Album Review

Bourbonese Qualk – “1983-1987” – [Mannequin Records]

Naysayer   7/1/2015   12-inch, A Library

In the finite world of music and music genres there seems to be an infinite number of releases and rereleases being put out. This is a good thing especially when something like this Bourbonese Qualk release gets issued. Hailing from England, based in London, existing from 1979 to 2003. Anarchists fighting the good fight against Maggot Thatcher and capitalism. Taking control of their own music by having their own space,the somewhat notorious Ambulance Station for recording and what not. Having their own labels and releasing their music under their control. Using a TEAC 4 Trac originally owned by Throbbing Gristle, then given to SPK, then Nocturnal Emissions and finally ending up in the hands of BQ (I like this part), BQ definitely have their street cred. The overview on the back of the Mannequin release is thorough and should be looked at for their full history. Mannequin Records pulled songs from five albums between 1983 and 1986 when BQ was the trio of Simon Crab, Julian Gilbert and Steven Tanza. The selections tend more toward the electronic synth beat driven side of their output. It’s like early Cabaret Voltaire, though they may not like the comparison. Often electronic beat driven, with some squelch, distorted vocals (at times) either due to manipulation or poor recording, it all works. The industrial synth sound. Political lyrics that are as relevant today and forever, unfortunately. These guys weren’t afraid to shove it in your face and down your throat. They lived what they preached. These are essential recordings in the history of experimental music from the 80’s, and they still sound strong today. Pop it on. Dance around. Raise Your Fist!

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