Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Laibach/Last Few Days - Cassette 1983

Laibach's first output was a cassette only release through the Galerija ŠKUC Izdaja tape label.  Split with Last Few Days.  Laibach side was recorded at Studio Metro 1982/1983.  B1 & B4 were recorded at Western Works May 1982.  B2 recorded in Greewich tunnel (beneath the River Thames) November 1982.  B3 recorded at The Final Academy October 1982.  B5 recorded at The Death Factory February 1983.   

Side A - Laibach

1 - Panorama I
2 - Cari Amici
3 - Jaruzelsky
4 - Zmagoslavje Volje
5 - Smrt Za Smrt
6 -  Država
7 -  Panorama II

Side B - Last Few Days 

1 - Polar Vision
2 - I Lie
3 - F1. Redemption
4 - Blind Knives
5 - Solemn Warnings


Monday, April 23, 2012

Hit Parade - Bad News

Here's another interesting release from Crass Records.  Politically charged electronic music from Belfast.  Using just synths, drum machines, and vocals this one man band Dave Hyndman aka P. Checkoff  creates sounds more akin to Depeche Mode than Conflict.  Backing vocals from Eve Libertine, Penny Rimbaud, and Phil Free of Crass.  Engineered at Southern Studios, London.  It came in Crass-style foldout cover with extensive information on the Irish prisoners' hunger strike in the H-Blocks, and an additional inner sheet featuring a political statement by Crass. 

Groove etchings:

1 - Here's What You Find In Any Prison
2 - More Faces
3 - Bad News
4 - H Block


On a related note, I recently saw the film Hunger (2008) directed by Steve McQueen which dealt with the issue of the Irish Prisoners' hunger strike. It was a beautifully shot and moody take on this tragedy.  Ten people died and Thatcher couldn't care less.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

KUKL - Söngull

Before the Sugarcubes invaded the pop charts the members were active in KUKL They were an artsy bunch who wore all black, dabbled in absinthe, made dada inspired videos, and shocked television viewers by performing while Bjork was very pregnant and exposing her belly. The sound is very tribal, noisy, and dark. They went on to perform with Crass at the 'We Demand The Future' festival in Reykjavik in 1983.

This is their first single released on the Gramm record label in Iceland. The first track is an earlier Icelandic version of the song Dismembered which appears on The Eye LP later. The sleeve folded out into a 6 panel poster. Some copies had red spray painted over the KUKL logo on the front panel.

1 - Söngull

2 - Pökn (Fyrir Byrjendur)


Thanks to Kill Your Pet Puppy for sharing this. There's a really good document of their debut performance at the We Demand The Future festival with Crass and others which can be found here: