Enthält die Alben:
Half-Mute; Desire; Holy Wars; Ship Of Fools; You; The Ghost Sonata; Cabin In The Sky; Bardo Hotel (Soundtrack); Vapour Trails; Appendix (bonus LP with unreleased material)
Man muss die Feste feiern, wie sie fallen. Zum 38. Jahrestag der Bandgründung bringt Tuxedomoon ein
aufwändig gestaltetes Boxset mit zehn Langspielplatten heraus. Bei neun der LPs handelt es sich um Original-
Studioalben der Band, vom 1980 veröffentlichten »Half-Mute« über »You« von 1987 bis zu »Vapour Trails« aus
2014. Was die Analogfraktion besonders freuen dürfte: Drei der Alben sind noch nie zuvor auf Vinyl
erschienen. Bei der letzten Platte im Bunde, die unter dem Titel »Appendix« firmiert, handelt es sich um eine
Bonus-Zusammenstellung mit bislang unveröffentlichtem Material. Ergänzt wird die Box durch ein 28-seitiges
Buch im 12’’-Format. Darin enthalten sind Beiträge der einzelnen Bandmitglieder, Lyrics, Credits und Fotos
aus der langen Bandgeschichte. Ebenfalls finden sich in der Box ein 60 x 60 cm großes Poster sowie ein
Download-Code für alle zehn Alben. Attraktives Schmankerl für Sammler: Die ersten 300 Exemplare sind nummeriert!
To celebrate the band's 38th anniversary (why stick to round figures?), here's is an elaborate, luxurious, bountiful, 10-vinyl artefact. It contains the band's main 9 studio albums (three of which have never appeared on vinyl before), and an album entirely consisting of previously- unreleased tracks, entitled »Appendix«. Plus a 28-page 12''-sized book with original notes by the band members -who reminisce about the recording of these albums- as well all the lyrics & credits, and a single code for downloading the content of the ten albums.
An abridged history of Tuxedomoon
Born in 1977, in the electronic music lab of San Francisco City
College, Tuxedomoon have kept rising phoenix-like from their own
ashes on more than one occasion, continuing to reinvent themselves
and defy classification, and avoiding many of the pitfalls usually
associated with success and longevity.
In the late ’70s / early ’80s, Tuxedomoon played a central part in San
Francisco's post-punk golden age and New York's No Wave scene,
as documented for example by the Downtown 81 film, in which they
appear alongside Jean Michel Basquiat, Blondie, James Chance,
DNA and more. No Tears, their 2nd single, has remained an electropunk
club classic to this day.
The band went on to sign to The Residents' Ralph Records in 1979,
and released two seminal albums (Half Mute and Desire) which
soon got them overseas exposure, and established them as one of
the leading avant-garde pop bands.
Fleeing Reagan's America, Tuxedomoon moved to Europe in the
early ’80s, and stayed there throughout the decade. Although their
ability to crystallize a certain dark and romantic zeitgeist quickly
turned them into one of the most influential bands around, their
music transcended all genres and included impossibly wide
parameters –rock, electronics, minimal music, classical, jazz,
Gypsy music and pop were all simultaneously consumed and
transmutated into a quasi-prescient blend.
After releasing a string of albums on CramBoy (the imprint they set
up with Brussels-based label Crammed Discs), the band stopped
recording together in 1988, and the various members pursued solo
careers, becoming as disparate geographically as sonically, with
Steven Brown living in Mexico, Peter Principle in New York, Blaine
Reininger in Greece, Dutch trumpet player Luc Van Lieshout (who
had joined the band in ’85) in Brussels, and visual artist / vocalist
Bruce Geduldig (who has been an integral part of the band since
the Desire album) in California.
Tuxedomoon got back together since 2003 to write and record the
awesome Cabin In The Sky, Bardo Hotel Soundtrack and Vapour
Trails albums, which found them in absolute top form. These albums
were warmly welcomed, and a wildly eclectic array of references
sprang from the pens of reviewers trying to describe the band's
music (Charles Ives, Radiohead, Philip Glass, Miles Davis, German
electronica, Tom Waits, John Cage, Kurt Weill, Tortoise, Can…).
Which confims the fact that Tuxedomoon were never connected to
a particular period: they had become ’80s cult figures simply because
that's the period in which they happened to develop and rise
to fame… but the band have always been evolving in their own space,
and their music is as relevant and fresh today as it was then.
Alongside The Vinyl Box, this autumn sees the release of Blue Velvet
Revisited, the original soundtrack music written by Tuxedomoon with
UK band Cult With No Name for Peter Braatz's documentary about
the shooting of David Lynch's classic film.
»Die großen Avantgardisten der amerikanischen New-Wave-Bewegung widmen ihrer Geschichte ein Boxset.« (MINT, Januar 2016)