Saturday, April 21, 2007

Band Of Holy Joy - More Favourite Fairytales,tape,1984,UK

Holy Joy were formed in the summer of 1983 when Johny and his sister Max found a synthesiser in the cellar of the house they were living in and started messing around on it. They then brought in Brett (Test Dept's visual genius) as he had an organ and could also play various instruments. John at this time was taking photographs that had everything in common with the songs Johny and Max were writing> They persuaded him to trade in his camera for a mouth organ, tambourine and various other instruments. Test Dept then took them under their with and they played places like Manchester, Sheffield and Retford. After these performances Holy Joy decided to go into the studio then came a few more dates in London at their own club "The Stomach Pump" Situated in a crypt in Deptford and also playing with Einsturzende Neubauten.
"More Favourite Fairytales" was recorded on a four track portastudio in late winter / early spring '84 and is a follow up / progression to a previous cassette entitled "Favourite Fairytales For Juvenile Delinquents" which they consider to be more background music than anything else.
Plans for the proper studio and record a 12 inch version of "Liquid Lunch" and a 7 inch of "Consumption" and one day soon M.F.F will appear properly recorded on a record. Also being talked about is a video film tentatively called "Seven Days Of Agony And Holy Joy". At present more songs are being written and recorded. They have also made some new instruments and have come up with a whole host of new sounds and noises. Ideas are also underway for some film music. All in all "Holy Joy" are a very creative and exiting conception and in my opinion you shall be hearing a lot more from them in the near future.

Get it here and step in the magical world of Band Of Holy Joy

10 comments:

V said...

10+++

Y.E. Vulva said...

johnny spins heads and tables on his radio show friday nights in london uk now...

http://www.resonancefm.com/

excellent arts radio station (in the improper sense of the word)...

Anonymous said...

What a great release.

Almost missed this gem.

Psyence Guy said...

wow, they're awesome!

cerdiloba said...

I love this band. I wish I knew how to digitalize my vinyl BOHJ albums so I could share them online. It seems the only way you can get their releases, especially the lesser known ep's, is paying obscene amounts of money for used copies on ebay. Thanks a lot for this.

shihlun said...

thanks sooo much for sharing this ultra rare gem from band of holy joy. i really miss their music

johny said...

radio joy... every sunday evening at 8pm gmt on www.bandofholyjoy.co.uk x

Anonymous said...

Last weeks session on radio joy was unbelievable. Some band called Vlk or Vlks. Never heard of them but it was awesome. Sounded like Throbbing Gristle meets Vertov. Somebody needs to discover them.

Anonymous said...

Awesome!

burningwheel said...

can someone re-upload this?