‘Thin Coat’ by the Duffs

Amongst all the metaphorical loose change, bus tickets, dead wasps etc. that I found down the back of the external hard-drive cushions whilst looking for some of the photos / audio for this blog, I found the little gem below. It’s a recording of ‘Thin Coat’ by the Duffs, a fantastic Oxfordshire-based band that I joined in the late ’80s.

The other three members of the band, Peter Franklin (vocals, guitars), Ian Staples (bass) and Pete Gardner (drums) all lived on narrowboats around Banbury. I would drive up from Southend-on-Sea for rehearsals and gigs in a fantastically decrepit, hand-painted, long-wheelbase Transit that burned oil at such a rate that I had to stop every so often and top up the reservoir.

This recording was made by the legendary and greatly-missed Richard Haynes at Dungeon Studio in Ascott-under-Wychwood.


2 thoughts on “‘Thin Coat’ by the Duffs

  1. dear lady gaga
    stop combing your hair and phone a friend. his answers will be wrong, but at least he’s still awake, but as our old friend c burnet (aka howlin wolf) he’s going down slow. don’t disgrace your profession jon by sleeping.
    love Phil
    ps phone 01268 726808 before I pass out.


    1. Phil!! Good God. I nearly deleted the message as yet another bit of Chinese spam until I noticed the email address……

      It’s funny how understanding comes with a bit of context; the message made perfect sense when I re-read it again knowing it was from you.

      I’m off to work in a bit; I’ll give you a bell later.



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