“The band relocated to London in June 1991 when Harvey applied to study sculpture at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, still undecided as to her future career. During this time, the band recorded a set of demo recordings and distributed them to record labels. Independent label Too Pure agreed to release the band’s debut single “Dress” in October 1991, and later signed PJ Harvey. “Dress” received mass critical acclaim upon its release and was voted Single of the Week in Melody Maker by guest reviewer John Peel, who admired “the way Polly Jean seems crushed by the weight of her own songs and arrangements, as if the air is literally being sucked out of them … admirable if not always enjoyable.” However, Too Pure provided little promotion for the single and critics claim that “Melody Maker had more to do with the success of the “Dress” single than Too Pure Records.” A week after its release, the band recorded a live radio session for Peel on BBC Radio 1 on 29 October featuring “Oh, My Lover”, “Victory”, “Sheela-Na-Gig” and “Water”.”
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Just been introducing the younger folk at work to some old school claymation, the work of the mighty Bruce Bickford.
“Bickford was a Vietnam veteran whose love for animation sprung out his crude home movies. His earliest experiments involved toy cars, but a need to populate these rough little films led to the creation of tiny clay figures. Soon enough he was letting his imagination spill out with strange, ever-morphing stream of consciousness tales that seemed to revolve around demons and animal heads, hamburgers and pizzas, treacherous landscapes and excessive violence – “danger and weirdness”, in Bickford’s own words. Audiences were given an early taste when The Old Grey Whistle Test aired a portion of ‘City Of Tiny Lights’ with animated accompaniment in 1979. Baby Snakes made its debut during the Christmas of that year, containing more examples and a peak of behind-the-scenes amidst the concert footage.”
Can’t stop listening to this.
Great animation too.
Directed and Animated by Chad VanGaalen
“Nothing surprises me much
And my hobbies include laughing in the dark
Do you wanna go to the farm? Do you wanna go to the park?
I’ll get you ice cream if you give me your card
Nothing impresses me much
I’ve got a great attitude and a map to the stars
I got your number from that sign in the lawn
I also want to vanquish evil but my mojo is gone
(I want you)
C’mon, I bet you know most of my friends
They’re some real exclusive dudes from just around the bend
They’re playing demos. Oh, they’re wearing Dries
I can escort you down the runway I just joined the police
Just right now
So you wanna be a grifter like me?
Are you hearing impaired with your own URL?
I’m the second coming, I’m the last to know,
I didn’t get invited but I know where to go”
“Our goal is to create artwork inspired by an expedition to the Amazon rainforest in order to highlight issues related to deforestation.”
This is incredible.