viernes, 23 de marzo de 2018

Keine Ahnung

Keine Ahnung was a quartet from Wörth am Rhein, Germany formed in 1980. The original line up was Rolf Schmuck, Franz H. Rodenkirchen, Elke Fuchs and Olaf Schumacher. Hermann Kopp from Stuttgart, a friend of the band, contributed a composition on their first LP and became a full member in 1985. Taking cues from Conrad Schnitzler, Tuxedomoon and Dome, the band members shared a common interest in industrial, pop, avant garde literature and cinema. Their controversial name translates to “Don’t know” or “Haven’t got a clue” in German. The quartet would record three LPs in 6 years, two of which remain unreleased. 

In March 1983, Keine Ahnung recorded their self-produced and financed debut LP in two days in a small studio in Stuttgart (12 hours total). The mixing was done in one day in a studio in Karlsruhe, April 1983. The self-titled LP was released later that summer on their own PASSIV label in an edition of 1000 copies. This record obtained recognition far beyond the German borders. Keine Ahnung in the studio and live were completely different. Studio time was expensive in these days, so the music was minimal electronic pop, expertly crafted and razor sharp man machine music. The live sound utilized more complex synthesizers, tapes, guitars, metal percussion and custom built electronics. The beats and bass lines came from the Roland 606/303 duo triggering a KORG MS-20 for the bass drum. The track “Funkbild DPA” is a spontaneous “live in the studio” recording, that gives a hint of what the live sound was like. All four members would take turns singing and playing the instruments. [SOURCE: DARK ENTRIES RECORDS

jueves, 22 de marzo de 2018

The Individuals

The Individuals were a Hoboken, New Jersey-based power pop band led by Glenn Morrow (guitar, vocals, sax, keyboards) and featuring Janet Wygal (bass, vocals, guitar, keyboards), Janet's brother Doug Wygal (drums, percussion), and Jon Light Klages (lead guitar, keyboards, vocals). They were an outgrowth of several jam sessions that also included at various times, Bernie Kugel (The Good, Mystic Eyes) and Dee Pop (Gun Club, Bush Tetras).The band played regularly at Maxwell's and were a central part of the early 1980s Hoboken music scene. 

Their debut EP, 'Aquamarine', was produced by the dB's Gene Holder. It was voted one of the best EPs of 1981 in the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll. The band's one album, 'Fields', was also produced by Holder and engineered by Mitch Easter. 'Fields' featured the minor college radio hit "Dancing With My Eighty Wives". 

The Individuals broke up in 1983. Morrow then formed the band Rage To Live and later went on to help found Bar/None Records, while Janet Wygal and her brother Doug went on to form The Wygals, and Janet Wygal later formed the group Splendora, which provided the theme music for MTV's show "Daria". Both 'Fields' and the 'Aquamarine' EP were reissued, along with four other bonus tracks, on Bar/None Records on July 22, 2008. [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA]


Hipnosis (on some records also named Hypnosis) was a successful Italian techno-disco band in the early '80s, born in Parma and founded by Stefano Cundari. It also featured Paul Sears and Ugo Solenghi. At the beginning of the year 1982 Angelo Bergamini from Kirlian Camera joined the band. Cundari had the idea of covering the song "Pulstar" by Vangelis for the label Memory Records. They recorded the song together with Anfrando Maiola from the group Koto. In the ensuing period all of the original members left the project and Bergamini turned down the proposition to stay as a composer and musician of the new line-up and decided to leave the sixty date world tour. At the same time as Hipnosis was developing, Paul Sears officially joined Kirlian Camera's new line-up. In 1987 Cundari released another 7"/12" ("Droid") under the Hipnosis banner. Soon after he passed away. At this point the official Hipnosis-Story ends. 

In 1991 a CD anthology entitled 'Hypnosis' was released. In 1992 a certain Humphrey Robertson released a single and an album for ZYX Records under the name Hypnosis. On both releases the font-logo which can be seen on the 'Hypnosis'-CD was used, so it seems that the label tried to re-animate Hypnosis with other musicians. The last sign of life of this replica was another 12" record in 1994. In 2006 Angelo Bergamini recorded the Song "Kaczynski Code" for the Kirlian Camera album 'Coroner's Sun' under the name Hipnosis Italy. In 2016, for the 'Greatest Hits & Remixes' compilation, ZYX mingled original Hipnosis tracks with selections by Humphrey Robertson as well as yet another Hypnosis, the seemingly unrelated Hypnosis from Canada. [SOURCE: DISCOGS

miércoles, 21 de marzo de 2018


Formed near the end of his tenure as the leader of Los Angeles hardcore legends Black Flag, Greg Ginn's instrumental group Gone walked the strange fine line between atonal jazz, riff-heavy rock, and brief forays into funk stylings sporadically from 1986 onward. The first Gone release, 'Let's Get Real, Real Gone for a Change', and its follow up, 'Gone II: But Never Too Gone', featured eventual Rollins Band members Sim Cain (drums) and Andrew Weiss (bass). Gone went quiet after their first two releases, not to return until 1994 with not one but two new full-lengths releases that year, 'Criminal Mind' and 'All the Dirt That's Fit to Print'. With Cain and Weiss no longer playing with Ginn (Weiss, by this time, had moved on from the Rollins Band and taken up bass duties with Ween), replacements were found with bassist Steve Sharp and drummer Gregory Moore. 1996 and 1998 saw further Gone releases, 'Best Left Unsaid' and 'Country Dumb', respectively. Other projects, as well as distribution problems at Ginn's (and for that matter Gone's) label, SST, kept Gone quiet after 1998, limiting the band to occasional live appearances. [SOURCE: ALLMUSIC

martes, 20 de marzo de 2018

Ferial Confine

Ferial Confine is the alias formerly used by Andrew Chalk in the 1980s for his noisier endeavours. Although not as mellow as most of the work for which Andrew Chalk is known, is definitely not a barrage of noise, and really has little in common with most of his Broken Flag label-mates from back in the 1980s. The comparison that immediately comes to mind is Organum's material from around the same time period, something which makes a bit of sense since Andrew Chalk was involved in Organum for a time. His music definitely have the metallic, tense atmosphere associated with Organum's earlier material -high-pitched scraping noises, creaking metal and general uneasiness. [SOURCE: SOUNDOHM

lunes, 19 de marzo de 2018

Ethnic Acid

Ethnic Acid was the nom de plume of British noise musician Anthony Di Franco, who is currently a member of the legendary UK band Ramleh, and previously of Skullflower, AX, JFK and Novatron. While still a schoolboy, Anthony was carving out a singular identity as a electronic noise musician, recording for labels such as Broken Flag and Birthbiter (UK), Disciplines Productions (Italy) as well as his own JFK imprint. Obscure and arcane, this music had only previously been available to the most dedicated hardcore noise fanatics. [SOURCE: SICKNESS STILL ABOUNDS

domingo, 18 de marzo de 2018


DC-Pöbeln (or sometimes Dagcenterpöbeln, or the shorter DC-P) was concieved in the Swedish city of Örebro by "Guggi" & "17" in the fine year of 1982 as a piece of confusing grafitti. Tommy Olson being "Guggi". As for "17", it feels like a bit of an outing to reveal his identity as he is now a famous adult oriented rock-producer with a great appetite for cholesterol, but what the heck; he was christened Johan Kugelberg by his parents. That´s the line-up really, apart from them there were no "members" as such; merely collaborators and people who happened to own synthesizers and stuff. People unlucky enough to cross their path. More a concept than a band; which is common now, but from where they came unheard of then. DC-Pöbeln played live twice, and it is symptomatic that the only person present on stage on both occassions was a rather distant relation who performed some wacko kind of rituals without ever being asked. Johan was on stage on the first event, and Tommy Olson on the other. (Oddly enough, both concerts took place in museums) And "17" is not present on the recording of 'Bettan' (though he assembled the material that appears on the b-side). Since both Tommy and Johan/"17" moved quite often across the map, recording sessions were sparse, but there were 4-5 sessions between 1983 - 1994. However, both of them made stuff with other people that appeared all over the industrial tape trading network at the time under the name, or one of the names. [SOURCE: THE X FILES

sábado, 17 de marzo de 2018

Chain Of Command

During spring of 1979 two friends got chatting about the music they were into, Neil Whitehead and Dave Taylor had been friends since 1978 when they met at college. After this discussion they decided to form a band of their own. Neil had a Korg micro preset keyboard, a Rickenbacker bass guitar, and a drum machine. Neil got to work on a couple of song's and they arranged a practice at Neil's mum's house, they practiced at least two times a week, Neil on bass and Dave on keyboard. Neil didn't like playing bass and would rather add another keyboard or synthesizer. This idea came into place when a rather bizarre meeting between Dave, Neil and a friend of Dave's, Matt Adams. They met at a secret Elvis Costello gig at the Grand Hotel New Brighton and got chatting about forming a band. Matt told them he was a keen bass player and was looking for a band, although the band were not actively seeking a bass player the idea was good so they invited Matt to the next practice. The band then set out purchasing another synthesizer and Dave bought a Roland SH09 -Chain Of Command was now complete. 

The band decided they were ready for some live work and set up two practice gigs, one at a friend of Matt's house party, the other, a full dress rehearsal, at the Willaston Memorial Hall, for which the band set up a PA and issued tickets for specially invited guests, mainly friends and family. These both went down well and they were ready to go public. 

Their first public performance was at Birkenhead Park Rugby Club. The gig was a hit and saw the introduction of the backing tapes, slide presentations, and pyrotechnics' that were to become Chain of Command trademarks. Their next gig was at Brady's, the famous music club in Liverpool which had previously been Eric's (it had just changed hands), probably the most influential venue of the late seventies / early eighties era. To play there was amazing; for Dave, Neil, and Matt, Eric's was a place they went at least once a week. The fact the club had been renamed did not matter, this was hallowed ground. Unfortunately the gig was soured by the theft of one of the club's microphones, for which the band had to pay after having one of their synths impounded by the management. 

Two other gigs at Birkenhead YMCA, and St. Luke's Church (Wallasey) followed the latter without Matt who had left to work with another band at the time (A Sleep Secret) after some musical "differences". The band patched things up and Matt re-joined in time for their next gig which was at a local nightclub, Sir James Entertains, followed by the band's biggest ever gig at Mr Pickwicks supporting China Crisis. The band's final gig was at the Warehouse Liverpool. For the Mr Pickwicks and YMCA show's Chain of Command recruited a female singer / dancer Debbie Currie. [SOURCE: CHAINOFCOMMAND.INFO

viernes, 16 de marzo de 2018

The Blackouts

The Blackouts were a punk rock band formed in Seattle in 1979 by singer / guitarist Erich Werner, bassist Mike Davidson, and drummer William Rieflin, who were all former members of a local punk band, The Telepaths. They were joined by Roland Barker, first on synthesizer and later on saxophone.

Following a single and EP on small local labels, Davidson was replaced by Roland's brother Paul Barker in 1981. This line-up recorded the 'Exchange of Goods' single for English label Situation Two, and relocated to Boston in 1982. There they met Al Jourgensen of Ministry, who produced their last recording, the 'Lost Soul's Club' EP for Wax Trax! Records.

The band next relocated their second time to San Francisco in 1984, and toured the East Coast with Ministry that year before breaking up. Jourgensen recruited Paul and Roland Barker and Rieflin to the line-up of Ministry, playing a major part in the transformation of Ministry from a synth-driven dance band to one of the top exponents of industrial metal. This started a long collaboration between Paul Barker and Jourgensen in Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Lard, and other projects. Rieflin released a solo album in 1999, 'Birth of a Giant', worked with KMFDM, Pigface, Ruby, Peter Murphy, and Nine Inch Nails, and was the studio and touring drummer for R.E.M.. Erich Werner went on to join the Toiling Midgets. In 2004, Olympia's K Records released 'History in Reverse', compiling the band's studio recordings. [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

jueves, 15 de marzo de 2018

Alternate Learning

Alternate Learning (or ALRN) was a power pop / new wave band from 1977 to 1982, based in Davis, California and fronted by Scott Miller, a singer-songwriter later known for his work as leader of the 1980s band Game Theory and 1990s band The Loud Family. Alternate Learning, which was Scott Miller's first band to record on independent recording label Rational Records, was initially formed while its original members were in high school. Miller, Jozef Becker, and Scott Gallawa began performing at Rio Americano High School under the name Alternate Learning as early as 1977. 

The group's self-titled first release, a four-song 7" EP, was recorded by the three original members in Sacramento, in Miller's home recording studio. The EP was independently released on Rational Records in 1979. The band and the 'Alternate Learning' EP both became known by the abbreviation ALRN, which was prominently featured on the front cover of the debut release. Although the disc was labeled with the band's unabbreviated name, the release is most often known as the 'ALRN' EP. The first EP is also sometimes referred to as the 'Green Card' EP, based on the title of its first song.

In 1978, Miller moved the band to Davis, California, where he was attending college. Bass player Carolyn O'Rourke and keyboard player Lynn Ross joined the Davis-based band, which became regionally well known for their performances in the Sacramento area, in San Francisco, and most frequently at U.C. Davis. In 1980, Lynn Ross, Scott Gallawa and Jozef Becker left the group, with Becker citing conflicts of personality. Gallawa and Becker formed the Les-Z-Boys with Guy Kyser; Becker and Kyser went on to become founding members of Thin White Rope. Becker, who was also a member of True West, rejoined Miller as a member of Game Theory from 1989 to 1990, and later was a member of Miller's 1990s group The Loud Family

In February 1981, drummer Eric Landers joined Alternate Learning, as did keyboard player Byl Miller (no relation to Scott Miller).The 1981 lineup of Alternate Learning recorded a full-length LP called 'Painted Windows', which was released on Rational Records. During the recording of 'Painted Windows', Miller distanced the band from the previous ALRN release, writing in a newsletter that the 1979 EP "was not made by the present Alternate Learning, but by Scott Miller with Joe Becker and Scott Gallawa (now of Les-Z-Boys)."

After recording the album, and prior to its release, the 'Painted Windows' line-up debuted in an appearance with Pylon in April 1981. They went on to perform a series of shows from April through October 1981. Although the album was released in January 1982, the band did not perform again until late February 1982. After the release of 'Painted Windows', the group's final show took place at the U.C. Davis Coffeehouse on Saturday, February 27, 1982. The trio of Scott Miller, Carolyn O'Rourke, and Byl Miller performed without a drummer, accompanied by taped percussion and effects, until they were joined onstage by drummer Gavin Blair of the X-Men for their concluding songs. Alternate Learning was officially disbanded by Miller in May 1982. Within a few months, Miller had formed his new group, Game Theory. The new band included keyboard player and backing vocalist Nancy Becker, who had previously performed on synthesizer as a "sometime" member of Alternate Learning.

In 1981, Alternate Learning members collaborated with Steve Wynn to form a trio called 15 Minutes, which released one single on Wynn's label, Down There Records. 15 Minutes consisted of Wynn on guitar and lead vocals, Caroline O'Rourke on bass, and Eric Landers on drums. Their single, "That's What You Always Say" b/w "Last Chance For You", was written and produced by Wynn, with Scott Miller engineering. The A-side, "That's What You Always Say", was later recorded by The Dream Syndicate for their 1982 album 'The Days of Wine and Roses'. Both songs by 15 Minutes appear as bonus tracks on Rhino Records' 2001 remastered CD reissue of 'The Days of Wine and Roses'. [SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA