Next to Nothing A collection of Tuxedomoon covers (OS​.​016)

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2012

Next to Nothing
When this record first came out on CD I played it at our parties and DJ gigs. Everyone liked it and wanted to know who it was. I liked it. I still do. Now it is available for download on Bandcamp. I recommend it highly.

blaine
www.tuxedomoon.co

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Covers : homage, détournement or sarabande en bas de l'escalier ?

Albums of covers might be even more fashionable today than they ever were. Often, one has to admit, such an exercise reveals itself as a bit pointless, more particularly when it appears as the homage of a fan expressing his allegiance or, on the opposite side of the spectrum, as the détournement of works made so unrecognizable that one comes to seriously ask oneself why and how they possibly could have marked an audience or an era.

This album, composed of covers of the legendary Tuxedomoon – a Californian group in a state of perpetual exile since the beginning of the eighties – takes a third avenue, that is the one of the references game that will accordingly be named the sarabande en bas de l'escalier avenue. The learned fan will find himself lost in a very improbable place, sort of a Gothic cathedral where the gargoyles are blinking at each other; others will recognize the sonorities of a distant melody, a part of the soundtrack of the eighties, as heard by nowadays' ears. This approach is not exclusive of homage (as some of the artists participating to this album are indeed fans of Tuxedomoon) or détournement (the cover of "Queen Christina" by Simon Fisher Turner is a brilliant illustration), but its playful aspect brings it close to a Dada manifesto reminding of the origins of Tuxedomoon.

Free associations of thoughts.
The Cage (Wild Shores): Tom Novembre got himself lost in December; Desire (Les hauts de plafond): Sarabande en bas de l'escalier; Atlantis (Jefferson Lembeye): Rhumba; In the Name of Talent (Norscq): "Where is your drummer ?!"; (Special Treatment for the) Family Man (Scanner): meet The Residents; In a Manner of Speaking (David Fenech): Jonathan knows how to say these things; Fifth Column (Palo Alto & Laurent Pernice): Door of perception; Queen Christina (Simon Fisher Turner): Another World; 59 to 1 (El Tiger Comics Group): comic strip; Seeding the Clouds (Lefdup, Lefdup & Lefdup): would that be in Belgium?; The Stranger (Aka_bondage): The Residents got lost in the jungle; Loneliness (Jacques El): Passage of the comets; Time To Lose (Versari): Wish You Were Here, Winston; Atlantis (Ramuntcho Matta): from the stairway to the cabin (in the sky); No Tears (Deux pingouins): la complainte d'un vieux 78 tours en France; Basso Pomade (Stensil): et quand vint le jour, vide était la vaste plaine; 7 Years (Black Sifichi): Uncle Tommy's wandering; 27 Years in 1 Track (Medley) (Non Finito Orchestra): la Mezcla hilarante.

Isabelle Corbisier

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Reprises : hommage, détournement ou sarabande en bas de l'escalier?

Les albums de reprises sont de nos jours peut-être encore plus en vogue qu'ils ne l'ont jamais été. Souvent, il faut bien le dire, l'exercice se révèle un peu vain, particulièrement lorsqu'il s'agit de l'hommage du fan exprimant son allégeance ou du détournement d'oeuvres rendues à ce point méconnaissables que l'on en vient à se demander pourquoi et comment elles ont bien pu marquer un public ou une époque.
Cet album, composé de reprises du cultissime Tuxedomoon – groupe californien en exil perpétuel depuis le début des années 80 - emprunte une troisième voie, celle du jeu des références que nous baptiserons donc, très logiquement, celle de la sarabande en bas de l'escalier. Le fan averti se perdra en un lieu improbable, sorte de cathédrale gothique où les gargouilles s'adressent des clins d'oeil; d'autres y reconnaîtront les sonorités d'une mélopée lointaine, une part de la bande son des années 80 résonnant aux oreilles d'aujourd'hui. Cette approche n'est pas exclusive de l'hommage (certains des artistes participant à cette compilation sont effectivement des fans de Tuxedomoon) ou du détournement (la reprise de "Queen Christina" par Simon Fisher Turner en est un brillant exemple) mais son aspect ludique l'apparente à un manifeste dada qui fait penser aux origines de Tuxedomoon.

Associations libres.The Cage (Wild Shores) : Tom Novembre s'est perdu en décembre; Desire. (Les hauts de plafond) : Sarabande en bas de l'escalier; Atlantis (Jefferson Lembeye) : Rhumba; In the Name of Talent (Norscq): "Where is your drummer?!"; (Special Treatment for the) Family Man (Scanner) : meet the Residents; In a Manner of Speaking (David Fenech): Jonathan knows how to say these things; Fifth Column (Palo Alto – Laurent Pernice) : Door of perception; Queen Christina (Simon Fisher Turner) : Another World; 59 to 1 (El tiger Comics Group): comic strip; Seeding the Clouds (Lefdup, Lefdup & Lefdup): et si c'était en Belgique?; Stranger (Aka Bondage): the Residents got lost in the jungle; Loneliness (Jacques L): Passage des comètes; Time To Lose (Versari):Wish You Were Here, Winston; Atlantis (Ramuntcho Matta): de l'escalier à la cabane (dans le ciel); No Tears (Deux pingouins): la complainte d'un vieux 78 tours en France; Basso Pomade (Stensil): et quand vint le jour, vide était la vaste plaine; 7 years (Black Sifichi): l'errance de l'oncle Tommy; 27 years in 1 track (medley) (Non Finito Orchestra): la Mezcla hilarante.

Isabelle Corbisier.

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released January 23, 2006

Next to Nothing
A Collection of Tuxedomoon Covers

Optical Sound / OS.016 CD




Credits:
Project and coordination: Philippe Perreaudin / Palo Alto
Mastering: Norscq
Text: Isabelle Corbisier
Sleeve design: Nicolas Ledoux / Labomatic, Paris

Links:
Optical Sound: www.optical-sound.com
Labomatic: www.labomatic.org
Palo Alto: www.rumbatraciens.com/paloalto

Thanks:
A very special thanks to all the musicians involved, to Pierre Belouin, Isabelle Corbisier, Nicolas Ledoux and Jean-Louis Morgère (merci !)
Thank you to: Carlos Becerra, Steven Brown, Marc Hollander, Peter Principle, and Franz Regnot
Hello to: Bruce Geduldig, Blaine L. Reininger, Winston Tong, and Luc van Lieshout

Pour Louise...

Publishing:
1, 8, 13: EMI Music Publishing
2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17: Stricly Confidential
6: Island Music
16: Stricly Confidential / Het Gerucht

The original versions appear on the following Tuxedomoon albums
Desire / No Tears (cboy 3070): songs 2-4-15
Ship of Fools (cboy 6060): 3-14
Half-Mute / Scream with a View (cboy 1040): 5-9-10-12-17
Pinheads on the Move (cboy 5050): 7-11
Divine (cboy 1111): 8
The Ghost Sonata (cboy 1414): 16
Suite en Sous-Sol / Time to Lose / Short Stories (cboy 8081): 1-13
Holy Wars (cboy 2020): 6
All albums available from Cramboy / Crammed Discs : www.crammed.be




1 The Cage Wild Shores1'40
2 Desire Les hauts de plafond 5'55
3 Atlantis Jefferson Lembeye 4'53
4 In the Name of Talent (Italian Western Two) Norscq 3'43
5 (Special Treatment for the) Family Man Scanner 4'35
6 In a Manner of Speaking David Fenech 2'11
7 Fifth Column Palo Alto & Laurent Pernice 5'05
8 Queen Christina Simon Fisher Turner 3'39
9 59 to 1 el TiGeR CoMiCs GRoUP 3'59
10 Seeding the Clouds Lefdup, Lefdup & Lefdup 6'29
11 The Stranger Aka_bondage 4'19
12 Loneliness Jacques El 2'58
13 Time to Lose Versari 4'51
14 Atlantis Ramuntcho Matta 3'20
15 No Tears Deux pingouins 3'42
16 Basso Pomade (Dogs Licking my Heart) Stensil 5'51
17 7 Years Black Sifichi 3'57
18 27 Years in 1 Track (Medley) Non Finito Orchestra 6'39

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