Archive for 1980’s

Wiseblood “Motorslug”

Posted in music with tags , , , , on July 13, 2010 by motorslug
Wiseblood "Motorslug"
Wiseblood | Motorslug | Wax Trax! | 1985

What would our re-dedication to this blog be without posting the track that inspired it all? Motorslug by Wiseblood, the alter-ego of Clint Ruin aka JG Thirlwell aka Foetus and Roli Mossiman of Swans [among others]. A classic slab of demented, driving collage of sound run through the industrial-strength food processor that is Foetus’ brain. In his own words, the project was an attempt at “violent macho American music made by non-Americans.” Keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel!

You’ll probably notice that side B of this 12″ is missing from the download below. This is because you can re-create it in the comfort of your own home– simply take the loop that repeats at the end of side A, repeat it for 7 and 1/2 minutes, and BAM! You’ve now re-created “Death Rape 2000”. Fun AND educational!

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Cocteau Twins “Dials”

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , on July 11, 2009 by cromagnonwoman
Cocteau Twins "Dials"
Cocteau Twins | Singles Promo Sampler | Capitol | 1991

One day very recently, I found myself in a Mid-Western Golden Corral when, slouched over my leg of beast and mashed root vegetables, I heard something familiar in the Muzak above me. Truth be told, a number of familiar songs all firmly rooted in the 80s had been playing but I’d paid no attention until that moment. Her sweet voice and the swirling strings floated high above the din of cud-chewing patrons (I couldn’t resist! You actually have to walk through a CORRAL to get to the register! How can I not liken us all to cows?!) and I realized in a fit of ecstasy and torment that they were playing Cocteau Twins. As soon as I was able, I dug out all of my Cocteau Twins records, determined to post something from them to honor that most surreal and rapturous moment.

CT had a glorious nearly two decade run (there is some discrepancy among sources online as to exactly how long), from c. 1980 to 1998, where they confounded, defied and enhanced an already rich musical decade. Each of the members, Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie, and Simon Raymonde, have gone on to solo projects but I think I was not alone in mourning the end of Cocteau Twins. Notable aspects to their sound were Liz’s indecipherable vocals which truly treated the voice as an instrument instead of just the vehicle for a message, Robin’s peerless guitar work, and Simon’s delicate, intricate piano playing (there were other members in there, too, who were all quite genius like Will Heggie). All of their work is among my favorite (with the possible exception of Four-Calendar Cafe) but, since I can only post one song here, I’m going to give you one of their tracks from their Singles Sampler. The Sampler is a promotional item in support of the 10 CD singles collection released in 1991 (an exhaustive compilation, if you can get yours hands on it). Here it is, Dials, which was released only on the singles sampler and on a promo single for Heaven Or Las Vegas:

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Click Click “Is It Real?” & “I Rage I Melt”

Posted in music with tags , , , on June 22, 2009 by cromagnonwoman
Click Click "Is This It?"
Click Click | Bent Massive LP | Play It Again Sam | 1989

Click Click "I Rage I Melt"
Click Click | I Rage I Melt EP | Play It Again Sam | 1987

When one thinks of 80’s-90’s Industrial acts, kids these days might call to mind Skinny Puppy or Ministry but mention Click Click and they’ll probably pretend to know what you’re talking about and then go straight home to ask the internets. I think this is a crying shame.

Click Click were formed in 1982 by Adrian Smith and Derek E. Smith, brothers with an apparently volatile relationship that might possibly have been further hindered by drug use, the over-consumption of tea, and a synthesizer called a WASP. Like those more name-dropped bands, they used tape loops, childrens toys, radio and television manipulation, and other decidedly analog methods to make their signature sound. They cite Cabaret Voltaire, Can, and Captain Beefheart as influences so you do the math.

They are reportedly releasing their back catalog in downloadable formats, but that was in 2008 and a cursory search of the web doesn’t show a lot of Click Click to be had. To remedy this travesty, here are two Click Click tracks for the delight of your ear balls. The first is “Is This It?” from their Bent Massive LP, released in 1989. The second is “I Rage I Melt” from their EP of the same title, from 1987:

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Die Form “Poupee Mecanique”

Posted in music with tags , , , , on June 12, 2009 by cromagnonwoman
Die Form "Poupee Mecanique"
Die Form | Poupee Mecanique LP | Bain Total | 1987

The Slug and I were careening through the back woods today when, through some convoluted wormhole of conversation, we wound up talking about this great record store in Pittsburgh called Eides. The memory of the hours spent in there, combing through their offerings, immediately called to mind a record I’d purchased there on a trip to the Pitt in 1998. At the time, I found it difficult to navigate the aisles with the stadium’s worth of tulle I regularly wore but, somehow, I managed well enough to find Die Form’s “Poupee Mecanique” LP, its naughty lady bits calling to me from the Industrial bin.

I recall being slightly scandalized and titillated by the album artwork and more than a little intrigued by the content of Die Form songs, namely the unmistakable fetish imagery. What went on in Philippe Fichot’s bedroom? I couldn’t help but wonder as I played this album over and over again to my own delight and my roommate’s chagrin. The electronic musical experiments, the childlike melodies and playful female vocals, the slightly sinister content, and the overwhelming feeling that what I possessed was culled from some sweat- and semen-soaked, underground art scene forever solidified “Poupee Mecanique” as my favorite Die Form album.

Here is the title track, from the original release of the album on Bain Total, Die Form’s own label.

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Danielle Dax “Here Come The Harvest Buns”

Posted in music with tags , , , , on June 10, 2009 by cromagnonwoman
Danielle Dax "Here Come The Harvest Buns"
Danielle Dax | Pop-Eyes LP | Awesome Records | 1985

I should just go ahead and put it out there, for the whole world to know, that I idolize Danielle Dax. Were it not for the ocean between us, I might just stalk her in my spare time. Instead, I have to console myself with buying her records whenever they pop up. At this point, I have far too many copies of the “Tomorrow Never Knows” single to be considered competent to stand trial…and I don’t even like that song. I’m not alone in my obsession, however! Even Marc Heal mentioned in a Cubanate interview just how enamored he is with Danielle. I would wager good money that he, too, owns enough duplicates of her records to keep a college town record store open indefinitely.

I chose this first song to post because it gives me a giggle and because it is from the slightly difficult to find “Pop-Eyes” LP. “Here Come The Harvest Buns” and “Bed Caves” are certainly the stand-out tracks from the album, the rest of the record being considerably slower, noisier and generally lyrically stranger (although no less good, mind you!). Danielle Dax has, perhaps, the most abstract lyrical content this side of Cocteau Twins and, while it is always fun to spend an afternoon decoding the meaning, the word sounds serve as just another intricate, meaty layer to her deliciously complex song-writing.

This is a woman who deserves considerably more attention, consideration, and respect. If “Here Come The Harvest Buns” doesn’t do it for you, I’m sure I’ll post more from her in the future. If all else fails, I will beat you over the head with her music until you have no choice but to dance. Go ahead, listen to this track and tell me you didn’t wiggle your butt just a little bit.

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Heavenly Bodies “Rains On Me”

Posted in music with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2009 by motorslug
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Heavenly Bodies | Celestial LP | C’est la Mort Records | 1988

The first MOTORSLUG entry is from one of the bands I know the least about (natch). I found their “Celestial” LP in an anorexic little goth/industrial bin in a vinyl shop last week, and was about to pass it over until I noticed that both Third Mind Records and C’est la Mort Records were listed on the back cover. That detail, combined with the fact that the album was released in 1988– possibly THE best year for releases during the Wax Trax!/Nettwerk era of gloomy/stompy audio– was good enough for me. As it turns out, I was very pleasantly surprised.

A short-lived outfit that produced this solitary album, Heavenly Bodies was comprised primarily of veterans from the 4AD label. Scott Rodger and James Pinker were in the original lineup of Dead Can Dance, while the vocalist Caroline Seaman was featured on the second album from This Mortal Coil, “Filigree and Shadow.”

Upon first listen, “Rains On Me” is definitely one of the standout tracks with its driving rhythms and lush, dreamy sound. I can just hear it now, sandwiched in a DJ set between some Cocteau Twins and some Cranes. The CD version of the album contains some bonus tracks, including a remix of “Rains On Me,” so I’m going to have to track that down now.

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