miércoles, 28 de junio de 2017

Mofungo


Part no wave, part post-punk, Mofungo was an off-kilter noise band that worked in atonalities, squalling sax, and unsettling vocals. Mofungo "evolved" (rather than just formed) from a group called Blinding Headache, which was essentially a running jam session that took place in a New York University dormitory. Blinding Headache morphed into Mofungo when Rick Brown left to join Information. Their first release, the 'Elementary Particles' EP, saw release in 1980 after the band had paid some dues by backing Nico. In 1981, the band released their first full-length album, 'End of the World'. Partially mixed by The dB's' Chris Stamey, the album caught the attention of critic Robert Christgau, who managed to talk them up enough to get them a single release in the U.K. on Rough Trade. After 1982's 'Out of Line', the band went through a lineup shift, with Seth Gunning gone, drummer Jeff McGovern focusing on his other band, The Scene Is Now, and sax player A.C. Chubb leaving to start a family. The album, regardless of internal strain, contained "classic" Mofungo tracks that would become staples in the band's live show: "Three", "FBI Informer" and "Migrant Assembly Line Workers". Dwindled down to just two members, Robert Sietsama and Willie Klein set about enrolling new members to carry on. Joining Mofungo for the next era of the band's recording history were Chris Nelson and Phil Dray, and the band began a three-album relationship with Lost Records, under the larger umbrella of Twin/Tone. 'Frederick Douglass' (1985), 'Messenger Dogs of the Gods' (1986), and 'End of the World, Pt. 2' (1987) were all well-received, and the band followed the 1987 release with a tour of the Midwest in an RV driven by Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan. While quasi-member and producer Elliott Sharp was unable to make the trip through the heartland, he did manage to finagle the band a deal with then indie heavyweights SST, headed by former Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn. The politically topical (attacks on Robert Bork and the air traffic controllers' strike, for example) 'Bugged' (1988) was their first SST release, followed in 1989 with their final album, 'Work'. In June 1992, Mofungo played their last show, at CBGB's in New York. [SOURCE: ALLMUSIC

martes, 27 de junio de 2017

Claustrofobia


Catalan group formed by Pedro Burruezo (guitar and voice), Maria Jose Peña (keyboards) and Antoni Baltar (perscussion, programming and synthesizer). Pioneers in the "mestizaje", Claustrophobia was a group able to give an air of Leonard Cohen to a Spanish copla. In 1983 his song "Fiesta en la Noche" was included in the compilation 'Barcelona Ciudad Abierta', but it was not until 1984 that they recorded their first album for Wilde Records, entitled 'Arrebato', with the songs "La Espia que me Amó", "Sueños de Donna", "Sombras en la Alcoba", "Amor Sensible", "Rapsodia Bajo el Volga", "Paris Nostalgic (Tango)" and "Lagrimas por un Bolero". Their second foray into the record market was with 'El Silencio', in 1986, followed by 'Repulsión', this time for Justine Records in 1987. His fourth album had a change of record label, this time Nuevos Medios, with which they released in 1989 their fourth full length, an album titled 'Un Chien Andaluz'. Claustrofobia's record career would end with his fifth and final work, 'Encadenados' in 1992, although they later released a compilation entitled 'Les TresOrs 1982-1999'. In 2006, Discos de Paseo with Los Discos del Arrabal, published a compilation consisting of a double CD entitled 'Fiesta en la Noche. Grabaciones y Conciertos 1982-1984'. Pedro Burruezo was also immersed in a minimalist project called Burruezo & Bohemia Camerata. [SOURCE: GRUPOS NACIONALES NUEVA OLA 80

lunes, 26 de junio de 2017

Martin Rev


Beside fellow Brooklynite Alan Vega as Suicide, keyboardist Martin Rev has inspired a legion of musicians including fellow warehouse-dwelling experimentalists (Throbbing Gristle, D.A.F.), chart-topping synth pop acts (Depeche Mode, Soft Cell), mainstream rock artists (Bruce Springsteen, collaborator Ric Ocasek), and producers of techno and house (Aphex Twin, Daft Punk). Rev is known most for the minimalist and alternately brutal and sweet playing that graces the revered albums he and Vega released in 1977 and 1980, but he has recorded periodically on his own and in various forms with and without his legendary original partner, who died in 2016. Rev's first solo album, 'Martin Rev' (1980), featured unsettling ambient pieces, Harmonia-like melodic structures, and battering racket among its approaches. Throughout the next couple decades, a new and distinctive Rev album arrived every few years, such as the muscular 'Clouds of Glory' (1985) and the skeletal bubblegum pop affair 'See Me Ridin' (1995). 'To Live' (2003), which holds some of his most bracing work, and 'Stigmata' (2009), an elegant set dedicated to his late wife, highlighted the solo output during the decade that followed. Well into the late 2010s, as Rev remained active, reverent Suicide covers piled so high that the originals -"Dream Baby Dream" and "Ghost Rider" especially- might as well be considered underground standards. [SOURCE: ALLMUSIC

domingo, 25 de junio de 2017

CCCP - Fedeli Alla Linea


CCCP - Fedeli Alla Linea is the most famous and legendary Italian punk band of the 1980s. The use of minimal and repetitive guitar sounds, drum machine and declaimed vocals was closer to Crass and the British anarcho-punk scene, although their sound was so personal and unique that it never was punk in the strict sense of the term. 

The original members of the band met in Berlin in 1982 and formed the band, playing some concerts in the north of Germany. Later they returned to Italy and published their first 7" 'Ortodossia' on the legendary Attack Punk Records in 1984, soon followed by the picture 12" 'Compagni, Cittadini, Fratelli, Partigiani'. The first LP came in 1986 and was entitled 'Affinità-Divergenze Fra Il Compagno Togliatti E Noi (Del Conseguimento Della Maggiore Età)'. 

CCCP - Fedeli Alla Linea, since their very name, created huge scandals in the Italy of the 1980s, dominated by yuppies, pro-Americanism and a second economic boom. The band exploited Soviet imagery and symbols, the complex and visionary lyrics attacked Western society and its myths, provocatively countering them with Soviet Union, Socialism and even the Muslim world. They defined their own music as "Pro-Soviet punk". 

In 1990, after the collapse of the Berlin Wall and of the Communist Block, CCCP - Fedeli Alla Linea changed their name into C.S.I. (Consorzio Suonatori Indipendenti), and took a different music direction, more into popular folk and experimental rock. [SOURCE: DISCOGS

sábado, 24 de junio de 2017

Glorious Strangers


Glorious Strangers were a band started by audio engineer and record producer Wharton Tiers as a vehicle for his own compositions. In addition to Tiers, whose album credit is noted as "everything," the group included Jean Seton Shaw on bass, Jan Ewing on keyboards, and lead vocals by Carol Tiers. The group was commonly associated with the no wave movement. Their 1980 single, 'Why Don't You Join The Army?' also became known as the title track of the seminal 1982 compilation "Why Don't You Join The Army?".  In 1983, the group released its eponymous, full-length 'Glorious Strangers'. Track 4, "Move It Time" was subsequently included on the 2005 Soul Jazz compilation 'New York Noise Vol. 2 (Music From The New York Underground 1977-1984)'. [SOURCE: LAST.FM

viernes, 23 de junio de 2017

Derribos Arias


Derribos Arias was a Spanish post-punk band from the 1980s, framed in the cultural movement known as the "Movida Madrileña". Their sound, crude, chaotic, sometimes melodic and sometimes cacophonous, was influenced by post-punk, punk and psychedelia, as well as having an absurd humor component defined as dadaist or surreal. Derribos Arias was a product of the creativity of Poch (Ignacio María Gasca Ajuña), an extravagant, picturesque and excessive character. He is remembered as the protagonist of some of the most delirious episodes of the so-called "Movida Madrileña". Ejecutivos Agresivos was the first project of Poch with record transcendence (a sigle entitled "Mari Pili"). In Ejecutivos Agresivos participated musicians that later would integrate bands like Decima Victima or Gabinete Caligari. Poch later formed La Banda Sin Futuro with Alejo Alberdi, reconrding an unreleased album whose pirate copy, with songs like "Nos Van a Desinfectar", became a jewel for collectors. 


Derribos Arias lasted from 1981 to 1987, but their recording activity ceased in 1984. In their golden years, 1983 and 1984, they recorded the EPs 'Branquias Bajo el Agua', 'A Fluor/Tupés en Crecimiento' and 'Aprenda Alemán en 7 Dias' and the album 'En la Guia, en el Listin'. All of them had excellent reviews in the music press and a relatively good public acceptance, considering how risky the proposal was. In 1984 they issued 'Disco Pocho', with worse reception. Soon afterwards became the dissolution of the band. In the mid-1980s, Poch was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease, a degenerative nervous system syndrome that disrupted cognition and mobility and led to his death in 1998. In 1991, Poch received a tribute from musicians, friends and admirers, and the result was a double album entitled 'El Chico Más Pálido de la Playa del Gros', a Derribos Arias and Poch songs compilation covered by bands such Siníestro Total, Negu Gorriak, Gabinete Caligari, Glutamato Ye-Yé or Fangoria. [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

jueves, 22 de junio de 2017

Spizzenergi


Spizzenergi formed in the late 1970s, an English punk/new wave band led by vocalist / guitarist Spizz (real name Kenneth Spiers). The band changed its name every year, subsequent names including Athletico Spizz 80, Spizzoil and The Spizzles. They are notable as the first band to top the newly created UK Indie Chart early in 1980 with their single "Where's Captain Kirk?". More than two decades after its release, it was included in Mojo magazine's list of the best punk rock singles of all time.

Spizz attended Arden School, Knowle, near Solihull, a comprehensive school in the West Midlands, and was inspired by the burgeoning punk rock movement. After a Siouxsie and the Banshees gig at Birmingham's Barbarellas club he jumped on stage and sang into the microphones on the back of which was given a recording deal. He was already performing (solo) by 1977. Spizz soon got together with like-minded guitarist Pete Petrol (real name Pete O'Dowd) with whom he released a few singles during the height of the punk's popularity. In 1978 Palmolive, drummer with The Slits, joined the band, then named Spizzoil, for a few gigs. The band supported Siouxsie and the Banshees among others and later toured as a headline act in many countries of Europe. 


For the first time, Spizz had a dedicated backing band, with a distinctively new wave sound. As Spizzenergi they became the first number one band in the newly formed UK Indie Singles Chart in January 1980. The BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel described "Where's Captain Kirk?" as... "the best Star Trek associated song". Spizz created the artwork for the single cover using felt pens. This was the peak of Spizz's commercial popularity. 

This line-up continued as Athletico Spizz 80, gaining a considerable following. They became the only band to sell out the Marquee Club for five consecutive nights (with a sixth alcohol-free, matinee show). The tune "Where's Captain Kirk?" was featured in the 1981 live music film "Urgh! A Music War". This material was shown occasionally on late-night American cable TV, and may have helped prolong Spizz's fame. They released an album entitled 'Do a Runner' on A&M Records, to mixed reviews. 

When Lu Edmonds joined the line-up in 1981, they changed their name to The Spizzles. The group released a record called 'Spikey Dream Flowers', which cemented the group's sonic image as science-fiction weirdoes. Two final 1982 singles, this time as Spizzenergi 2, "Megacity 3" and "Jungle Fever", were the swan-song of Spizz in the 1980s. [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA]

miércoles, 21 de junio de 2017

Judy Nylon


A New York singer who sprang from the early-'80s avant-garde Lower East Side noise rock (aka no wave) scene, Judy Nylon led a brief but interesting career. Abandoning New York for London in 1981, she joined forces with singer Patti Palladin, forming the indelicately named duo Snatch. Snatch was a truly hit-and-miss artsy-fartsy duo, attracting the attention of Brian Eno who, despite working with them, didn't improve their wan, bloodless sound. More successful, however, was brilliant British reggae/dub/psycho-funk producer Adrian Sherwood, who produced Nylon's only solo recording, 'Pal Judy', in 1982. Superficially reminiscent of Patti Smith, Nylon's Beat-inspired lyrical extrapolations are well-suited to Sherwood's expansive sonic collage. It's a tremendously seductive record that certainly gave rise to the opinion that Nylon was embarking on an interesting solo career. Instead, 'Pal Judy' is all we have to show for Nylon the solo artist. Ex-cohort Palladin recorded a great record of covers ('Copy Cats') with Johnny Thunders, but has also been absent from music ever since. [SOURCE: ALLMUSIC

martes, 20 de junio de 2017

Kukl


Kukl (often stylized as KUKL or K.U.K.L.) was an Icelandic post-punk group in the 1980s, most notable for being one of Björk's first bands.The band formed in August 1983 when Ásmundur Jónsson from Gramm Records wanted to create an avant-garde supergroup to perform on the final episode of a radio show called Áfangar. He assembled vocalist Björk Guðmundsdóttir of Exodus and Tappi Tíkarrass, trumpeter and vocalist Einar Örn Benediktsson (a.k.a. Einar Ørn) of Purrkur Pillnikk, keyboardist Einar Arnaldur Melax from the surrealistic group Medúsa, and bassist Birgir Mogensen from Spilafífl, as well as drummer Sigtryggur Baldursson (a.k.a. Trix) and guitarist Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson (a.k.a. God Krist) from the band Þeyr. After two weeks of writing and rehearsals, the band played the radio session. Their ensuing enthusiasm for the experience led to a decision to make the group permanent.


Kukl's first live show was on September 20, 1983, opening for Crass in Reykjavík, followed shortly after by their first release, the 7" single 'Söngull' (Gramm). Einar Ørn had studied media at the Polytechnic of Central London, which enabled him to come in contact with UK anarcho-punk groups such as Flux of Pink Indians and Crass. This led to the 1984 release of Kukl's first album, 'The Eye' (produced by Crass member Penny Rimbaud) on the Crass Records label. The title "The Eye" came from Björk’s favorite book, "Story of the Eye" by Georges Bataille (1928), whose plot involved the sexual adventures of a young French couple within a violent context. The album cover was illustrated by Dada Nana. 'The Eye' contained an English-language version of “Söngull”, retitled “Dismembered”. A video clip was shot for the song “Anna”, directed by Óskar Jónasson. A live performance from September 1984 at L'Eldorado in Paris, France yielded 'Kukl á Paris 14.9.84', a cassette-only release issued in 1985 by independent French record label V.I.S.A.. Kukl toured Europe during 1985, visiting the Netherlands during the Pandora's Box Festival, and Denmark during the Roskilde Festival. Later that year, Kukl and Icelandic rock singer Megas (Magnús Þór Jónsson) formed a side project called Megakukl. After creating about 20 songs, which remain unreleased, they played several concerts in Iceland. 


Kukl released their second and final studio album, 'Holidays in Europe (The Naughty Nought)', on Crass Records on January 24, 1986. Two video clips were produced, "Outward Flight (Psalm 323)" and "France (A Mutual Thrill)". Later that year, the band was close to an end, as different members pursued various projects. Óttarsson and Björk formed The Elgar Sisters, a group which featured musicians from Kukl (with the exception of Einar Ørn) and collaborators Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and Þorsteinn Magnússon. This ensemble recorded 11 songs in 1986 and disbanded thereafter. In the summer of 1986, Einar Ørn returned from England with two projects: the creation of a new record label, Smekkleysa/Bad Taste, and a new band, Sykurmolarnir, later translated as The Sugarcubes. As Kukl disbanded, the only members who did not continue with the new project were Mogensen and Óttarsson. The birth of the new band coincided with the June 8, 1986 birth of Björk's son Sindri Eldon Þórsson (fathered by Medúsa guitarist Þór Eldon Jónsson). [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

lunes, 19 de junio de 2017

Art Objects


The Art Objects were an offbeat British group whose embrace of noisy, non-melodic guitar figures and strong psychedelic influences paved the way for post-punk acts such as Echo & the Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes. Formed in Bristol in the southwest of Great Britain, the Art Objects began in mid-1978 as an eccentric three-piece featuring spoken vocals from poet Gerard Langley, fractured guitar accompaniment from Jonathan J. Key (aka Jonjo), and dancing by Wojtek Dmochowski. The Art Objects adopted a more conventional lineup in the summer of 1979 when drummer John Langley joined the band, soon followed by bassist Bill Stair and second guitarist Robin Key (Jonathan's brother). In 1980, the Art Objects released a three-song single for the Fried Egg label, featuring the tracks "Hard Objects", "Biblioteque", and "Fit of Pique"; the record was a modest success on the independent charts, and a second single soon followed, 'Showing Off (To Impress the Girls) / Our Silver Sister'. Heartbeat Records, which released the group's second single, wanted an album from the Art Objects, and 'Bagpipe Music' was recorded during five days of sessions in the summer of 1980. It was nearly a year before 'Bagpipe Music' was finally released, and shortly after it reached stores, the group split up, with Gerard Langley, Wojtek Dmochowski, and John Langley soon forming a new group, The Blue Aeroplanes; most of the songs of The Blue Aeroplanes' debut album, 'Bop Art', began as Art Objects tunes, and Bill Stair, Jonathan J. Key, and Robin Key helped out during the recording. In 2007, an expanded reissue of 'Bagpipe Music' was released by British indie label Cherry Red. [SOURCE: ALLMUSIC