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Monkey Snowball Fighter

By Gavin Davies

An alias I used whilst making music in my uni years. Some of these ‘songs’ fed into Vibration White Finger.

“What Would It Take?” cassette (summer 1999)


Download Monkey Snowball Fighter - What Would It Take.mp3

I’ll always remember playing it to my mates Byron, Rich and Ben in Torquay that summer - when the “album” ended, Napalm Death kicked in - I’d recorded it over Scum and Enslavement to Obliteration!

The sleeve for this tape:

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“808 909 and 303” hahaha well I had Propellerhead’s “Rebirth”

I’m not 100% sure what software I used for this. By 1999, software was available that allowed me to layer up samples on my computer. I used stuff off magazine CDs (Future Music and maybe Computer Music), I couldn’t afford to BUY anything!

I ended up with Making Waves, but I don’t think I had it when I made this cassette.

“Chilled Out Chatter” cassette (1999-2000?)

Well, this is mostly awful! It’s just noodling around on bass guitar.


Download Monkey Snowball Fighter - Chilled Out Chatter.mp3

There are a few fuzzy, distorted high spots when I cut loose and get aggressive but there’s so much rubbish on here!

Sleeve for this tape:

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“Aber Jams” cassette (1999-2000?)

Starts of with some techno but then the rest of the tape is bass guitar noodling. Sounds like the tape was pretty warped too.

Mostly awful.


Download Monkey Snowball Fighter - Aber Jams.mp3

Monkey Snowball Fighter - Unlabelled tape - bass jams, beats, some keys-yrs2sketches

Mostly awful.


Download Monkey Snowball Fighter - Unlabelled tape - bass jams, beats, some keys-yrs2sketches.mp3

Monkey Snowball Fighter - b side of a primus album.mp3

I had a Primus album copied onto tape and on the B-side was this. Some awful emo rapping. A Corrosion of Conformity sample is the high point! Early mix of Statement of Intent at the end. The delay on the outro lead is better than the distorted version I used in later mixes.


Download Monkey Snowball Fighter - b side of a primus album.mp3