After years of celebrating Frank Zappa, compiling and playing more or less wired Surf Pop Tunes, adding a bit of Bowie and Stones to the independent surf rock scene while reissuing most of The Deep Freeze Mice‘s output (all on his Cordelia Records label) here’s somewhat not too surprisingly his latest attempt in listenable obscurities : the whole debut Album of VU is out now as an instrumental surf version.
Near perfect to be taken to the beach during this summer’s holiday season alongside your Ray Bans…
For this new release on Klappstuhl Records, I’ve waded quite some time through Walt’s profilic output which is well documented here. The more exotica, kitschonica and ambient stuff has been collected elsewhere so I concentrated on the neo wave, retro synth pop aspects of his work among it the afore mentioned Simulacra EP.
While he seems to concentrate currently more on easy listening / muzak / exotica stuff he is not completely lost for beat driven synth sounds as the highly recommended and in February via 30th Floor issued Abstrakta EP shows.
For everything more you need to know about his current and past activities a great starting place is @ tumblr.
Oh and b.t.w. – although the majority of the tracks of ThisContinuum are culled from previous releases, all have been listen and re-listened with lots of attention to details to find a perfect enjoyable running order and make this a full blast spring release. Some of them have been available only via youtube or soundcloud but there are also a bunch of exclusives available never before to give some more flavour to this charming Album I’m very proud of;
After several re-formations and Barry Andrew’s near-solo efforts [Cormorant, Glory Bumbs and Life In The Loading Bay] via Malicious Damage Shriekback evolved once more into a more or less proper group with the ever reliable Martyn Barker and Carl Marsh back on board.
Well expectations hung high here after their last utterly brilliant 2010 Album I dedicated a whole post too on the first (now lost) version of this blog. Just in short : get it while stocks last.
For more details concerning their new release (also currently available with bonus disk Shriekback Vs. The Caretakers) “Without Real String Or Fish”
…and plenty of related in-deepth stories see their busy tumblr here and buy at shriekback.com direct from the band.
Here’s another current track in a live in the studio version, these official videos should give you a taste of what to expect. Well sort of…
The face & singer of Visage died February 12th in Egypt, aged 55. He lived a colorful live like few others – from being a Punk in Wales, working with McLaren in London and starting a new futuristic scene with Rusty Egan at the famous Bliz Club. Visage started as a in hindsight post punk supergroup featuring members of Ultravox and Magazine and are still best known for their classic “Fade To Grey”. Steve Strange was never short in trying different outfits and living out his version of fashion which got him more recognizion than any of his musical projects …and overshadowed them in a way. David Bowie early saw the importance of the New Romantics and invited him to appear in his iconic 1980 Video “Ashes To Ashes”, in itself a very New Wave influenced and great Single.
In 1982 Helmut Newton photographed him for the artwork of the 2nd darker and underrated Album “The Anvil” and accompanying singles and it looked like nothing could stop Visage …..
….but commercial success (and the members of Ultravox Ure & Currie) drifted away with the 3rd and disappointing slick “Beat Boy” – an insightful interview with Steve aobut this era can be found over at Electric Club. The remaining members called it quits soon after and a row of best of collections and Remixes was all to come until the 2000’s.
Steve Strange surfaced 1986 with a more rock-orientated but short-lived outfit Strange Cruise before turning his back on Music Production and returning to Club Business more or less succesfull. In his 2002 published Autobiography “Blitzed!” (Orion, UK) he revealed his struggle with Heroin Addiction and his long way back to a performing artist which he started slowly but surely with different line-up’s of Visage culminating finally in the rightly praised comeback Album “Hearts & Knives” in 2013 and a resurrection of his alliance with Rusty Egan in Blitz Club Records. After touring and releasing different singles from the Album in 2014 the new line-up issued another Album “Visage Orchestral” including a newly recorded take of “Fade To Grey” which now became his last single.
It is save to say that the 80’s music world would have been different without him – The Human League’s Dare, Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet to name but a few owe him and the Blitz Club a lot. He brought back the colour into the post Punk Pop world – daring, searching and believing into different forms of expression and individuality.
1. Lyndon Scarfe – Music For A Lost Film
2. John Harle & Marc Almond – The Tyburn Tree (Dark London)
3. Savage Republic – Aegean
4. Dieter Meier – Out Of Chaos
5. Blondie – Ghosts Of Download
6. Plastikman – EX
7. ClockDVA – Clock 2
8. Daniel Ash – Stripped
9. Boris Blank – Electrified
10. Gary Clail Sound System – Nail It To The Mast
This is just one of many fine EP’s he published throughout the year (albeit a personal favourite)……..
The musical range as described by him is “from the 80´s inspired Synth Pop / Electro / Funk tunes to Space / Cosmic / Chill Out soundscapes, with incursion in other sound territories like Smooth Jazz / Elevator Music.”
For an overview of his busy networking activity schedule check this for a start.
For the Resurrected legendary Atonal Festival, Richard H. Kirk resurrected Cabaret Voltaire for the first time as sole live performer; see an excerpt and drop me a note if the full show appears .. a full review of the Festival can be found at Electronic Beats.
After the recent Reunion Tour and Rarites Collections issues & Reissue of “We Are Time” The Pop Group (i.e. Mark Stewart, Gareth Sager, Dan Catsis, Bruce Smith) announced a new Album for February 2015 recorded during the last two years and a batch of live dates in Japan, Australia and the States for the coming spring.