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19 March 2008

Songs For Swinging Lovers

UPDATE: This post was re-uploaded 08/21/2014. Enjoy, NØ.

I researched this one & the information I have is as follows: the Ralph Records RL-8108 is out of print, Do it Records is long out of business, & T.E.C. tones closed in 2001 or so, so I'm posting this ripped from Ralphing vinyl

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Side One -

Lime Jelly Grass
A Medical Man
Bali Whine
Kimbolton Gnome Song
N2O (Going Under)
Spratt's Medium
Honest Joe's Indian Gets the Goat on the Way to the Cowboys' Conga

Side  Two -

Ow! Stew the Red Shoe
Bustle the Burgoo
Is Guava a Donut?
A Sob Story
Hats Off, Gentlemen!
Renaldo's Trip to Venice
Ted's Reverie

bonus tracks (from T.E.C. Tones 1990 CD re-issue)
Melvyn's Repose
Metro Stomp
The Bathroom Song

Renaldo M: guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, drums, flocdrum, glockenspiel, bamboo, diverse percussives, Ted's metal comb, loop to 'A Sob Story' & voice; Ted the Loaf: guitar, clarinet, loops, scalpel wielding, prepared guitar, hacksaw blade, bass on 'Kimbolton Gnome Song', & additional percussion on 'Ow! Stew the Red Shoe'. Recorded at odd times at Sneff's Surgery between Nov. 1979 & Nov. 1980. Mixed at Elephant Studios, London, Nov. 1980. All transmissions realized without use of synthesizers or juvenile hormones. Cover art by Gary Pinter. A Rotcod Production.

This is early Renaldo & the Loaf. Renaldo (Brian Poole) & Ted the Loaf (Dave Janssen) hail from Portsmouth, England. After collaborating for a number of years, it was in 1977 that they discovered a music that excited them, a music with direction in uncertainty, with a strange coherence in ambiguity. Noise experiments seemed to distill into songs, & the recordings on this disc bear witness to the odd events that resulted in Songs for Swinging Larvae, the first full LP to be revealed to the world.

It is true to say that a previous, tape-only album (Renaldo & the Loaf play Struvé & Sneff) did see local, Portsmouth release & it was that tape that ultimately secured them a recording deal with Ralph Records in 1981.

Made by chance & ruled by dice, ...Larvae can guide you through playful music of abandon, laid, hatched & recorded exclusively in a bedroom studio. Pursuing a weird medical/insect fetish, these songs saw the band happily abusing tape machines, plundering the hardware store, honing their scalpels & continuing to revel in the game of making conventional instruments sound synthetic.

Renaldo & the Loaf never had a definable attitude; no great philosophies, no political stance, just a want to think sideways, enjoy themselves & hope some others might enjoy it too. Not afraid to be ridiculous & not afraid of ridicule. So, welcome one & all, feel free to smile at the historic music.

I believe in bugs, do you?
So says Brian Poole!



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  2. Thanks! This blew my mind on Night Flight in junior high