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aka Darwin Layne

by Craig Bell

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    "It very much recalls the type of proto-punk that RFTT helped pioneer, and some songs hearken back to an era even earlier than that, with hints of The Stooges (“Muckraker,” “You Be You”) and The Velvet Underground (“How Can I Tell You”)." - BrooklynVegan

    "Muckraker” is perfect for riding your clay-wheeled longboard through town with a big can of spray-paint in your hand." - Yellow Green Red

    "Fan of Hackamore Brick, the third Velvet Underground record, or any of that Paisley Underground shit will eat this up like I'm doing right now." Brace Belden, Maximum Rock 'n Roll

    "..an impressive number of bona fide hits here with big, unapologetic hooks." - MF, Casting Couch

    "...he wrote some of the best post-Loaded lonely heart stoppers since Hackamore Brick for his Connecticut based bands of the late 70′s and 80′s, many of which are included in this first ever long playing vinyl comp as leader of Saucers, the Bell System and others. It’s an amazing body of work..." - Fuckin' Record Reviews

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Slow Down 03:35
Let It Go 02:28
It's Over 04:23
America Now 04:31
'62 Hawk 03:54
I Need Drugs 02:09
Muckraker 02:54
You Be You 03:06


To many, CRAIG BELL is well known as bass guitarist / singer with MIRRORS and ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS, two bands that were among the foundation stones upon which the Cleveland, Ohio music scene of the 1970s was built. What many may not know is that Craig was also an integral part of the beginnings of another era of creativity in New Haven, Connecticut in the following decade. With like minded musicians, Craig formed SAUCERS, FUTURE PLAN, THE PLAN, THE BELL SYSTEM and THE RHYTHM METHODISTS in the years he lived on the East Coast (1976—1989). Craig released few recordings during this time, two singles with Saucers, “What We Do/Muckraker” (1979) and “A Certain Kind of Shy/She’s Alright” (1980), songs on the compilation LPs It Happened But Nobody Noticed (1982) featuring cuts by Saucers and The Plan, while The Bell System had their “America Now” released on the radio station only SCREAM promo LP (1985), and a single by The Plan, “I Love New York/I Hate New York/When It’s Too Much” (1983), most of them on his Gustav Label. In 2002, a CD compilation by Grand Theft Audio out of Los Angeles collected the entire studio output of Saucers on an album titled What We Did. This, along with reissues of songs Craig played on with Mirrors and RFTT, was the only recording of his work available. 2016 brings aka Darwin Layne, an LP featuring 11 historic recordings, both live and studio, featuring Craig’s songwriting and his bands Future Plan, The Plan, The Bell System, and The Rhythm Methodists, along with selections by Saucers, Mirrors, and THE BRIDGEPORT BAD BOYS.


released September 9, 2016


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