Has anyone heard "I, Thighpaulsandra" yet?

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Musical collaborator with julian cope, spiritualised, coil (yay!) and apparently the waterboys (hmmmm....)....I see his solo album, and descriptions look quite interesting. The cover, on the crappy jpeg someone sent to me, reminds me of pallas' "the sentinel" (don't even ask)....but it's somewhat expensive (I'm broke) and no local rekord shop has a copy in!

Has anyone heard it? Any opinions?

NoRMaN FaY, Tuesday, 15 May 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

three months pass...
It's amazing. Pick it up as soon as you've got the funds.

kyosuke shigure, Wednesday, 29 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, don't let the cover stand in the way of the music. Great albums frequently have great cover art, but it doesn't really work in reverse. If that were the case, Coil themselves would be a lot worse-off than they are now, not to mention certain Eno albums, Neurosis, etc.

And yes, if you think as highly of Thighpulsandra as your description indicates, you'll like it. It's quite good and highly Thighpulsandra-y.

matthew m., Wednesday, 29 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

six years pass...

Having turned down the opportunity to buy this so many times, I finally took the plunge yesterday.

It is next-level.

Just got offed, Sunday, 16 September 2007 11:50 (eleven years ago) link

I mean, how else can you describe one of the most ambitious, varied, gargantuan electronic records ever made? This is genuinely far-reaching material. I only knew of TPS via his work with Spiritualized (and his participation in Coil), but the track-titles (and track-times) were enough to convince me of its interest value.

I haven't even listened to the half-hour monsters (there are two!) yet and it's full blown me away. Not all of it is hyper-complex electronic bleeps and swooshes, though; there are THREE garage-y/bluesy numbers (all clocking in at about 5 minutes) on the record, and all are rendered AMAZING by the grindingly HEAVY keyboard instrumentation and SLEAZY ELECTRONIC SOLOING. 'Home Butt Club' combines track-title with song particularly effectively; just think 'rapacious gay orgy' while listening and it's fucking outrageous, camp, and flat-out awesome. 'Optical Black' is one of the more show-stopping electronic experiments I've ever heard. 'Lycraland' is beautiful.

And yeah, there's a good hour of this record I'm yet to digest.

Just got offed, Sunday, 16 September 2007 11:58 (eleven years ago) link

...and now I have heard Michel Publicity Window all the way through. I'm not even going to describe it.

This has to be some sort of musical Holy Grail.

Just got offed, Sunday, 16 September 2007 12:41 (eleven years ago) link


Just got offed, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 16:03 (eleven years ago) link

stop posting

am0n, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 16:28 (eleven years ago) link

listen to this record and then tell me I'm wrong

Just got offed, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 19:03 (eleven years ago) link

but we're scared of the cum towel! :-/

StanM, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 19:05 (eleven years ago) link

yeah ok he might be the gayest man in rock but that doesn't mean you should all be PREJUDICED, this is dope shit

Just got offed, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 19:14 (eleven years ago) link

I never did get a copy of this album.

Pashmina, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 21:10 (eleven years ago) link

three months pass...

this record is my little secret

Just got offed, Friday, 4 January 2008 10:56 (eleven years ago) link

six months pass...

"Michel Publicity Window" is one of the best long-form compositions in modern music and I will defend that opinion in the Supreme Court.

Just got offed, Thursday, 10 July 2008 07:42 (eleven years ago) link

I got this on 2LP but it does not have that song, still over 100 minutes long. Haven't formed much of an impression yet.

sleeve, Thursday, 10 July 2008 16:28 (eleven years ago) link

it does not have that song


Just got offed, Thursday, 10 July 2008 21:20 (eleven years ago) link


Noodle Vague, Thursday, 10 July 2008 21:33 (eleven years ago) link

Have you heard much Nurse With Wound LJ?

Noodle Vague, Thursday, 10 July 2008 21:33 (eleven years ago) link

I mean is this album radically different to NWW or is it just another thing I can get round to hearing eventually?

Noodle Vague, Thursday, 10 July 2008 21:34 (eleven years ago) link

three months pass...

Right now, Optical Black sounds like the most ominous, monstrous music going. Listening to it is like watching the shadows of slowly descending spacecraft.

100 tons of hardrofl beyond zings (Just got offed), Thursday, 16 October 2008 18:36 (ten years ago) link

two months pass...

Optical Black, man. It's pretty much perfect. And it ain't even the best track on the album (probably). Speaking of which, if the album was just Disc 1 and "Terrible" from Disc 2 instead of "Abuse Foundation IV" (with an option of throwing in "We, The Descending" or "Home Butt Club" as well) you'd actually have one of the 5 best albums of the decade, IMO. And the cut-offs would still form a superb record in their own right. Thighpaulsandra is/was a genius. I need to get his other albums. That barely anyone else on ILM has heard OF this let alone heard it is deeply saddening for me.

REMOVE THEIR EARS (country matters), Wednesday, 31 December 2008 22:25 (ten years ago) link

Fuck it, this is going in my decade-end top 5 anyway. Maybe even top 3.

Goodnight, Mr. Johnson. (country matters), Sunday, 11 January 2009 19:39 (ten years ago) link

NV was asking upthread how this compares to NWW, I'm also curious if it is similar to Thighpaulsandra's work with Coil?

Joint Dark Energy Mission (I am using your worlds), Sunday, 11 January 2009 19:58 (ten years ago) link

If you're thinking about the long epic trancey synth pieces of the Musick To Play In The Dark volumes, no it's not very similar (which was kind of a bummer for me). This record is a lot more complex, and reminds me of the weirder moments on the Black Light District album. Worthwhile, just don't go into it expecting stuff like those Coil pieces, or Time Machines, or Queens Of The Circulating Library (all of which feature TPS prominently).

sleeve, Monday, 12 January 2009 15:44 (ten years ago) link

four years pass...

Really wonder where this rad faerie's gotten to

Listening to Coil's 'Red Birds Will Fly Out Of The East And Destroy Paris In A Night' I'm practically quaking beneath his synthesisers. A fucking magician. Have any of you seen his studio tours on Youtube?

imago, Tuesday, 16 July 2013 15:58 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

He's back.

And fuck me he's sounding good.

jordan amavero (imago), Wednesday, 16 September 2015 13:43 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

"Thipes" to his friends (OK, Julian Cope anyway)

Mark G, Monday, 12 October 2015 17:56 (three years ago) link

There have been some cool studio tours of his on Youtube for a while but I will definitely check that out yeah

He's no longer mates with Copey btw - the latter wasn't so hip to his S&M deal

twunty fifteen (imago), Monday, 12 October 2015 18:14 (three years ago) link

New album is fucking amazing obv

twunty fifteen (imago), Monday, 12 October 2015 18:16 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Coming up on eMego:

UUUU is a new outfit featuring Edvard Graham Lewis, Thighpaulsandra, Matthew Simms and Valentina Magaletti.

Individually these humans have implanted feathers in caps such as Coil, Dome, Wire, Tomaga, etc. Collectively they form UUUU, a powerhouse construction of fierce and free sonic exploration, as liberating as it is frightening, resulting in, the richly rewarding. The artists united present a project of exquisite curiosity and confident chaos where the individual thumbprints mesh into a gloriously muscular frenetic free sonic soup. It's Going All Over The Floor presents itself as a terse meeting between dance, ambient, abstraction and improvisation. The Latent Black Path Of Summons Served proceeds in a tense energy field where random elements bounce around until locking into a fourth world pattern designed to fall into a dense mass of ecstatic noise. Boots with Wings is classic Lewis - a pop tune from the other side of the mind.

UUUU is a schizophrenic seething/soothing masterpiece of a past/present hybrid equally at home in the club, the home and the mind.

And yes, The Golden Communion was incredible!

Dancing on the Pylons, Tuesday, 18 July 2017 20:56 (two years ago) link

OK I'm.fucking stoked for this, two of my favourite musicians

imago, Tuesday, 18 July 2017 21:10 (two years ago) link


Lewis ouside of the wires > Lewis inside Wire.

полезные дурак (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 02:11 (two years ago) link

All Over/All Under was really, really great, especially All Under

imago, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 08:01 (two years ago) link

two months pass...


to say this review has me hyped is a remarkable understatement

imago, Monday, 2 October 2017 17:34 (one year ago) link

The preview track is fantastic!


Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:32 (one year ago) link

Yeah, I'm about to listen to this for the first time. Have a feeling I'll spend a lot of time dancing to it!

🔱 Holger Jowday ^🌑^ (Dancing on the Pylons), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:42 (one year ago) link

Also, Thighps is on a roll: https://www.facebook.com/ConsoulingSounds/photos/a.77129931816.86093.77101481816/10154746400021817/?type=3&theater

Consouling Sounds
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It is truly an honor for us to announce the release of URUK.
This remarkable new musical endeavor is a joint effort by Massimo Pupillo (Zu, Triple Sun) and Thighpaulsandra (Coil).

Their debut album will take you to dark and daring places -- just as you'd expect of these joint forces. But even more, URUK is a challenging yet immersive listen of exceptional depth. The album is slated for a December 8th release, but we can't wait to get into more detail. Expect more info soon.

URUK will tour Europe for the first time in December 2017, followed by a world tour in spring 2018

🔱 Holger Jowday ^🌑^ (Dancing on the Pylons), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:44 (one year ago) link

Holy shit wow

I guess it was about time he put his synth collection to wider use

imago, Monday, 2 October 2017 21:02 (one year ago) link

Finishing my second UUUU listen. It's goddamn heavy and excellent

🔱 Holger Jowday ^🌑^ (Dancing on the Pylons), Tuesday, 3 October 2017 03:44 (one year ago) link


imago, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 12:14 (one year ago) link

This is...well, formidable, but more difficult than expected. Will take more listens than usual.

imago, Friday, 6 October 2017 14:20 (one year ago) link

Mind you, will probably work better on earphones than laptop speakers

imago, Friday, 6 October 2017 14:21 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...


hopefully an EP will concentrate the excitement a little

imago, Thursday, 23 August 2018 17:22 (eleven months ago) link

five months pass...


new album out soon. preview track sounding excellent

imago, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 12:17 (six months ago) link

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