Wednesday, May 2, 2007

ALTERATIONS-MY FAVOURITE ANIMALS, LP, 1984, UK




Alterations were part of a whole raft of interrelated and little known improv-into-skeletal-song-form-by-way-of-weird-post-punk bands associated with various groupings of Steve Beresford, David Toop, Peter Cusack and Terry Day which I'll be posting in the coming days. By far the most well known intervention into weird new wave made by improvisers Beresford and Toop was their participation in The Flying Lizards (in collaboration with David Cunningham, another principal mover in this orbit), but together with these select cohorts in various assemblages, exceedingly odd and wonderful records emerged during the early to mid 80's from General Strike, 49 Americans, The Promenaders, The Avocados and varyingly assemblages of these personnel on numerous Nato Records releases, most notably together as part of Alterations. Herein, please find: disassembled funk, wheezy melancholia, hairshirt squeek-bonk improv praxis, beatnik hepcat spieling, duets for cocktail lounge jazz and balloon squeak and doo-wop piss-takes among other seemingly chalk and cheese combos, all whipped into a feather light frappe by these droll iconoclasts.

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5 comments:

Lucky said...

VDO+SOUND - thanks a lot for this quirky chaps! i really love beresford and toop, and not so long ago posted another one from them (may be here, too) - and you'Re right with your reffering to the flying lizards (or general strike, for instance) - though this troop here produced much more maniac stuff!

LOVE- + ADORABLE!

Grazie mille.

Lucky said...

VDO, I just read your writing in the post fully - and I highly appreciate your effort in posting other stuff by this 'oddballs'. If you plan to post some Melody Four, I've got 2 of their 10inches
- TV? MAIS OUI!
- THE MELODY FOUR? SI, SENOR!
+ SHOPPING FOR MELODIES (CD - 1+2)

I'm staying tuned, so far... :)

vdoandsound said...

Lucky-I'm planning on following with General Strike but not with Melody Four stuff. I've never quite been able to figure out the value of the, I guess you'd say, Henry Mancini/crooner side of Nato's aesthetic or these artists involvement in it. Thanks for the offer, though!

Lucky said...

vdo - i know what you mean! m4 is kinda cheesy, right... but i just love them 4 this ;)

about general strike - i posted their cd many many months ago, but it's long gone. it has been first released as cassette, and piano re-released it (including the first single) on cd... probably my favorite beresford (and sometimes cheesy, too!).

Anonymous said...

HOLY CRAP! Thank you, SO MUCH!! I never thought I would hear this album! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

--JDT
http://www.last.fm/user/Justin1983