Yankee act on Factory, halfway between Throbbing Gristle and Be Music … For an introduction, check the “1980-82 Collected” cd on Acute (ACT008, 2006) which features quite a bit of unreleased work from 1981-1982.
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“O Tannenbaum” Wyatt’s way ;-) Recorded Summer 1981, released 1982-03 on “Nothing Can Stop Us” (Rough Trade) … Robert Wyatt also wrote the liner notes for a 1991 compilation of ‘7Ts piano pieces by Cornelius Cardew which featured “Red flag prelude” (197X). Hey and can someone please add Mr. Wyatt‘s interpretation to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Tannenbaum ?!? [Nope ain’t gonna do it myself.]
From Switzerland / Svizzera / la Suisse / die Schweiz: it’s Starter! Their (untitled) debut lp (recorded in Bern in 1981) has just been reprinted by Dark Entries (who have a very impractical site), cat. no. DE-016. Should you buy their reissue, see to it you get the A4 inlay ànd the badge too. Main reasons for purchase: “Lunapark” by the original Francis Foss + Claudine Chirac + Jet Harbour line-up, and the lone bonus track by the Foss & Gray duo “Victim” (1985) … plus the interview below, perhaps. Also, I’m guessing Starter’s “Tanger” (co-written by Stephan Eicher) is where current Swiss act What’s Wrong With Us? got their name from … (Curious for thèir new album “Not Enough“, incidentally.)
The first two albums of You – “Electric Day” (Cain 1979) and “Time Code” (Rock City 1983) – have been reissued by Bureau B, both on lp and cd – with extra tracks on the latter format only – you can hear two of the six below. Sadly You‘s “Scanner” 12″ (on black vinyl! Cain 1981) has been overlooked as a possible source for such bonus bonanza.