July 30, 2008 Playlist


"Mainstream" by Quiet Sun (1975)
Quiet Sun  "Mainstream"  1975 (UK)
Back at the end of the 1960's, Phil Manzanera played guitar in a band called Quiet Sun, who never released any records.  Then Manzanera hooked up with Brian Ferry in the outrageous camp/art/glam/trash band Roxy Music, which also originally included a weird elfin fellow known simply as "Eno" on synthesizers.  By 1975 (Brian) Eno had established himself as a solo artist of note, and Manzanera was also ready to branch out.  So the original line up of Quiet Sun reunited with Eno behind the boards and they finally put out their first and only album, a delightful prog-psych throwback which sounds like little else being recorded in 1975.  At about the same time, Manzanera also released his solo debut Diamond Head (also producted by Eno) which is as forward-looking as Mainstream is out of time (you can hear early whispers of what Eno would do a few years later as producer for Talking Heads and U2.)  And in 1976, Phil & Brian also formed the nucleas of art-prog supergroup "801"  (including former members of Matching Mole and Curved Air!) who played three concerts and released one album, 801 Live -- this group's repetoire consisted mainly of tunes from Mainstream, Diamond Head and Eno's solo albums (plus weird covers of the Kinks and Beatles.)
For this week's video clips, first here's Phil Manzanera playing the title track from his solo album "Diamond Head" live.  And here's two clips of Manzanera and Brian Eno back in the days when both of them were members of Roxy Music:  "Remake/Remodel" and "Ladytron".
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year (label) Country
The Velvet Underground Rock And Roll (live) Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed 1969 rec. 1969 USA
Plan 9 Looking At You (MC5 / live) I've Just Killed A Man I Don't Want To See Any Meat 1985 USA
MC5 Kick Out The Jams /
   Empty Heart (Rolling Stones)
Thunder Express rec. 1972 USA
Iggy Pop & James Williamson ("The Stooges") Consolation Prizes Kill City 1975 USA
The Kicking Machine Nude With Boots (N) 2008 (Ipecac) USA
Melvins Skin Horse Stag 1996 USA
Melvins AMAZON The Maggot 1999 USA
Melvins Boris Bullhead 1991 USA
Boris with Michio Kurihara Rafflesia Rainbow 2007 Japan
Quiet Sun Sol Caliente Mainstream
1975 UK
Quiet Sun Trot Mainstream
1975 UK
Phil Manzanera Frontera Diamond Head 1975 UK
801 TNK (Tomorrow Never Knows) (Beatles / live) 801 Live 1976 UK
Fred Wesley & the J.B.'s Blow Your Head Damn Right I Am Somebody 1974 USA
Herbie Hancock Lil' Brother Fat Albert Rotunda 1970 USA
Stevie Wonder Big Brother Talking Book 1972 USA
Various Artists
It's About That Time (Miles Davis) Miles From India (N) 2008 (Times Square) USA/India
Miles Davis Trevere Bitches Brew Sessions rec. 1970 USA
The Rick Ray Band Awake From Reality Violence Marred By Peace (N) 2008 (Neurosis) USA
The 13th Floor Elevators Livin' On Bull Of The Woods 1968 USA
The Chocolate Watchband Gone And Passes By No Way Out 1967 USA
The Blues Magoos Chicken Wire Lady Basic Blues Magoos 1968 USA
Strawberry Alarm Clock Black Butter
  part 1 - Past
  part 2 - Present
  part 3 - Future
Wake Up . . . It's Tomorrow 1968 USA
The Lemon Pipers Through With You Green Tambourine 1967 USA
Dragonfly Miles Away Dragonfly 1970 USA
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band Tracy Had A Hard Day Sunday Vol. 2: Breaking Through 1967 USA
The Jarvis Street Revue Sally's Hymn Mr. Oil Man 1970 Canada
Earthling Society
God In The Mushroom myspace.com site (N) 2008 (self release) UK
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