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Slapp Happy – The Drum

Slapp Happy were always a hard one to pin down. Associated with a variety of serious and potent avant-garde outfits, it was a surprise to many upon hearing their  “naive rock” (as the bands Peter Blegvad described them) for the first time . Slapp Happy consisted of Peter Blegvad, Anthony Moore, and Dagmar Krause. Dagmar is sweet sounding on the majority of Slapp Happy releases, and at that time wasn’t known for her chilling vocals that she mustered for bands such as Art Bears and News From Babel (what a contrast). Their debut was1972’s ‘Sort Of’, an album released on Polydor, and recorded  with the help of label mates Faust. Those same three Faust members (Jean-Hervé Péron, Gunther Wüsthoff, and Werner ‘Zappi’ Deirmaier) were the ‘backing band’ for this album too. ‘Sort Of’ was a commercial failure, and Polydor demanded a straighter second album (sound familiar?), which is what this 1973 effort was an attempt at. However, Polydor rejected what was intended to be the ‘Casablanca Moon’ album and the band parted company from the label. They came to the UK and signed to Virgin. They re-recorded the ‘Casablanca Moon’ album with session musicians and released it under the moniker ‘Slapp Happy’. Luckily, the rougher, less sentimental sounding (and far, far better) version of the album recorded with Faust was released by Recommended Records in 1980, and then re-released in 1982 with the title ‘Acnalbasac Noom’. This is Pop, pure and simple. Pop, with Faust as the backing band.

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