“State Assembly” by The New Age Steppers

newage.jpgGreat freaky dub from one of the best acts on Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sounds. The New Age Steppers were comprised of former Slits and Pop Group members, members of Aswad, and even Neneh Cherry.

Their earlier albums are a bit on the more experimental side, but they eventually became a pretty serious dub outfit. Frequently collaborating with heavies like Creation Rebel. If you like the sound of that and enjoy this track, I recommend you track down the Massive Hits Vol. 1. CD that was released several years back.

Back in the pre-MP3 player days, I lost my copy of that disc when I set my bag down to tie my shoe one night on Vanderbilt Ave in Brooklyn and forgot to pick it up. I’m sure someone’s enjoying it right now.

The New Age Steppers, “State Assembly” from the New Age Steppers LP on On-U Sounds (1980)

“Telephon” and “Hundsgemein” by Ideal

ideal.jpgAnother European two-fer, this time from Klaus- Schulze- of- Tangerine- Dream- produced Ideal.

These tracks are from the aggressive new wave band’s 1980 debut. They went on to put out a couple of albums that I’ve not heard, but I love where this LP is going.

I think about this album most mornings when I tie my tie. Yes, I have to wear a tie to my job. Seventeen-year-old Patrick would kick my ass. I’d hate to see what he’d do when he saw the tights I do my winter running in.

Ideal, “Telephon” from the self-titled LP (1980)

Ideal, “Hundsgemein” from the self-titled LP (1980)

“Holy Holy” by Play Dead

playdead.jpgBack from Buffalo with a million things to do. Here’s a quick holdover goth post I ripped from vinyl before I left.

I have a new batch on deck that I’ll begin posting soon, please let me know if there are any requests.

Here’s some mid-80s fuzzy goth from UK’s Play Dead. Weird but funky. Maybe more akin to a darker A Certain Ratio than anything typically goth. They’re on MySpace– more songs and obligatory reissue information there.

Play Dead, “Holy Holy” from the From the Promised Land LP on Clay Records (1984)

“Rail/Collapso” by Bosho

bosho.jpgNice noisy two-fer to keep y’all busy until we get back from our trip to the frozen tundra of Buffalo, which is actually only a bit colder than NYC this week. In between servings of wings and beef on weck, I’m hoping to get back into a couple of the record stores out there if they haven’t all dried up… any ideas or faves?

Back to the sounds at hand…  NYT has a story on Bosho from 1988 if you’re interested, written about a year after this disc was released:

Bosho sets in motion Western and Eastern, new-fangled and down-home sounds, layering them into crafty, off-center funk.

Reading it, I want to hear their “broadened” post-Chop Socky sound. I think this album has an amazing cover. Open the kitchen cabinets and play along!
Bosho, “Rail/Collapso” from the Chop Socky LP on Dossier Records (1987)

“Booyaka (Version)” by Verdy Green

verdy.jpgHappy new year! Here’s a a dinky dancehall gem to start your year right. Another one I know nothing about, but spin all the time. Both the instrumental and vocal versions posted here. I don’t know why I always prefer the instrumentals, perhaps so I can apply my own inner monologue as lyrics.

Booyaka!

Verdy Green, “Booyaka (Version)” from the Chopper Productions 12″ (198?)

Verdy Green, “Booyaka (Vocal)” from the Chopper Productions 12″ (198?)

“Coprolalia” by Hole

hole.jpgNo, not that Hole. Not much online about this group or label, but they did put out this and another 12″, Dyskinesia, which I’ve yet to find in a store. This is one of the few records I managed to actually buy at Cheapo in Austin.

A nice, dark sample play track to increase your holiday cheer. Some nice dubby overtones here.

Hole, “Coprolalia” from the Other Voices Other Tongues LP on EYAS Media (1988)

“Decollage” and “Fonce a Mort” by the Honeymoon Killers

honey.jpgA couple of great tracks from Belgium’s The Honeymoon Killers. I couldn’t settle for a single one, so here are my two faves from this disc. Actually, now that I’m looking around, I realize you can purchase pristine versions of the entire album from other’s digital download site. Go for it. Also, there’s a 2007 remix of “Decollage” Prins Thomas’s 2007 release Cosmo Galactic Prism 2CD, which you can and should by at other music.

An uncited Wikipedia quote sez:

Live on stage The Honeymoon Killers often used pre-recorded drum machine loops which were played from cassette, over this they put guitar, bass, drums, trashy percussion, cheap-sounding organ, with Vromman and Vincent taking turns on singing. Some of their songs were extended to 20 minutes with their own brand of dub echo effects.

Sounds like fun, huh? I once posted that I purchased this album, and someone emailed me offering like $50 for it. Here’s a little for free. The CD/digital re-release of it are well worth tracking down.

The Honeymoon Killers, “Decollage” from the Les Tueres de la Lune de Miel” LP (1981)

The Honeymoon Killers, “Fonce a Mort” from the Les Tueres de la Lune de Miel” LP (1981)

Mutant Sounds has a super-rare album available (for free of course!) of the group that eventually released this disc in 1981, named, like this album, Les Tueures de la Lune de Miel. Go grab it and thank them!

Also, the always-terrific MissingToof.com featured them earlier this year on a New Wave Tuesday post; a couple tracks available there, including their full-blast version of Serge Gainsbourg’s “Laisse Tomber Les Filles”. 

Here’s a somewhat-tame live taste, from Dutch TV in 1983:[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/HZrDJvXyKBY" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Update: The Walrus Music Blog has what sounds like a higher-quality version of “Decollage” as well as the song performed above.

“Inkpot” by Shocking Blue

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Continuing in the same genre: another tough, layered female-led pop song.

Most know Shocking Blue from Bananarama’s cover of their hit “Venus.” This is probably my 2nd or 3rd favorite song by SB (“Hot Sand” and “Send Me a Postcard” figure in there too), but the lyrics for this one are the best. Is “putting the ink in the ink pot” really something everyone can relate to? It kinda makes me think I don’t properly know how to put some love in my heart. Notice the early sitar lead-in that they didn’t edit out. All of these pieces make a great whole.

Shocking Blue, “Inkpot” (1972)

Check out this great video for their version of “Venus”:[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/U2DBcbZc3ck" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]
They have such a great look.

I’ll post more tunes from this era in Dutch music soon.

“Crystal Clear” by the Darling Buds

darling.jpgI miss hearing stuff like this on the radio. The Darling Buds get lumped in with all of the late-80s/early-90s woman-led British bands, but they stick out for me for some reason. I’m kind of a sucker for poppy stuff like this where someone paid way too much attention to the background guitar sounds.

Though not on this record, former Darling Bud Donna Matthews played in Elastica as well.

The Darling Buds, “Crystal Clear” from the Crawdaddy LP on Epic Records (1990)

On Youtube:
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“Crash,” by the Primitives, the group I always confuse with the Darling Buds:
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“Cleopatra” by Elastica

elastica.jpgHorrible surface-noisy recording of the free flexi that came with vinyl copies of Electrica’s 1995 LP. Nothing unexpected here, but seemed like I needed to ri this before it completely disintegrated.

I always loved this group’s unassuming, lazy-almost-bored delivery. Also, you gotta love a band who’s not afraid to bite both Wire and the Stranglers.

Next up is an Elastica related post, by member Donna Matthews’ prior band, the Darling Buds. Seems like I’m posting a lot of female lead vocal stuff lately, huh? Don’t expect it to stop.

Elastica, “Cleopatra” from the free flexi 45 accompanying the Elastica LP on Geffen Records (1995)