tempobet yeni adresi
like this cd review

19/11/2014 : TUXEDOMOON - CLASSICS: At Twilight

TUXEDOMOON

CLASSICS: At Twilight

MusicCD
Avant-gardeUnclassifiable

[80/100]   

Les Disques Du Crépuscule
19/11/2014, Paul PLEDGER

One of life's great mysteries remains unanswered - how did San Francisco art-crazies Tuxedomoon avoid the glare of critical acclaim and not become anything more than a cult phenomenon?

The answer may be obvious. Take track one on this new round-up of early-'80s recordings originally issued on Crepuscule (and other boutique labels of the time). Ninotchka, a neo-polka dervish inspired by Greta Garbo and released as a 12" across Europe, sounds for all the world like a fairground ride into the apocalypse and totally NOT in keeping with the Factoryesque output of the band's label-mates (The Names, Cabaret Voltaire et al). How could such a recipe fail to whet appetites for more?

Then there's the follow-up single Time To Lose, sung by performance artist and early member Winston Tong and orchestrated by founders Steven Brown and Blaine L.Reininger. It's a busy, beatless wonder that conjures up bustling sun-soaked traffic-jammed freeways in New York, lined with impatient honking taxi-cabs and an angry mob of pedestrians unable to achieve anything other than confusion and chaos. In contrast, b-side Music #2, one of many available variants on this reflective signature-theme, is one of Tuxedomoon's key compositions, a sad Satie-like melody fed by Reininger's sorrowful strings and Brown's pirouetting piano - a must for lovers of modern, but sorrowful, classical.

On the strength of these first few pieces, it's easy to see why the average music fan didn't get Tuxedomoon - because Tuxedomoon didn't get average music fans and didn't do convention. Bastard sons of avant-garde, classical and gritty urban blues, their oeuvre was anarchic electro cabaret, a burlesque for the brave and way, way outside of any tangibly 'normal' box - never a dull moment, one could argue. In fact, the nearest thing to normal is Weihnachtsrap, a raggedy-ass Germanic electro-rap spiked with yelping soundbites and blurry sax hooks (Jingle Bells for one) originally recorded for a Christmas collection on Crepuscule. OK..... perhaps 'normal' was being a tad optimistic.

Also included is the rare single The Cage and its superior electro-jazz flipside The Beast, compilation tracks from Touch (the unsettling Shelved Dreams, still a classic) and Crammed labels with three rewarding demos that includes Birthday Song, a track written by Reininger and adopted for his landmark solo project, Night Air.

During the band's first hiatus, Brown, Reininger, Tong and other central figure Peter Principle all went on to pursue solo careers with differing success, before regrouping and founding their own CramBoy label in the late '80s. Although their lone releases triumphed over adversity (little promotion, no airplay, variable budgets), these group recordings provide a more important stepping stone towards understanding what made this cosmopolitan ensemble tick.

This review also appeared on Flipside Reviews

Paul PLEDGER
19/11/2014


Music reviews

05
09
FOXY
X-Ray Spex Tribute
04
09
GRENDEL
Ascending The Abyss
03
09
SUICIDE COMMANDO
Hellraiser
03
09
W - FEST, AUG 18TH 2019
24
08
MEAGER BENEFITS
Crawling
23
08
PREEMPTIVE STRIKE 0.1
Harbringer

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

06
09
KLONE RELEASE NEW SINGLE “HIDDEN PASSENGER” FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM LE GRAND VOYAGE
05
09
Industrial Rock Band CHMCL STR8JCKT Signs To Cleopatra Records - Wrtchd Thngs Album Details Revealed
05
09
38 years ago, Soft Cell's version of ‘Tainted Love’ reached the number one position in the British hit parade!
29
08
42 years ago Iggy Pop released Lust for Life (29th August 1977)
22
08
The Cassandra Complex & Die Krupps to headline BIMFEST 2019!
14
08
Electro-Industrial Band NEON INSECT Announces The Release Of New Moscow Underground

Concert reviews

21
08
LES NEGRESSES VERTES
Live @ Moods Festival, Brugge - Belgium - 2.08.2019
07
08
DIARY OF DREAMS, STAR INDUSTRY, YOUR LIFE ON HOLD, A SLICE OF LIFE, LA SCALTRA
Summer event - za 3 augustus, Schoten
06
08
DE DELVERS, STAATSEINDE
Genste Feesten, Kinky Star , 28 juli 2019
14
07
MIDNIGHT OIL
MIDNIGHT OIL Live @ Rock Zottegem - Belgium - 05.07.2019
15
01
PALAIS IDEAL & DAGEIST
B52 - Eernegem - 16/12/2018
14
01
STAR INDUSTRY, DAGEIST, KEZDOWN
EGW- ROCK, Jeugdhuis Asgaard

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

11
09
NOTNOTICE
I Like When There Are Noise Collages In The Music
08
09
ALEXA HUNTER(DISTURBED FURNITURE)
'Love or hate us, we are gonna kick out the jams while we still can!'
06
09
DAVID WM.SIMS(UNFACT,THE JESUS LIZARD,SCRATCH ACID)
'We had a great personal chemistry within the band!'
15
08
SPANKTHENUN
An Interview With Electro-Industrial Artist SPANKTHENUN
13
08
AHMED SALEH ABOUT EXPERIMENTAL/INDUSTRIAL MUSIC IN AFRICA
People Here Can Get Arrested Because Of Something They Posted On Social Media!

PHOTOS

17
09
WAYNE HUSSEY SALAD DAZE TOUR
Movie Bielefeld
17
09
ASHTON NYTE SALAD DAZE BIELEFED WITH WAYNE HUSSEY
Movie Bielefeld
07
09
THE SPIRITUAL BAT
Le Garage Luik
25
08
BORGHESIA
Poppodium Nieuwe Nor Heerlen
14
08
SECRET GARDEN
Donkey Rock Festival Selange
13
08
TRISOMIE 21
Donkey Rock Festival Selange
12
08
GRAND BLANC
Donkey Rock Festival Selange

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

Articles

26
04
JOBRIATH
Talent To Burn - The Legend Of Jobriath
29
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: THE SPECIALS, SKA AND TWO TONE
27
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: KRAUTROCK AND THE GERMAN MUSICAL REVOLUTION

VIDEO CLIPS

18
09
MIEL NOIR
L’ennemi
17
09
PRECIOUS CHILD
My Little Problem
16
09
PRECIOUS CHILD
Magic is Real
15
09
TAINA
Seelenfresser [Zardonic Remix]
14
09
TALK TALK
It´s My Life
13
09
DRAB MAJESTY
Too Soon To Tell
12
09
NINE INCH NAILS
Burning Bright (Field On Fire)