The Real Tuesday Weld

The Real Tuesday Weld


Stephen Coates aka The Real Tuesday Weld was inspired by dreams of 30’s British crooner Al Bowlly and American actress Tuesday Weld, Serge Gainsbourg and Ennio Morricone to recreate the way he heard music as a child, as haunting sounds floating from the radio.



It’s a lot to ask: Write songs about love, death, time and memory. Inform them with a narrative and musical sensibility at once intelligent, wry, witty, playful and profound. Be understated yet poetic, romantic yet post-modern, English yet universal. Admit your worst fears and failings, but remain charming and irresistibly cool. Pay homage to heroes as far apart as the French legend Serge Gainsbourg and pre-war crooner Al Bowlly, pass the sparkling style and champagne spirit of the Twenties and Thirties through a no-nonsense Twenty-first Century filter. Be accessible and sophisticated.

It’s a lot to ask. But, having been visited in a dream by the aforementioned Bowlly, one-man-industry [The Real] Tuesday Weld (a.k.a. Stephen Coates, a.k.a. The Clerkenwell Kid) has made it his working brief. Urban anatomist of love and sampler par excellence The Real Tuesday Weld has honed a musical method of succinct composition and delivery (‘antique beat’, as he’s been wont to call it) that has the effect common to all nifty invention: it makes you wonder why no one’s done it before.

Stephen Coates became [The Real] Tuesday Weld in 1997.
Inspired by dreams of Al Bowlly and the American actress Tuesday Weld and influenced by 1930s jazz, Gainsbourg and Morricone, he has spent the subsequent period crafting recordings that try to capture the way he heard music when he was a child - the strange and haunting sounds of old songs floating from radios in the late afternoon. ‘I remember playing and singing along to old 78s on a portable record player even when I was very small' he says 'and I would be totally transported by songs like 'White Horses' and Somewhere over the Rainbow'’.

The first full-length release When Cupid Meets Psyche (released 2001) provided the stylistic range at which its shorter predecessor The Valentine EP (2000) had hinted, with songs that were “…warm and welcoming as well as arty… a gypsy knees-up, a psychedelic bossa Latino, the polite reeds of a ‘30s dance band crushed by booming hip-hop bass…” (Q Magazine). The follow-up release, I, Lucifer has new territory to explore. Conceived as a soundtrack to Glen Duncan’s novel of the same title, the album gives us the Devil’s take on humanity, and The Real Tuesday Weld’s take on our favourite sins. The result is a mischievous, astute, funny, and ultimately melancholy collection.

“…Meticulously arranged, touching, intimate, and with mesmerising melodies… superbly atmospheric…” (Uncut)

A near-death epiphany in icy waters off the Siberian coast inspired another ongoing collaborator, Brooklyn-based Russian animator Aleksey Budovskiy to create the international award-winning video for the track 'Bathtime in Clerkenwell', a quirky, bizarre animation nominated for many film awards including Sundance festival.

There’s no handy summation. These are songs that speak intimately of intimacy and dispassionately of passion, but never at the expense of humour, brevity, or that much maestro-neglected phenomenon, the Tune. You can listen, you can shuffle around the lounge with a pink gin and a cheroot, you can ponder. You can even - if you’re that way inclined - groove.

Originally released on Dreamy records early 2003 the ‘I Lucifer’ album has been picked up for a full release by [PIAS] Recordings. It has been painstakingly repackaged, resequenced and remastered, including new songs plus the award winning video to the song ‘Bathtime In Clerkenwell’, which has also been picked up for inclusion on Rough Trade shops forthcoming ‘Counter Culture’ compilation. It will also be receiving a simultaneous release in the US on Six Degrees Records.



Written By: Stephen Coates

Well, after all that we've been through
Would you still call this 'love', baby?
'Cause love's the only proof
That the ugly could be beautiful.

Well. god knows I'm feeling spent
And though I've still got my money, honey
Money's the revenge
Of the ugly on the beautiful

Well, the drugs just ain't enough
And though I like the way they made us crazy
Love's the only drug
That turns the ugly into beautiful

And I can't tell you why
I'm still so much afraid of dying
When dying reconciles
The ugly and the beautiful


Though we've been burned by it
Let's still believe in love
'Cause love's the greatest gift
Of the ugly to the beautiful...........


Written By: Stephen Coates

In Autumn, leaves won't leave the trees
In Winter, sun will always shine
In Spring, the flowers will bloom with ease
In Summer. birds will fill the sky

There's something beautiful around the corner
There's something going on between my feet

Though love affairs may wilt and fade
As strange and suddenly they grew
Love itself will grow again
Blossoming out into the blue

There's something beautiful around the corner
There's something going on between my feet

There's something beautiful around the corner
There's something going on beneath my feet


Written By: Stephen Coates

Someday, you'll learn how to pray - and
Someday, you'll want to be saved
But there's no way now
You're going home

Someday, the bills will get paid - and
Someday, you'll make things ok
But there's no way now
You're going home

Someday soon
But not now

Someday, you'll learn to behave - but
Someday's too late, I'm afraid
'Cause there's no way now
You're coming home

Someday soon


The Valentine EP (Dreamy)
When Cupid Meets CD Psyche (Dreamy)
Where Psyche Meets Cupid (Kindercore)
L'amour et la Morte (Kindercore)
At the House of the Clerkenwell Kid (Bambini)
The Meteorology of Love (Bambini)
I Love the Rain 7" (Dreamy)
I, Lucifer CD (Dreamy)
I, Lucifer CD (PIAS)
I, Lucifer CD (Six Degrees)
Bathtime in Clerkenwell 10" (PIAS)
The Ugly and the Beautiful CDS/ 10" (PIAS)