Thursday, May 3, 2007

THE 49 AMERICANS-E PLURIBUS UNUM, LP, 1980, UK




Following yesterday's post of Alterations, here's the promised next installment of the Berseford/Toop/Cusack/Day saga, only this time they're collaborating with some heavyweight post punk notables, among them Viv Albertine from The Slits and Nag and Bendle from The Door And The Window and The Reflections among others. The 49 Americans play intentionally wobbly, fragile and fragmentary off-the-cuff avant pop nuggets in which everything has been reduced to a squashed, deflated sad sack parody but which nevertheless still manages too limp along in a strangely amiable fashion. Kind of stupidly brilliant in the same way that something like John Gavanti is.

Note: link removed as this album (along with their "We Know Nonsense LP) is due for reissue shortly on Staubgold Records

5 comments:

Lucky said...

holy cow! you're flattening me...

... and i hope you're write-up prepares me for the experience of my 1st ever listen to them!!!

thx a lot for your tremendous efforts...

Anonymous said...

Viv Albertine was The Slits guitarist - I think you've got her confused with Eve Libertine.
Nice post, thanks!

Anonymous said...

I love this stuff - funny primitive, weird- I don't know what you call it but its all rock 'n' roll for me.

vdoandsound said...

Anonymous-Oof! Right you are! I've corrected the posting accordingly...

Anonymous said...

wow!!! never thought to get a listen of this gem again.
once had the lp, but...
btw, i do fondly remember a second lp called: "we know nonsense now", which in a way had a more jonathan richman-esque vibe.
any chance you might have it? and get us to listen to it?
thank you so much for this labour of love - blog.