Sunday, January 30, 2011

Geoffrey Landers
"The Ever Decimal Pulse"

I found this at my favorite local record store the other day, in the stack of records on the floor pulled from the used new arrivals bin, yet still waiting to be filed. It looked interesting, and how can you beat a $3 price tag? From the looks of it, I was guessing some primitive synthwave kinda thing, judging by the artwork and date (1982). Surprise, surprise; I was right! On top of that, it turned out to be a pretty darn great record.

After dutifully spinning and absorbing side one, I flipped it over to side two. The first song featured a guest vocalist who sounded very familiar. As soon as I got off the potty (TMI!), I went and checked the credits and confirmed my suspicions: it was Suzanne Lewis! I've been a fan of her pipes and music since around 1983 or '84, when I first heard her band Corpses as Bedmates (yes, they will be featured here at some point). I looked again at the record label name, and it all fell into place, potentially. See, Corpses as Bedmates released two cassette albums on Cow-Op Industries, and this here LP is on Cauhaus Records, which looks to me as though it would be pronounced Cow House. Coincidence? Or proof of ancient alien visitation?

I also noticed that Bob Drake guests on this track, and others. He is best known as a founding member of Thinking Plague, for whom Suzanne also sang. He was also part of Corpses as Bedmates, in fact.

From the research I've done, I've been able to find out precious little about Geoffrey Landers, other than he released a couple other records around the same time, and I now officially need them.

2 biased opinions:

Anonymous said...

very thought after record...

Biki said...

umm no......way, way to repetitive for me.