More from forgotten Scottish Band , Love And Money. (which comprised of members of the band Friends Again) More of a 4 track E.P. on this 1988 release showcasing the bands diverse sound. Gary Katz (Steely Dan) gives the title track a polished 80’s sound with a nod to the dancefloor. He also produces the last track, “Scapegoat” which keeps up the pop funk style and goes down the Level 42 route.
The other 2 tracks are more guitar orientated having been self produced; with the bluesy “Looking for Angeline” demonstrating James Grant fine guitar playing. There is a folk feel to “Set The Night On Fire” hinting at the bands new direction.
From 1984 and remixed by John Luongo from the mini-album, “Chimera” this had his brother Ian on saxophone and his wife Jan on backing vocals. Playful sequencers, vocoder, dramatic piano, a killer synth bass and a very small amount of stabbed guitar.
It’s all about the “Dub” and how big those drums sounded (by YMO’s Yukihiro Takahashi) and some dodgy editing!
“Hard Facts From The Fiction Department” is a pioneering, marimba infused slab of sample-filled, funky Hip Hop, but just too short!
Jazz in it’s experimental form can be a bit like Chinese Water Torture. Pigbag added some New Wave grooves on it and a smidgen of electronics to make this a rewarding listen. Their debut release from 1982 and it doesn’t contain that hit.
The Bristol collective were; James Johnstone – guitar, alto saxophone, percussion, Simon Underwood – bass, cello, violin, Roger Freeman – percussion, trombone, keyboards, piano, Ollie Moore – tenor saxophone, alto clarinet, sanza, Chris Lee – trumpet, percussion and Chip Carpenter – drums, percussion.
There is the influence from the seminal band Pop Group (Simon Underwood was a member) and they somehow manage to be creative, artistic, fun and danceable all at the same time.
The full length version of “Nightmare” from April 1983, it is certainly not as cheesy as their other singles. Seemingly intent to not get pigeon-holed the Gulls do a bit of light Goth.
The two B-sides are extended, groundbreaking and experimental in terms of electronics. Both were recorded at Conny Plank’s studio and feature an array of sounds new then and probably never heard since.
“Rosenmontag” is extended to 8 minutes with those alien voices, whooshes and wobbles, a sonic assault with some Paul Reynolds guitar fading in and out.
The other track is “Last Flight Of Yuri Gargarin.” Some background. Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968), Russian Cosmonaut. First human in outer space (1961). Died 1968 when the MiG-15 he was learning to fly crashed at Kirzhach, Russia, killing both Gagarin and the flight instructor. Gagarin was 34 years old.
More Play Dead, this time with some added John Fryer, recorded at Blackwing, September 1984. It could be different band as they go for a semi-industrial sound with a synth bassline and plenty of samples from “Apocalypse Now.” Three quite similar mixes with the Saigon Mix blending parts of the other 2 for a definite listen.