Sunday, February 18, 2007

Lou Champagne System-No visible Means,LP,1985,Canada

Popular in the Mid 80's TO club scene and University Campus Radio across Canada, the Lou Champagne System was a big hit in Europe, particularly Germany. Lou is a one man guitar synthesizer solo act that plays dark, heavy, original electronic rock. Lou is an electronic wiz and designed and built a lot of his gear himself.
When Lou performs solo he operates switches and pedals on the floor while playing some keyboards and his guitar and it sounds like a whole band. Lou also plays with Wild Abandon (Russ Watson and Tony Wachnuick) and The Scientists (Brian Docherty and Tony Wachnuick) most lately in the Hamilton area.
Recently, there has been a resurgence of interest in his music and sales of 'No Visible Means' have started overseas again thanks to some devoted fans and the inclusion in 'Reminscent' a German compilation of popular 80s indie synth bands.
Lou still has vinyl LPs of 'No Visible Means' available for $20. Send an email to:
another crown jewel of the early 80s minimal synth scene!
Note: link removed as this is now being officially reissued by Medical Records.


Anonymous said...

thanks mutant sounds! :)

Anonymous said...

That description of Lou sounds a LOT like Nash the Slash, except that Nash played electric violin and mandolin, along with effects/electronics. I believe Nash the Slash was from Toronto.


Anonymous said...

Dear Mutant Sounds,

Thank you so much for everything you have posted.
I currently am very much enjoying the Igor Wakhevitch albums in an earlier post. I had never heard of this composer before but I really enjoy his use of various compositional styles in his music. It definitely anticipates what Mr. Zorn began doing much later (though without the speed of change nor the thrash influence!)

A request: If you have it, can you please post the "Sperm" LP - "Shh!". I missed it at Ezhevika Fields, its on the NWW list (as I'm sure you already know).

Thank you again for sharing all this great avant-garde music.


Electric Voodoo said...

Does anyone else think he looks a lot like Mr. Quintron?? Great stuff BTW. Thanks Jim

Anonymous said...

Hi, this record is being released by MEDICAL RECORDS next week.