June 13, 2015 – 5:01 am

NICK MARSH R.I.P. 1962-2015

On June 5, 2015, singer-guitarist Nick Marsh of Flesh For Lulu died of cancer at the age of 53. Flesh for Lulu was a mix of the New York Dolls and Rolling Stones, with gothic rock’s gloomy atmosphere and aesthetics, while also encompassing shades of punk, pop, country and western, Bolan, Bowie, rockabilly, garage and even a touch of Motown.

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Sweden 1987/London 2013 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Errols, Gothenburg, Sweden; September 5, 1987. Fairly good FM broadcast. Live at The Borderline, London, UK; October 14, 2013. Fairly good audience recording.

Here is a tribute from Dime member rayrad:

It always seemed kind of crazy to me when people get upset at the death of someone they didn’t know but for some reason, the news on Friday - that Nick Marsh had succumbed to the cancer he’s been fighting for the last year - just broke my heart.

Maybe I’m crying for lost youth - in the mid-’80s, a skinny, over-excited 16/17/18-year-old, I saw Flesh play scores of times (up until quite recently, I’d probably seen them more than any other band).Back then, my friends and I were pretty much convinced that if we could just accurately replicate Nick’s hair, our lives would be as good as made…

I got to see Flesh again this one last time. Only Nick remained from the original lineup but they tore through these songs - songs that have been etched into my brain for 30 years - like they were written the week before.

No tarnishing the memory. If anything, I flew home on a tide of adrenalin, feeling momentarily teenage again.

Stupidly - unforgivably - I passed on the chance to see them earlier this year at London’s version of the Brooklyn Bowl. It’s a drag to get to from where I live. It was a busy week and I figured I’d see them again.

As it turns out, that was the last Flesh For Lulu show that there’ll ever be. The world is a poorer place without Nick in it - that I’m sure of. Most acutely feeling that, of course, will be his partner and two young daughters.

For a man who wrote so many indelible hooks, he was criminally under-appreciated and music never made him much of a living. There’s a fund that had been set up to help while Nick fought the cancer - and will now help to support his family. Please consider giving something if the music he’s left us with ever made you as happy as it’s made me.

Rock n roll is stupid but it’s the most glorious, wonderful, life-affirmingly stupid thing there is and Nick Marsh was one of its best and purest ambassadors.

Here’s to him…

Nick leaves a partner, Katherine, and two young daughters, Ava and Rosa. Please consider making a donation to their family fund in his memory - visit gofundme.com/marshfamily.

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Thanks to rayrad for sharing the shows at Dime.

Gothenburg 1987: FM > Cassette (first generation) > Audacity > xACT
London 2013: Olympus LS14 Recorder (internal mics) > 16 bit > amadeus pro > AIFF > xld > FLAC

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Gothenburg, Sweden, 1987
Track 01. Golden Handshake Girl 4:34 (7.7MB)
Track 02. Sleeping Dogs 3:42 (6.2MB)
Track 03. DJ 0:26 (724k)
Track 04. Baby Hurricane 2:59 (5.0MB)
Track 05. Hammer Of Love 3:30 (5.9MB)
Track 06. Siamese Twist 3:26 (5.8MB)
Track 07. Subterraneans (cut) 3:26 (5.8MB)
Track 08. DJ 0:26 (726k)
23 mins

Lineup (not listed)

London, UK 2013
(there’s some cable static? on some of the tracks)

Track 09. Roman Candle 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 10. Seven Hail Marys 4:02 (6.8MB)
Track 11. chat 0:21 (598k)
Track 12. Laundromat Kat 2:26 (4.1MB)
Track 13. chat 0:14 (407k)
Track 14. chat 0:28 (778k)
Track 15. Cat Burglar 3:13 (5.4MB)
Track 16. Postcards From Paradise 3:35 (6.0MB)
Track 17. I May Have Said You’re Beautiful 2:50 (4.8MB)
Track 18. Rent Boy 5:55 (9.9MB)
Track 19. Antisocial 2:19 (3.9MB)
Track 20. Vaguely Human 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 21. band intros 0:37 (1.0MB)
Track 22. chat 0:52 (1.5MB)
Track 23. Black Tattoo * 4:58 (8.3MB)
Track 24. crowd 0:55 (1.5MB)
Track 25. Death Shall Come 5:18 (8.9MB)
Track 26. Go Get Naked 3:25 (5.7MB)
51 mins

Nick Marsh - vocals, guitar
Will Crewdson - guitar. vocals
Keith McAndrew - bass
Mark Bishop - drums
* Paul Ronney-Angel - harmonica

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  1. One Response to “FLESH FOR LULU - SWEDEN 1987/LONDON 2013”

  2. Thanks for the Flesh for Lulu - an extremely unique post. They were very underrated (at least before they hooked up with John Hughes) and I saw them open for The Lords of the New Church at the Electric Ballroom in London a long, long time ago. Actually I tried to record it, but the slam dancers turned my machine off which I didn’t find out until it was too late, but oh well…it was a great show.

    By carsmile2 on Jun 14, 2015

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