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Officer!: Bandagen (Klanggalerie)

After The Work and his involvement with This Heat, guitarist Mick Hobbs formed Officer!, a shape-shifting RIO band that presented Hobb's unique, amusing and incisive songs, releasing three proper albums and, in 1989, a cassette on the Swiss label No Records that is here reissued, half of the album written for a stage play called Bandagen by Grazia Pergoletti.
 

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UPC: 5052571201527

Label: Klanggalerie
Catalog ID: GG362
Squidco Product Code: 33305

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Austria
Packaging: Digipack
Engineered by Richard Whittaker, James Cunningham and Paul Hussey.


Personnel:



Andre Schmid-clarinet

Mick Hobbs-performer

Andy Wake-performer

Rut Schwegler-performer

Tim Hodgkinson-performer

Chrigou-violin

Grazia Pergoletti-vocals

Joey Stack-vocals


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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Officer! was founded by Londoner Mick Hobbs. His roots were in the Rock In Opposition scene of the late 70s and early 80s. Initially he worked as guitarist in The Work, subsequently he became closely associated with This Heat and their Cold Storage Studio in Brixton, working with artists like Family Fodder, Catherine Jauniaux or Zeena Parkins.

The band's first album 8 New Songs By Mick Hobbs came out in 1982 on casette only. It was followed by the second album, Ossification. The third album, Cough was recorded and released in France in 1985. It is often overlooked in the band's discography, a fate that many cassette releases share. 8 New Songs By Mick Hobbs and Cough have been collected to form the CD Earlier Music, which was also made available again by Klanggalerie.

Bandagen was originally released as a cassette in 1989 by Swiss label No Records. Half of the music was written for a stage play called Bandagen by Grazia Pergoletti, the other half was originally released as music by Mick Hobbs."-Klanggalerie


Artist Biographies

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.

-Squidco 9/20/2023

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Andy Wake is a UK drummer, percussionist, bassist and vocalist known for the Rock in Opposition related bands Unrest Work & Play and The Momes.

-Squidco 9/20/2023

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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)
9/20/2023

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Joey Stack, aka Jo Benjafield, is a vocalist, keyboard and bass player, known for the groups Officer! and The Lo Yo Yo.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/913088-Joey-Stack)
9/20/2023

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Track Listing:



1. Good Cement 2:32

2. Plan For Peace 3:17

3. My Song About My Head 5:45

4. Hunter 3:09

5. I Did Something Wrong 2:58

6. Good Citizen's Car 4:50

7. Undovetailing 0:51

8. Heartwood 2:20

9. Kindliche Kleidung 1:40

10. Spewing 1:32

11. Jasminduft 2:38

12. Inflation 3:29

13. Ballacodep 2:48

14. Deflated 2:10

15. Happy Days, Lonely Nights 1:43

16. Arbeitstitel 4:36

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