A POPULAR HISTORY OF SIGNS – MELKWEG AMSTERDAM THE NETHERLANDS 1984 FM

Exact date unknown.

Recorded and broadcasted by VPRO Radio for the program Spleen.

Led by singer/bassist/keyboardist Andrew Jarman (vocally something of a David Byrne student), this London quartet drifts between arty synth-dance and lightly played mood music. Using dinky electronic percussion rather than a drummer in the early days, the enigmatic group’s records alternately wax chilly, funky, humorless and clever.Ministry’s Al Jourgensen remixed “Ladder Jack” and “House” for the eponymous American 12-inch, a four-song sampling of the band’s pre-Comrades 45s. Both of those remixes also appear on ‘Taste’, a 1980-’87 singles compilation that presents an absurdly bloodless trashing of Lou Reed’s “Rock&Roll” and adds two previously unreleased items, including an awfully strange cover of John Fogerty’s “Run Through the Jungle.”Fielding a solid five-man lineup, APHOS comes out of the woods on the obviously commercial England in the Raain. Unlike its previous unpredictable self-indulgences, the band now reveals a clear-cut focus: the half-dozen peppy songs are all standard stylish modern dance rock that compares favorably to Wang Chung and that whole post-Ultravox ilk. If Jarman weren’t such a duff singer, these attractively produced tracks might be really appealing.

Setlist

01 Art Of Persuasion
02 Language Of Life
03 Minds In Motion
04 Land Of The Free
05
06 Tidy
07 Body And Soul
08 Lenin

Line up

Peter Scammell – Guitar, keyboards
Andrew Jarman – Vocals, Bass, keyboards
Christeen Isherwood – vocals
Lindsey Smith – Guitar, Keyboards, Drum Programming

Lineage : Cassette > Audacity > CD Wave Editor > FLAC 8

Another one from the box of old tapes !@

ENJOY !

FREDHEADSET

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