Sunday, 19 May 2019

Texas Instruments - Trial & Error 7" 1985

Texas Instruments were a short-lived band from Gothenburg, Sweden. Most of the musicians played in a variety of other local bands. Johan Söderberg and Zbigniew Karkowski were trained academic musicians exploring various ways of making music, mostly by doing some crazy stuff. Jean-Louis Hutha also bashed stuff together in legendary group Cortex. I don't know anything about the fourth member Carin Westman. This single is their only release with some nice blendings of post punk and industrial.


Wednesday, 15 May 2019

AD - AD LP 1984

What can I say about one of the best records ever? Unfortunately I don't know much about the band at all. They released three records and changed line-up a couple of times. Some years ago they reformed and released some CDs but I haven't heard those records. This is their first and best album, where I can hear a lot of influences from Birthday Party. It's like a Finnish version of Nick Cave's gang drunk on heavy liquor instead of heroin. Do not miss this.


Monday, 13 May 2019

Cockpit Music - Salute For General Wasteland LP 1983

This is the third album from those loveable, crazy jazz-danes. Cockpit music was and is hard to describe. There's elements of world music, jazz (off course), punk (small traces) and good old experimentation for the heck of it. I suppose they had a very organized idea of how they wanted to sound. I had a hard time separating the tracks - so it's just side A and side B.


Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Moral - Hymn 7" 1987

Second and last release for Swedish gothic post punk band Moral. They still got that dark, manic sound but still manages to write a hit on the a-side. As I said before this is highly recommended stuff! After this the band split up and I think some of the members later played in a band called Laser Jesus.


Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Moral - Karneval LP 1986

Moral had their roots in Karlskrona, Sweden, but later moved to Stockholm where they played most underground venues. Soon it was time for their debut release: Karneval. Released on Lennart Ökvists Parabellum Records. Parabellum were one of the best labels in Sweden at this time and released loads of great, darker music. This masterpiece have all the attributes of a great and dark post punk band. There's howling, anguished vocals and black lyrics to match. There's great rhythm work from the drums and bass annd shrapnel guitars. This is one of my absolute favorite Swedish records and I would be glad if it could get the recognition it so badly deserves. Do not miss this one!


Monday, 6 May 2019

Ragnar Hare - Barn Till Himlen 12" 1986

I read somewhere that the band named themselves after the phrase "you think you've got it, but Ragnar's got it" which in Swedish translates to "du tror du har'e men Ragnar har'e" and the band got their name. I can't find that site when i browse the net now, though. This was Ragnar Hare's last release. Recorded in Sweden and still sung in that nice, charming "finlandssvenska" (finnish-swedish). I believe they made a video of the song-that-should-have-been-a-hit on this record: "Sven minns ingenting". Look for it on youtube. Also, look at that cover! Fantastic!


Sunday, 5 May 2019

Bizarre Orkeztra - Hunger For Pleasures LP 1988

For this, their third and last LP, the band seems to have aimed for a much more synthetic sounds. There's lots of that late eighties feel, sometimes bordering on the Depeche Mode-side of things. We also get a new version of the hit "Midnight show". After this album they released another single and then disbanded.