Artist: Felix Kubin
Title: The Tetchy Teenage Tapes of Felix Kubin LP
Label: A-Musik (DE)
Format: 12" LP
Release Date: 2002
Order: Sold Out
"Recordings from 1981-1985. in the beginning of the 80's a vivid scene of children bands came to existence in the Hamburg suburb Bergedorf. The names of the groups were such as: Rekronstruirtes Relativpronomen, Architektonisch Sehenswertes Bauwerk, Universalanschluss and Die Egozentrischen 2. Behind the two latter ones the nowadays nearly famous sci-fi pop impresario Felix Kubin, his brother Max and a friend called Stefan Mohr were agitating. Zick-Zack boss Alfred Hilsberg supported them, organising gigs in clubs and avant-garde furniture galleries like Markthalle and Moebel Perdú. Some highlights of their work are now released by a-musik and skipp with different track selections on lp and cd." (label info)
Each track deserves a couple of brief explanations. First of all: as good as no sequencers or computers were applied. Most sounds and melodies were played by hand. Computers made to produce high-quality music, such as the "Fairlight" around 1983, were unaffordable. Namely a large percentage of people, considered at the time as un-cool, sat in front of cheap monitors of whatever kind on a daily basis for weeks, to mess around with rudimentary programming language by the name of BASIC on index cards. But that had nothing to do with music. We loved the synthetic for its own purpose, as an aesthetic phenomenon in time. As a replica of a world overwhelmed by technology. We made reference to plastic, industry, elevators, television, electronics, and out-of-function music.
This record has also been released on Ski-pp with a different track selection.
(click here for more info)
1 Squeaky noise ('81) - 23"
2 Attack of the Hornets ('84) - 1'36"
3 Occasional Experiment #1 ('84) - 2'
4 Crematories ('84) - 3'18"
5 What about? ('84) - 2'11"
6 The Capabilities of the Body ('84) - 4'54"
7 Das richtige Atmen ('84) - 1'38"
8 Claustrophobia ('84) - 2'14"
9 Stupid Announcement ('83) -12"
10 Television Prophets ('84) - 3'16"
11 Meow Woof Woof ('85) - 2'51"
12 Mono Vomit ('82) - 1'59"
13 Black Encounter Part 1-3 ('83) - 5'00"
14 Arsony ('84) - 1'36"
15 This woman screams so nicely ('83) - 0'07"
DE:BUG (DE) March 2003
The Wire (UK) November 2003