Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Modern Art ‎– "Sonic Dimensions 1982-1985" (Vinyl-on-demand ‎– VOD112) 2013

Here's one of those DIY for rich men compilation/career overviews on Vinyl On Demand. This time on Color Tapes stalwarts Modern Art, who were basically Gary Ramon plus mates.
Mostly released on cassette, Modern Arts sound balanced between a neo-psych indie jangle and minimal synth driven cold wave.
A rather high quality but prolific output for such an ignored group.Rightfully given a chance to be heard in hi-fi quality.
\if you prefer the smoggy cassette versions of a few of these songs a couple of early tapes can be found earlier in this blogs tenure.


Previously-Released Tape Recordings 1982-1985
A1 (Trying To Find) The Hidden World 4:02
A2 Hello/Goodbye 6:45
A3 Landscape From A Dream 4:01
A4 Sad Delusion 3:46
A5 Confrontation 3:45
A6 Oriental Towers 4:56
B1 Dreaming Again 4:00
B2 Still Life 3:28
B3 Fatal Crash Immersed The Start 8:13
B4 Search For A Soul 7:53
B5 Beach On The Horizon 4:02
Publisher Demos 1985
C1 Forbidden Universe 4:45
C2 Hello/Goodbye 5:34
C3 Confrontation 5:04
C4 Red Tornado 5:46
C5 Breakdown 6:32
D1 (Trying To Find) The Hidden World 3:56
D2 Dreams To Live 3:38
D3 Age Of Lights 6:18
D4 Sight And Sound 6:44
D5 Early Warning 6:16
Previously-Released Tape Recordings 1983-1986
E1 Stars (Dreaming Again) (Instrumental Version) 3:58
E2 Clear Light 5:29
E3 Driftwood (Publisher Demo) 5:16
E4 Dimensions Of Noise Soundtrack (Part 4) 5:22
E5 Barriers 4:53
E6 Beach On The Horizon (Publisher Demo) 3:03
F1 Forbidden Universe 3:41
F2 Harmony In Red 3:04
F3 Figure Of Eight 3:22
F4 Black Into White 2:56
F5 Vertikal Parallel 3:30
F6 Passing Days 2:45
F7 Vision 3:15
F8 Dimension (Edit) 1:51
F9 Calico Shadows 3:23

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Monday, 14 January 2019

Jandek ‎– "Houston Saturday 2011" (Corwood Industries ‎– CORWOOD 0815) 2014

'Tis "Jandek Monday" again!
Here we find the Bard of tone deaf Whining,...er... whining, on home territory again from December 17th 2011.Thankfully without proper musicians making him sound like someone else.This the is raw and naked Jandek that we know and love, solo, with out of tune acoustic guitar.
We even get treated to a spoken word piece to open the set.
You lucky people.


1 The Door And The Red Tree 5:22
2 Johnny Dupree 8:42
3 Day Of The Afternoon 5:37
4 Down And Out 3:53
5 All About You 3:37
6 You Stole Me 3:38
7 I Die 4:10
8 The Present 4:00
9 My Home 5:06
10 How I Know You 5:20

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Various ‎Artists – "Purple Twilight" (Color Disc ‎– Colors 2) 1985

Despite 'Color' being a glaring spelling error, (The american spelling!), there are very few errors on any of their compilations.
Purple Twilight being one of them.Although the title would suggest that it may have been one of those Bam Caruso Brit-psych/Freakbeat compilations, if one didn't know better.
There are some Neo-Psych tracks within however, but scattered among the Minimal Synth, proto-Indie tchoons, and Cold wave classics.The Duke Of Disrespect also makes another, but welcome, appearance with the samplerdeclic non-hit hit, "You Tell Lies".
Experimental improv combo,'New 7th Music', featuring Paul Keldays brother ,Phil, also makes a very rare outing on vinyl.
A smogasbord of excellence.


A1 –Mystery Plane - Red Slime Creepers
A2 –Eye See - Evenings
A3 –Space Brothers - Sixteenth Avenue Atmosphere
A4 –The Duke Of Disrespect - You Tell Lies (Banging Away)
A5 –The Teamtones - Build A House And Marry, Tom
A6 –WeR7 - Revolve Her
A7 –Timothy London And The Soho Sisters - Hold Me Down
B1 –Modern Art - Death Wish
B2 –New 7th Music - Hibakusha
B3 –Omming For Works - Change Of Intention/The Punished Animal
B4 –Face In The Crowd - How Much Do You Know?
B5 –Andy Boot Quartet - Is That Close Enough?
B6 –The Ordinary - Wessex Tales

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Various Artists ‎– "An Hour Of Color Vol. 3" (Color Disc ‎– Color 13) 1986

The incredibly high standard of stuff from Color Tapes continues with volume 3 of the 'An Hour Of Color' series of compilations.I've said it all before, you know what you're gonna get, so get on with it.....its good.


A1 –Space Brothers - Lost Civilisation
A2 –Modern Art - Monument Of Heaven
A3 –Lives Of Angels - Lives Of Angels
A4 –WeR7 - The Hearts Outstanding
A5 –Kata Kolbert - Poor Poor Thing
A6 –Cleaners From Venus - Ilya Kuryakin Looked At Me
A7 –Moisten Before Use - Where To Now
A8 –Bill Pritchard - Fact Or Fiction
B1 –Space Brothers - Purple Twilight
B2 –Modern Art - She Cannot Yet Be Seen
B3 –Lives Of Angels - Green On Black
B4 –Kata Kolbert - Marriage Of Inconvenience
B5 –Shadow Of Light - Play Your Joker
B6 –Cleaners From Venus - Follow The Plough
B7 –3D5 - Special Fx
B8 –Face In The Crowd - Somewhere, Sometimes
B9 –Mystery Plane - Madame Sin

Friday, 11 January 2019

Various ‎Artists – "An Hour Of Color Vol. 2" (Color Disc ‎– Color 10) 1985

Another one of the many compilations released on cassette by Color Tapes in the eighties, this one is from 1985....not a vintage year elsewhere, but on the Color label, it was as if the 'New Romantics' had never happened.
We are treated to two melodic classix from the cruelly ignored 'Cleaners From Venus', worth the admission money all by themselves.This is countered by the truly awful 'That It', with some over-clever lounge jazz for the discerning pseudo intellectual.
The rest is populated by the usual Color crew, normally involving Gary Ramon somewhere in the mix of Minimal Synth, Cold Wave, and Proto-Indie ditties...really rather marvellous.


A1 –Cleaners From Venus - Soul Monday
A2 –Lives Of Angels - Red Suit
A3 –Take-It - Fallen Out
A4 –Modern Art - Confrontation
A5 –Berserk In A Hayfield - Pulse
A6 –WeR7 - I Was Not A Jew
A7 –Space Brothers - Lodore
B1 –Cleaners From Venus - Julie Profumo
B2 –Take-It - I'd Like To Talk To You
B3 –Berserk In A Hayfield - Fear
B4 –Mystery Plane - Dungeon Blues
B5 –Timothy London - Mission Impossible
B6 –The Teamtones - She Says No
B7 –Lives Of Angels - Threatened
B8 –Andy Boot Quartet - Perfectly Perfunctory
B9 –WeR7 - I Pray To A Moving God

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Various ‎Artists – "Cold Waves Of Color Volume 5" (Color Disc ‎– COLOR LP 08) 2018

The standard of these Color Tapes compilations are unsurpassed in the murky world of reissued pop from the past.
Amid all the excellent Synthwave, there even lurks a forgotten Good Missionaries tune, which has undergone the aural modernising process of remastering....not that it makes much difference to the very Lo-Fi missionaries sound.
Plenty here to satisfy electro-junkies, as well as a splash of proto-indie from Lives of Angels to remind us of Color's other strengths.
I'd struggle to pick out which was the best volume from this series.....at the moment i'd go for Volume 4,tomorrow may have a different answer.


A1 –Void - Isotope
A2 –Echophase - Silent Sky
A3 –Berserk In A Hayfield - Berserk
A4 –Silicon Valley - Transit 6
A5 –The Lord - Production Line
A6 –The Good Missionairies - Bending A Border (Dub Version)
B1 –Berserk In A Hayfield - August Haze
B2 –Echophase - Continental Shift
B3 –Lives Of Angels - Golden Age
B4 –Modern Art - Colliding World
B5 –Lives Of Angels - Pavillion

Various ‎Artists – "Cold Waves Of Color Volume 4" (Color Disc ‎– COLOR LP 06) 2016

Yet more minimal synth cold wave classics from Color Tapes' classic early eighties period. All the usual suspects are here again.....most of them involving Gary Ramon (latterly of The SunDial). All previously available only on the medium of cassette, and have now been expertly remastered from the original masters to appear sparkly and as crisp as newly born babe. Its almost incomprehensible that these babes are now approaching forty years old; but they are!


A1 –Beatmixer - Danse Electrique
A2 –Silicon Valley - Going Out
A3 –Berserk In A Hayfield - Start Of Something
A4 –Disintegrators - Transmissions Unknown
A5 –Silicon Valley - ZX
A6 –WeR7 - Word Perfect
B1 –Mystery Plane - I'll Get You For This
B2 –Echophase - Train
B3 –Berserk In A Hayfield - Optical
B4 –Lives Of Angels - Gateway
B5 –Beatmixer - The Beatmixer

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Various Artists ‎– "Cold Waves Of Color Volume 3(1979-85)" (Color Disc ‎– COLOR CD 03)

A third volume of lost or forgotten classics of the minimal electronic genre from the Color Disc archives.
Starts off with the sample fest classic of "You Tell Lies" by the mysterious Duke of Disrespect...or in other words Gary Ramon who'd just bought an Ensoniq Mirage.Then it gets even better from there.


1 –Duke Of Disrespect - You Tell Lies (Banging Away) 3:10
2 –Silicon Valley - X-Cell 4:00
3 –The Lord - Universe 3:30
4 –Disintegrators - Oscillations 4:00
5 –Lives Of Angels - Green On Black 3:09
6 –Silicon Valley - Holborn Station 3 am 3rd January 1982 1:50
7 –Stereo Machines & Kinesis - Excerpt From Cassette No.7 2:24
8 –Disintegrators - Filter Reactor 3:39
9 –Berserk In A Hayfield - Club Paris 3:29
10 –Echophase - Destination 4:29
11 –Mystery Plane - When The Money Runs Out 3:31
12 –Lives Of Angels - Red Suit 5:20
13 –Modern Art - Opaque 4:28
14 –Stereo Machines & Kinesis - Excerpt From Cassette No.6 2:54
15 –Disintegrators - Disintegrate (Edit) 7:09

Various ‎Artists – "Cold Waves Of Color Volume 2 (1982-85)" (Color Disc ‎– COLOR LP 02) 2015

Color Disc, previously Color Tapes, was once a vehicle for a bunch of Neo-Psych and Proto Indie bands from 1980 onwards, and it was mainly these same groups of musicians who also produced some of the best underground minimal synth of the early eighties. Electronic music is, in my opinion, a superior form of Psych, both in classic and Neo versions, so the leap in style is not as great as it would first seem. A form which would eventually haunt us all as 'Acid House', which then evolved into that bloody awful 'club culture' when the proletariat wrestled  it from the grasp us elitist types.It always happens,mass acceptance leading to a generic indolence of a particularly unattractive kind.
The gorgeous analogue beauty of these timeless pieces of minimal electro-psych in that short window of time from 1980-85 when synthpop, or synth wave was almost impossible to do badly.Just look at that equipment list, perfect.


A1 –Disintegrators - Elixir Vapor 3:31
A2 –Void - Transvision 3:06
A3 –The Lord - Out Of Space & Out Of Time 6:15
A4 –Body Electric - Undercurrents 3:17
A5 –Space Brothers - Lodore (Purple Twilight remix) 3:30
B1 –Void - Radio 3:44
B2 –Berserk In A Hayfield - Pulse 5:11
B3 –WeR7 - Masterful Of Ceremonies 5:13
B4 –Lives Of Angels - Experiment 1 2:29
B5 –Mystery Plane - Find Some Body 3:53
B6 –Lives Of Angels - Experiment 2 2:44

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Various Artists ‎– "Cold Waves Of Color (1981-85)" (Color Disc ‎– COLOR LP 01) 2014

A recent series of compilations of UK electronic cold wave and minimal synth from the legendary Color tapes label. Featuring many previously neo-psych bands, mostly including DIY legend Gary Ramon as a member. All of these tracks were previously only available on cassette, either/or previously unreleased. They could have been recorded yesterday such is the quality and future leaning inventiveness of all of these tracks.


1 –Berserk In A Hayfield - Tease
2 –Modern Art - Alternative Universe (Edit)
3 –Lives Of Angels - Lives Of Angels
4 –The Lord - Winds Of Space
5 –Berserk In A Hayfield - Code
6 –WeR7 - Don't Surrender
7 –Mystery Plane - Pigsty Cafe
8 –Stereo Machines And Kinesis - Excerpt From Cassette Number 10
9 –WeR7 - Volt Air
10 –The Lord - Space Is The Bass
11 –Disintegrators - Beyond Reason Beyond Time
12 –Lives Of Angels - Threatened
13 –Modern Art - Age Of Lights (Instrumental Version)

Monday, 7 January 2019

Jandek ‎– "London Tuesday" (Corwood Industries ‎– CORWOOD 0793) 2008

Jandek Monday from a Tuesday in the UK,13 years hence.
Recorded live at St. Giles in the Fields,London,October 18, 2005.A church in the southern part of Camden, where we get a proper solo performance from the Corwood Representative; naked and raw in the  evening,with acoustic guitar and no proper musicians to flesh it out.The song "Part Three" is of particular interest, as it makes a number of direct references to the characters and themes of "Naked in the Afternoon", the first song from "Ready for the House".
The cover features our man from Corwood standing against a backdrop of the city of Bath (UK),which to my rudimentary knowledge,isn't London?.


No Mind Was A Good Mind
1 Part One 9:25
2 Part Two 7:19
3 Part Three 6:59
4 Part Four 8:05
5 Part Five 7:25
6 Part Six 7:19
7 Part Seven 9:35
8 Part Eight 11:04

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Naked Lunch ‎– "From Another Time (Demos & Singles 1979-84)" (Evolve Or Die ‎– EODSUBCD 172) 2015

Another 'Stevo Band', he behind Some Bizarre, was Naked Lunch.Although never releasing hardly anything in their lifetime, they seemed to always be featured in the music press. It helps they had a shameless publicist as a manager one supposes?
Naming your group after a William Burroughs experimental novel was supposed to have the effect of making you seem immeadiately more intelligent that your audience,a bad case of Intellectual Posing.They could have chosen a more obscure reference if they actually were more intelligent than you are. The excellent 'Dead Fingers Talk' were another example, but they came across as just enlightened rockers from Kingston-upon-Hull, where you were libel for a good kicking if you even hinted that you read books.....also they were mates with Mick Ronson, so they're exempt.
I may be playing the role of the 'Talking Asshole'....(note clever Burroughsian reference)....but,Naked Lunch aimed themselves at the growing industrial electronic niche.Their earlier tracks hinted at at the rubber clad synth pop direction later owned by those Depeche Mode puffs, but then started dressing like goths towards the end of their first incarnation....what was that all about?
Nonetheless, I always admire groups who never release any records, so, well done you crazy kats; albeit katz with obscure Brion Gysin pamphlets dangling visibly from their raincoat pockets.....purely for your benefit of course.

NB...Oh yeah, apparently they've reformed and touring???...why not every other fucker is doing it?


Rabies (Demo) 3:11
La Femme 5:17
Rabies 4:55
Slipping Again 3:57
Fade Away 3:26
So Frantic (Demo) 3:32
You Tie Me Down 3:26
Laugh Your Mind Away 3:32
Make Believe 3:35
Breathe 3:40
Weekend Behaviour 2:53
I Believe In Lies (Song Writing Demo) 3:45
Now Only Sighs (Song Writing Demo) 3:45
Captain Black (Minus Captain Scarlet Samples) 4:05
Destroy 10:07
The Mourning After 10:07

Soft Cell ‎– "Demo Non Stop" (Some Bizzare ‎– SBZ059) 2006

They done demo's in proper studios too, as well as in Davids Bedsit y'know?
Dunno if any of these made it onto any official albums other than 'Say Hello Wave Goodbye', but I much prefer Almond before he got tainted and vocally ambitious with his annoying white boy mascara soul.Like a gay sibling singing in the bathroom as he applied his make-up before hitting the clubs.Kraftwerk may have invented the minimal synth tune, but it took some effeminate Brits to give it some 'soul' to make the android a bit more humanoid,or,make the Android more androgynous?....for good or bad, it was popular.
I did actually, accidently, attend an AIDS benefit concert by Almond, in Leicester Cathedral in feb 2000;on the spot where King Richard the Third is now entombed....he'd be turning in his sepulchre if it wasn't for his scoliosis. 'Twas pretty awful,with the Almond busting a bloodvessel crooning out a splurge of Scott Walker, Jacques Brel classics, and many more works by other over-dramatic songsmiths that he murdered on the night. The highlight was the moment Jesus cut the power supply....but....he kept caterwauling in the dark....ever the consummate professional....horrific!
He was much better in 1978,when he knew his limits.I won't spoil it by listening to the official LPs. 
Ah,the tragedy that being 'Discovered' does to a person!


1 Frustration 3:30
2 Facility Girl 1:34
3 Secret Life 3:38
4 A Man Can Get Lost 2:52
5 Persuasion 3:09
6 Cleansing Fanatic 2:38
7 Tupperware Party 2:13
8 Babes In Consumerland 2:01
9 As Advertised 2:30
10 When We Go Marching 2:39
11 Say Hello, Wave Goodbye 4:51

Friday, 4 January 2019

Soft Cell ‎– "The Bedsit Tapes" (Some Bizzare ‎– SBZ046) 2006

Not that I had anything to do with Soft Cell when they were around back in the day, but, in hindsight this pair of  beta males were partly, if not wholy, responsible for unleashing the flood of synthgeek with effeminate bloke duo's onto this planet.
The 'synth' gave those of us who were alienated by the resurrection of butch cock-rock that Punk had become, a chance to express themselves,add a touch of eyeliner and sing about something more interesting than not having a job. This could all be done at the same time as fucking off your mates and parents. My dad could sit through The Pistols and Sham 69 on Top of the Pops,he even seemed to enjoy it, but nothing got his goat more than an effeminate bloke leering into the camera. Forget Bowie putting his arm around Mick Ronson during 'Life On Mars'.For my Father it was the bass player from The Sweet, wearing a long black dress (probably with a swastika armband?),Kaiser Bill helmet ,hitler moustache with black lipstick and full eye makeup, camping it up during 'Blockbuster', with a fey gayness as he leered in dad's(and my) direction to mime (badly) the words to the line "we haven't got a clue what to do"........at this point my paternal parent grunted "Bloody 'ell", and left the living room. Only Jimmy Saville got a more violent reaction from him......now we all know why...even my lovely daddy knew what the BBC didn't. Bowie, Glitter, and Bolan left him unmoved, but the Sweet always got a reaction. This, of course is where The New York Dolls nicked their ideas from.
In the eighties Gender-Bending became a national pastime, and several of these acts made it big across the pond. So much so that in the mind of every marginalised redneck youth, every Brit,had questionable sexuality, was pale and thin and wore eyeliner and lipstick to go down the pub. Which is not far from the truth.
A reputation that was mainly the fault of Boy George and Depeche Mode.However,Soft cell were, i'm sure, very capable of challenging everyones sexuality on their own Top of the Pops appearances, just as The Sweet did; but these pale boys from Leeds Polytechnic meant it.
They also started in classic DIY fashion by recording in Dave's bedsit in Leeds, and Stevo had the good grace to release these underproduced recordings in 2006. The best stuff they ever did.

1 Potential 3:28
2 L.O.V.E. Feeling 3:26
3 Metro Mr X 2:08
4 Bleak Is My Favourite Cliché 2:15
5 Occupational Hazard 3:32
6 Mix 4:19
7 Factory Fun 3:20
8 Science Fiction Stories 3:15
9 Purely Functional 2:10
10 A Cut Above The Rest 2:09
11 Paranoid 2:25
12 Excretory Eat Anorexia Nervosa 4:37
13 Cleansing Fanatic 2:34
14 Walking Make Up Counter 2:54
15 Pyrex My Cuisine 1:07
16 Tupperware Party 2:04

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Oppenheimer Analysis ‎– "New Mexico" (Andie Oppenheimer Self-released) ‎– 1982

First came The Silver Apples, then Suicide,which gave us Soft Cell followed in the UK by a stampede of synth and singer duo's; the singer invariably being androgynous in appearence and behaviour.
One of the superior versions of this template being Oppenheimer Analysis, fronted by the very female voiced Andie Oppenheimer.
The analogue perfection of the synths on this tape is quite something to behold.Best heard on the classic Minimal Wave hit "Devils Dancers".
What's Andie doing now?....are you ready for this?....Andy Oppenheimer AIExpE MIABTI is a UK-based expert and consultant in counter-terrorism and CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear weapons and explosives)......crikey!?....and you thought he'd be on benefits somewhere near Southend on sea?
Apparently he's no relation to the father of the A-Bomb J. Robert Oppenheimer.....but having compared the photo's I suspect he is.
If only J. Robert had spent his time making androgynous minimal synth pop maybe the world would be a safer place?.....probably not?If the two Oppenheimers had swapped places we'd be living in a Nazi super state now, and we wouldn't have ever heard "Devils Dancers"!....if that isn't an argument for Nuclear Weapons I don't know what is.....I'm sure Andy has his views on the subject,especially as he's an expert in such matters?


1 Don't Be Seen With Me 3:16
2 Scorpions 2:43
3 Radiance 4:45
4 Men In White Coats 5:04
5 Modern Wonder 5:04
6 Subterranean Desire 4:17
7 Martyr 5:05
8 The Devil's Dancers 3:07
9 New Mexico 7:53
10 Security Risk 3:11
11 Behind The Shades 6:15
12 Cold War 5:43