Saturday, 18 January 2014

The New Blockaders - " Epater Les Bourgeois " - (Frux Records FC03) 1985

The original review of this tape was going to be:
" (_______________) "
....which adequately encapsulates this non-musical concept nicely;but....I will expand.
If you listen to this collection of tape hiss for longer than ten seconds, then you are beyond pretentious,and beyond help......and probably Middle Class/bourgeois; hence the title of this exploration of 'nothingness', 'Epater les Bourgeois'. When translated into English it means "To impress the Middle Classes', which is the semi-serious 'joke' behind this release.
Recorded silence,or recorded ambience to be more accurate, has been done before,John Cage being foremost in my mind; but to me this represents a more meaningful portrayal of nothing,whilst at the same time asks questions about ourselves, ie...are we pretentious dick'eads?.
I am hoping this is what the New Blockaders were trying to put across?...... If not, then they too are pretentious dick'eads of the n'th degree,and deserve to be locked in a room with Dave Stewart,late of the Eurythmics, for ALLLLLL eternity!
As they said on their release with Organum:

"Nothing is now the conceptual opposite of what truly and authentically IS."

Amuse your friends ,if you have any, and download this piece of Nihilist Hiss-tory (geddit?) below.



Anonymous said...

were you a salesman in a former life?

Jonny Zchivago said...

I suppose I am some kind of salesman,but without taking any money.A sort of Giveawaysman. This is the future.

Deocliciano Okssipin Vieira, aka Ochyming said...

Thank you!

George Harold said...

Would you consider putting up The Melancholy Mad Tenant, their collaboration with Coil and Vortex Campaign?

Jonny Zchivago said...

is this a request George?.....I do have this,and i'll post it if you don't have it already?

George Harold said...

I would like to hear it, that is if you think it's worth posting...

George Harold said...

On second thoughts I think I'll be all right, I listened to some clips on youtube and I it's not my cup of tea.