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This profile was last updated on 5/22/06  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

  • Singer
    Red Monkey/Milky Wimpshake
  • Singer
  • Milky Wimpshake

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Red Monkey/Milky Wimpshake
  • Co-Founder
    Slampt Records
15 Total References
Web References
Pete Dale is the singer of ...
www.troublemanunlimited.com, 22 May 2006 [cached]
Pete Dale is the singer of RED MONKEY/MILKY WIMPSHAKE. He's a brilliant songwriter and a wonderful lyricist. The songs are catchy in a BILLY BRAGG/BILLY CHILDISH sort of way, and his playing is that of a well-trained folk singer. It's messy and heartfelt and catchy and witty and romantic and fearless.
Pete Dale is the singer of ...
www.troublemanunlimited.com, 22 May 2006 [cached]
Pete Dale is the singer of Red Monkey/Milky Wimpshake. He's a brilliant songwriter and a wonderful lyricist. The songs are catchy in a Billy Bragg/Billy Childish sort of way, and his playing is that of a well-trained folk singer. It's messy and heartfelt and catchy and witty and romantic and fearless.
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www.bitterlikethebean.net, 3 May 2004 [cached]
Pete Dale of Slampt Records and also a member of Red Monkey has been kicking out some incredible pop music with this band for quite a while.
Fortuna POP! - Release details
www.fortunapop.com, 7 Jan 2012 [cached]
Lyricist/guitarist Pete Dale proves himself an impressive tunesmith throughout, occasionally stretching rhyme schemes farther than he probably should, but always ending up with a product that is clever and catchy. Opening with the three-chord stomp of "Scrabble," a song about being more interested in playing a board game than being with your girlfriend, a mood of light-hearted introspection is set. Before he's done, Dale will battle with an intellectual cynic on "Philosophical Boxing Gloves," drink too much in the self-explanatory "Too Much, Too Drunk," and fall in love in the title track. For the most part, he does so in a such a way as to never give the impression that he's taking himself too seriously, ultimately making whatever indulgences that are inherent in the silliness and lack of innovation of his music entirely acceptable.
Still, even though they do tend to hold rather closely to the formula of fast catchy songs with grunting guitars and punchy rhythms, Dale does lead the band down a few interesting side roads.
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Pete (Dale) ran Slampt records, a label whose integrity cannot be doubted and whose back catalogue is a testament to the numerous permutations a 4-track, a guitar and spirit can wring out of punk over consecutive Saturday afternoons in the North East. Pete's lyrics are printed on the sleeve of Lovers Not Fighters.
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Pete from Milky Wimpshake used to co-run Slampt.
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I once read an interview with Pete in which he said he liked The Sea Urchins - now that's a sign of good taste!
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More fool me. Frontman and social activist Pete Dale, former head honcho of the legendary Slampt record label, mixes elements of yer Dave Gedges, yer Nigel Blackwells and yer Pete Shelleys into the distinctly personal agenda of his lyrical tales and is more than ably supported by the rhythmic clatter provided by Christine and Grant.
Fortuna POP! - Release details
www.fortunapop.com, 17 July 2011 [cached]
This is the third full-length album from Pete Dale and co., though it's not an album in the traditional sense (like anything Milky Wimpshake does is traditional...) - this is a combination of old and new compositions recorded over the past couple years.
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Milky Wimpshake is one of the many projects of Pete Dale, something of a diskant hero for Slampt, Red Monkey and the awesome Fast Connection zine and this is partly a collection of old 7"s and partly new songs.
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Pete Dale, the onetime Slampt record label chap, is the lanky, leftist vegetarian not-poet at the helm of these twee anthems. More than a decade into their this-isn't-work, it's-cherry-water-ice career, he and the Wimps keep churning out love songs for punk rockers.
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Step forward Pete Dale, one-time überlord of the indier-than-thou Slampt imprint, and his trusty sidekicks Christine and Grant. As a DIY label boss and promoter, Pete did the spade work that paved the way for the current crop of North East flavours of the month, including The Futureheads and Maximo Park.
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Dale has always had the courage to marry social politics alongside personal ones as well, and this album is no exception.
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Anyone else daring to write a verse like "The first touch was our noses, a bump into each other; that's the way it goes-es, I had to phone my mother" would command nothing less than a slap, yet somehow in the hands (and mouth) of Dale it's the sweetest thing you'll hear all year.
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Like MJ Hibbett, Milky Wimpshake's Pete Dale has a way with words when it comes to describing foibles and such with a left-wing political bent. However, rather than being a singer-songwriter type, he has assembled a band of three to deliver his songs with a Medway punch but also the deftness of the new-wavers and the spirit of the Buzzcocks.
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Pete Dale still sings about girls he's never gonna get, the welfare state, and the little man fighting back. And all above the greatest indie pop music.
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And it's followed up by the desolate 'Cheque Card', in which Dale sound both angry and desperate at the same time. Utterly beautiful.
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Yep, it's Milky Wimpshake to finish, but this is the easy one as they are, as ever the most immediate proposition of all these records, with Pete Dale's endlessly romantic, wide-eyed lyrics dovetailing with power-trio guitars and riffs that alternately recall Buzzcocks and Thrilled Skinny! (it's the lovelorn words that push them, as an overall package, much toward the former).
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"I need... to find a way / straight to your heart", sings Pete: he really means it, and believe me, he'll get there soon enough.
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A compilation of old and new material and a genuine treat with the Neville Clay cover "Pearshaped". (the Geordie songsmith who wrote the modern depression standard, "Your Dad Sells Lighters") The bulk of this set is clever-kid punk, buckets of irony, pathos, gaucherie and all that, but the real elevator here is the sheer heart and brain of Pete Dale and the people he plays with. All the bases are covered, life, love, agiprop and straight out fun, the sound of Wimpy Milkshake remains both endearingly dated and first pint fresh, try it.
(Unpeeled)
Yes, I'm looking at the band name, the album title, the embroidered heart on the front cover and the word 'twee' lodges its controversial self into my brain once again. But whether that's a good or a bad thing usually depends on where irony levels lie, and luckily Milky Wimpshake's tunesmith Pete Dale seems to mean what he's singing, even if it is about girls wearing sensible shoes.
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Pete Dale il frontman sfodera una voce alquanto anonima accompagnata da quella di Cath Tyler nei brani "Pearshaped" e "Count to 3". L'atmosfera che si respira è una sorta di omaggio ai grandi nomi dell'indie come i Pavement ma con le dovute distanze.
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