Filthy Tongues – A Potted History

Goodbye Mr MacKenzie were a Scottish group that formed in the Eighties and built up a name for themselves after releasing a great debut album entitled “Good Deeds And Dirty Rags” and the classic “The Rattler” single.

Sadly the band never made the breakthrough they deserved and the core trio of Martin Metcalfe, Fin Wilson and Derek Kelly along side Shirley Manson formed a new band entitled Angelfish to run con currently alongside Goodbye Mr MacKenzie.

Angelfish were short lived. Despite a minor hit with a track entitle “Suffocate Me” Manson soon left to join a band the renowned American promoter Butch Vig was putting together entitled Garbage – the rest is history.

The remaining trio were joined by American singer Stacey Chavis to form “Isa & The Filthy Tongues”.  The band released 2 fine albums and contributed several songs to the New Town Killers film sound track. The film was directed by “Skids” vocalist Richard Jobson, in the years to come Metcalfe would find himself working along side Jobson and contributing to the “Burning Cities” album which  the returning Skids released in 2018.

“Isa & The Filthy Tongues” faded away but in 2014 some new tracks attributed to “The Filthy Tongues” appeared along side a book of poetry produced by Metcalfe and the writer Paul Hullah.

Then in 2016 came the album “Jacobs Ladder”

“Jacobs Ladder” received rave reviews across the music press with comparisons made to the work of Nick Cave. A distinctive album capturing the tone of Edinburgh’s seething under belly.

‘A vivid and visceral exploration of Edinburgh’s underbelly that recalls Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at their most intense.’
Louder Than War

‘Easily one of the albums of the year…it’s an enthralling ride’

The band have played a number of shows,  with prestigious support slots to the likes of Brix & The Extricated, Pete Wylie and The Skids as well as head line shows across the UK.

In 2018 the follow up album “Back To Hell” was released again to great press reviews.

‘This is part of a planned trilogy and is a riveting, driving follow-up. If there’s a more exciting band currently playing north of the border, I’ve yet to hear them.

If indeed “Back To Hell” is the second part of a triptych then we eagerly await the release of the next album.

In the mean time The Filthy Tongues continue to play live and return to Middlesbrough’s Westgarth Social Club on Friday May 3rd. Tickets available here

The story also turns full circle with Metcalfe, Wilson and Kelly now bringing Goodbye Mr Mackenzie back to life and playing a series of quickly sold out shows – but more on that later!



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