…and following on from the previous post, here’s a recently provided scan from Holly of a (now defunct) Sounds magazine (four star!) review of the vinyl LP, Waqqaz, by Crawling Chaos, back in June 1986, when I was in France.
Quoting Dave Henderson;
THE CRAWLING CHAOS ‘Waqqaz’ (Foetus Products F4) ****
AND CHAOS came back again. Former Factory workers ex-eccentrics from the wild North East, The Crawling Chaos are still alive, being driven barmy by the ineptitude of their drum machine and turning in classic songs.
It’s a bumpy unpredictable road between the simple worlds of Der Plan, Throbbing Gristle, the Dr Who theme and the primal Factory sound, but all and sundry were fed into the Chaos cut price computer. The result coughs and splutters with a truly odd musical catarrh.
Of course, in this case, the worst possible thing for me, is being on the same page as a Genesis review…
Let’s make one thing clear; I like this tune. I bought it after one ‘part’ hearing from memory when it was released. As it turned out, it’s the only track on the ‘influential’ LP ‘Angel Dust’ that I actually did like…
It popped in my head today so I’ve fished out this video from YouTube. I didn’t know there was a video. What do I know?
The guy has a cracking voice, the bass drums are superb, the guitars are harmonious and the tune is powerful yet meaningless apart from Everything’s Ruined. Just like Classical music, the meaning of the song is in the juxtaposition of the notes and their relative tone and loudness. The actual words could all be laahs and aahhs, it’d be just as powerful. (I’m having this trouble currently with a track of my own, just three chords Emaj, Cmaj & Gmaj. All words seem trash against it but the tune I sing is majestic! It starts off like Arnold Lane.)
The video matches this sentimentality exactly. It’s a laugh. It’s daft, cheap and nasty. It’s got no point.
A quick merge of video and a vinyl rip of some Crawling Chaos music as an experiment. The clicks etc have been emphasised and the equalisation of the track has also been altered to emphasize the monochrome nature of violent history. ‘Enjoy’ is probably an inappropriate word. All pictures taken from the web. (SP)
Oh I tripped down the street in my fashion,
Arousing Ladies passion,
But they misunderstand my eyes,
They don’t know that I’m just after their guys.
The instrumental and vocal bit after the verse above is the best bit. It’s a controlled use of harmonies and echo which unfortunately is buried towards the end so if you flip off before the end you’ll miss it. This would be unfortunate as it’s one of my favourite ‘sounds’ of all time and is something that I’ve tried to emulate many times. The bass playing subconciously sets off the root notes in your ear which aren’t necessarily the chords being played and sung, especially during the slow guitar solo (after 7:00 & 8:10 and elsewhere). Keeping a handle on multiple echoes is a really hard studio and playing trick to get right.
This is so right.
The whole first side of the “Kings of Oblivion” LP that this comes from (this is track two of three) is perfectly put together. The Pinks never bettered this IMHO and it was all due to heart attack Larry Wallis. He’s the addition that made the difference from their other output in reality. “Uncle Harry’s Last Freakout” off ‘Never,NeverLand’ is the only other track that’s close. Some of their stuff over the years was frankly appalling as recordings, I can’t vouch for live which is a different beast in my book.
There’s also a Bowie and Iggy Pop connection to this. The LP title is pulled from a Bowie line off Hunk Dory and when Iggy & James Williamson got together to do Raw Power (produced by Bowie), they came to London to use the Pink’s rhythm section. It didn’t pan out so the Ashetons were hired again and dragged across to London. The rest is history.
Ron Asheton and most of the Pink Fairies and Stooges are dead. Wallis has heart trouble or something, Iggy recently advertised car insurance on telly, Bowie is like a grand dame of the theatre now when he’s wheeled out for chat shows and Williamson is an IT professional in charge of Technical Standards for Sony USA.
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