After releasing their acclaimed debut 1,2, Kung Fu! in June this year, Boy Azooga have announced the release of a brand new single Do The Standing Still. Originally a 1977 single by Welsh cult band The Table, the maestro behind Boy Azooga, Davey Newington said:
“In 1977 Tony Barnes, Russell Young, Len Lewis and Mickey O Connor, collectively known as The Table, released their comic book dead body dance floor classic ‘Do The Standing Still’. The Cardiff band were originally called ‘Do You Want This Table?’. They later shortened themselves to The Table so they could say they were a household name. They were signed to Virgin records just as the punk thing was becoming harder. In response, the single cover shows the band stood in the women’s lingerie department of Oxford Street’s Marks & Spencer’s store, thinking this would make them appear tough – especially as they had not asked permission. As huge comic book fans, the songs lyrics reference multiple Marvel Comic Fantastic Four titles amongst the other chaos. It’s an amazing song so we decided to cover it, with super hero Eddie Al-Shakarchi behind the desk. Apparently people used to rush the dance floor and stand still for the duration of the song when it came on in clubs or when the band played it live. We hope you enjoy our cover and accompanying video featuring Kliph Scurlock, a polar bear and some confused members of the public. Have a good day. Long live The Table.”
Carrying on in their tradition, Do The Standing Still is accompanied by a suitable fried video again directed by Eddie El Shakarchi aka Dr Ed Boogie and Toby Cameron/On Par.
A young man with a rich musical heritage, Newington’s Grandfather was a jazz drummer and played for the Royal Marines. While his mother (clarinet) and father (violin) met as members of the BBC Orchestra of Wales. Davey started drums at the age of six, playing in various Welsh Orchestra’s and Jazz bands as a teenager. Also earning a crust playing drums as part of Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon.
Inspired by his art teacher at school who sent him off to town to buy Can’s Ege Bamyasi, Boy Azooga take their musical cues from the likes of Sly & The Family Stone, Caribou, Black Sabbath, Outkast, Van McCoy, Ty Segall and The Beastie Boys. With arrangements that carry the wonky tunefulness of The Super Furry Animals.
Davey recruited friends Daf Davies, Dylan Morgan and Sam Barnes to form the Boy Azooga live quartet, an ensemble that swings smoothly from filmic instrumentals to a churning, rave-tinged rock that hints at both Can and their progeny, the Happy Mondays. Announcing themselves to the world with the elastic-funk, Onyeabor-inspired Face Behind Her Cigarette in early November last year, Boy Azooga quickly became a fixture on the 6Music and Radio 1 playlists. Also catching the attention of Mike D of the Beastie Boys who interviewed Davey for his Beats 1 show.
Recently playing a run of shows with Magic Gang and wowing festival audiences at latitude, Port Eliot and Green Man. Boy Azooga made a much-talked-about appearance at this year’s Heavenly Weekender at Hebden Bridge’s Trades Club. They’ve sold out their most recent headline shows in London and Cardiffand are heading to the US for six dates in October and November. See the full list of dates here.