Monday, 20 October 2014

Rig Veeda & The Twins - The Tale of the Man With The Toothpaste Head (LP 1986)

 
 
 
Trawling through the extensive and comprehensive Cale archives over the windy weekend, I stumbled upon this here cult classic curio.  Despite the name giving the impression of a mystic frontman backed by identical siblings, they were in fact two different groups: The Twins featured Paul Rixon from The McTells and Bi-Joopiter co-founder Gillian Elam; Rig Veeda were the aforementioned duo accompanied by the surname-secretive David and Lesley.
 
No mere McTells side project(s) for rejected ideas in the group proper, Rig Veeda issued their debut cassette on Bi-Joopiter as far back as 1983. The Twins issued to two cassette-only albums - A Banana Fish On The Moon and Boy Saves Hedgehog - in 1986 and '87 respectively. In between those releases this vinyl album came out on Illusion Production, a French label with a roster that included The Legendary Pink Dots and DDAA, and whose sporadic releases continue to this day.
 
The McTells performed at the C86 Launch Party in London back in June, and with that ongoing revival largely being documented by Cherry Red, it is tempting to fantasise about a Bi-Joopiter back catalogue box set materialising in physical form(at) one day in the not too distant future.
 
Until then, give this album a virtual spin and marvel at more innocent times when lo-fi was being created before the genre was indelibly tagged.
 
 
  
 
 
Dance With A Fish
Man In Green
Brother Be
Man With The Toothpaste Head
Down
Trapeze
Fuisha
Hundred Hollow Horses
Here/Come Again
Never Seen That Girl Before
Richard Said
Red
I'm All Messed Up
Capa Milo
Into The Dark
Nails
A Wet Night In Brighton
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


3 comments:

  1. Never heard this before, cheers.

    You're spot-on with regard to Bi-Joopiter - a box-set would be a terrific idea, there's so much of their stuff I never managed to track down & now it's all gone forever. Sort it out Cherry Red! ;)

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    1. I used to have the Banana Fish cassette, but it's been lost to the mists of time, alas.

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  2. I've got a couple of Bi-J 7"s left, plus rips of a couple of their tapes, but that's all.

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