to see Cardiacs mentioned here. An extraordinary band.
seeing them in 1985 and being amazed, I struck up a brief correspondence with
Tim Smith. The inevitable question of what music he listened to arose – Gong, Devo,
XTC, Henry Cow, Oingo Boingo, and Bartok was his response.
I talked to
him after a gig at the Riverside club in Leatherhead shortly after that
exchange and asked more and he raved about Henry Cow – “just get ALL their
albums!” was his advice. Within a few months Beggars Banquet in Kingston and the old Recommended shop near
Vauxhall had yielded mint or new copies of everything but Western Culture
(which took another 25 years to acquire – from someone on this group as it happens!).
He paid direct
homage to HC on the song “Nurses Whispering Verses” and probably elsewhere in
ideas for arrangements and awkward angular sections of songs.
I made Tim
a compilation cassette on which I put the 1st Egg LP as well as No
Means No and other stuff I was listening to at the time. It was only years later
on reading an interview with early ex-Cardiacs member Mark Cawthra that I
discovered they were already listening to Egg in the late 70s!
I’m sure I still
have in my pile of old ReR Megacorp mail-order catalogues one issue that stocked
some copies of one of the early Cardiacs LPs although I may be wrong. If I’m
right it was short-lived. I’ll see if I can dig it out to verify. One ReR band
that Cardiacs have been compared to on a number of occasions is 5uus. There is
a similarity for sure although both bands are very different too.
is plenty of great footage of Cardiacs on Youtube from the mid 80s right up to
the end, this concert from 2003 is among my favourites mainly because it solely
reprises material from ’77 – ’84 most of which they hadn’t played for 20+ years
prior to this gig. There’s some great stuff here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W86d_sM323A
From: alanterrill <alanterrill@...>
Sent: Thursday, 4 July 2013, 10:46
Subject: [ReRmegacorp] Henry Cow influence on Cardiacs
There's a good new article on the Cardiacs that just appeared http://thequietus.com/articles/12737-cardiacs-a-little-man-and-a-house-and-the-whole-world-window-25-anniversary
I knew Tim Smith had listened to a lot of progressive music in order to formulate his own take on it in the eighties, but I didn't know he was a Henry Cow fan- here's the quote:
Two other pivotal influences which often get overlooked are the English avant-rock group Henry Cow and their many offshoots (such as the Art Bears or News From Babel,) and the 1969 debut album by White Noise, An Electric Storm, which featured the talents of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's Delia Derbyshire. In fact, Henry Cow were such a strong influence on his music, that Tim told me he had obtained bassoonist Lindsay Cooper's address from a friend prior to the Tube screening of Tarred And Feathered and sent her a note telling her if she tuned into Channel 4 at the right time, there would be something on that she "might enjoy".
Here's the video of that track http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRZ2Xw_o6FY