Tag Archives: 1995

dropped in unconditionally

Yes, the Big Lebowski classic … bùt do note: the original version is by Jerry Lee Lewis, off his Soul My Waylp (1967)! Mickey Newbury didn’t release his own version of his song (a Jimi Hendrix favourite) until his 1968 debut Harlequin Melodies“. The First Edition‘s version (featuring Kenny Rogers) is from the same year. Bettye LaVette‘s wonderful cover version (1969) of Just dropped in (to see what condition my condition was in)can be found on Trikont‘s first Dirty Laundry – The Soul Of Black Country(US-0333, 2000) v/a comp … whilst Sharon Jones’ version (with the Dap Kings) dates dates from 2002 or 2004. Carcass frontman Jeff Walker’s cuntry metal version dates from 2006, Supergrass’ Condition is off 1995’s Alright / Timesingle, and die Haut‘s is off 1988’s Headless Body In Topless Barlp and features Nick Cave. Got that?

jd covers & a well known dying star sleeve

Silly … but since we’d already posted this one … here goes! Hey and while you listen to that brand new Love will tear us apartcover version by June Tabor & Oysterband (off Ragged Kingdom“, Topic 2011), or Bis’s interpretation (2002), or to two more Curtis & co covers by My Robot Friend (2006) & Tortoise (1995) … well, do check Kapetank‘s two other nods to to Joy Division, Peter Saville and Chris Mathan’s CP1919 pulsar sleeve for Unknown Pleasureswon’t you?

george smits

Toet Toet Zbolk Zbolk … With Isomopolis. ICC(Ultra Eczema cat. no. UE89, 2011-02), Antwerp dynamo Dennis Tyfus has just released his first George Smits lp. And according to the hardest working man in the business of Belgium’s underground heritage, a.o., there’s more to come from Smits‘ vaults. Earlier on, Lowlands had released Zbolk Night Radio(1995 cat. no. AUDIO 002) and Toet(2001, AUDIO 012) on cd via its Audioview imprint. Isomopolis. ICCis a beautifully packaged and well documented picture disc limited to 200 copies. It features three compositions in three parts by Ferre Grignard‘s former guitar (etc) player recorded at the Antwerp ICC in 1981. (Highly recommended for fans of Mzuiand Michael O’Shea!) The amazing documentary above was made by Karel Schoetens for the BRT in 1984; the interview was conducted by Wim Van Mulders. Just watch this for the frères Bachet fragment alone!

Update for Smits fans: see young George act inCash? Cash!by Paul Collet (1967) … now out on dvd + cd via Belfilm!

Update & flashback to 1997: we’ve just uploaded our 1997 interview with George Smits here (199 kB pdf), as e-mailed to [uzine] subscribers on 2001-08-14. On the same date, we also sent out a regular zine with a review of the “Toet” cd.

the secret dub life of cunningham


Out since 2010-11-12 on Staubgold: Jah Lloyd & David Cunningham‘s legendary recordings from 1978 – for the first time on vinyl (after ‘s 1995 cd). Where dub meets Dome … well, these recordings came earlier, actually. Basic tracks recorded by Jah Lloyd, restructured and produced by David Cunningham for Piano Records. Keyboard on “Flicker” by Julian Marshall (of Marshall Hain fame), other additions by David Cunningham. Quoth the cunning man in 1995-05: “The source tapes for this lp were recorded in Jamaica by Jah Lloyd (Patrick Francis) as part of a series he made for Virgin Records’ Front Line label. The original tapes were not released and were offered to me by Front Line‘s Jumbo Vanrennen with the suggestion that I should ‘remix’ the music. I accepted the project, expecting lots of time in one of Virgin’s studios to play with the music and the equipment, only to be presented with a mono master tape. So I began to invent (or perhaps re-invent) techniques of editing, looping, filtering and subtraction to deal with unremixable mono material (these were the days before samplers). The subsequent work took a long time: as I thought it might be something of an indulgence I worked on it at weekends and evenings rather than let it interfere with other projects. The techniques used here expanded my vocabulary of musical electronic (as opposed to electronic music) treatments and appear in a very different form on records made at that time. Notably Fourth Wall“, my collaboration with Patti Palladin, and my production work on Michael Nyman‘s records. The original players remain unidentified. Jah Lloyd used various combinations of musicians but did not include who played on which tracks.” Superb locked groove at the end, too.

christmas time (i.m. james brown)


Brand new James Brown 2cd Christmas compilation … expanding upon the 1995 budget cd … Yep, it’s a doggone acquired taste. Especially what with the godfather dying on X-mas day and all. In memoriam JB (1933-05-05 > 2006-12-25). Addendum: fyi Charly [uk] have just (2011-11) reissued Mr. Brown’s 1999 X-mas album.