crash of 2008 as it was happening.

Deportees  (Guthrie)
Woody Guthrie’s fine song about the death and exploitation of migrant workers seems sadly ever relevant. This new version by Phil was freshly recorded this year and features Bobby Valentino on fiddle and Paul on mandolin.

Factory (Springsteen)
This crucial song from ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’ has often been identified by Paul as a big influence. This version first appeared on the TMTCH covers album ‘Al Green Was My Valet’ and features Paul on vocal and guitar, Phil on harmony vocal and Tom Spencer on additional guitar.

Tightrope (Simmonds/Odgers)
A brand new version of this track from ‘Elvis Lives Here’. Paul, Bobby and Geoff Price all contribute accompaniment to Phil’s guitar and vocal. Another of the tracks recorded especially for the album with Pat Collier producing.

North Country Blues (Dylan)
A song about abandoned mining communities that makes as much sense in the UK as it does in America. Accompanied by Bobby, Paul gives the old Dylan classic a little twist in this brand new version from the Perryvale sessions.   

Stag Night (Simmonds/Odgers)
Taken from a set of 7 songs recorded in Brighton in 1992 and intended as the beginning of a themed album about two runaways in Soho, this featured an early line up of Phil and Paul’s post TMTCH project, Liberty Cage, including Nick Muir on accordion and Neil Simmonds on double bass.

Brixton Hill (Simmonds)
The opening track of Paul’s 2007 album, ‘Rising Road’, produced by Kevin Grist, harmony vocals courtesy of Gareth Howells and Richie Leo.

Slip Away Gently (Odgers)
Another track from the Liberty Cage years, this time a much later incarnation. Alongside Phil on vocal harmonies is Wapping’s finest, Paul Howard. There’s also a saxophone cameo from Paul’s brother, Neil Simmonds.

My Side of the Bed (Simmonds)
A completely re-recorded version of this song from ‘Rising Road’ with Paul accompanied by Phil on harmonies and Bobby on fiddle. Produced by Pat Collier during the March 2015 sessions.

Leaving in the Morning (Simmonds)
An underrated track from Phil and Paul’s 1999 album ‘Baby Fishlips’. Like the rest of that album, this track was recorded in Paul’s Crouch Hill bedroom flat by engineer Alon Adiri.

Barratt’s Privateers (Trad.)
A completely new recording of this standard, often performed live by Phil over the last 20 years and here with Paul and Bobby lending a little vocal accompaniment.

2015/03/02 | Various News:

  • Swill Odgers & Paul Simmonds are recording some tracks for a new album together.

  • There will be a "Best of Swill & The Swaggerband"  album, due to release this April:

Track List (Lyrics/Music)
  1. BIRTH OF THE BOP (P. Simmonds / P. Odgers)
  2. THE DRINKERS (P. Simmonds / P. Odgers)
  3. MISSING (P. Simmonds / P. Odgers)
  4. ELVIS LIVES HERE (R. Johnson / P. Odgers)
  5. LUSTY GLAZE (P. Odgers)
  6. THE STORY (P. Simmonds / P. Odgers)
  7. DRAG YOU DOWN (P. Odgers)
  8. SAM HALL (Trad. Arranged by P. Odgers)
  9. ORDINARY GIRLS (P. Simmonds / P. Odgers)
  11. READY TO BLOW (P. Simmonds / P. Odgers)
  12. IN THE JAILHOUSE NOW (Jimmie Rodgers)
  13. MARJORY AND JOHNNY (R. Johnson / P. Odgers)
  14. HANWELL SHUFFLE (P. Odgers)
Track 1 originally appeared on the Hanwell Shuffle EP (2004)
Tracks 6, 9, 11, 12, 14 originally appeared on The Day After CD (2004)
Tracks 5, 8 originally appeared on the Doh, Ray, Me-Me-Me- Me-Me-Me EP (2005)
Tracks 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, 13 originally appeared on the Elvis Lives Here CD (2005)

2014/12/12 | New Swill Solo 'Christmas' EP:

Phil (Swill) Odgers has released a Christmas EP!
Christmas in Prison EP
2 tracks are available to download from iTunes and Amazon (with samples):

You can hear it on Youtube:

If MP3 ain't your thing you can buy it direct as a 5 Track EP CD:

  1. Christmas in Prison (produced by Gerry Diver)
  2. Roving Gambler (produced by Gerry Diver)
  3. Through The Morning, Through The Night (featuring Eliza Carthy)
  4. Big Brother John (from TMTCH covers album)
  5. Carrying The Flame (alternative version)
There was no possibility of getting Santa to press this in time for Christmas so Swill has produced a home made package ...and all the better it is for it too!
As always you can buy it for £5 plus the usual P&P through our Mail Order.
if you're in Europe it's £5.50 rest of the world is £6.75.

Swill can pop it in a signed Christmas card and post out to you - please make a note of the name for the card.

2014/09/30 | New Gig Dates:Special Show

Upcoming gigs so far:

18. October, Lerwick (Shetland)
23. October, Liverpool
24. October, Glasgow
25. October, Aberdeen
30. October, Birningham
31. October, Derby
  1. November, Newcastle
  5. December, London

  4. April, London - Special 30th Anniversary Finale Show

All details in our gig dates section.

2014/09/14 | Promo Clip on YouTube:

There is a new promo clip for Raising Hell from the new album available on YouTube. Link: Raising Hell

2014/07/26 | The Defiant is recorded and ready for download:

The Defiant - the new album from The Men They Couldn't Hang is recorded and ready for download to you.

The DefiantFor the time being, anyone can buy it from Pledge for only £8 to download - with that you also get extras such as the AccessPass - which gives access to all the videos on our Pledge page, updates, etc and an exclusive that we have invented ourselves called 'The Bundle' - in which everyone is entered into a raffle to win a bundle of CD's, all our studio notes and handwritten lyrics, a trip to the studio, one of the bands instruments signed, all the rough demo's and outtakes of all songs including ones that didn't make it on the album AND a bottle of Oban Whiskey - if we can resisit drinking it ourselves! For now CD's can also be bought via Pledge and will be posted out in 2 or 3 weeks when they come back from the pressing plant - CD's are £15 and include access to the downloadable version as well as all the other stuff and entry to the prize draw. Vinyl is also available but takes longer to press. Official relase of album is probably September and after that it will be widely available - exciting times!


2014/07/08 | New TMTCH album out soon:

The new album, 'The Defiant' is now mixed and mastered and will be out in a couple of months. Pledgers will be able to download the album in about two weeks or less. More Infos and video here.

2014/04/16 | Raising Hell - Live Double CD and DVD of 25th Anniversary Show:

The Men They Couldn’t Hang celebrate 30 Years on the loose with a live date at the O2 Empire in the heart of London’s Shepherd’s Bush and the whole sheebang is being recorded and filmed for posterity!

TMTCH release a  special live double CD album which also includes a bonus DVD of the gig and you can buy it on the night (CD can be picked up after the show's that for speedy) the DVD will be posted out once it's edited (we're adding extra features!!)

You can also buy it from here:

2014/02/25 | New gig dates:

Thanks to all of you wonderful Pledgers TMTCH are presently in the studio for the first recording sessions for the new album. As part of their anniversary year TMTCH will be appearing at a number of festivals throughout the summer – see the Gigs page for details.

2013/12/14 | Eulogy by Sputnik Weazel:

Eulogy is the latest CD from Llandilo based singer/songwriter Sputnik Weazel.

A long musical career stretching back some 17 solo albums and a whole host of other musical projects, has seen many plaudits come his way.

"Serious points disguised in pretty tunes and arresting imagery... a record I want to share with everyone who'll listen."
(Dai Jeffries / R2)

When not making his own music Sputnik is also the drummer for The Men The Couldn't Hang and was collaborator in chief on last year's release from Stefan Cush And The Feral Family and their debut album Brough Superior.

Music video taken from the album Eulogy by Sputnik Weazel: YouTube

CD's can be ordered from Four Dogs Music.

2013/10/25 | Pledge campaign & new blog launched:

The Pledge campaign to raise funds for the forthcoming album has been started (link below). There is also a new blog launched which is updated weekly during the Pledge campaign.
Pledge Campaign

2013/09/19 |  The Men They Couldn't Hang - Three Xmas shows in 2013:

The people have spoken and the band have listened. This year instead of the usual festive show in London TMTCH are going to wrap up nice and warm and hit the road for a snowy seasonal jaunt to more Northerly towns:

  1. Thursday 12th December - Manchester Academy
  2. Friday 13th December - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
  3. Saturday 14th December - Newcastle 02 Academy

These will be the ONLY shows TMTCH will play before the end of 2013... and for those who haven't seen it, the big Anniversary show will be on Saturday April 19th at London Shepherds Bush Empire.

:2013/09/17 |  Pledge campaign coming this October :

The men They Couldn't Hang team up with Pledge Music to create a fan funded new studio album for release in march 2014. The album is to be recorded in January and is to be produced by Mick Glossop. The campaign is to climax with a Pledgers only new years eve party show - a great way to see in the 30th anniversary.

2013/09/13 |  Swill Odgers - Solo tour of Yorkshire ;) :

The Men They Couldn't Hang's very own golden throathed hellcorn Phil 'Swill' Odgers - solo tour of Yorkshire!!!
Ably supported by Gary Kaye ...the Woody Guthrie of the West Riding. You'll find the details in our gig dates section.

2013/04/05 |  Cush Interview:

There is an actual interview with Stefan Cush at Joiners live.

2013/01/15 |  Godforsaken Voyage from Swill Odgers:

Godforsaken VoyagePhil 'Swill' Odgers brand new solo album will hit the stores on 11th March 2013. Amazon has already listed it in thier download section where you can hear previews of all the songs.

Update: There is also a  press release and a video for "Dusty Fields" available. Enjoy.

2012/12/11 |  TMTCH supporting Stiff Little Fingers:

We are very excited to announce TMTCH will be supporting legendary band Stiff Little Fingers on their March 2013 UK Tour.

2012/10/28 |  Even Drummers can make solo records shock horror!!

You've heard him banging the drums and smashing those Hi-Hats but did you know that Nik (Sputnik Weazel), 97th drummer with The Men The Men They Couldn't Hang, can also write songs and hold his own amongst the best of em? We'll he can. This outstanding CD from our man at the back disproves many common misconceptions about drum stools, goldfish and whales. It's more than pop-tastic, it's home-grown genius....
Flirting With the Cult of Celebrity is the 16th independent studio album release from Sputnik Weazel, TMTCH's drummer, and cofounder of The Feral Family. The CD features 10 new songs and is exclusively available from Four Dogs Music.

CD release date - 5th November, 2012
iTunes & Amazon digital release date - 3rd December, 2012
YouTube promo video:

2012/2/06 |  Various News from TMTCH & Cohorts:

The Men They Couldn't Hang
Last weekend we were invited to come along and play at 'The Gathering' in Prestatyn, Wales.  It was a freezing cold drive from London but the reception we received was warm and welcoming.  Met up with ton of old pals including Mike Peters and Gareth Jones  We crammed as many songs into our 45 minute slot as possible and Tom Spencer swapped over from his usual TMTCH Banjo to playing lead guitar as Paul Simmonds had previous commitments up at Celtic Connections in Scotland where he was playing with Naomi Bedford.  A clip of our set can be seen here: http://youtube/BMGskwL-z0s

Looking ahead to the summer we have started going through the festival offerings for this year. Confirmed so far is the Rhythm Folk Festival on Friday 24th August . This year The Rhythm festival is going to be 3 festivals in one so make sure you buy a ticket for the 'Folk Festival' part if you want to see us. There will also be a set by The Feral Family at some point as well as Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds. Phil 'Swill' Odgers' will also be doing a solo set on one of the days.

As well as two main music stages for the Rhythm Festival, 2012 sees the addition of a Blues festival, Rhythm & Blues and the Rhythm Folk Festival – both of which can be accessed by holders of an All Festivals Weekend Pass or weekend tickets are available for each of them for just £70 for the weekend (includes one free child, price increase on June 1st to £80). Camping and other amenities, including children’s and other entertainment will be shared.
The price of an All Festivals Weekend Pass is currently £99 and will rise to £119 once 1,000 are sold. At 8am on Feb 1st there were just 158 x £99 tickets left and they are expected to go very quickly.

Phil 'Swill' Odgers
Work is well underway on Swill's latest solo album due to be released through Cargo records in Spring/Summer 2012. Produced by legendary producer Mick Glossop ( this album follows on from the acclaimed 'Sunday Morning Coming Down' EP ( The recording sessions have been something special and there are seven songs already down in one shape or another including a one finished track with Australian folk rock supremo's 'Weddings, Parties, Anything' ...their first studio recoding in 15 years!!!  Swill also has a couple of other special guests up his sleeve ...all has to remain hush-hush for now while things are sorted out but, let me tell ya, it's going to be impressive. Keep up with news at and

Stefan Cush & The Feral Family
The Feral Family's debut album, Brough Superior will be digitally released through Cherry Red on Monday, February 13th, 2012 when it will be available to download from iTunes etc. CD's will also be available to purchase from Amazon, and various other retailers from late February.

Due to a series of unlucky circumstances most of the Stefan Cush & The Feral Family tour dates now have to be rescheduled but the good news is that they've picked somewhere really personal for the launch party. Cush is inviting one and all to his local pub The White Horse in Llandeilo, Wales on Feb 10th to see the band in action and get the CD before it goes on sale generally. It's going to be free entry and one helluva night.  Be prepared for a massive hangover ...even if you don't drink!!

Also, we've just been reliably informed that  the CD will be available to buy from from next Wednesday, Feb 8th!!

Other dates so far are:
  • Fri 24 February BEDFORD Esquires
  • Fri 02 March BRIGHTON Brunswick
  • Thu 08 March LONDON Club Surya (Kings Cross) - To Be Confirmed
  • Fri 09 March PORTSMOUTH Cellers (Eastney)
More gigs and festivals to be announced shortly at:

Other TMTCH friends and cohorts...

Naomi Bedford
Often seen on stage dueting with Cush on 'Silver Gun'. Naomi's 2nd solo album has received rave reviews. Featuring guest appearances from the likes of Paul Heaton, Justin Currie and Alasdair Roberts as well as our very own Paul Simmonds (who also wrote several of the songs), the album is up for a spiral award - as best americana album of 2012 and Naomi is also one of the nominations for  'best female singer'. This is a public vote and you can make your mark here - 

Bobby Valentino
Long time muscial collaborator on the fiddle with TMTCH Bobby Valentino’s new album, “Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake”, is Handmade Music in the true sense of the term. What you hear is what the musicians played and sung at the time: no computers, no synthesisers, no sampling, no auto-tune and no drum machines were used in any way. This more traditional approach adds liveliness and an organic heart that makes the music breath in a very natural way. It does exactly what it says on the tin.. Some blurb is here - and a link to Amazon is -

Phil Martin
Another fiddler on the loose recently seen doing gigs with Swill is Phil Martin. Mr Martin has just released his debut album 'Before We Go To Paradise' on the newly-founded Brentford Records. Across ten new recordings the album presents a selection of original songs, alongside the words of some of England’s greatest poets – Shakespeare, Coleridge, Hopkins, Blake – recast and reimagined against the emotive and occasionally quirky music. The result is a quintessential English album dwelling on spirituality, resignation and humour in the modern world.  Some blurb is here - and a link to Amazon is -,

That's about it for news right now.

Keep the Faith!


2012/1/04 |  Various News:

Swill spent some time between Christmas and the New Year in the studio with Mick Glossop working on tracks for his new solo album where he also had the pleasure of Jen Anderson ( dropping in. You may know Jen from playing with Mick Thomas and 'Weddings, Parties, Anything'. She happened to be in the UK so came over to add some fiddle to a track that he have written...for a Mick Thomas project in fact. The song is called 'The Godforsaken Voyage' (previously The Machine Breakers') and it's sounding pretty darn good. It will also have squeeze box wally and a few others playing on it too plus Paul Simmonds on Mandolin AND Bazouki!!
Recording is going well and Swill is very excited about it all. He is about a quarter of the way through it and release is set for April/May. He have a full distribution deal on the boil so it's set to be widely available through CARGO RECORDS - the same people that are now distributing the EP. 

The EP is now available world wide on Amazon:
and all other regions.

By the way, almost all other TMTCH CD's are also now available through Amazon and iTunes too.

Cush Tour!!
Cush is set to unleash his solo album to the world this March. Are you ready for it??

Stefan Cush & The Feral Family


Fri   10/2  Llandeilo (Wales) - White Horse
Fri   24/2  Bedford - Esquires
Fri   02/3  Brighton - Brunswick
Fri   09/3  Portsmouth - Cellers (Eastney)

Info & Ticket Site Links:

2011/7/07 |  EP from iTunes & Last Minute Gigs:

First off sorry to those of you that are waiting for a mail order delivery ...due to the unexpectedly high number of orders for the 'Sunday Morning Coming Down' EP there is a bit of a backlog of post waiting to be sent out. We are almost up to date now and 'normal service' will be resumed very shortly.
If you want to buy a copy instantly though please download from iTunes (search for Phil Odgers, Sunday Morning Coming Down).
There are a couple of gigs coming up this weekend:
First off there is the wonderful Ely Festival in Cambridgeshire where TMTCH are Headlining this Friday night ( But, just heard that it's sold out so if you haven't got a ticket do check first.
However, if you can't make that why don't you get down to Brentford, West London (ish) the next day ...Saturday 9th of July where Phil 'Swill' Odgers is joined by Phil Martin on fiddle as special guests to ex- Icicle Works frontman Ian McNabb.
The gig is at Brentfords hottest new venue, St. Paul's Church (don't worry it has a bar!!). St Paul's Road, Brentford, TW8 0PN.
Timings: 7.15 Doors
7.45 Phil and Swill
8.45 Ian McNabb
Tickets are a mere £12 (£10 Concessions) and are available directly from the promoter Helen Martin. Email or from or on the door but get there EARLY.
And, yes, the EP will be on sale too.
More details at  

2011/6/26 |  New EP from Swill Odgers:

Phil Odgers 'Sunday Morning Coming Down'

Vinyl Star Records,  VSREP001

Available from our mail order page or

Track List:New EP

1. Sunday Morning Coming Down
2. Fools
3. I'm a Lonesome Fugitive
4. The Parting Glass
5. Bottom of the World

Produced, engineered and mixed by Mick Glossop at Magazine Studio, London

Mastered by Pat Collier at Perry Vale Studios, London

Phil 'Swill' Odgers; Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Companion Reed Organ, Harmonica
Mick Glossop; Electric guitar, keyboards and Pro Tools programming

The Songs

After recording two 'solo' albums backed by the magnificent 'Swaggerband' I decided it was time to do something a bit more up close and personal. I had a yearning to get into the studio and make a new solo album.

In 2009 The Men They Couldn't Hang released the critically acclaimed album 'Devil On The Wind' on Irregular Records. The tour for the album was wicked, the audiences wild. For several years leading up to this TMTCH have thrown in a couple of acoustic songs at the midway point in the set. However, during The Devil On The Wind tour we stripped this down further and each night in the middle of the set Cush and myself would take it in turns to play a couple of solo 'acoustic' songs each. This gave me the chance to throw in songs at the last minute, sometimes planned but often anything that took my fancy on the night, I like to try out the odd cover version I'd learn in the dressing room or back at the hotel. Songs I'd heard in my youth or songs I'd discovered as my musical horizons broadened.

I'd already settled on the idea that it was time to get started on another solo album but knew that it was going to take me about a year to write all the songs. It was obvious to me that something was needed to fill the gap between the idea and the album.

And so, after many years of recording original material with The Men They Couldn't Hang I decided, just this once, to try my hand at an EP of some songs written by other people. I fancied doing something a bit bleaker and darker than my usual solo stuff. These are my interpretations of tales of hangovers, heartbreak and hopelessness. Songs that, at one time or another, I've either played during the 'acoustic' section at TMTCH gigs or on family occasions.

Although I wanted to record in a very simple way and focus on vocals and guitar I decided to get in touch with legendary producer Mick Glossop (Van Morrison, Waterboys, Frank Zappa, etc, etc…). We'd worked with Mick on 'How Green is the Valley' and 'Waiting for Bonaparte' and I always liked the sound he got for my voice on acoustic songs like 'Parted from You' and not just the bigger sounding productions like 'Island in the Rain' or 'The Ghosts of Cable Street'.

The EP was mastered by Pat Collier who produced the classic TMTCH albums 'Domino Club', 'Silvertown' and 'Devil on the Wind' so I feel privileged to have such great talents to work with me on this project.

I went into Mick's studio and recorded 5 songs in in 7 hours - spontaneity is the key! On the other hand, I spent months picking the songs and then narrowing it down to just 5…!

The first one, 'Sunday Morning Coming Down', was introduced to me by my good friend and sometime drinking buddy PJ Wildcat O'Mahony, who told me about a rare version that Gene Vincent once did at the Corral Club, Topanga Canyon, Ca. (U.S.A) just four months before he died in October 1971. I've heard a recording of this version and although technically the sound leaves a lot to be desired, the spirit is there. It inspired me and led me to the Kris Kristofferson original which from which I build my version.

'Fools' I first heard sung as a duet between Peter Perret of The Only Ones and Pauline Murray of Penetration and has crossed my mind many times over the years. The original was written and recorded by Johnny Duncan in 1972.

'I'm a Lonesome Fugitive' is a song made famous by Merle Haggard and has been covered by several other people but I've rearranged the verses a little and put my mark on it and recorded this in a style very different from any other version I've heard.

'The Parting Glass' was suggested to me via our website ( I've heard several versions of this song, my favourite of which could well be the Wailing Jennys. but I decided to give it a bit of a different twist as well cutting out a verse. Ian McCalman (From The McCalmans) sent me their version of this to listen to but I decided to stick with the more 'traditional' version this was apparently the most popular song sung in both Scotland and Ireland before Robert Burns wrote "Auld Lang Syne". Bob Dylan used the melody for "Restless Farewell" from the album The Times They Are A-Changin' with new verses of his own, based on the original lyrics.

The last track, 'Bottom of the World', is a Tom Waits song. It's a bleak tale but I decided to put and slightly more jaunty instrumentation to it.

So, that kind of sums up the idea behind the EP. We're already working on a new TMTCH CD to be recorded later in the year and I've been sketching out songs for a new solo album …it's not going to be a collection of covers but I wouldn't be surprised if the style of the EP flavours it a little.

Phil 'Swill' Odgers

The EP is Available from our mail order page or

2011/6/25 |  Galtres Festival:

The Men They Couldn't Hang have just announced they will be playing the Forest of Galtres Festival (York) over the August Bank Holiday weekend alongside The Charlatans, British Sea Power, and the Levellers.

Members of this mailing list can get up to £15 off their entry ticket by using the band's unique discount code.

TMTCH will play Galtres Festival at Crayke, North Yorkshire, for the first time, playing just before the Levellers on the main stage on the Sunday night. They will join 100 bands playing over three days on five stages, plus a huge beer and cider festival, a night cabaret, comedy tent, family fun, fabulous food and beautiful camping. The madcap ArtsBarge crew will be there in force, bringing you cabaret, theatre, music, wondrous wackiness, frills and frolics, and a good cup of tea too. Clay Fish will be contributing magic, drama, film-making and even a yo-yo workshop. Entry costs just £60* for a weekend ticket or £36* for the day so it must be one of the best-priced festivals ever, in the setting of a wonderful hilltop arena overlooking the Vale and City of York. John Otway, Chris Helme (Seahorses). Puressence, and Mostly Autumn are also on the billing.

* use the discount code TMTCH-630 at checkout to get your discount - £3 off a day ticket, £5 off a weekend ticket and £15 off a family weekend ticket. Offer ends 30 June 2011.  Festival runs Friday 26 - Sunday 28 August 2011

See for more details and online ticket ordering.

2011/6/04 |  T-shirt Offer and Rhythm Festival News:

TMTCH played Attila's wonderful Glastonwick (Beer) Festival yesterday and with all the ales and cider on tap a merry time was had by all.
That's the last night of the tour proper and we have a handful of TMTCH 'Crest' white T-shirts left over. If you'd like to get one at a bargain price email and let us know what size you'd like and we'll see what's available. Plenty of XXLs... 
We have a few Festivals coming up not least of which is the always fabulous Rhythm Festival ( where TMTCH are honoured to have been given our very own stage to program on Saturday 27th August. We have tried to combine the very best live music with also getting our very best mates to play and have come up with a line-up that I'm sure you will agree is simply stunning:

The Men They Couldn't Hang
Boothill Foot Tappers
The Bubbery Hellbellies
Fastlane Roogalator
Bobby Valentino and the Musicians
Killer B's
Robb Johnson
Naomi Bedford
Wob (TBC)
Plus 1 or 2 others to be announced

...and that's just our stage!! Our plan is to get everyone to stick around and make it an all-day party ...forget the other stages and bands, this is the place to be ;-). Cush and Wendy May will be DJ'ing between acts and it's likely that we'll each do impromptu solo slots here and there throughout the day too. It's our day and our stage but TMTCH might not go on last (we're still trying to decide) ...our dilemma is that we don't want to be playing at the same time as Nick Lowe (9PM).  
It's gonna be something special for sure. Kids welcome too. Get your ticket now and join our party!!

2011/5/31 | Swill Solo, London:

Hot on the heels of The Men They Couldn't Hang tour, Swill is doing a solo show at The George IV,in Chiswick, West London on Thursday 9th June.  Swill will be showcasing songs from his new EP as well as from his last 2 CD's and is appearing either side of solo set SYDNEY J SPENCER (FastLane Roogalator) and The Hops.

The running times are:

Syd Spencer 8.30pm - 9.00pm
Swill 9.15pm - 9.45pm
The Hops 10.00pm - 10.45pm

Doors open at 7.45pm.
The George IV
185 Chiswick High Road
W4 2DR
(Tel: 07876 287546)

Admission - £5
Doors open 7.45pm
Showtime 8.30pm

Nearest Underground: Turnham Green (District Line)

2011/4/10 | Pictures wanted:

Swill Odgers has been in the studio today with leading producer Mick Glossop and the songs are sounding great.  Swill is recording a 5 track EP of versions of songs that he does occasionally in The Men They Couldn't Hang's famous 'accoustic section' of the set. Titles include 'Sunday Morning Coming Down', 'Lonesome Fugitive' and 'The Parting Glass' as well as a couple of suprises. The CD should be ready for release in about 2 or 3 weeks time.  
If anyone has any good pics of Swill from recent gigs email them to this website and they'll be considered for the CD cover.

2011/3/23 | 'Tales from the Weeping Willow' from Naomi Bedford:

'Naomi Bedford's album 'Tales from the Weeping Willow' is now available via mail order from her website. Paul Simmonds wrote two songs and played on it (also Ricky  McGuire and Tom Spencer). It also featured a song by Paul Heaton and another one by Justin Currie where Naomi duets with them. The album was engineered and also co-produced by Gerry Diver who was in the Popes and has worked with Shane McGowan.

2011/3/15 | Meadowlark EP by The Feral Family:

CushCush has released a new EP called 'Meadowlark EP'. It is from the forthcoming album called 'The Brough Superior' by his actual side project 'The Feral Society'.  The EP is now available at TMTCH gigs - the album release is planned for this summer!

The Meadowlark EP tracks are:

1. Meadowlark
2. Boomerang
3. Savages
4. Old Pair of Shoes

2011/2/22 | New Album, Tour & more:

The Xmas hangovers have finally gone and Spring is over the horizon. So it must be time for TMTCH to announce their plans for 2011 – and this year is a busy one!

First up, and imminently available via mail order, I-tunes and at our shows is the double CD 'Five Go Mad...' a tasty collection of our best B sides, extra tracks and some rare live versions of legendary tracks like 'Johnny Come Home' and 'Whisky With Me Giro'. The art of the B side is long gone - swallowed by the download tidal wave – but it gave bands a great opportunity to try different things, play homage to influences and to have a barrowload of fun - as evidenced t oughout this fascinating selection.

As before, we're releasing this CD to raise funds for our next studio album which we hope to start in the summer. More of that later. All in all then a double whammy - all your previously uncollected extra tracks on two CD's plus the opportunity to help keep the TMTCH wagon rolling along along with another full album this year. Bargain!

Secondly, we are on tour this Spring - going back to places not visited for a while. We are overhauling the set completely; bringing back long gone favourites like The Crest, Company Town and Home Fires along with many others. If you value TMTCH and we are in your town - please come along. We need your support to make all this work.

Later in the year, finance permitting, we'll be going into the studio
to record our next album. There will be more information soon – and possible an advance download single - but suffice to say we will be reflecting the times and to an extent returning to social and historical themes in anthem and ballad. And there will be mention of Quakers, Buccaneers, haunted churches, the Russian Revolution and the voyage of the Mayflower!

As if all that wasn't enough, there will be a long awaited solo album from Mr. Cush, a CD of covers from Swill, Paul's co-production of Naomi Bedford's 2nd album, gigs from Ricky's side project the Killer B's and Tom Spencer in Ginger Wildheart's live tour. More on all these projects soon. But not bad to be going on with!

2011/2/19 | New Double-CD with B-Sides & Flipsides:

5 Go Mad on the Other Side 

2011/1/19 | Swill Odgers supporting the Boothill Foot-Tappers:

The Boothill Foot-Tappers + Very Special Guest - Swill Odgers (The Men They Couldn't Hang) with a very special aftershow party Courtesy of Wendy May’s Locomotion

100 Club London, 28th January 2011

During the mid eighties The Boothill Foot-tappers spearheaded an extraordinary movement providing the perfect foil to the plethora of foppish synthesiser duos dominating the chart at the time.  Some called it “Cowpunk”, others “Countrybilly”. Whatever you chose to call it, they made brilliant, thoughtful and irresistibly danceable music, often with a razor sharp social message, and always with the emphasis on a brilliant night out.  They played benefits for the miners with The Redskins, headlined a dream line up at the London Alternative Country and Western Festival which featured The Pogues, The Men They Couldn’t Hang and The Sheleighly Sisters and the rest is history. They won busking competitions the world over and packed every pub and hoedown in London and t oughout the UK. They signed to Go Discs and with Billy Bragg and The Housemartins brought the house down time and again in defiance of Thatcher and Apartheid.

Sadly, not long after signing to a major and releasing a handful of brilliant EPs and an inspired debut album, it all came to a natural end. Singer Meryl married Cush and performed backing vocals on the Cherry Red Jukebox album recording of TMTCH favourite 'Silver Gun'. Co-Singer Wendy May went on to present The Tube and run London’s best soul night  The Locomotion. (which is going to be back on the tracks and at the 100 Club for one night only as an aftershow party for this gig) Chris Thompson gave us the fantastic folk inspired Barely Works and later Bigjig. Accordion maestro Slim’s CV is way too long to list anywhere but has joined TMTCH many times over the years on stage and on record. He’s currently a crucial component of the Urban Voodoo Machine. Drummer Danny has been the beat behind Shane MacGowan’s Popes and The Men They Couldn’t Hang.

So the Boothills couldn’t ever reform could they? – Well actually, to our amazement and delight yes! It’s a special birthday for one of them, so just this once, they’re taking to the stage again. Do not miss out on this incredible night, it won’t happen again.

Tickets £12.50 adv from  or £15 on the door if available. | Swill Odgers on Twitter.

2010/12/2 | The Return of the Cherry Red Jukebox:

Cherry Red JukeboxAt long last, due to popular demand we are proud to announce that our 2003 CD 'The Cherry Red Jukebox' is once again available. Originally releases in Germany on Twah! Records in 2003 and in the UK on our own label the two versions are differentiated by alternative covers - the German release has a drawing of a Jukebox and the UK version shows a photo of a jukebox floating on the Thames at Hammersmith and it is this ultra rare UK version that is once again available from our mail order page.
Track List is as follows:

   1. The Sunrise
   2. Singing Elvis  
   3. Rivertown
   4. Silver Gun             
   5. The Red Rocks Of Spain
   6. Ride Again
   7. The Hill   
   8. Colwyn Bay
   9. Highwater
 10. I Loved The Summer Of Hate 
 11. 10 Grand
This CD has been almost impossible to get over the last few years and there are currently 4 copies up on ranging in price from £34.98 to £59.66!! But we are now selling it, along with all our other albums, at for only £10.
Here's what the Greenman Review had to say about it:

"Well Cracklin' Rosie said Let's Get it On (won't you Bang a Gong) / with a wall of sound and Da Doo Ron Ron / Gasoline Alley, Roll Away the Stone / Yeah, we're singing Elvis all the way home." With that rollicking chorus to their new pub-rock anthem, "Singing Elvis," The Men They Couldn't Hang pay tribute to their musical heroes of the '60s and '70s on their new CD, The Cherry Red Jukebox. It's fitting that they look back on this, the 20th anniversary of their first single, their 1984 cover of Eric Bogle's "Green Fields of France."
Jukebox, which takes its name from that second track, the one about Elvis et. al., is a solid mix of pub-rockers and sentimental ballads sure to please the fans. It hits the ground running with "The Sunrise," with Cush sneering Simmonds' lyrics in his best Joe Strummer homage. The Clash connection is more explicit in the soaring bridge, "I kick the walls, kick the door / can't see the sun no more / waiting for the sunrise," over distorted power chords and a wailing harmonica.
The homage to Clash and the Ramones continues in "I Loved the Summer of Hate," a big slab of garage punk with unexpectedly wistful lyrics about an old leather jacket and the days of swilling cough syrup and beer in front of the Marshall stacks.
The Men aren't a one-trick pony by any means, however. Having started out as something of an alternative country band like The Mekons, they continue in that vein with "Silver Gun," a fiddle-driven outlaw ballad whose protagonist is a female robber with the eponymous weapon in her purse; and the Cajun-style stomp of "The Hill," the ballad of a crippled old sailor who struggles up the hill from his bedsit to the pub every day. "Colwyn Bay," a poignant folk-rocker about a young sea widow, is laced with accordion and fiddle over acoustic guitars. And "Ten Grand" is a swinging mid-tempo R & B number about an old gambler begging for one last stake.
There are some slower and mellower songs as well. "Rivertown" is a tribute to the harbour and the lessons it has to teach the young traveller; "The Red Rocks of Spain" is a road-trip/hitch-hiker ballad that sees the protagonist and his lady cruising the length of Africa; "Ride Again" is a gentle plea from a man to a woman for one last trip together before their relationship falls apart completely; and "Highwater" is a pastoral exploration of the tides as a metaphor for life and death.
Since reuniting in 1996 after a five-year hiatus, The Men They Couldn't Hang have proven that rock isn't just a young men's game or a freak-show Rolling Stones-style circus. Mature fellows with some real life experience have something to say, and they can still by god rawk when they say it. So hold that lighter high and sing along with 'em."

2010/10/5 | Various News:

Swill OdgersSwill Solo Album
Swill has now got about 7 songs picked and ready towards his next solo CD. Provisionally called 'A Fistful Of Covers' it's going to be the first time he's put together a collection of songs that weren't written by either himself or by friends. The common theme being that these are ones that appear in his solo set from time to time. Songs on the list so far are: Lonesome Fugitive, The Parting Glass, Sunday Morning Coming Down, Sunset Of My Tears, Sam Hall, Throw Your Arms Around Me, My Side Of The Bed and possibly Ellen Vannen and Love Is Lies - let us know if there's something you think would be a good addition - either leave a message at this website or email (

Thekla gig chat leads to Duo Album??
 The Men They Couldn't Hang had a cracking night in Bristol playing on the Thekla last weekend (Oct 2nd) even though TMTCH were plagued by some technical problems ...not least of which was the fact that Tom's banjo decided to give up the ghost so we had to do without banjo again. But we did manage to pop 3 new additions into the set. First off was 'The Parting Glass' which Swill kicked off with as an accapela song seeing as there was no support that night. The other two were revivals of songs TMTCH haven't played for years as a band - 'Industrial Town' and 'Billy Morgan' ...come to think of it there was an acoustic version of 'Island in the Rain' too!

 After playing TMTCH went on to the upper deck (the Thekla is a boat see ( to have a drink and chat with people who'd been to the gig. It was the usual drunken banter but Paul and Swill did have a chat with a couple of blokes and their friends who said it would be an idea to release an acoustic album of ballads that have rarely made an appearance outside of our original recordings. They then went on to compile the following list:

 Our Day
Map of Morocco
Kingdom of the Blind
To Have and To Hold
Pieces of Paradise
Red Rocks of Spain
House of Cards
Island in the Rain
Scarlet Ribbons
Parted from You
Hush Little Baby

It looks like a great selection of songs. Perhaps something can be done about this. So, what do you think? Do you think it's time for Swill and Paul to do another 'Odgers & Simmonds' disc as well as Swill doing a solo CD?

2010/6/7 | Catch 22 playing with the Clash 1980 article:

There is a detailed article on Catch 22 (Swill, Jon and Paul) playing with the Clash on their 16 tons tour in 1980. Link:

2010/5/10 | New collaboration for Paul::

Paul SimmondsHello TMTCH people,

here's a brief update about a project i'm working on at the moment which you might find interesting. regular gig go-ers have probably seen naomi bedford at our shows, particularly singing the female part in silver gun. well, for the last few months i've been collaborating on her 2nd album 'tales from the weeping willow' - a folk/country hybrid of murder ballads both old and new. i'm playing guitar, plus a few other things and helping to produce and write.

there's a fair few special guests on this album. justin currie from del amitri sings 2 duets; 'one of a kind' a new song by naomi, and 'castle and keep' which he wrote especially for the record. there's also a new song 'ferryboat inn' written by paul heaton from the beautiful south which he also sings on. It is a bizarre kind of fairground waltz.

elsewhere there's two guest contributions from will oldham - also known as bonny prince billy - one on a very old ballad called 'elendor' and also a vocal on a new song of mine called 'daddy's got a gun' about a notorious recent family murder.

as if that weren't tasty enough there's also two spots for ultra good new folk artist alisdair roberts - including a cover of 'colwyn bay', a yet to be recorded track with dick gaughan, contributions from our own ricky mcguire and tom spencer and a version of warren zevon's 'roland the thompson gunner'.

should see the light of day in the autumn with a bit of luck.

for previews check out naomi's site:

see you down the line

Paul Simmonds