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The Worst of Everywhere [2 CDs]

Work, The: The Worst of Everywhere [2 CDs] (Ultragash)

Originally released by Woof Records in 1982 on cassette, this double CD reissues an essential lo-fi document from The Work (Bill Gilonis, Mick Hobbs, Tim Hodgkinson and Rick Wilson) in live performances from gigs and rehearsals assembled in cut-up form, adding new pieces and expanding on others, joined at times by Catherine Jauniaux, Bob Ostertag, Chris Cutler, &c.
 

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UPC: 7899004749366

Label: Ultragash
Catalog ID: UGR-41 - GMP/UGR-03
Squidco Product Code: 32414

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded in 1982, by the artists. Remastered by Jeroen Visser. Originally released in 1982 as a cassette tape on Woof Records with catalog code WOOF 005.


Personnel:

Bill Gilonis-composer, performer

Mick Hobbs-composer, performer

Tim Hodgkinson-composer, performer

Rick Wilson-composer, performer

Catherine Jauniaux-composer, performer

Chris Cutler-composer, performer

Bob Van De Breuve-composer, performer

Bob Ostertag-composer, performer

Jacques Jaminon-composer, performer

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Artist Biographies:

"Bill Gilonis (born 1958) is an English guitarist and composer.

He co-founded the gritty experimental rock group The Work in 1980 with Tim Hodgkinson. The group was active intermittently until 1993, recording four albums and touring extensively, including in Russia, Japan, Finland, Yugoslavia and Switzerland. Gilonis has also worked as a producer, sound engineer and/or musician with (among others): Robert Wyatt, News from Babel (Chris Cutler, Lindsay Cooper, Zeena Parkins, Dagmar Krause), David Thomas, Peter Blegvad, Ut, Lindsay Cooper Film Music Group, Hail and The Hat Shoes (with Catherine Jauniaux, Tom Cora, Charles Hayward, and others). Other projects include: writing and recording the music for Frida Béraud's one-woman theatre piece, Aus den Haaren gezogen; a collaboration with Anja Burse on Wild Thing, an audio-visual installation piece; and a multi-media piece for the Val de Travers exhibition about Absinthe in Neuchatel, Switzerland (with Luigi Archetti, Jeroen Visser and Julien Baillod).

He has been living in Zurich since 1993 where he has mixed and/or produced CDs by Swiss bands such as No Secrets in the Family, The Jellyfish Kiss and Lödig. His most recent recordings have been Zürich-Bamberg (Ad Hoc, 2008), a CD of electroacoustic compositions (together with Canadian composer Chantale Laplante), and Calvary Greetings by the Anglo-Dutch-American band Stepmother (with Lukas Simonis, Jeroen Visser and Dave Kerman) - a reunion of an 80s band that never existed (but should have): twangy guitars, nifty keyboards, zany drumming, vocal histrionics à la The Rutles (well, sort of), lop-sided rhythms, regurgitated spam lyrics.

In 2009, together with Alex Julyan, he published a book "Lost in Translation", on Lost & Found Publishing."

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/180277-Bill-Gilonis)
11/16/2022

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London based Mick Hobbs was a seminal member of the RIO scene in the late ’70s and early 1980s, initially as guitarist in The Work with Bill Gilonis, Rick Wilson and Henry Cow’s Tim Hodgkinson, and after in The Lowest Note, The Lo Yo Yo, and The Momes. He is also associated with This Heat and their Cold Storage studio in Brixton, working with the likes of Flaming Tunes, Family Fodder, Catherine Jauniaux and Zeena Parkins, 1/2 Japanese, Strobe Talbot, &c.

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"Tim Hodgkinson (b. 1949) studied social anthropology at Cambridge, and co-founded the politically and musically radical group HENRY COW with Fred Frith in 1968. In addition to composing, he has a long involvement in improvisation, and came back to anthropology in the 1990's with research into music and shamanism in Siberia.

He has participated in many concerts with Iancu Dumitrescu's Hyperion Ensemble both as bass clarinetist and composer and conductor. His compositions have been interpreted in such international festivals as: Spectrum XXI (Brussels, Paris, Geneva, , Berlin, London), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (U.K.) where he was a featured composer in 2007, Craiova and Ploiesti Festivals (Romania), Guarda Festival (Portugal), Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte di Montepulciano (Italy), Konfrontationen Festival (Austria), Nordlyd Festival (Norway), Musique Action (France) and the European Symposium of Experimental Music at Barcelona.

His Piece for Harp and Cello was selected for the SPNM shortlist in 2005. His composition SHHH was accepted for the IMEB electroacoustic music archive at Bourges in 2006. His piece Fragor appeared in the Martin Scorsese film Shutter Island in 2010. He has worked with Hyperion Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Ne(X)tworks, the Bergersen String Quartet, London Sinfonietta, Insomnio Ensemble, Phoenix Ensemble, Basler Schlagzeug Trio, Nidaros Slagverkensemble, Bindou Ensemble.

As an improvising musician on reeds and lap steel guitar Tim Hodgkinson has performed all over the world with many of the most acclaimed artists in the field, and continues to be fully engaged in the celebrated Konk Pack trio with Roger Turner and Thomas Lehn. In 2009 he released KLARNT - a CD of solo clarinet improvisations.

With Ken Hyder, and Gendos Chamzyryn from Tuva, he works in the K-Space project: numerous tours of Europe and Siberia and CD releases - including INFINITY, a set of recordings that uses customised software to re-compose the music with each listening. In 2009, K-Space developed a sound-installation for the exhibition Shamans of Siberia at the Museum of Ethnology in Stuttgart.

As a writer, he has published articles and reviews on improvised music, musique concrète, spectralism, the ethnomusicology of shamanism, and the aesthetic problems of the impact of new technology on contemporary music - in, amongst others, Perspectives of New Music, Arcana, Contemporary Music Review, Musicworks, The Wire, Cambridge Anthropology, Variant, Rer Quarterly, and Resonance Magazine. His book, MUSIC AND THE MYTH OF WHOLENESS will be published by MIT in January 2016.

He has given lectures, workshops and seminars at Cagliari and Lyon Conservatoires, at the Institute of Contemporary Art, at Goldsmiths College and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, at Istanbul, Edinburgh and Cornell Universities, and art schools in several European countries, at COMA summer school, and at the Verband für Aktuelle Musik in Hamburg where he was artist in residence in 2010."

-Tim Hodgkinson Website (http://www.timhodgkinson.co.uk/information.html)
11/16/2022

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"Born and educated in London, Rick started messing around with drums in his mid-teens whilst recovering from the fall-out of inadequate secondary music teaching. Listening to a wide selection of musics developed a can-do attitude that grew quickly after meeting other like-minded souls. He embarked on a performing career with rock bands including The Work before diversifying his skills and experience with musicians from other traditions, and increasingly linking music with story and other art forms.Initially self-taught on kit, he later studied Chenda temple drumming with Shankaran Marar and V.D.Nair in Kerala, south India; Berber rhythms in the Atlas mountains of Morocco and Brazilian carnival music with Sheda Baba in London.As accompanist for education and performance dance projects, he has worked with Shobana Jeyasingh, T. Oonikrishnan and P.Jayachandran.He has also been a tutor for WOMAD and Glyndebourne and spent many years working throughout the UK with Common Lore Storytellers and Musicians, as both performer and teacher.In 1999 Rick completed a degree (2:1) in Music Studies at SOAS in London. With regular collaborator Helen East, he has visited schools at all levels, teachers' centres, theatres, conferences and festivals in the UK and worked in Australia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South America, Singapore and Portugal, often under the aegis of the British Council.Rick not only performs and teaches but composes, designs soundscapes and installations and runs music sessions as psychiatric therapy."-Rick Wilson Website (https://www.eastorywilsound.co.uk/who-we-are/rick/)
11/16/2022

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"Catherine Jauniaux is a Belgian avant-garde singer. She has been described as a "one-woman-orchestra", a "human sampler", and "one of the best kept secrets in the world of improvised music". Her solo album, Fluvial (1983) is regarded as one of her most accomplished works. She was married to the late American experimental cellist and composer Tom Cora.

Catherine Jauniaux began her career as an actress in Belgium at the age of 15. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, she sang with several experimental rock groups, including Aksak Maboul and The Work. In 1983 she teamed up with The Work's Tim Hodgkinson (ex-Henry Cow) in London to record her first solo album, Fluvial. Jauniaux and Hodgkinson wrote most of the tracks for the album, which are "imagined folk songs" that include elements of "contemporary art song, African singing, Native American legends, and alien nursery rhymes". The album centres on Jauniaux's voice with additional instrumentation by Hodgkinson, Bill Gilonis (The Work), Lindsay Cooper (ex-Henry Cow) and Georgie Born (ex-Henry Cow). AllMusic rated the album as "highly recommended, especially to fans of unusual female vocal art."

In the early 1990s, Jauniaux moved to New York City, where she became part of the Downtown music scene, performing with a number of musicians, including Fred Frith, Tom Cora, Marc Ribot, Zeena Parkins, Butch Morris and Ikue Mori. Jauniaux founded the duo Vibraslaps with Ikue Mori and later married Tom Cora. In 1995 Jauniaux and Cora moved to Southern France where she continued performing with various European musicians, including Louis Sclavis, Heiner Goebbels, Otomo Yoshihide and Christian Marclay. Cora died in 1998.

Jauniaux works regularly with artists in the field of dance and film, and sang in Heiner Goebbels's opera, Roemische Hunde in Frankfurt in 1991. She is inspired by traditional music, both real and imagined, and her performances mix seriousness and humour. She explores sound, emotion, melody and abstraction, and her vocal improvisations range from "traditional French chansons to breathy folk to Dadaistic glossolalia"."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_Jauniaux)
11/16/2022

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"Chris Cutler started messing about with banjo, guitar and trumpet at school, settling for drums and playing shadows and other instrumental covers in his first band in 1963. Subsequently he played in R'n'B and Soul Bands, winding up in 1967 playing in London's psychedelic clubs. At the start of the seventies, with Dave Stewart, he co-founded The Ottawa Music Co, a 22 piece Rock composer's orchestra, eventually joining British experimental group Henry Cow with whom he toured, recorded and worked in dance and theatre projects until it's demise in 1978. In 1977 Henry Cow, The Mike Westbrook Orchestra and Frankie Armstrong formed a big-band and toured around Europe. After Henry Cow, Cutler went on to co-found a series of mixed national groups Art Bears, News from Babel, Cassiber, The (ec) Nudes, P53 and The Science Group. He was a permanent member of American bands Pere Ubu, Hail and The Wooden Birds and now works sporadically with John Rose, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Iancu Dumitrescu, Peter Blegvad and Stevan Tickmayer.

Other lasting collaborations have included Aqsak Maboul (Belgium), Lussier/Derome and Les Quatre Guitaristes (Canada), The Kalahari Surfers (Africa), Perfect Trouble (Germany), Between (Sweden), N.O.R.M.A., (Italy), Telectu (Portugal), Mieku Shimuzu (Japan),The Hyperion Ensemble (Romania), The Film Music Orchestra, 'Oh Moscow', Gong, The Work and Towering Inferno (UK), The Residents (USA), and stateless Tense Serenity and Mirror Man. There have also been countless improvisational groupings and solo performances. Recent projects include Radio pieces with Lutz Glandien and Shelly Hirsch, Live Soundtrack for Carl Dreher's Vampyr (with Italians Musci and Venosta), his Timescales project and work with David Thomas and Linda Thompson.

He also founded and runs the independent label and distribution service ReR/Recommended and, until 1991, the East European specialist label Points East. He is editor of the New Music magazine Unfiled and author of the theoretical book File Under Popular as well as of numerous articles and papers published in 14 languages. He lectures intermittently on theoretical and music related topics. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings."

-Chris Cutler Website (http://www.ccutler.com/)
11/16/2022

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"Robert "Bob" Ostertag (born April 19, 1957 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States) is an experimental sound artist, political activist and writer based in San Francisco. He has written three books, collaborated with a number of musicians, and has released twelve solo albums.

Fred Frith called Ostertag his "guru", and Robert Fripp once described him as "the only guy on synthesizer who interests me"."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Ostertag)
11/16/2022

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track listing:


CD1



1. Why Should The Suez Canal Have All The Fun? 6:09

2. By The Sound of Machine Hearts 5:59

3. Package Holiday in Slime 7:00

4. Beverly Hills on Acid 3:36

5. Regional Burn Event 6:22

6. The Kipple at Quagga's Kop 3:32

7. Happily Leaving 2:21

8. Mermaid Parade 2:53

9. A Gun, A Blanket, A Kettle 2:43

10. The Slums of Paradise 7:41

CD2



1. Cuba Libre at Sunrise 7:44

2. Breasting Kamchatka 4:33

3. It's A Hard Road To Neom 4:02

4. There's A Lion in My Car 7:48

5. Boondock Spin 8:22

6. Front-end Caboose 5:10

7. Topless Atoll 6:06

8. When I Close My Eyes It's You I See 4:31

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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Originally released as a C90 cassette in 1982, the music on this double CD uses low-fi recordings as they happened at gigs or in rehearsal and throws them together in cut-up and reassembled form to bring out their hidden beauty. No overdubs, but lots of 'edits' with the red button on the cassette machine.

Like in dreams, the characters of many events are confused. The Work are Bill Gilonis, Mick Hobbs, Tim Hodgkinson and Rick Wilson, sometimes with Catherine Jauniaux; live mixing is mostly by Maggie Thomas, but some by Peter Bullen. You will also hear: Chris Cutler, Bob Vanderbob, Bob Ostertag and Jacques Jaminon - who did the worst announcement.

The beginning of disc 2 is really The Woof, a special project for the Reims RIO festival in 1981, with both Chris and Rick drumming, Bob Vanderbob on alto and some rhythm guitar, and Catherine singing of course - she does the high frequency glossolalia scattered throughout the tapes, and some alto sax corners.

The radio-like bit also on disc 2 is from an improvisation recorded in the front room when Bob Ostertag visited London with his home-built synthesizer. All this was recorded from April '80 to March '82, in the UK, Belgium, France, Finland, Germany, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Yugoslavia; deepest thanks to all our friends in these countries who gave bits of their lives to make this possible.

All songs are by The Work or its members and are copyright protected. Exceptions are an unknown fragment of Belgian disco, for which apologies, and a quotation from 'Kisses' by Wilson/Fodder. Recordings originally compiled by TH, with notes and cover by us. This release is not intended as a concert recording or a documentation of what we were like doing a gig. It is made from cut-up cassette recordings with lots of tape hiss, distortion, clicks, peculiar balances, obscure vocals and general low-fi. Two documentary recordings by the group that are currently available are the Live in Japan CD (which has Amos and Chris instead of Mick and Rick) and The 4th World CD - both available from ReR Megacorp."-Tim Hodgkinson

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