25.10.17

I Like America and America Likes Me


99/100. Only one more mix now at Xmas.

Josef Beuys in America in 1974. In a loft. Wrapped in felt. Shaking down a coyote.

The mix as think-piece. Personal favourites.

The porous International Avant-Garde of Rawk. Contributions from, ok not from the furthest flung corners of the globe, but certainly France, Turkey, England, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Japan, Canada and the USA.

We're slightly downplaying Krautrock. It's centrality is over-emphasised. 

France is strongly represented by five tracks. Lard Free here the obvious blueprint for Martin Hannett's Joy Division productions.

Breaking down preconceptions - a number of tunes here are teasers: the Agitation Free sounding like Quicksilver Messenger Service. Hawkwind sounding like Neu! Kraftwerk sounding like Suicide. David Pritchard sounding like Gong. Faust sounding like Eno.

A lovely suite of bucolic English Prog (Gentle Giant, The Egg, Hatfield and the North) with "Leb Wohl" hiding in the bushes of the country house.

Relics of the brutalist VU sound with Yoko Ono, The Plastic People, John Cale.

The gathering darkness of Electronic Rock. Zed, Bowie, The Walker Brothers from Nite Flights and Groundhog Tony McPhee's anomalous solo LP.





Jean-Claude Vannier - Le Roi Des Mouches Et La Confiture Des Rose
Boris Manco - Lambaya Puf De
Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
John Martyn - Big Muff
Franco Battiato - Aria
Agitation Free - First Communication
Hawkwind - Opa-Loka
Faust - Das Meer
David Pritchard - An admission of guilt
Catherine Ribeiro - Roc Alpin
Heldon - In The Wake Of King Fripp
Amon Duul - Love Is Peace
Gong - Thought For A Naught
Gentle Giant - School Days
Neu! - Leb' Wohl
The Egg - A Visit To Newport Hospital
Hatfield and The North - Share It
Van Der Graf Generator - Theme One
Kevin Ayers - Bottom of a Well
Robert Wyatt - Last Straw
John Cale - Helen of Troy
Numbers Band - The Animal Speaks
R Stevie Moore - Father Goes
Syd Barrett - No Good Trying
The Plastic People - Podivuhodny Mandarin
Yoko Ono - Greenfield Morning I Pushed An Empty Baby Carriage All Over The City
Captain Beefheart - Blabber and Smoke
Lard Free - Pale Violence
Zed - Bashar
David Bowie - Station to Station
The Walker Brothers - Fat Mama Kick
Tony McPhee - The Hunt (Extract)
Suicide - Girl
Kraftwerk - Neon Lights
Moebius/Plank/Neuemeier - Pitch Control
Can - One More NIght
Harry Hosono - Honey Moon
Popol Vuh - Tanz
Patti Smith - Birdland
Fripp/Eno - Evening Star