this morning a special preview of the Sydney post punk tribute performance event called Wiltshire Street Noise (Wiltshire Street Surry Hills being the location of the pivotal M squared studio) on Sunday, January 17 from 5 PM to 10:30 PM at the Sandringham Hotel Hotel upstairs, in Newtown. Background Noise and the dust Museum following will present a joint foray into the Sydney DIY/post punk cassette scene (very limited editions) from 1979 to 1983. Nearly all of the music will come from the archives of Richard who was the founder of Severed Heads. And he used to co-present the cassette show on this very radio station at the time. It was a very vibrant period musically with the energy of punk but injected with a whole variety of new musical ideas and experimentation. Many recordings were done in bedrooms on four track reel to reel tape recorders and cheap cassette recorders. As you will know from past programs post punk was a worldwide phenomenon. This morning you’ll hear from groups such as M squared groups, The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast and the farewell concert of The Systematics also, Great White Noise, negative reaction, no-v-bleet , mice against God (with the Godfather of the Sydney underground at the time and former MBS contemporary music pioneer, Ian Hartley), Hiroshima chair and the wet taxis. It’s over to you Richard.
Cassette, artist, track title, year
two of M squared cassettes, 100 copies only
boxed brownies (M squared groups recorded live on a cassette player), the makers of the dead travel fast (who have reformed with original members and will be playing at Wiltshire Street noise), promenade promenade and funny timing, the Neapolitan man inhales water, 1981 at brownies upstairs at the old Paddington Green the home of M squared nights
stall (the farewell performance of the Systematics at the trade union club in Sydney),, New Year’s Day 1982. MC was someone familiar, 28 years ago, in a career from my 21st on December 13, 1980 until New Year’s Day 1982 the Systematics did 40 live performances playing with other M squared and post punk bands, laughing clowns and even supporting the cure. All over Sydney and Wollongong and Newcastle.
introduction +3 tracks
Richard Fielding and John Blades return for our annual review of the year in music and the arts. It has been a very rich year culturally, the biggest year for outsider art and a wealth of Australian exploratry music releases on CD and vinyl and incredible compilations. Tinged with some very sad passings. We will intersperse my top music releases for the year with lists of other releases and the events of the year. The music you hear this morning will be my selections from the releases from this year approximately in the order in which they were released. Also, program promos from some of our local and international guests during the year. There are a number of releases from this year, 2009 which we will be playing in the year as we did not get around to playing them this year.
LISTS 1 and 2, DVD’s and books (1′ 15″)
Artist, Title, Label, Track, Title, Duration
1.various, pardon me for barging in like this -M squared box, vinyl on demand, release of the year, scattered order (label founders Mitch Jones and Michael tee) record 1 (waiting for you to come home) side 1, track 4 , “Untitled”, 3′ 12″
record 5 compilation (your company’s logo here) side 1, track 2, Height dismay, dusk,1′ 53″
2.Rauschgold: Alec Empire, Alec Empire plays staubgold, staubgold, 10,faust,a seventies event,2’ 17”,
3.various, BAKU: SYMPHONY OF SIRENS SOUND EXPERI.MENTS IN THE SOVET AVANT GARDE – ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS AND RECONSTRUCTIONS of 74 KEY WORKS of MUSIC, POETRY and AGITPROP from the RUSSIAN AVANT GARDE 1908-1942,rer megacorp, -cd/book release of the year, exquisite, CD 1, , 8,laboratory of hearing,Dziga Vertov, 1916,34″
9,dziga vertov filmmaker,1916,1’ 18”, created phonogramsusing the phonograph discs.
16,overture,igor severyanin,1915,1’32”, ego futurist – new rhythm in poetry and a new orchestration of sounds.
21,the family of vowels laughing, David Burliuk,1915,57”, father of Russian futurism
promo 1, LISTS 3, performances and events (4′)
4.Laurie Scott Baker,gracility, musicnow, CD 1, 12,pibroch the call,3′ 27″, Evan Parker
5.Germ (Clare Cooper and Chris Abrahams), germ studies, splitrec, CD 1, 9,eating own shoulder,1’ 32”,94,full metal guzheng,2’ 01” *,
6.Pimmon ,Smudge Another Yesterday, Preservation,1, come on join the choir invisible,2′ 41″
4, Don’t Remember,3′ 30″
7.various, Elementality revisited, bases frequencies,, Elementality remix part one, The Loop Orchestra,5′ 12″
promo 2, LISTS 4, Exhibitions (1′ 30″)
Background Noise Tuesday, December 29, 2009 continued
8.Shane Fahey, the slated pines, endgame records, 4, scatter floor for food,4′
9.roil (Chris Abrahams piano, Mike Majkowski double bass, James Naples percussion, meaning, Rufus records,5, lam into,5′ 14″
10.the necks , Silverwater, fish as milk,34’-38’,
11.various, Messthetics #107 — DIY 78 — 81 London three,hyped2death, 15, 49 Americans, Newton’s laws,1′ 11″
12.Gods gift — pathology 1979 — 1984,”, 6, the strong and the weak,3′ 50″,
Promo 3, list five, movies and television (2′) (lists reading –8′ 45″)
RIP, slipped away but not forgotten
musical tribute to Nick Waterlow, The Loop Orchestra, Anthony Mannix and Dr Gareth Jenkins, excerpt from a cerebral odyssey
this morning A Prelude to the 2010 festival of Sydney tribute to Sydney post punk from 1979 to 1983.Signal to noise.
We Return to the Independent DIY post punk English music. Two new releases on the hyped2death label.
Messthetics #107, DIY 1978 to 1981 London part three, and a collection called pathology by Gods gift from Manchester 1979 to 1984. But firstly the years following punk in London and the energy of punk was joined by a plethora of new musical arrangements and ideas. It was real DIY cottage industry with handmade 7 inch limited-edition (commonly 500) record covers with the edition numbers hand drawn. One of the important small labels was the dining out label. Relevant more widely known groups interacting with the London DIY scene included a certain ratio ,the pop group,joy division,swell maps and scritti politi. Some of the groups were listening to German Kraut rock and early Brian Eno. John Peel was a great fan of many of the bands. And his support was very important. Bedroom recordings on four track were the order of the day. Most recordings are from the years 1980/81.
Some Band members became members of groups such as 23 skidoo and the flying lizards.
Track, artist,title, duration, information
3, avocados, I never knew, 2′ 26″
4, occult chemistry, occult chemistry,1′ 32″
5, patterns, the Bishop (edit ) 4′ 14″, featuring really inventive vocal and musical arrangements and the voice of Blatt from the native hipsters who formed from Patterns.
6, six minute war, weathermen, 2′ 50″
7, Demon preacher, Royal Northern,2′ 45″
10, stolen power, Little White lies,2′ 54″
11, flags, is God love?, 2′ 54″, sounds like scattered order, they developed completely independently proving that post punk was a worldwide phenomenon.
*15, 49 Americans, Newton’s laws,1′ 11″, they had over 49 members over their existence, the main member was a fellow by the name of Giblet. Other members included at various times improvisers Steve Beresford, David Toop and Max Eastly (hence interaction with the London musicians collective), Viv Albertine from the slits and nag and Bendle from the door and the window.
*17, the milkmen, since you went away,2′ 17″, recorded one of their demos at Ariwa studios of the then relatively unknown mad professor.
*19, design for living, one to the wise,2′ 46″, formed by Fawcett from Patterns.Everybody helped and encouraged each other.
21, 49 Americans, should be more ideal,1′ 54″
Background Noise Tuesday, December 15, 2009 Continued
moving north to Manchester:
Gods Gift (deliberately and ironically with no apostrophe ) , Collection Called Pathology 1979 — 1984. The mainstays of the band over the years were Steve Edwards on vocals and Steve Murphy on guitar, his Musical interests at the time of their formation was rock and Steve Edwards included Roxy music and David Bowie. Bands which they went to see included the Buzzcocks, The Fall and Joy division. Their main inspiration for starting the band was the Velvet Underground. They thought, they cannot play their instruments but they are brilliant. Rather cynical and often nihilistic Steve Edwards famously said to the audience “watcha dancing for, it’s tuneless you pillock”. At least six of the members over the years worked inside Prestwich Asylum, the largest psychiatric hospital in the UK at the time (2500 patients). The hospital’s grayness, hopelessness, and constant menace permeated not just GG’s tunes and lyrics, but their very stage-presence, Edwards in work clothes and Murphy with his back to the audience.They Were Associated with the label new hormones at a time when factory records dominated Manchester. They became involved with the Manchester musicians collective through which they were always assured of gigs
Track, Title, Duration, details
1, anaesthetic,4′ 06″, about drinking culture in the north-west of England
3, Jacqueline’s admission,5′ 41″, based on a short story written by Steve Murphy while working on an acute admissions ward at the hospital.
4, no god (12 inch version),5′ 02″, written by Steve Murphy in a library at the age of 15.
5, discipline,4′ 24″, to be released in a special edition on the play loud label along with a live DVD in 2010.
6, the strong and the weak,3′ 50″, about the wide chasm between nurses and patients at Prestwich Asylum.
Both Releases are on the hyped2death label (hyped2death.com).Thank You to Chuck Warner from hyped to death for the CDs.
Next Program in two weeks will be our annual review of the year in music and the arts. You can listen to all previous editions of background noise at
anonradio.wordpress.com including the last special programme with Lloyd Swanton and Chris Abrahams From the Necks