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Tag Archives: Avant-Garde

David Jackman – Silver Skies

A simple, pretty Piano riff starts to unsettle as it repeats and slips out of sync. From Jackman’s 7″ single, 1997.


Steven Stapleton & David Tibet – Bubblehead

Jagged, primitive electronics stumble along; eventually joined by sax and Tibet. This is from their 1996 album ‘Musical Pumpkin Cottage’.

irr. app. (ext.) – Significant Memory In The Grip Of Declension

Into the 4th dimension with Matt Waldron; from his 1998 album ‘An Uncertain Animal, Ruptured; Tissue Expanding In Conversation’.

Throbbing Gristle – Weeping

There are few tracks as grim and creepily depressing as Throbbing Gristle’s ‘Weeping’. Genesis P Orridge’s vocals scream desperation as violins and plucked strings conjure up scabby bodies cowering in the dusty corners of abandoned houses. The original ‘Industrial’ music from 1978’s ‘DOA: The Third And Final Report’. Nasty.

Throbbing Gristle – Hamburger Lady

One of Throbbing Gristles signature songs, from their 2nd album ‘D.O.A: The Third and Final Report'(1978), is certainly also one of their nastiest. The track actually sounds like pain and sickness; creepiness oozing out of the speakers, that retains its impact on every listen. The lyrics are taken from a Dr’s letter regarding a burns patient at a hospital they were working at. The woman, nicknamed the ‘Hamburger Lady’, had third degree burns over her torso and face.

Coil – Sex With Sun Ra

What can be said about a Coil song called ‘Sex With Sun Ra’? It is as good as you would want it to be, with Coil doing their sick ‘n’ sultry thing; creeping, throbbing electronics, and Jhonn Balance is in fine form with classic lyricism such as “I said you are nothing if not inconsistent, he said I rely on being insistent”.  The song is from 2004’s ‘Black Antlers’ album.

Andrew Liles – Swamp Things

Little Piano ditty by Andrew Liles; featured on the NWW and crew’s 2009 album ‘Ød Lot’.

Negativland – You Don’t Even Live Here

A track from the Frisco collage/noise/avant band Negativland’s 1987 classic album ‘Escape From Noise’. Every track on the album featured a guest appearance from other “underground” artistes, and on this track the guests are The Residents; making “hooting sounds” apparently. Dig groovy people, dig.

irr. app. (ext.) – The 11-Year Backwards Sleepwalk part 5

Flickering, radiant strangeness from Matt Waldron’s 2011 cassette ‘The 11-Year Backwards Sleepwalk’.

Fred Frith – Heart Bares

Odd little number from Fred’s 1983 album on Ralph Records titled ‘Cheap At Half The Price’. The track title is a cheeky nod to the band Art Bears, which Fred was in along with Dagmar Krause, and fellow ex-Henry Cow man Chris Cutler.


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