I'm a firm believer in lists!
I can make a list for any occasion.
Lists help me organise the mundane and boring bits of my life so that I can clear my mind for better things.
In a more colourful and creative way I also love writing lyrics and poems to document and categorise my day to day journey through the ordinary.
Played back however, such writing can reveal a lot about a person and really give you an insight in to how we tick as people. It can also be interesting to listen to.
From time to time I feel the need to bring all of this written material together, mix it with sound and call it Pulco!
This is exactly what we've done with The Man Of Lists
In the spirit of collaboration I thought that it would be an interesting exercise to build on the theme that I started with the Dictaphone Home album by inviting more of my musical pals to create tunes for the 25 poems on offer rather than contributing any of the music myself.
The word went out in Sept 11 and by the end of the year the album was pretty much in the bag.
I love the variety and texture of the music on the album. It all holds together really well whist still sounding like a Pulco record.
For that I thank all involved.
So sit back then and listen to what an ordinary bloke from North Wales gets out of life.
Info on the fine people that helped make this album can be found here
Interview with Ian Hughes
Daily Post Aug 03 2012
Re The Man Of Lists
SINCE the dissolution of his former band at the turn of the century - darlings of the Peel session Derrero. Ash Cook has plied a trade in intimate home recordings.
Going by the name Pulco, he is known as much for his music as he is for his prolificacy, so much so that many describe Cooke's music as a document of his day to day life.
"I say throw the window open and get the kids to play in the room at the same time." he says. "It is the bits in the background that are important, I feel. The sound of life going on behind the music. It's normal, the sounds of your life."
What is usually a very personal blend of lo fi folk and psychedelia, recently, has opened its doors to collaboration. "When I was with Derrero we did a bit of spoken word recording with Patrick Jones who is the brother of Nicky Wire from the Manics. He's like this dark poet from the Welsh valleys.
That's when I started doing it myself... At the end of last year I had a load of poetry and that's when I got other people involved."
The idea gave birth to The Man of Lists.