The Wedding Present
The Wedding Present are a British indie rock group formed in 1985 in Leeds, from the ashes of the Lost Pandas. The band's music has evolved from fast-paced indie rock in the vein of their most obvious influences The Fall and Gang of Four to more varied forms. Throughout their career, they have been led by vocalist and guitarist David Gedge, the band's only constant member; the band has its origins in the Lost Pandas, which folded in 1984 when Janet Rigby, the drummer for the band, left following departure of guitarist Michael Duane. David Gedge and The Lost Pandas' bass player, Keith Gregory, decided to continue the band, renaming it The Wedding Present; the name was jointly conceived by Gedge and his girlfriend at the time, as they were both avid fans of The Birthday Party and it was an homage to their favourite band. I’ve always thought that The Wedding Present was an inappropriate name for a pop band — more like a poem, or a book or something — and therefore quite attractive. I’ve always been fascinated by weddings...
Gedge and Gregory recruited an old schoolmate of Gedge's, Peter Solowka, to play guitar and auditioned a string of drummers, including John Ramsden, Mike Bedford, with whom they recorded a demo tape, before settling on Shaun Charman. The country's clubs and bars were toured as the band prepared for the recording of their first, self-financed single. "Go Out and Get ’Em, Boy!" was chosen over early favourite "Will You Be Up There?" Charman felt somewhat insecure about his drumming abilities and so the A-side features drumming by hired hand Julian Sowa. The single was released on the band's own Reception Records label with distribution through Red Rhino. Two more singles followed that did well on the independent charts helped by veteran BBC radio DJ John Peel, one of their first champions, he invited starting a long collaboration. By the time the band started work on their debut album, a number of independent and major record companies showed interest, but the band declined all offers and decided to keep releasing their material themselves.
The album was released in 1987 and titled George Best after the well-known Northern Irish football player. Disagreement on production values with the record's producer, Chris Allison, led to the album being remixed by the band and their engineer, Steve Lyon. Upon its release, the album was critically acclaimed and the band were soon classified, with some of their peers, as members of the'shambling' or C86 scene, a categorisation that they vehemently declined. Musically, the album featured fast-paced rhythm guitar. Soon after the release of George Best, the early singles and radio sessions were compiled and released as Tommy; when Solowka, who has Ukrainian roots, started fooling around with a Ukrainian folk tune during one of their Peel sessions, the idea arose to devote some of their radio time to recording their versions of Ukrainian folk songs, encouraged by Peel. To this end, two guest musicians were invited, singer/violin player Len Liggins and mandolin player Roman Remeynes, three Peel sessions were recorded with Gedge temporarily limiting himself to playing rhythm guitar and arranging the songs.
Between the recording of the first and the second'Ukrainian' session, Charman was fired from the band. His replacement was Simon Smith, who remained the band's drummer until 1997 and for a long time was, next to Gedge, the only other stable factor in the shifting line-ups; the band planned on releasing eight cuts from the Ukrainian sessions on a 10" LP and an initial batch was pressed when Red Rhino went into receivership. Rather than trying to find a new distribution company, the band decided to fold their Reception label altogether and sign with a regular record company: RCA. Although the band were criticized by some quarters for'selling out', under the terms of their contract they were allowed their own choice of producer and singles, they had the option of releasing any singles rejected by the label independently without breach of contract. The band's new record company bought the initial Reception stock of the Ukrainian record from the band, pressed another batch, released the record in April 1989 under the name of Українські Виступи в Івана Піла.
The first proper album that The Wedding Present recorded for their new label was released in the same year 1989 and reunited them with Allison. Bizarro’s lyrical themes were the same as before and the songs featured the same three-chord structures, but its production values had increased due to a larger recording budget; the album was recorded at Jacobs Studios by Steve Lyon and again mixed by him there. The album's companion single, "Kennedy", provided the band with their first British Top 40 hit. Seeing that they were growing more popular in the American college radio scene, the band turned towards America for their next project; the band decided to re-record Bizarro track "Brassneck" with the former Big Black frontman Steve Albini. It was the start of a two-year collaboration: the next single, "Corduroy" and album, were recorded by Albini at Pachyderm Recording Studio in Cannon Falls, MN. Melody Maker likened listening to the record to sandpapering your ea
The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
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Rapeman was an American noise rock band founded in 1987 and disbanded in 1989. It consisted of David Wm. Sims on bass and Rey Washam on drums, their sound was described as post-hardcore. Rapeman was formed in 1987; the band's name was controversial. In an interview, Albini reported that "'Rapeman' is... the title character in a Japanese comic book that I had come across through a friend of mine. The comic book is just a total mind-bender. There's a whole genre of comics in Japan, rape stories where women are raped in graphic detail for whatever reason". Albini and Washam became "sort of obsessed" with the comic, named their new group after the titular antihero. Rapeman's performances would be the target of protesters who felt that the band was mocking or encouraging rape and violence against women. Albini rejected such criticisms, arguing that punk ideology is very sympathetic to feminism, stated that he feels that "t is imperative for an artist to be honest, to respect the creative impulse, wherever that may go.
Anything less is just inconsequential humming. Sometimes the resulting art is repugnant, but I believe the world is better for it, that it is made richer by having those thoughts explored". Rapeman's initial 1988 releases included the Budd EP, the "Hated Chinee" 7" single and their sole album, Two Nuns and a Pack Mule. All were released on Touch and Go Records in the US, Blast First! in the UK and Au Go Go in Australia. Rapeman left Blast First! in 1990 after Albini had an argument with the label over the release of a Big Black record. Touch and Go started distributing in re-released Rapeman's records; the band's final release before their breakup, the "Inki's Butt Crack" 7" single, was issued in 1989 as part of the Sub Pop Singles Club. Albini played bass with Flour before going on to form Shellac. Sims reunited with ex-Scratch Acid vocalist David Yow to form the Jesus Lizard. Two Nuns and a Pack Mule UK Indie No. 4 Budd EP UK Indie No. 2 "Hated Chinee" 7" single "Inki's Butt Crack" 7" single
Bailter Space is an atmospheric noise rock band that formed in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1987 as Nelsh Bailter Space. Its members are John Halvorsen, Brent McLachlan. After releasing seven studio albums, numerous EPs/singles and a career retrospective compilation, Bailter Space went on an extended hiatus in 2004, they returned in August 2008 to play the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan. Halvorsen, McLachlan were in a band called The Gordons formed by John Halvorsen in 1980; the Gordons released the three-song Future Shock EP in 1981, along with a video for the song "Adults and Children". Their debut self-titled LP came out that year; the band released the Volume 2 LP in 1984, with Vince Pinker on bass in the absence of Alister, before disbanding circa 1985. Flying Nun Europe reissued The Gordons and Future Shock on one CD, while Volume 2 remains unavailable. Nelsh Bailter Space was formed by Parker and former Clean drummer Hamish Kilgour in 1987 completing the line-up with Glenda Bills on keyboards and Ross Humphries shortening its name to Bailter Space.
After a couple of singles and Humphreys left, with Halvorsen joining on bass, this line-up recording the Tanker album and the "Grader Spader" single, both produced by Brent McLachlan. The band travelled to the United States where they played at the New Music Seminar in 1989, when they returned, Kilgour opted to stay there with his new wife and form a new band, Mad Scene. Parker and Halvorsen recruited Mclachlan as the new drummer; this line-up debuted with the Thermos album, recorded in 1989. After several releases on Flying Nun, after changing base several times between New Zealand and the US, New York City indie label Matador Records signed them for release in the United States, in 1990; the 1992 The Aim EP was the band's first official U. S. release, was released as two separate 7-inch singles in the UK, with both awarded "Single of the Week" by Melody Maker. The band moved to New York City during the 1993 Robot World sessions; the EIP EP was released, containing slightly-remixed versions of two Robot World tracks and two that would appear on the forthcoming Vortura.
Vortura would be followed a year by Wammo. In 1999 the band performed in Toronto as part of the Neon Palm Festival. After this, their U. S. releases came out on NYC-based label Turnbuckle Records, which folded circa 2002. In 2004, Matador Records deleted all Bailter Space releases from their catalog; the band's releases are now out of print, except for in New Zealand / Australia. A career-spanning retrospective compilation, Bailterspace was issued in 2004. In August 2008, Bailter Space emerged from a 4-year hiatus to perform live at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, they were joined by new recruit Ian Ljungquist filling in on the bass. A new album entitled Strobosphere was released in New Zealand on 13 August 2012 and in the United States on 21 August 2012; the band have been compared to Sonic Youth, they were once described as "The Sonic Youth of the Southern Hemisphere", with Trouser Press describing their early sound as "hard, unforgiving guitar music with occasional lapses into verse/chorus regularity".
By Tanker their sound had become more conventional. With their relocation to New York, their sound shifted, with the band's next releases described as "an unholy collision between The Beatles harmonies and The Velvet Underground dissonance", with Parker stating at the time that the band were getting into "the harmonic value of distortion. From these harmonic experiments I became more interested in the actual melodic content of the music". Pitchfork Media described them in 1999 as "a huge mess of sound that's beautiful, jagged and supremely melodic", while another review in the same year described their sound as "one part Superchunk, one part Pixies, one part Dinosaur Jr." Studio albumsThe Gordons Volume 2 EPFuture Shock CompilationsThe Gordons AudioCulture profile Myspace profile Biography page at Flying Nun Information on The Gordons
Grant Vernon Hart was an American musician, best known as the drummer and co-songwriter for the alternative rock and hardcore punk band Hüsker Dü. After the band's breakup in 1988, he formed the alternative rock trio Nova Mob, where he moved to vocals and guitar, his solo career became his main focus after the dissolution of Nova Mob in 1997. As the co-songwriter of Hüsker Dü, Hart's songs received praise from contemporaries, his vocal style, in contrast to that of Hüsker Dü bandmate Bob Mould, had a more measured and melodic delivery. His choice of lyrical themes, which ranged from teenage alienation in "Standing by the Sea" and the depiction of a murder in "Diane," to playful story-telling in "Books About UFOs," helped to expand the subject matter of hardcore punk. Hart died on September 13, 2017 of complications from liver cancer and Hepatitis C. Grant Hart was born in South St. Paul, the youngest child of a credit union employee and a shop teacher. Hart described his family as a "typical American dysfunctional family Not abusive, though.
Nothing to complain about." When Hart was 10, his older brother was killed by a drunk driver. Hart records. Hart met Bob Mould while working at a record store. Mould a college freshman, would buy marijuana from Hart. At first Hart dismissed Mould as "an upstater pretending to be a Manhattanite," but the two soon became friends. Hart formed Hüsker Dü in 1979 with his friend Greg Norton; the band's early material had them lumped in with the hardcore movement of the early 1980s. The bandmembers received help from their parents in their early days. In Hart's case, his mother let him use the copier machine at the credit union where she worked to make show flyers, the band added $2,000 to an existing loan at the credit union to release the band's first single, "Statues," on their own label Reflex Records in 1981. Success existed on a small scale for the band. Hüsker Dü's music became more melodic over time. By late 1982, Hart's drumming "rushed the music along more than ever" and he and Mould, who traded vocal duties, were singing more tunefully.
While Mould was the band's primary songwriter, Hart began writing more songs. Hart wrote two songs for 1983's Metal Circus EP, the "perversely sing-along" "Diane" and the "impassioned speed-pop gem" "It's Not Funny Anymore." Hüsker Dü's more melodic take on hardcore struck a chord with college students, various tracks from Metal Circus Hart's "Diane," were put into rotation by dozens of campus radio stations across the US. Hart was tagged by observers as the "hippie" of the group due to his long hair and his propensity to drum with bare feet; as Hart and Mould developed as musicians and songwriters, an unspoken tension and competition arose in the band between them. Tensions were heightened when Mould demanded that starting with 1984's Zen Arcade that the band's records contain individual songwriter credits. In spite of the creative tensions, Hüsker Dü garnered critical acclaim with the release of Zen Arcade and subsequent albums. Michael Azerrad stated that by 1985's Flip Your Wig "the two songwriters were trying their level best to outdo each other, with spectacular results" Hüsker Dü had left the hardcore genre behind, which caused some discomfort with their label at the time, SST Records.
In one interview, Hart hinted that SST thought Hüsker Dü were "soft" because they stayed in motels while touring and wrote happy songs. Hart elaborated, "We don't have to convince the world that we're suffering to convince them that we're artists... There's nothing wrong with being happy." Hart designed. In 1986 Hüsker Dü became the first key band from the American indie scene to sign with a major label, inking a deal with Warner Bros. Records. However, tensions within the band worsened after signing with Warner Bros. Hart became addicted to heroin following the band's tour behind their major label debut Candy Apple Grey in 1986, with Hart being incorrectly diagnosed as HIV-positive in the middle of that year. Mould and Hart were feuding about Hart's drug use and creative conflicts, with Hart accusing Mould of ensuring he could not have more than 45 percent of the songs on each of the band's albums; the band dissolved after a show in Columbia, Missouri, in 1987. Hart was trying to quit heroin using a supply of methadone.
Hart played the show, but Mould and Norton were concerned Hart would soon be suffering from withdrawal and thus would be unable to play the next few shows. While Hart insisted he could perform, Mould had canceled the dates. Hart quit the band four days later. Hart has said his drug use was not the reason for the band's demise, rather, it was the tensions between the band members. Hart said, "It just became that it was easier to be around Bob if you were playing a part of Bob's game," and said he felt Mould's songs had become "square."Though it was rumored during his Hüsker Dü days that he and bandmate Mould were an item, both have flatly denied having been romantically involved. Six months after Hüsker Dü's breakup, Hart discovered that his diagnosis as being HIV-positive was incorrect. In 1988 he released th
Babes in Toyland (band)
Babes in Toyland is an American punk rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1987. The band was founded by vocalist and guitarist Kat Bjelland, a native of Oregon, along with drummer Lori Barbero and bassist Michelle Leon, replaced by Maureen Herman in 1992. Babes in Toyland released three studio albums: Spanking Machine, followed by the commercially successful Fontanelle, Nemesisters, before becoming inactive in 1997 and disbanding in 2001. While the band was inspirational to some performers in the riot grrrl movement in the Pacific Northwest, Babes in Toyland never associated themselves with the movement. In 2014, the band reunited, the following year began performing live together for the first time in over a decade, they completed an international tour throughout 2015, during which bassist Herman was fired and replaced with Clara Salyer. Babes in Toyland formed in 1987, after frontwoman Kat Bjelland met drummer Lori Barbero at a friend's barbecue. From Woodburn, Oregon and a former resident of San Francisco, Bjelland had moved to Minneapolis to form a band.
Bjelland was a self-taught guitarist, at the time Barbero had no experience playing any instruments. Bjelland commented: "Hopefully, from being technically inexperienced, you can use your imagination, play the drums like an instrument instead of just being a beat-keeper, and play the bass like you feel it, from your gut, instead of saying,'Here's my scales.'" In its initial formation in 1987, in addition to Bjelland and Barbero, the band included Kris Holetz on bass and singer Cindy Russell. Following the departures of Holetz and Russell, it was believed that the band recruited Bjelland's friend and former bandmate, Courtney Love, on bass, as Love claimed to have been "kicked out" of the band. However, during a 2015 interview and Barbero refuted this, with Barbero stating: "She lived in my house, one time I think when we were rehearsing she came down and picked up something and tried to play and we were just like, "get out of here." However, Michelle Leon, hired as the group's bass player, claimed that she was replaced by Love as bassist shortly after joining.
After the group rehearsed with Love on "a couple" of occasions, Leon stated Barbero called her and asked her to re-join the band. It has been noted that several songs from the Babes In Toyland's debut album shared lyrics and verses with several songs by Hole, most notably Hole's first several singles, including b-sides from "Retard Girl" and "Dicknail"; the group began performing shows at local art galleries and other venues in late 1987. Local journalist Jon Bream recalled: "They were a sort of loud, angry, obnoxious thing at first and amateurish in a sense, and they developed over time into something, pretty amazing... The shows just seemed to make more sense. There was a focus there... They were able to connect with the audience." In 1989, they released their first single, "Dust Cake Boy", through Sub Pop records' singles club in 1989. The band entered the studio in 1989 to record their debut album, Spanking Machine, recorded with grunge producer Jack Endino at Seattle's Reciprocal Recording and released in April 1990 on Minneapolis' Twin/Tone Records.
The album caught the attention of underground rock band Sonic Youth, whose frontman Thurston Moore invited the band to perform on Sonic Youth's 1990 European tour to promote their latest album, Goo. Babes in Toyland subsequently performed alongside Sonic Youth at 1991's Reading Festival, documented in Dave Markey's music documentary, 1991: The Year Punk Broke. British DJ John Peel was a fan of the album, citing it as his "favourite album of 1990." During the band's tour with Sonic Youth in 1990, Babes in Toyland recorded a radio session for John Peel, one of the many Peel Sessions. The band completed a second session with Peel in 1991, the sessions were released as The Peel Sessions — the band's second EP — in 1992, their first EP, To Mother, was composed of outtakes from Spanking Machine and was released in July 1991. After touring in 1991, the band entered the studio for a second time to record their major label follow-up to Spanking Machine. Bassist Michelle Leon left the group in early 1992, shortly after the death of her boyfriend, Joe Cole.
Maureen Herman was recruited as her replacement. With this new line-up, the band signed with Warner Bros.'s Reprise Records. Their second studio album, Fontanelle was recorded in Cannon Falls, Minnesota and in New York City, featured production for Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo. Fontanelle was released in 1992, sold over 250,000 copies in the United States alone; the lead single on the album, "Bruise Violet," is said to be an attack on Courtney Love. However, Bjelland denied this, saying instead that "Violet" was the name of a muse to both her and Love. A music video for "Bruise Violet" was shot in the SoHo loft of photographer Cindy Sherman, who appears in the video as Bjelland's doppelganger. Sherman's photos appear on the covers of Fontanelle and the group's second EP, the imagery was recreated on stage banners with the artist's permission. In 1993, the band was chosen to take part in that year's Lollapalooza tour, playing alongside such acts as Primus, Alice in Chains, Dinosaur Jr. and Rage Against the Machine.
During dates at Lollapalooza, the band released their third and final EP, Painkillers, in June 1993. In 1994, journalist Neal Karlen began writing Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band, which dealt with the band's signing to Warner and the recording of Fontanelle. Commenting on the book in retrospect, Bjelland s
Joseph Lee Henry is an American singer-songwriter and producer. He has released 13 studio albums and produced multiple recordings for other artists, including three Grammy Award-winning albums. Henry was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, the state where his parents, whom he described as devout Christians, were from, he grew up in Oakland Township and attended Rochester Community Schools. He graduated from Rochester Adams High School graduated from the University of Michigan. Henry began performing in local music venues, he released his first album "Talk of Heaven" in 1986. The album earned him a recording contract with A&M, which subsequently released the albums Murder of Crows in 1989 and Shuffletown in 1990. Shuffletown, produced by T-Bone Burnett, represented a shift in musical direction towards the "alt country" genre. Henry's next two recordings, Short Man's Room and Kindness of the World, featured members of the country-rock band the Jayhawks; the song "King's Highway" was recorded by Joan Baez in 2003 and Gov't Mule in 2005.
For his 1996 album Trampoline, Henry incorporated guitarist Page Hamilton of Helmet and a reviewer at Trouserpress called the album "idiosyncratic broadmindedness."1999's Fuse was recorded with producers Daniel Lanois and T-Bone Burnett. The album was called an "atmospheric marvel" by one reviewer and Ann Powers of the New York Times wrote: Henry has "found the sound that completes his verbal approach."Scar, released in 2001, featured jazz musicians Marc Ribot, Brian Blade, Brad Mehldau and saxophonist Ornette Coleman on "Richard Pryor Addresses A Tearful Nation." According to Allmusic's Thom Jurek, the album is a "triumph not only for Henry—who has set a new watermark for himself—but for American popular music, which so needed something else to make it sing again."2003's self-produced Tiny Voices album was Henry's first recording on Epitaph's Anti label. Jurek described this album as "the sound of....electric guitars in an abandoned yet furnished Tiki bar in Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles."Henry's wife talked him into letting her send Madonna, her sister, a demo of his song "Stop,", reworked and recorded as "Don't Tell Me".
Henry's own tango-tinged version of the song appeared on Scar and was featured in an episode of "The Sopranos." Henry and his sister-in-law recorded a duet, "Guilty By Association," on the charity album Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation, collaborated on the songs "Jump" on Confessions on a Dance Floor, "Devil Wouldn't Recognize You" on Hard Candy, "Falling Free" on MDNA. In the early 2000s, Henry was an inaugural member of the Independent Music Awards' judging panel to support independent artists. After producing the Grammy-award-winning album Don't Give Up on Me by Solomon Burke, Henry produced additional records and in 2006 opened up a home studio where he collaborates with recording engineer Ryan Freeland and Los Angeles-based musicians such as Jay Bellerose, Greg Leisz, David Piltch, Patrick Warren and Keefus Ciancia. In September 2006, Henry and Loudon Wainwright III began composing the music for the Judd Apatow movie Knocked Up in Henry's home studio; some instrumentals were used as background score for the film while other songs appeared on Wainwright's 2007 Strange Weirdos which Henry produced.
In 2007, Henry released Civilians, described as "a rich, acoustic affair that returns us to Henry's rootsier sounds". The final track on the album, "God Only Knows," was used in a "TCM Remembers 2008" TV commercial. Bonnie Raitt's 2012 album Slipstream, which Henry produced, contained versions of two songs from Civilians. In 2009, Henry released his ninth solo record, Blood from Stars which incorporates orchestral blues with guitarist Marc Ribot, pianist Jason Moran and his son on saxophone; the album focuses on facets of blues with a sprinkling of jazz and pop and traces the rugged history of American storytelling."In May 2011, Henry released the album Reverie with simple acoustic instrumention on guitar, upright bass and drums. "When you listen to Reverie on headphones, you can hear traffic in the background or a neighbor calling her dog. It's not always a pristine recording environment. Henry not only left the windows open at his basement studio, but put microphones on them." "But there was this singer-songwriter environment, this post-Dylan fallout, of people who think that pages of your diary set to music are songs, that the more'honest' songs are, the better they are.
And that's the greatest misconception of American popular music: that if you're being honest, you're being entertaining."In June 2014, Henry released his thirteenth album, Invisible Hour. It was recorded at his LA home studio, The Garfield House, in 2013 with his regular band of musicians. Guests providing backing vocals on the album included The Milk Carton Kids and Lisa Hannigan. Paste magazine described it as "11 impossibly beautiful songs" and "Joe Henry's masterpiece". In October 2017 Henry released Thrum. Henry has been described as "a modest-selling'critic's darling' with a reputation for pushing the envelope" and who writes "songs don't fit into an defined box" and instead is influenced by folk, jazz and country. Henry married Melanie Ciccone in 1987, they have two children. Melanie is the sister of entertainer Madonna. In 2013, Henry and his brother David released a biography of Richard Pryor, titled Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him. Joe Henry and his family moved out of their home, The G