Monday, May 7, 2007

A Quick One, While I'm Away

Glaxo Babies - This Is Your Life e.p.

Here's a brief one, for you NWW list collectors. I'll bet that Stapleton feller would have been pretty pleasantly surprised in '80 or so to know that almost 30 years later, that tossed-off list would end up being the guidebook for diving into the '70s underground.

As I see it, there's some pretty consistent categories in that list:
  • Prog rock, much of it from the continent
  • Kraut rock, much of it fuckin' great
  • Avant classical, a lot of it electronic in nature
  • Avant jazz, mostly French
  • Zappa/Beefheart weirdo rock
  • Post-punk

It's that last category that is the area where I've been most disappointed with the quality of the listed records. I do think that it is difficult to tell how good music is immediately after it comes out. A lot of that post-punk stuff, present day nostalgia notwithstanding, must have sounded better then than it does now.

This one is very generic post-punk. If you like the style, you'll like this. But it isn't going to change your life, even if your life really sucks.

By the way, a Glaxo baby was a child born with serious birth defects due to maternal use of thalidomide as a sleep aid during pregnancy. Glaxo was the company that made the drug. In case you care.


xhol desert said...

And the band were forced to change their name, so they changed it to 'Gl*xo Babies' - not that anyone noticed and I remember John Peel having trouble pronouncing their 'new' name! :)

I have this record, an excellent choice!

fuzztunnel said...

Totally agree- post-punk by numbers. But thanks for the up- one more checked off the list!

blxl said...

I played in Bomis Prendin -- see the Nurse with Wound List -- now available as a free download on WFMU's section of the Free Music Archive:

Then I moved from Washington, DC to Richmond, Virginia (100 miles south) in 1981 and played in Karen Cooper Complex, also now a free download:

You might find this interesting.

We refer to it as "Analog Music from a Lost World" -- previously unreleased post-punk experimental rock from 1981, unlike anything else recorded before or after.

"...a comment i had from an anonymous friend made me to move my old fat ass and write about this unique lost treasure, post-punk mixed with avant-rock, filled with spastic rhythms and synths in a very New York-ish manner, something like a No Wave Beefheart, if he was a female..." --

"It's amazing!" -- Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock

"...distorted echoes of prophets, and Border Breakers..." -- I Wanna Rock You Baby Blog (Hungary)

"Shinjuku Birdwalk" bodes something approaching fractured genius, and does little to disappoint." -- sibLINGSHOT ON THE BLEACHERS Blog

"...five seconds into the first tune on KCC's "Shinjuku Birdwalk," no recommendations were necessary. Hail, yeah, y'all, let's break some waves... --

"...some hefty grooves, and plenty of 'holy shit" moments'. It's a spacious but highly rewarding listen, and I wouldn't be surprised if some label makes an effort to press this on vinyl in the near future." --

"Hopefully, some enterprising reissue label will snatch this one up, as it's too good to exist only in the ephemeral form of a download." -- Mutant Sounds

Jason Sigal, Managing Director at WFMU said:
"This is amazing stuff and we would be honored to feature it in wfmu's curated portal on the free music archive. I'm very sorry for our slow response, we have a lot of stuff to wade through to find gems like these."