Been A Long Time CD-EP
Limited edition of 1000 CD-EP
Simple, sad, tear-jerkers with nods towards soul, country, pop and R+B, all sung with an end-of-the-bar growl and a weary tenacity.
Been A Long Time is a limited edition of 1000 CD-EP spanning several phases of Rico Bell's long and curious career in the musical backwaters of England and the US.
Known best as the long time accordionist/singer for the first wave punk pioneers, The Mekons, Rico has carved out a ragged and romantic identity all his own through his solo material. Rico, in contrast to the blustering chaos of the Mekons, is decidedly a downtrodden softy. His songs reflect the transistor radio he was glued to growing up in Leeds in the heyday of the Mersey Beat.
Simple, sad, tear-jerkers with nods towards soul, country, pop, plus a rousing singalong version of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero." and R+B, all sung with an end-of-the-bar growl and a weary tenacity.
"Working Class Hero," "Calling Me Back," and "Been A Long Time" were recorded in SF with a band featuring Corey Porter (Richard Buckner, Victoria Williams and SF legends the Buckets) and "Yours Truly" was recorded with Rico's crack band The Snakehandlers.
The remaining tracks had been traveling with Rico for years, caught in a sad vortex of labels going belly up--and they finally get to see the light of day on this release. They feature contributions from fellow Mekons Jon Langford, Tom Greenhalgh and drummer Steve Goulding.