Saturday, July 21, 2007

Fit and Limo-Internazionale,1982+Im Blickpunkt,198?(split with Stratis),tapes,Germany




Fit & Limo are more or less the germ cell of the whole Limo-musicworld. In the late 70ies the couple play a kind of woods and fields folk and then taking the means of production in their own hands inspired by the Punk, New Wave and the so-called ingenious amateurism. They found a cassette-label (Servil) and invent new bands every new day! (Pure Luege, Kannibalen & Missionare, Hans Kahl Combo….). In spring 1982 Fit & Limo release their 1st tape on Servil: “Haende Hoch”. Their casio-pop and folk-punk is well-received by the mags of those days (Spex: “little stories, playful naοve children tunes, refreshing results, pleasant”). Further tapes follow: “Kleine Schiffchen” (1982), “Rote Blumen” (1983), “Golden Trash” (1984) and then “Put On The Flipside” (1985) which is the origin of the early repertoire of the Shiny Gnomes with its mixture of Garage punk. The label Pastell listens to “Put On The Flipside” and wants to produce Fit & Limo. But the Shiny Gnomes go in to the studio instead and record the classic “Wild Spells”. From 1986 til 1988 Fit & Limo retire to return with their first longplayer “Retrospective 1983-1988”. With the help of the drummers Ufo and Haffi it has a more Rock-direction which continues with the albums “Revisited” and “That Totally Tore My Head Off”. In 1993 they release their groundbreaking “Angel Gopher” album which is pure folk with heavy psychedelic touches. The drums are out and the bongos in. Their tribute to the Incredible String Band “This Moment. Fit & Limo Play Incredible String Band” fulfills this new direction. “Autre Monde” (on their double cd-set “Folly Is An Endless Maze”, 1995), “The Serpent Unrolled” (1998), “As Above So Below” (2000) and finally “Ginnistan” with more and more cosmic folk touches bring Fit & Limo best reputation in the international indie-folk scene. Their forthcoming album “Terra Incognita” will be out in late 2004 and has new surprises. With their supporting guests (Bernhard Witthüser of the Krautfolk-legend Witthüser & Westrupp, Jeffrey Alexander and Miriam Goldberg also known as Black Forest Black Sea, Timothy Renner who collaborated with Fit & Limo on a split-single and Steffi & Peter Wolf (pals of Fit & Limo) and their cosmic art-folk influences marks a new step in the Fit & Limo catalog.
Fit and Limo are somekind of a prehistory of the very famous psych heads Shiny Gnomes.These are 2 very obscure early F&L releases that not even their official discography from the Shiny Gnomes ,mentions.The first one must be their 2nd tape ,after Haende Hoch,on their own Servil tape label.The other one is a split tape with STRATIS (NOTE:i could manage to get only the F&L side,if anyone could provide STRATIS site it would be much appreciated),released through IRRE tapes label.This must be the 2nd IRRE tapes release (IT002)-and talking about IRRE tapes i think it's time to rip the first Poison Dwarves tape on this label.Well, F&L here sound more primitive than their known later acid folk releases. Think of stoned Amos & Sara jamming with Der Plan using tons of casio keyboards and tapes and some "broken" guitars and self made pecussion. Very homemade sound, yet wonderful but not iving any hints of what will follow in the mid/late 80s till now(except of course the cover of VU's "I'll be your mirror")

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4 comments:

Ülo Õimu said...

WOW. SO WONDERFUL! WHAT A SURPRISE. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS MOST CHARMING MUSIC!

Andrew Meehan said...

This is absolutely fantastic. Broodiness, happiness: all skating along rhythm machines and acoustic harmonics.

Thank you for these impossible to find wonders.

arbor said...

this band is great thanks

Hotcha said...

just listened to a radio show I did in '84 with Golden Trash and rushed to my boxes of Servil tapes of the period - shucks, gave Golden Trash away back then, probably because I didn't fancy those large covers! Pls upload...