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Action Time Vision 1977-1979

    First ever reissue of Alternative TV's "Action Time Vision", compiled in 1980 and featuring the group's 7"es from 1977 to 1979. Including bonus track "You Bastard" and new liner notes by ATV singer Mark Perry, the founding editor of punk fanzine Sniffin' Glue.

    What Mark Perry says:
    "It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that Punk turned my world upside down!

    In July 1976, after hearing and seeing the Ramones, I went from just another music fan, avid reader of the NME and Melody Maker, to become editor of punk's premier fanzine, Sniffin' Glue. It was almost an instant success and by December 1976, through our no nonsense approach, our position as the 'punk Bible' was assured. But it was never enough for me. As I saw the initial punk explosion subside into a succession of third-rate copycats, I wanted to have a go myself.

    My first attempt at forming a band was in late '76. We called ourselves the 'New Beatles' and it ended after a couple of rehearsals. It wasn't until I met guitarist Alex Fergusson, a mate of Sounds writer Sandy Robertson, in early 1977, that I started putting together some more interesting ideas for a band. I worked on a bunch of lyrics and, pretty quickly, Alex had put tunes to them. Eventually calling ourselves Alternative TV, we had our first rehearsals at Throbbing Gristle's Industrial Studios in March '77.

    That initial line-up was just me singing and Alex on guitar, with Genesis P-Orridge helping out on some bass and drums. We did ask Gen to join fulltime, but he decided against it and stuck with Throbbing Gristle. After more rehearsals, we played our first gig at the Nottingham Punk Festival in May 1977, joined by Mick Smith on bass and John Towe (ex-Generation X) on drums.

    I started thinking about doing a record almost from the start because, by this time, I was running the Step Forward record label with Miles Copeland, who was also to become the band's manager. It seemed like a natural move to put out my own record, but it instead ended up on Deptford Fun City, another of Miles' labels. Before that actually happened, we made a slight detour by recording a demo for EMI. They didn't want to sign us, but we did end up with the tapes…"

    TRACK LISTING

    A
    1. Action Time Vision
    2. Another Coke
    3. Life After Life
    4. Life
    5. Love Lies Limp
    6. How Much Longer
    7. You Bastard
    8. Life After Dub

    B
    1. The Good Missionary
    2. The Force Is Blind
    3. Facing Up To The Facts
    4. Lost In Room
    5. Vibing

    Chantage (Eve Blouin + Vivien Goldman)

    It's Only Money - Inc. On-U Sound Dub Version By Adrian Sherwood

      Chantage are Eve Blouin and Vivien Goldman. This exclusive re-issue features the artwork from the original 7", the extended version of "It's Only Money" from the Chantage 12" and the dub version by Adrian Sherwood which previously was only released on On-U Sound under the project name Playgroup in 1983. Also features Bruce Smith (PopGroup/Slits), Carroll Thompson and Neneh Cherry amongst others.

      TRACK LISTING

      A. It's Only Money (Extended Version)
      B. It's Only Money (On-U Sound Dub Version By Adrian Sherwood)

      Pascal Comelade

      Les Mémoires D'un Ventriloque (Chansons 1981 / 2018)

        "Les Mémoires d'un Ventriloque" ("memories of a ventriloquist") is the long-awaited anthology of Comelade's collaborations with singers, recorded between 1981 and 2018, and featuring Robert Wyatt, PJ Harvey and Jac Berrocal among many others.

        Almost all tracks are rare, have only been released on cds or compilations, have been re-worked by Pascal Comelade for this release, or have never been released before.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        says: This treasure trove of rarities and unheard gems from Pascal Comelade sees PC and a whole host of legendary collaborators work through a varied set of percussive numbers, richly evocative synthwork and gorgeous plaintive piano in equal measure. Brilliant avant pop and instrumental oddness.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. We Did It Again, With Sissi
        A2. The Sad Skinhead, With Jean-Hervé Péron & Faust
        A3. Cadillac, With Jac Berrocal
        A4. September Song, With Robert Wyatt

        B1. Green Eyes, With PJ Harvey
        B2. Satisfaccio (Satisfaction), With Sergi Lopez
        B3. En Maison, With Alex Barbier
        B4. Ja Som La Foca (I Am The Walrus), With Enric Casasses

        C1. Cadillac, With Roy Paci
        C2. Yo Soy Bueno, With Accidents Polipoètics
        C3. Don't Let Go, With Les Vierges
        C4. Ma Gueule, With Miossec

        D1. Larme Secrète, With Marc Hurtado
        D2. Société Anonyme Du Frisson Rétinien, With Enric Casasses & Mark C.
        D3. Cares D'Arguiles, With Pau Riba
        D4. Suzanne, With Albert Pla

        Ever since she migrated from pitching editors on the little-known music of Robert Nesta Marley to becoming one of the foremost chroniclers of the perfect storm of reggae, punk, hip hop and afro-beat, the London-born, New York-based Goldman has made documenting music her primary life work. But between 1979-82, Goldman was also a working musician, creating songs that, years later, would be sampled by The Roots and Madlib. These rare grooves are now collected for the first time on 'Resolutionary', courtesy of Staubgold Records.

        'Resolutionary' takes us through Vivien's first three musical formations: first as a member of experimental new wavers The Flying Lizards; next as a solo artist, with her single "Launderette," featuring post-punk luminaries; and then as half of the Parisian duo Chantage, with Afro-Parisian chanteuse Eve Blouin. Goldman's synthesis of post-colonial rhythms and experimental sounds are threaded together by her canary vocal tones and female-centred themes. Her eclectic musical crew included PiL's John Lydon, Keith Levene and Bruce Smith; avantgardists Steve Beresford and David Toop; Aswad's George Oban: The Raincoats' Vicky Aspinall; the mighty Robert Wyatt; Zaire's Jerry Malekani; Manu Dibango's guitarist; and Viv Albertine, then of her good friends, the Slits. The majority of the tracks were produced by dubmaster Adrian Sherwood, and 'Resolutionary' channels the history of a time when the bon-vivant voice of music was in the air, and Vivien Goldman was its eyes, ears, and mouth. When she wasn't writing, broadcasting or filming - or even when she was - Vivien always sang. She sang in a lilting, clear-toned soprano honed during childhood, when she and her two sisters would harmonize with their violinist father. Spend even a little time with Vivien, and she is likely to burst into song.

        "The Punk Professor" began her singing career in the late '70s, doing backup with Neneh Cherry and Ari-Up (the Slits) on Sherwood records by reggae artists, including Prince Far I. It was a time of musical fermentation, collaboration, and experimentation - and of post-punk boundary breaking.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Vivien Goldman - Launderette
        2. Vivien Goldman - Private Armies
        3. Vivien Goldman - PA Dub
        4. The Flying Lizards - Her Story
        5. The Flying Lizards - The Window
        6. Chantage - Same Thing Twice
        7. Chantage - It's Only Money
        8. Chantage - Tu M'Fais Rire
        9. Vivien Goldman Interview Vinyl Version 


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