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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Clock DVA ‎– "Alien Tape 1" (Dvation) 1978

One would struggle to imagine what Industrial Music would have done without the aid of the humble Roland Space Echo; and this early DVA cassette is no exception. Fairly rudimentary stuff,sparse fuzzy synth reverberate  between the echo laden vocals like an economy brand Throbbing Gristle. The foggy simplicity of this style of non-music is quite attractive, but one must stress that track 2 is a particularly awful perversion of the already awful tune, "And Then He Kissed Me" (is this a sense of humour?; but with the hook line changed to "and then He Shot Me"........very funny?

Tracklist:

A1Oedipus
A2(And Then He.)
A3Plastic
A4Clockverge

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Monday, 25 May 2015

Clock DVA ‎– "The Sex Beyond Entanglement" (DVAtion) 1978

Staying in Sheffield,and also following on from the "1980:The First Fifteen Minutes" ep, we are naturally led to Clock DVA, who released loads of obscure tapes around 1978/9 on Newton's own DVAtion label. This being the best of the ones I've heard. DVA in its best Cabaret Voltaire style Old Skool Industrial mode. I used to think that Clock DVA were shit from 'Thirst' onwards, and that this was their best stuff by miles;but I played 'Thirst' today, and thought it was fantatstic! Even those mid-atlantic movie trailer vocals didn't get on my nerves......I must have mellowed in my middle ageness!?(How depressing!)
I dare not play 'Advantage' for the fear that I may love that as well!?
This cassette is great chaotic, stream of consciousness, abstract underwater pop music for Wannabe outsiders.
I just love how this sounds; after listening to millions of hours of recorded music over the last 40 years,my lifeforce has decided that this muffled garbled racket is in fact, "Perfection"?


Tracklist:

A1Sonambulist
A2The Female Mirror
A3Now Haag
A4Edge
A51958
A6Constructivists
A7Sexual Overture
B1Genitals And Genosis (The Texture Of Two Tape Recordings)
B2The Pop Hell
B3Otto M.

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Various Artists ‎– "1980: The First Fifteen Minutes" (Neutron Records ‎– NT 003) 1979





The first fifteen minutes of 1980 from.....er......1979?.....is a mini compilation of four Sheffield bands from that city's golden period, on Vice Versa's own Neutron Records.
Naturally it features Vice Versa, with their classic minimal electronica,along with Clock DVA in early (ie Good) mode, the fantastic I'm So Hollow, and the very shit Stunt Kites.
Worth it for the I'm So Hollow track alone,even though it was also featured on "Hicks From The Sticks"; this band,for me, represents the perfect pop group formula,intelligent and memorable tunes with an experimental edge;a total lack of ambition,and split up before they even released their debut LP. Leave 'em wanting more,as the old showbiz rule states so wisely. I want more, but there ain't gonna be any more;and that's fine by me.

Tracklist:

A1 Clock DVA - Brigade


A2 Stunt Kites - Beautiful People


B1 Vice Versa - Genetic WarFare


B2 I'm So Hollow - I Don't Know


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Vice Versa - "Music 4" (Neutron Records PX1092) 1979 + "Stilyagi" (Backstreet Backlash Records BBR003) 1980


Vice Versa's vinyl career stretched to two 7 inchers, the minimal synth classic "Music 4" EP, and the hard industrial disco stomper "Stilyagi/Eyes of Christ" single.(Different versions to those found on the "8 Aspects Of..." tape.)
No sign that they were to become New Pop darlings of the charts and the Music press, ABC,of "Lexicon Of Love" fame. I suppose they had to earn a living?

Tracklist:

1New Girls Neutrons
2Science Fact
3Riot Squad
4Camille

5Stilyagi
6Eyes Of Christ

DOWNLOAD the vinyl outings or Vice Versa HERE!

Friday, 22 May 2015

Vice Versa ‎– "8 Aspects Of...." (Self Released Cassette) 1980


In 1978 the NME described Sheffield's Vice Versa as"...a bizarro trio who show occasional flashes of promise, but whose pretentiousness becomes quite tiresome" ;so one simply had to investigate further.
A very, very, minimal electronic group, not too dissimilar to Clock DVA's more accessible moments,and very typical of the Sheffield scene of the time,as a nursery of the  Industrial/electronic template.
Yes, they went on to become chart act ABC, one of the more intelligent chart acts of the early eighties.
But,don't expect any catchy singalong hits on this cassette though.Its pretty hard electronic Industrial disco,and very....er....minimal.

DOWNLOAD vice versa as easily as ABC HERE!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Portion Control ‎– "Private Illusions No.1" (In Phaze Records ‎– POR CON 005) 1981

Before Portion Control became a  proto-EBM band,or even worse,'Electropunk(?)', they made some fine DIY minimal synth cassettes. This being one of the most obscure. Twenty minutes of quality unsequenced,non-computerised analogue electronics shrouded in tape hiss. This sounds far  more futuristic than their later efforts (later = after 1984). To forget the past is to forget the future?

Tracklist:

A1Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
A2Double Vision
A3White Cubes
A4Power Studge And Crust
A5The Mote In Gods Eye (The Arm That Was Cooked Good)
A6Go For The Throat
A7Slim Waters
A8Experimental Stress Project
A9Torrid Tale
A10Rouge Trooper

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Kevin Lazar ‎– "Mutant III" (Vekazar Product ‎– K.Zar) 1982




Top marks for packaging goes to Mr Kevin Lazar for this retro-futurist minimal synth cassingle from 1982.
There seemed to be a rule in the late seventies/early eighties,which I blame on Kraftwerk, which sellotaped synthesiser music with the Naff cheese-fi of Battlestar Galactica. This usually involves vocalising in a monotone android stylee as if the singer is a robot. As fine as Kraftwerks electro-pop tunes were, their lyrics were cringingly awful. "We are the Robots" ranks up there with "I am an Anarchiiiist" as one of thee most embarrassing moments in pop poetry. Best heard in the German version,if you can't understand German.
This Kevin Lazar tape suffers the same fate.Three great minimal analogue synth tunes which would have benefited greatly from becoming instrumentals!


Tracklist:

A1Living On Another Planet(6.19)
A2Mutant Generation (6.33)
B1Transmutation (13.28)

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Monday, 18 May 2015

Tara Cross ‎– "Tempus Fugit" (Permis De Construire ‎– PER 012) 1988

It's 1988 and horrible digital synthesis is everywhere,the cheap secondhand analogue stuff is being snapped up by the financially challenged classes who would invent Acid House.
Tara Cross seems to have been largely by-passed by both electronic avenues,and stuck faithfully to the minimal synth stylee,with a touch of guitar,Only a small upgrade in the drum machine department,with what sounds like a secondhand TR808,or maybe a 909,listening to those digital toms on "Rain Sprouts". Again released on a European label,she appears to have been totally ignored in her homeland;if its not funky or rocky yer average american starts to become confused.
Having said that,this isn't as good as 'Limelight',but still has its moments.

Tracklist:

A1Rain Sprouts
A2PK-15
A3Shade Of Blue
A4Tempus Fugit
A5Days Fade
A6Pulse Purgative
B1Hush
B2Babe
B3That Boy
B4627
B5Aalter Image

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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Tara Cross ‎– "Limelight" (Vita Nova ‎– VN 006) 1985


Another who collaborated with a former Port Said member(Stefan Tischler) was Tara Cross.
On her own she produced some of the tinniest, lo-budget cheapo minimal synth pop ever made. No production values flaunting themselves,no reliance on effects,and a cheapo drum box that sounds like a collection of biscuit tins in various states of emptiness.

Tracklist:

A1When Will You?
A2Flight * 1
A3Tori's Dream
A4I Won't Cut It Away
A5Limelight
A6Flight * 2
A7Long Distance
B1Hotel Midnite
B2Flight * 3
B3Hot Wax
B4Hear Me
B5Desperate
B6Alphabetical Numbers

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Friday, 15 May 2015

Keeler - "Out Of Body" (Great Orm Productions) 1988

One aspect of the digital technology of the eighties that was even more unimaginatively used than FM synthesis, was S-s-s-s-sampling. The memory of that Fairlight orchestral stab sample still makes me wake up in a cold sweat! (Oh Yeah!). Such terrible sample abuse was at best, a crime against Art,maybe even against Humanity? Prime examples of 'artists' still wanted for sampling crimes are The Art Of Noise, Paul Hardcastle,and virtually every rap record.
This Keeler release relies on samples taken from various parts of his body, hence the album title. He doesn't feel the need to sample the Bass line from "Walk On The Wild Side",and instead uses the sampler creatively, with processed voice samples making the majority of the sounds.
Thankfully there are no DX7 trumpets,or Fairlight orchestras,or Linn Drums,just Keeler;well, samples of Keeler.
A fine concept, executed tastefully.
RIP Keeler,
Hopefully The Fairlight never made it to heaven,along with Simmons Drum Pads,and the Yamaha DX7.

Tracklist:

A1In Shadows, Among Strangers
A2Gamelan Canter
A3Waterhaze
A4Hell To Pay
A5Funhouse Mirror
A6Vortex
A7Tilt
B1Slumming
B2Emela-ntouka
B3The Beachcomber's Desire
B4Cloudbouncing
B5Night On The Living Knights
B6Self-Portrait

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Keeler ‎– "Planet Of Lovers" (Self Released) 1984



Keeler, aka  the more exotically named Keith Walsh, was an unfortunate victim of the HIV virus in 1992. He was also in Port Said with Stefan Tischler,and post-said,and pre-Aids, he made a lot of electronic soundscapes such as this debut solo release from 1984.
Its all very Kosmiche,leaning towards the more danceable side of Cluster,but still unleashing the odd mini-Klaus Schulze space epic.
Basically anyone who lists a short wave radio as one of their instruments is fine by me.

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

The Shriek ‎– "Sex Sells" (Rude Records ‎– REP 1) 1980


As mentioned in the "Gorgons and Gargoyles" post, Blair Petrie was in the Synth Punk group The Shriek before his collaboration with Port Said's Stefan Tischler.
Obviously the short lived west coast of North American fad of Synth Punk, stretched to Vancouver. This is a world away from the work Petrie did in the mid eighties, using sweary words, a couple of dessert spoons full of aggression, and the shameless use of the word 'Sex'. Pretty passable punk rock it is too, with suitably crunchy bass guitar and crude synth playing. Unfulfilled potential,but a nice change to the rather effete art electronics i/we have been listening to of late.

Tracklist:

A1All Fucked Up
A2Fuck Up
A31980
B1Lost Control
B2Kids
B3Intermission

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Stefan Tischler and Blair Petrie ‎– "Gorgons And Gargoyles" (Cinematics) 1986


Port Said's Stefan Tischlers collaboration with one Blair Petrie (late of Canadian Synth Punk combo the Shriek), is a kind of a soundtrack without a film; probably more appropriate would be a contemporary dance score without a contemporary Ballet company to dance to it. I can visualise lots of pretentious choreography,emotions portrayed in the medium of Dance, and muscular torment accompanying this collection of rhythmically ambient electronica. As it was made in 1986 the sound is occasionally sullied by the odd FM digital preset horn section,but quite a few tasty analogue sounds remain,so the experience is not an unpleasant one.
So dig out your leotard, tights and muscle vest,and get down to some contemporary dance moves while Tischler and Petrie challenge you to express their pain.


Tracklist:

A1The Expected One
A2Gorgons & Gargoyles
A3Woman In The Dunes
A4The Nightrider
A5Down Of The Spice Route
B1Shaitan
B2Souls In Waiting
B3Minotaur In Crete

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