March 19, 2015
Oh yes…and this from Brainwashed; “With very few exceptions, Simon excels at just about everything he tries..”
March 19, 2015
“Colonna sonora perfetta della decadenza urbana, tra incubi distopici e sogni libertari, oggi come allora, i Bourbonese Qualk ci mostrano, da un passato mai dimenticato, lo spirito e le forme possibili della resistenza del futuro.”
Igloo Magazine (English)
“Bourbonese Qualk were as difficult as their name suggests: abrasive, uncompromising, highly conceptual and devoted to specific ideals. As one of the early original industrial bands from the UK emerging in the tumultuous wasteland of Thatcher’s England, BQ would influence many other bands to follow”
DJ Broadcast (Dutch)
““God With Us” which originates from their 1983 LP Laughing Afternoon and suggests fragments of their musical legacy has spread deep into the DNA of modern electronic music.”
September 24, 2014
It’s taken a while but, the first of a series of official re-releases of Bourbonese Qualk archive material comes out in a few weeks on the Berlin based Mannequin Label. ‘Bourbonese Qualk 1983-1986’ not surprisingly, is a compilation of tracks taken from the first five albums during the early Crab/Stanza/Gilbert period of 1983-86 and will be available as a Vinyl LP and CD.
Track listing is as follows:
Bourbonese Qualk 1983-1986
- 1. ‘Dream Decade’ Originally released in 1987 on the ‘Bourbonese Qualk’ LP
- 2. ‘Born Left Hearted’ Originally released in 1986 on the ‘Preparing for Power’ LP
- 3. ‘Pogrom ‘ Originally released in 1986 on the ‘The Spike’ LP
- 4. ‘Soft City’ Originally released in 1986 on the ‘Preparing for Power’ LP
5. ‘Headstop’ Originally released in 1984 on the ‘Hope’ LP
- 6. ‘Gag’ Originally released in 1984 on the ‘Hope’ LP
- 7. ‘Outcry’ Originally released in 1986 on the ‘Preparing for Power’ LP
- 8. ‘Return To Order’ Originally released on the ‘Preparing for Power’ LP 1986
- 9. ‘Confrontation’ Originally released in 1986 on the ‘Preparing for Power’ LP
- 10. ‘In-flux’ Originally released in 1986 on the ‘The Spike’ LP
- 11. ‘Qualk Street’ Originally released in 1983 on the ‘Laughing Afternoon’ LP
- 12. ‘Backlash’ Originally released in 1986 on the ‘Preparing for Power’ LP
- 13. ‘Sweat it 0ut’ Originally released in 1987 on the ‘Bourbonese Qualk’ LP New
- 14. ‘There is No Night’ Originally released in 1984 on the ‘Hope’ LP
- 15. ‘God With Us’ Originally released in 1983 on the ‘Laughing Afternoon’ LP
- 16. ‘Blood Orange Bargain Day’ Originally released in 1983 on the ‘Laughing Afternoon’ LP
- 17. ‘Shutdown’ Originally released in 1986 on the ‘The Spike’ LP
- 18. ‘Invocation’ Originally released in 1984 on the ‘Hope’ LP
- 19. ‘To Hell With The Consequences’ Originally released in 1983 on the ‘Laughing Afternoon’
- 20. ‘Erector’ Originally released on the ‘Hope’ LP
- 21. ‘Black Madonna’ Originally released in 1984 on the ‘Hope’ LP
- 22. ‘Suburb City’ Originally released on the ‘The Spike’ LP
- 23. ‘Workover’ Originally released in 1987 on the ‘Bourbonese Qualk’ LP
- 24. ‘Deadbeat’ Originally released in 1986 on the ‘The Spike’ LP
- 25. ‘Insurrection’ Originally released in 1986 on the ‘Preparing for Power’ LP
- 26. ‘This Is The Enemy’ Originally released in 1987 on the ‘Bourbonese Qualk’ LP
The tracks were chosen by Alessandro at Mannequin to focus, I think, on the more electro-minimal, verging on ‘pop’ style. Not the choice I would have made! – I find my early, er, singing, too awkward and painful to listen to, but, it does seem to be what BQ have become ‘known for’ so who am I to argue?
You can get it here:
watch this space [ ] for more re-release news.
September 3, 2014
Ibrahim’s book on Muslimgauze ‘Chasing the Shadow of Bryn jones’ has been out for some time now but I thought I’d give it a little extra publicity boost. Not that anyone I know could afford to buy it – if you are really keen you can buy a whole box set of vinyl and book from VOD for 219,99 Euro. As I may have mentioned before, I don’t get this vinyl collecting thing (or collecting anything come to that) so such behaviour is beyond me.
I was asked to creatively direct the project after the project almost collapsed when the original designer suffered a near-fatal cycle accident and I suppose because I new Bryn well from the Recloose days – we released a number of his works and in effect launched his ‘career’; something for which he was eternally unthankful.
The book is a plush affair beautifully printed and laid out by designer Eric Kessel using original and rare material. ‘Chasing the SHadow’ goes into obsessive detail on the Muslimgauze subject – basically Bryn didn’t do anything but spend time in a local recording studio releasing record after record…which doesn’t make for exciting reading unless you are an MG devotee. I’m not totally convinced that his work deserves such lengthy scrutiny but it does hold together as a ‘total object’ and as such is a good testament to Bryn’s life and work.
April 16, 2013
With the current beatification and media frenzy over the iron lady reaching Thatchuration point (I’ve been waiting for years to use that one) I thought it would be a good time to publish my own tale of direct disrespect of the Milk Snatcher. I’m being purposefully vague about the details to avoid self-incrimination but apart from that this is a factual account.
August 3, 2012
Lol Coxhill (19 September 1932 – 10 July 2012)
The Recedents Live at the Red Rose, London Feb 6th 2007
In 1984 I attempted to release the first album by Lol Coxhill’s trio ‘The Recedents’* on our Recloose Organisation label. Unfortunately all of the global distributors absolutely point-blank refused to take the LP claiming that even by Recloose standards this was strong meat i.e. no one but the terminally obscure or criminally insane would think of buying such a product. So, to my eternal regret I shelved the project.
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March 1, 2012
So after a lengthy campaign of pestering, John Peel finally allowed us to record a session for his show in late 1986 (for the unaware; John Peel’s nightly BBC Radio programme was hugely influential to new music in the UK throughout the seventies and eighties) with the caveat that we weren’t to set foot in the BBC studios. John Walters, Peel’s producer somewhat haughtily claimed that we had such a bad reputation for anarchic trouble making, nicking stuff and smashing things up that we had to use our own equipment…which was a bit rich considering the long list of ruffians who HAD been allowed in.
February 11, 2012
‘Auf einen Augen-Blick’ is an animated video piece using sequences of hand corrupted jpg files. If I was a bit smarter i could probably have written a script that batch processed multiple files but I found that there is something important in the laborious process of doing each frame by hand – it introduces some organic element into what should be an efficient process…I like the contradiction of using digital media in such a manual way…especially when the content is all about degradation and corruption of the media itself.
February 7, 2012
Been a while comrades: heres some audio and video of stuff from the studio floor that wouldn’t otherwise see the light of day – edited together in a random fashion. Quite a large dose of Geoff Leigh in there from the work we did together and never quite finished…
October 7, 2010
More Sunseastar video tracks from the album ‘Fjaerland’
November 9, 2009
Geoff Leigh has uploaded some of his video experiments with ice formed under the influence of orgonite (with a soundtrack of some music work we did earlier this year). Orgonite, a dubious by-product of the Willhelm Reich school of pseudo-science, is an agglomerate of left handed metal swarf and acrylic resin said to have mysterious and mystical properties…
August 11, 2009
As work on ‘The New Album’ comes to a close i’m faced with the inevitable quandary of not only what to call it, but what to call the ‘band’ and also decide the names of all (well, most) of the songs. It’s not that the ‘songs’ aren’t about anything it’s just that describing them via titles would come across at best as either sterile – numbers, dates, sequences – or pretentious; trying to succinctly enunciate the meaning of the piece in short form. So, with this in mind i decided a good first approach would be to apply a logical process that will not only ensure commercial success but provide meaningful, memorable titles that will resonate with the intended demographic target…kind of:
- Find a list of song titles from the last, say, fifty years that have had some kind of chart success…
- Find the most repeated words within that list i.e. the most used song title words in the last fifty years…
- Stick these words together randomly to create two or more word song titles
so, the top forty words from the top ten songs of the last fifty years are:
ain’t around away baby blue boy cry dance dream eyes girl give gonna happy heart heaven home kiss lady life live lonely love man mine moon music night oh rain rock rose song star sweet theme tonight wanna woman world
It almost writes itself…
August 2, 2009
…Been something of a blog post hiatus recently due to severe cerebral malfunction and, more positively, the birth of our little boy Jian An, the latest addition to the Yeh-Crab clan. Lots of new posts to follow (when i have time)…
April 4, 2008
Geoff (Leigh) was keen to broadcast the output of our recent audio collaborations – so here we go; an mp3 of rough mixes of electro-acoustic improvisation: Geoff Leigh on Flutes and Myself on ‘other things’. you can hear more of Geoff’s work on: Geoff’s myspace page. The image above was nicked from Ian land’s extensive photographic library of trees and sky around Hastings.
November 22, 2007
Today sunseastar release their first record ‘Fjærland’ – the result of a years worth of location recording and intensive audio processing by Andy Wilson and myself. The fruits of this anachronistic endeavor can be can be purchased from Dirter Promotions. More details on the sunseastar website
Excerpt from the sleevenotes
“Crab and I had worked together in his group Bourbonese Qualk before starting sunseastar as a separate project with its own agenda. The idea was inspired by listening to Xenakis and thinking about a physicists’ joke about how uncanny it is that nature can solve differential equations instantaneously. The stochastic processes Xenakis uses to construct his music are all around us anyway. From this thought came the idea of taking a short cut around the hard work Xenakis had to do, and making musique concrete based directly on the sound of chaotic processes – the sound of chains rattling, of rain falling, of a field of sheep sounding their bells together, of the sea crashing on the shore, of insects moving through grass.”