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Who loves ya, baby?
I stumbled across Moondog searching for a band called Moondogg after hearing a tune of theirs called Gasoline Rain on the SLC Punk soundtrack. I got really into Surf Session for a while.


 

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Who loves ya, baby?
Dr. John's an interesting one. My dad introduced me to him around the same time as Beefheart so the two are somewhat intertwined for me. He's got a bit of that vibe to him at times too anyway. Also reminds me of Tom Waits; Tom Waits via New Orleans.
 

Leo

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yeah, Dr. John was a character for sure (ran a brothel, did prison time for selling/using drugs), also a showman who became quite popular and had some commercial hits ("Right Place", with Allan Toussaint producing and the Meters as his backing band). one of those rare breed who was respected by the cognoscenti and also drew crowds at casinos for oldies shows.

have to say, though, that to me he seemed more authentic than tom waits.
 

WashYourHands

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The grotesque nature of surviving so much pop dross and the near constant rain that saturated our low-grey skied, heroin drenched lands, required a healthy level of resilience to stare down. Not everything needed intensive, ongoing confrontation thankfully. Few figures exemplify these breakthroughs better than Chris and Cosey and Fela Kuti.

Throbbing Gristle have a peculiar place in the pantheon of forces in British sound. They were a few years ahead of anything these early teenage ears could latch onto. The cheeky name itself, similar to the humour of slang like a 'Glasgow oyster', pulls you in. A provenance including Hull's murky, damp, North Sea city state and the potency of their retrospective aura, were akin to the zoned out state accrued from hours of snooker tedium, drowned in tv static after the national anthem finished, one ear in a dream and the other in a warped, analogue mosaic of crackling, pixelated hexes. Shady shadow lands.

Anyone who plunges into electronic music with any degree of intent will encounter their presence at some juncture. The question is then, how do you process what you're listening to? How do you tally the pretentious and the savant-esque innovation? Spend time in the company of committed TOPY heads with tales of notorious gigs, huge mirrors and ubiquitous trench-coats, chances are hyperbole about sonic bombardment isn't far away. So what? Slayer. Game over. Except the more you listened, the more layers you peeled away and a deeply nuanced versatility revealed itself. Hamburger Lady has been cited, hence for succinctness case-study 1


No sooner had you tapped into this seam of gold, you then found out (with hindsight) they'd split. Gutted as fuck. Cue Psychic TV. Something seemed a bit off, to put it mildly. The tv thing, preposterous mullets, 'sketchy' videos that were pretty tame, neither titilating or transgressive. Thank the gods Sleazy and Balance left. However, to counter that dismissive remark their manifesto vid of unyielding strangeness still resonates. What the fuck is happening


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Most of the above is a preamble to discovering Chris and Cosey's partnership. Seeing CFT's portrait for the first time - her unassuming confidence and majesty of presence - was marked by paradoxical bafflement. A goddess among mortals making these sounds? I'm all in. Fuck my ears. Another gateway drug, top tier table topper. Music caned at night with mates or lying in the dark with the walkman on, riding on the bus or train for away days, sat in underpasses blitzed on speed and acid. A rinsed discography. If people were averse to Chris and Cosey, they were clearly ignoramuses and no doubt worshipped Def Leppard, the ying to Sheffield's mystical yang.

The first few Chris and Cosey listens were spent fine tuning your ears and working out their kit array. Forensics. Closer to CV, but very different, traces of Manuel Göttsching. That reads like a wine tasting guide






Dancing Ghosts listed previously, hence the omission and attempting chronological order with future releases avoided too. However, the composition with all the charm, the supreme-point Breton endlessly searched for beyond any contradictions, is found here


'88 had Blue Monday and piling into Temple Records, Would list as per, except there are some gear changes coming. Before heading to Nigeria and colliding head-on with specific forces of nature, here's a furry chiller going full Gristleism. Aww

 
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catalog

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Good shit washy - fuck my ears. I'm reading this ALAP zine and they are mentioned pretty much everywhere as year zero. i do like hamburger lady and very friendly more and more i listen to them but i also read cosey's bio and that did spoil genesis a bit for me.
 

catalog

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this is a pretty incredilble image, even now



and the whole camo thing, and the buddhist rat tails. if it was happening now, it would be tabloid fodder and stamped out double quick
 

WashYourHands

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Rumination. Been a long time since this batch got a play



Percussion licks as arousal, mmmmm, i'm moist, here feel



acieeeed


and an ethereal breakthrough


Influential is only a % of it, Chris and Cosey gifted the world a soundscape unparalleled to some fanatics and remain a unique venture in harmonics and rhythm. The associations your ears make immediately add to the joy. That Coil grew out of TG's black crocus too is the arrow of time offering up a rare kindness - people of this calibre don't come around very often.

Psychic TV had a visual field which retains its punch in places, mainly through the endeavours of Derek Jarman and Cerith Wyn Evans. What i recall as a spring burst at this age was the imagery acts like Cabaret Voltaire and the above brought to an ugly, stagnant pond. If you get constantly assaulted by Gary Davies and Steve Wright's insidiousness, you had to go to war on the cunts. It might seem like posturing with hindsight, but Steve Wright makes 4chan look like amateurs for sheer cultural malignancy of effect. His voice continues to make me feel unclean.

Speaking of unclean, as a wee experiment for sound and image collisions, try watching this video muted (Leigh Bowery included).....


.....while listening to Moonchild (and averting your gaze)

 
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IdleRich

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Last weekend a few of us went back to my friend's place after closing time and I was chatting to this girl who knew (for Portugal) a surprisingly large amount about music... she was talking about a lot of no wave and so on and playing a load of kinda nasty shouty stuff to me and asking if I had any recommendations and Unclean was one of the ones I suggested.
 

WashYourHands

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Last weekend a few of us went back to my friend's place after closing time and I was chatting to this girl who knew (for Portugal) a surprisingly large amount about music... she was talking about a lot of no wave and so on and playing a load of kinda nasty shouty stuff to me and asking if I had any recommendations and Unclean was one of the ones I suggested.
 

IdleRich

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We used it on a mix once but I'm not sure which one.... this mix here begins (after the bleeps) with a Psychic TV tune but I can't remember what it's called annoyingly....

https://www.mixcloud.com/lizatron/invisible-city/listeners/

(hmmm, listening back to that the mixing on is a little bit, er, unconventional at times I've noticed. I think that was the first one we did together)
 
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catalog

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I stumbled across Moondog searching for a band called Moondogg after hearing a tune of theirs called Gasoline Rain on the SLC Punk soundtrack. I got really into Surf Session for a while.


Both these tracks are really nice. Almost a folky pentangley vibe to the 2nd one
 

luka

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I've been listening to some of this black mac weirdo creep music recently. It's like a special brand of contaminated incense, bad juju in the suburbs and small towns.
 

john eden

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@WashYourHands Zoviet France were always too difficult to focus on for me - 20 LPs of blurriness and nobody to do me a tape. Saw them at Cafe OTO and they were amazing and I like the Duck In A Tree shows on Mixcloud.

always mentally filed them next to Hafler Trio as someone to investigate properly... one day.
 

WashYourHands

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Duck in a Tree is consistently sublime, really good fun too.:Vast spectrum of tracks and sounds curated and mixed with a clear love for what’s being picked.

So far these are in semi-chronological order of exposure, so more C&C, ZF and CV to come.

First I have to navigate Fela/Tony Allen and a cornucopia of late 80’s hip hop, before even approaching (and backpedaling a tad) that first swathe of house.
 
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