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This Heat – Peel Sessions 1977


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This Heat – Repeat

This Heat re-work their 1979 track ’24 Track Loop’ and stretch it out for 20 minutes. This was released in 1993, though we are unclear about when this edit actually occurred. Answers on a postcard, please.

This Heat – Rimp Ramp Romp (Peel session) 1977

Gnarly Avant-Rock that touches upon King Crimson like heaviness and No Wave style punk funk, and eventually finishing with what sounds like the band rolling around playing with squeaky toys. This was 1977, the year when many were citing Punk Rock as an anarchic and radical music form.

This Heat – Pool

‘Pool’ is basically a different mix of ’24 Track Loop’. This was on the infamous 1982 compilation ‘The Recommended Records Sampler’.

This Heat – Twilight Furniture

Sparse Avant-Rock from their 1979 self-titled debut.

This Heat – Paper Hats

Taken from their second (and last) album, 1981’s ‘Deceit’, ‘Paper Hats’ is disconcerting as the vocals are lulling and contrast greatly with the urgent, mantric riffing. After the track descends into some thrashing around, it emerges into an aloof, rhythmic pattern; all blank stares and powerful restraint.

This Heat – Not Waving (Peel Session)

This track takes the listener way beyond melancholia into a place that’s dark and cold (like the sea). Floating out in this void is a disembodied voice that can be identified as a close relative to Robert Wyatt. A track that is truly saddening, grim even. This is from the 1977 Peel session; though the original ended up on their self-titled debut.

This Heat – Horizontal Hold (Peel Session)

A track that made it onto This Heat’s uncompromising self-titled debut is given even more power on this version for John Peel’s show the same year (1977). Horizontal Hold is an Avant-Rock behemoth that conjures the ghosts of Faust, NEU!, and even Roots Reggae (the track has an avant-skank appear at a point in the piece). Austere, frighteningly modern (still sounds like ‘now’, now), and tough as nails. Motorik, yet angular; minimal, yet dense. This track was from 1977, the same year the Sex Pistol’s released ‘Never Mind the Bollocks’, and it is incredible to hear how much more anarchic, radical, and forward thinking this music was than Punk.

This Heat – S.P.Q.R

Pure brilliance from a class act here. This is from their 1981 album ‘Deceit’.

“We are all Roman’s”

This Heat – 24 Track Loop

This Heat’s debut album was a real statement of intent. Totally uncompromising, the album took in elements of the motorik sounds that were prevelant in Germany in the early 70’s, Cantebury prog (especially the vocal stylings of a certain Mr Wyatt); as well as the sickly noise of the Industrial scene that was made by bands who were contemporaries of This Heat. This outfit didn’t quite fit in anywhere, but one can imagine that this just suited them down to the ground. ’24 Track Loop’ stands out from an album that is full of startling music, with its hypnotic drum riffs, backwards tape loops, and metallic bounciness; sounding like a proto-type for Chicago Acid House and dark Detroit Techno. The fact that this is from 1979 is breathtaking. Even more breathtaking is the fact that this tune still sounds fresh despite the amount of music it influenced.
This album was originally brought to the public by the label Piano. The band were later single handedly championed by the label These Records (who also used to run THE best record shop ever).


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