Mick Hobbs : bass, guitar
Rick Wilson : drums, percussion, voice, ‘cello
Tim Hodgkinson : flat guitar, keyboard, alto sax, main voice
Bill Gilonis : guitar
Side A: tracks 1 and 2 were originally released on a 7” single in 1981; tracks 3, 4 and 5 are from ‘Slow Crimes’ (LP/CD, 1982).
Side B: tracks 2, 3 and 6 are from ‘Rubber Cage’ (LP/CD, 1990); track 4 is from ‘See’ (CD, 1992); tracks 1 and 5 are from ‘The 4th World’ (live recording from 1994, released on CD in 2010).
Mastered by Noel Summerville at 3345 Mastering, Peckham. Tape baking and analogue to digital transfers by FX Rentals, Acton. DAT transfers and digital editing by Andrew Jacques. Sleeve notes by Chris Cutler. Cover art by Jelodanti.
Many thanks to Maggie Thomas, Chris Gray, Charles Bullen, Pete Bullen, Volkmar Miedtke, Udi Koomran, Andy Le Vien, Clara Djian and Nicolas Leto.
Released and distributed by Jelodanti Records.
Co-production : Et mon cul c'est du Tofu
It was that time of the century: punk had seen prog off the premises and the New Wave had clambered over their exhausted bodies to claim the citadel for itself. The genius of the New Wave was that it didn’t represent any particular musical idea; it was just a name, so anything could fly under its banner – as long as it observed the accepted musical, attitudinal and sartorial conventions. Poorly disguised hangovers from prog, jazz or metal would be rooted out but, in the newly polymorphous cultural climate, rebranding – if honest – would not be punished; indeed, everyone was at it. And the prize was a novel and reinvigorated aesthetic.
Fascinating album from a French band I hadn’t encountered previously. This could have been released on the excellent Cuneiform label . I await their next release
with interest. Highly recommended! Nick Bradey
This album is an ingenious jigsaw puzzle of diverse musical influence held together by taut strings of raw musicianship. Appreciable on so, so many levels. The fact that it was assembled and memorized for one performance blows my mind. Stunning. I once sweatily and drunkenly hugged Ed after a show. I don't think he much appreciated it, but I wear it like a badge. albinobone