Because if there's one here I can't find it. Said because events have prompted me to think of Robot World for the first time in a long while -- my previous thoughts generally hold true.
― Ned Raggett, Saturday, 14 July 2007 02:35 (5 years ago) Permalink
I listened to Robot World a lot when it came out. May have to dig it out as I've been in a monolithic guitar phase lately and 18th Dye are still finishing up their reunion album (and I've been overdoing Band of Susans). Will have to go through the boxes in my basement, but I'm pretty sure I owned everything from Robot on, so am disturbed that I can't remember much about these.
― dlp9001, Saturday, 14 July 2007 13:59 (5 years ago) Permalink
Robot World rules - as original as 'ok computer' in a lot of ways and out four years before hand. The guitar just kills. I have a soft spot for Vortura and Wammo too.
― BlackIronPrison, Saturday, 14 July 2007 15:18 (5 years ago) Permalink
The Gordons first EP and album is simply numbing in both it's wall-o-guitars as well as vocal delivery. Their second album, never released on CD, is not nearly as good but it's been so long since I heard it I can't even remember it. The first EP and two albums from Bailter Space continue the barrage but somehow add melodic elements that make it less noisy. _The Aim_ is possibly their finest hour, 4 perfect dirty, messed-up pop songs. But starting with _Robot World_ they toned down the ugly bits and I lost interest. There are good bits on all subsequent albums but they never held together for me like their material from 88-92.
― Mr. Odd, Sunday, 15 July 2007 04:52 (5 years ago) Permalink
I'm listening to Solar 3 now (1998), and I' surprised at how good it is. I get the feeling a lot of people lost interest after their Thermos / Robot World peak in the late 80s / early 90s, but this is really quite something. Punishing and pretty in equal measures. Less treated vocals, and more rhythmic experimentation than, say, Wammo. Anyone else heard it?
― paulhw, Friday, 18 April 2008 22:03 (5 years ago) Permalink
I know I have -- did I write the AMG review, I wonder. Was thinking about them last night, serendipity!
"BE on time..."
Still kicking it as well:
And a slew of old and some new videos here:
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 18 April 2008 22:08 (5 years ago) Permalink
Thanks Ned. Will check this out! Did you ever see them live, btw?
― paulhw, Friday, 18 April 2008 22:11 (5 years ago) Permalink
Slightly off topic.
Have you heard Monsterland's version of the Bailter Space song 'Fish Eye'?
Worth seeking out. It has a 'gaze' vibe. The guitar is sublime.
― Fer Ark, Friday, 18 April 2008 22:18 (5 years ago) Permalink
Never caught them live, alas.
Don't know about this Monsterland cover! Will investigate.
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 18 April 2008 22:21 (5 years ago) Permalink
Monsterland not represented on here.
I liked them a lot. Certainly had *that* guitar sound going off. Yeah that one. Honest!
― Fer Ark, Friday, 18 April 2008 22:42 (5 years ago) Permalink
Wasn't there a funkmetal band that covered "Adults & Children"?
I swear St3v13 sent me an mp3 of this! (as well as a pop-punk cover of Verlaines' "Death & The Maiden" and a glam pop metal cover of The Chills' "I Love My Leather Jacket")
― Mackro Mackro, Friday, 18 April 2008 22:45 (5 years ago) Permalink
Hahah, fine songs all which I listened to last night. Flying Nun retakes over the world starting...now.
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 18 April 2008 22:46 (5 years ago) Permalink
Hey Br14n - haha, yeah, it was Pumpkinhead. I'll re-up them for people's, uh, "edification".
― etc, Saturday, 19 April 2008 04:22 (5 years ago) Permalink
Pumpkinhead - Adults & Children (Gordons cover)
― etc, Saturday, 19 April 2008 05:04 (5 years ago) Permalink
... eh, why not?
Elemeno P - Death & the Maiden (Verlaines cover)
Push Push - I Love My Leather Jacket (Chills cover)
― etc, Saturday, 19 April 2008 05:42 (5 years ago) Permalink
bailter space were the mightiest live band around in the early 90s, watching john halvorsen rip his guitar or bass to shreads while alistair parker just stayed kinda cool the entire time was fantastic. they were almost efficient, i remember seeing them in dc, talked to alistair while the ropers played and he was so calm and collected then they went on stage and blew everything up. so awesome. vortura was the peak, been disappointing ever since, they lost a lot of their menacing side after vortura.
― keythkeyth, Saturday, 19 April 2008 16:11 (5 years ago) Permalink
So did anyone make it to the gig at the Bowery Ballroom over the weekend? Apparently Halvorsen is gone (moved back to NZ)
― Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 26 August 2008 20:29 (4 years ago) Permalink
I wonder what an MBV/Bailter Space tour in 1992 would have been like.
― Ned Raggett, Thursday, 11 December 2008 07:00 (4 years ago) Permalink
I'm listening to "Shadow" by Bailter Space and I've got to say it is beautiful!
― I will always think of you, while (quite) fondly, myself (Evan), Saturday, 15 January 2011 17:42 (2 years ago) Permalink
I kinda gave up on them after the incredibly great "The Aim" EP. I had the next couple of albums but they felt too monochromatic to me. I've been meaning to check out the later picks on their best-of.
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 15 January 2011 19:55 (2 years ago) Permalink
Vortura is a pretty great album; I gave 'X' a bunch of points on the shoegazer poll--but not enough, unfortunately. :( I was kinda shocked it didn't make it, considering that three diff't poster tried to nominate it.
― some hills are never seen (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 15 January 2011 21:30 (2 years ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 19:55 (11 months ago) Permalink
Huh! Wonder if they'll play any NZ shows on the back of this.
― etc, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 20:45 (11 months ago) Permalink
This is awesome! Big fan of Robot World / Vortura / Wammo era - hope this sounds as good!
― BlackIronPrison, Wednesday, 13 June 2012 14:36 (11 months ago) Permalink
MBV are playing 'ATP - I'll be Your Mirror' in Melbourne, Feb 2013. Bailter Space put out their first record in 13 years and NZ is just over the ditch.
Planets are aligning....
― ***** (SeekAltRoute), Friday, 21 September 2012 01:46 (7 months ago) Permalink
....and Strobosphere is a GREAT record.
― ***** (SeekAltRoute), Friday, 21 September 2012 01:47 (7 months ago) Permalink
would be v happy if BS played ATP here
― upset and upsetting (electricsound), Friday, 21 September 2012 01:54 (7 months ago) Permalink
i love The Aim ep so much
― Broney, Pt. 1 (Pillbox), Friday, 21 September 2012 01:59 (7 months ago) Permalink
cool, i'm gonna check out the new bailter space. the one song i've been listening to ("no sense") is rull good.
― billstevejim, Friday, 21 September 2012 02:50 (7 months ago) Permalink
Couldn't find the new album because it's spelled "Bailterspace" on Spotify, where all their others are two words... Sounds like them, thus far.
― dlp9001, Tuesday, 27 November 2012 23:58 (5 months ago) Permalink
Yeah I assumed this is the same band.
― billstevejim, Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:47 (5 months ago) Permalink
Ha! Was just listening to this right now. Title track is my fave so far.
― Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 28 November 2012 02:51 (5 months ago) Permalink
Setlist from the Wellington show last night (minus two song encore) via FB:
42-minute John Halvorsen interview:http://www.radiolive.co.nz/John-Halvorsen-of-The-Gordons-Skeptics--Bailter-Space/tabid/506/articleID/33104/Default.aspx
Also, someone's writing a book on the Gordons/Bailter Space!http://30kwattpa.wordpress.com/2011/07/02/bailter-space-a-resource-for-live-dates-sessions-etc/
― etc, Friday, 1 February 2013 21:09 (3 months ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 1 February 2013 22:56 (3 months ago) Permalink
I just picked up the self-titled Bailter Space best of compilation!
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 2 February 2013 02:13 (3 months ago) Permalink