Annette Peacock, classic or dud?

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Never been sure what to make of this WFMU/Wire fave. I found her most recent ECM record and X-Dreams in Madison, Wisconsin last year and have played them a few times since. She seems a bit of a pseud to me (the lyrics are often toss) but I can't dismiss it entirely. Many swear by I'm the One and other records.

Amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 17 January 2003 00:13 (eighteen years ago) link

("Last year" = 2001. My clock's running a little slow.)

Amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 17 January 2003 00:15 (eighteen years ago) link

i was going to post this thread today too! weird. Do you like Mama taught me how to cook on x-dreams?

The title track on i'm the one is classic.

gaz (gaz), Friday, 17 January 2003 00:22 (eighteen years ago) link

i *love* the stuff she's done with bill bruford.

cecilia, Friday, 17 January 2003 13:41 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Reviving, as I just found out that X-Dreams and The Perfect Release got reissued on one CD by Castle/Sanctuary earlier this month. Hooray! Bonus tracks too, apparently. It just got a whole lot easier to reconstruct the "Chasing Amy" soundtrack. Now if only we could take a break from 30th anniversary Bowie albums and get I'm The One on CD.

dlp9001, Saturday, 24 July 2004 17:22 (sixteen years ago) link

on CD, and with the original reflective cover! that's an order.

finally heard "I'm The One" last year. I don't love 100% of the songs, but overall I'm hooked... the way the last two tracks drift away and disrupt everything that's come before make for a perfect album.

(Jon L), Saturday, 24 July 2004 20:42 (sixteen years ago) link

she's on my list of stuff to find. is it true (as i read somewhere on ILM) that I'm the One is a female version of Starsailor?

JaXoN (JasonD), Sunday, 25 July 2004 06:33 (sixteen years ago) link

Hmm. More like a female version of Greetings From LA. Which means it's unbelievably great, obv.

Monetizing Eyeballs (diamond), Sunday, 25 July 2004 07:07 (sixteen years ago) link

nah, neither i reckon. its a good - maybe even great - record though. the starsailor comparisons come from the weird vocals...but here they're electonically treated. the music is neither as out as (some) starsailor tracks nor as funky as greetings. sort of low key mid tempo dark and bluesy.

gaz (gaz), Sunday, 25 July 2004 07:46 (sixteen years ago) link

Closer to Bley and Mantler-type arrangements than Starsailor. Reminded me more than once of Escalator Over The Hill, but Peacock runs her vocals through a Moog, changing the ring modulator and the filters to emphasize her solos. She already sounds unhinged but the treatments put it over the top.

(Jon L), Sunday, 25 July 2004 07:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah but the thing is, it's like, ultimately a rock album. Thank god.

Monetizing Eyeballs (diamond), Sunday, 25 July 2004 08:13 (sixteen years ago) link

I prefer it to Escalator precisely because of the rocking.

(Jon L), Sunday, 25 July 2004 08:16 (sixteen years ago) link

anyone heard the paul bley synth freakout record of annettes tunes? bizarre.

gaz (gaz), Sunday, 25 July 2004 08:39 (sixteen years ago) link

i do have one early paul/annette album. someone else is on it too. A drummer, I believe. I can't remember who, tho. I need to get my shit together and like, organize my lps so I can actually FIND shit, and shit.,

Monetizing Eyeballs (diamond), Sunday, 25 July 2004 08:43 (sixteen years ago) link

is that one of the Synthesizer Show lp's?

(Jon L), Sunday, 25 July 2004 09:02 (sixteen years ago) link

the one i have is called "improvise". two side long pieces. han bennink on perc.

gaz (gaz), Sunday, 25 July 2004 09:04 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm on the hunt for this:

(Jon L), Sunday, 25 July 2004 09:17 (sixteen years ago) link

(Jon L), Sunday, 25 July 2004 09:18 (sixteen years ago) link

ok now you've shown me i'm on the hunt too!

gaz (gaz), Sunday, 25 July 2004 09:45 (sixteen years ago) link

her ecm record is boring

amateur!st (amateurist), Sunday, 25 July 2004 23:51 (sixteen years ago) link

i heard Mama taught me how to cook at my friend's house last week and it haunts me

kyle (akmonday), Thursday, 5 August 2004 21:20 (sixteen years ago) link

fuck Annette Peacock and her fans!!! i just lost out on I'm the One this very morning on ebay in the last 10 seconds for 50¢

did that ever come out on cd? anyone want to burn me a copy?

JaXoN (JasonD), Thursday, 5 August 2004 21:37 (sixteen years ago) link

if it never came out on cd i'll do you a copy from vinyl.

gaz (gaz), Thursday, 5 August 2004 21:44 (sixteen years ago) link

I've got a burn of the vinyl too. Something about her doesn't quite do it for me, but the song "I'm the One" is cool, like a demented version of Blood Sweat & Tears, or some such cocktail jazz-rock. I think one problem with her is that it seems like she couldn't decide whether to be a straight ahead smooth jazz-pop singer, or a strange one.

dleone (dleone), Thursday, 5 August 2004 22:16 (sixteen years ago) link

"This Feeling Within"

Paul (scifisoul), Friday, 6 August 2004 00:25 (sixteen years ago) link

I've got a bunch of her stuff up over at my little blog. I'm The One hasn't come out on CD yet.

dlp9001, Friday, 6 August 2004 01:25 (sixteen years ago) link Oops.

dlp9001, Friday, 6 August 2004 01:34 (sixteen years ago) link

a band called "morcheeba" dug up "Pony" which i think is from the synth experiments of which milton speaks.

i don't know how much Morcheeba have added )apart from the opening "morcheeba" noises, i'd like to think they've added nothing (
-- it's a set of "influences"/ role models/ idea acknowledgement -- pretty cool -- how many bands admit they even copied an idea, let alone producing a set of tracks they feel deserve a fresh hearing

ok, i read about morcheeba on the old AMG, but a friend played me this peacock synth modulated track off "some compilation" and i'm assuming this is "the one".

yeah, i really love the idea, a really twisted sort'a jazz+ delivery -- i'd really like to hear all of the bley/peacock sessions

george gosset (gegoss), Friday, 6 August 2004 03:31 (sixteen years ago) link

makes me think, why don't other bands etc modify their voices ? especially since these analogue synths are such prized treasures these days pulled out at any given opportunity

i read an old articled by Mark S in The Wire (green sonic youth cover) about Bob Moog, and Mark claimed Annette Peacock was one of the first musos to get/use the old gigantic modular Moog made circa'70

that means she's the jazz W Carlos i suppose, though it seems Annette's Modular Moog ended up with someone else, got shared around (or maybe at the pawn shop) pretty quickly), since she seems to have abandoned that synth stuff after those early albums

george gosset (gegoss), Friday, 6 August 2004 03:37 (sixteen years ago) link

i have some paul bley records with a. peacock compositions from way back in 1967 or so, i think. they are pretty good (no vocals obv).

||amateur!st|| (amateurist), Friday, 6 August 2004 03:42 (sixteen years ago) link

i like the cross-over into Paul Bley's work -- all the interpretations over the years of those two womens' works just adds to the weightiness of his Peacock covers esp.

is it called "alimony" ? playing your ex-wives works in caddish strictly-royalty "still-think-of-you-to" response to "i'm the one" ?

i read an innterview with Annette years ago where she said "oh yeah, Paul was totally pomiscuous, he slept around so much ..", hence two ex-wives to support, i assume

george gosset (gegoss), Friday, 6 August 2004 03:50 (sixteen years ago) link

have you heard that marilyn crispell (sp?) record of peacock compositions, nothing ever was, anyway? if so, how is it??

||amateur!st|| (amateurist), Friday, 6 August 2004 04:16 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
holy crap. i finally got a copy of I'm The One (on mp3) and it's one million times better than i was expecting. i have the X-dreams and Perfect Release twofer (and a vinyl copy of x-dreams) and this is sooooooooo much better than both of those. maybe not. maybe i need to relisten, but I'm the One is completely hitting the spot. now i need to save up some cash and buy the real thing.

I think one problem with her is that it seems like she couldn't decide whether to be a straight ahead smooth jazz-pop singer, or a strange one.

this is exactly why i like it. really reminds me of a funked up Patty Waters (haha, i first typed alice waters)

team jaxon (jaxon), Friday, 10 February 2006 19:32 (fifteen years ago) link

can't believe this still hasn't been reissued.

has anyone heard the 'synthesizer show' albums yet?

milton parker (Jon L), Friday, 10 February 2006 19:51 (fifteen years ago) link

BTW, Mick Ronson covers I'm The One on his solo album Slaughter on 10th Avenue, where he also swipes her cover of Love Me Tender. On his 2nd record he covers her track Seven Days. Annette's versions are all better, but Mick's are worth hearing.

dlp9001, Saturday, 11 February 2006 01:17 (fifteen years ago) link

I never liked her.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Saturday, 11 February 2006 01:28 (fifteen years ago) link

you should reconsider. om kalsoum stole everything she knows from annette

team jaxon (jaxon), Saturday, 11 February 2006 01:31 (fifteen years ago) link

eleven months pass...
She had a new album last year. Who knew. Limited edition, only available from CDBaby or something like that. Must get out more. Called "31:31". Do I dare ask if anyone's heard it (it's kind of expensive)?

Described as: "car music.....inspired by & conceived for the car environment - a uplifting, trippy ride of songfeels - arranged for layers of synths, horns, guitars, vocals, bass, drums, & percussion - from this enigmatic artist whose avant-garde contributions to the disparate genres of: rap, freejazz, rock, prog-rock, electroacoustic, the use of synthesizers - have identified her as a truly radical and existential presence."

...which ordinarily wouldn't be too encouraging, but in her case that seems to really be the way she talks.

dlp9001 (dlp9001), Sunday, 28 January 2007 23:54 (fourteen years ago) link

Wow, the samples actually sound pretty decent. $31.00, huh.

dlp9001 (dlp9001), Monday, 29 January 2007 00:07 (fourteen years ago) link

as an ex-progger, i only know her thru bruford, but she seems worthy of further investigation

bobby bedelia (van dover), Monday, 29 January 2007 00:14 (fourteen years ago) link

heard the new one last year -- not crazy about it (seemed on the "tasteful" side to me), tho have been on a big Peacock kick for the last few months. She put out a record in 2000 w/a string quartet that I did like, and have listened to I'm the One a lot recently.

Dominique (dleone), Monday, 29 January 2007 15:22 (fourteen years ago) link

i've decided: dud

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Tuesday, 30 January 2007 02:51 (fourteen years ago) link


draining the pool for you (get bent), Tuesday, 30 January 2007 03:13 (fourteen years ago) link

Did you ever get "I'm The One"? xpost.

Met her at an in store some years ago...she must have already been late 40's to early 50's. Sexy as hell, and I was still a wee lad at the time. She must have been overwhelming during her heyday.

dlp9001 (dlp9001), Tuesday, 30 January 2007 03:33 (fourteen years ago) link

she is 65 now, so that must have been some time ago...

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Tuesday, 30 January 2007 06:44 (fourteen years ago) link

Yow, she's better preserved than I thought. She must have been late 50's then...this was somewhere around 2000 (she did an in-store at the old Downtown Music Gallery around the time the ECM CD came out). There was also a filmed documentary in progress at the time, though I guess it hasn't progressed very much.

dlp9001 (dlp9001), Tuesday, 30 January 2007 16:28 (fourteen years ago) link

classic, i've only heard a few records, and only a few weeks ago.

she should be playing a show in engerland in the next few months, if everything works out.

george bob (george bob), Tuesday, 30 January 2007 16:59 (fourteen years ago) link

four years pass...

she reissued 'I'm The One' on CD in a signed edition of 500. it's expensive but it's the one

Posted by Dennis Cooper at 3:09 AM:

has anyone heard this one:

Milton Parker, Thursday, 26 May 2011 23:32 (ten years ago) link

that cover art is awful

sarahel, Thursday, 26 May 2011 23:32 (ten years ago) link

haven't heard a single note off it and it's my favorite new album, because of that cover

Milton Parker, Thursday, 26 May 2011 23:39 (ten years ago) link

because the cover is so awful, or because you actually like it?

sarahel, Thursday, 26 May 2011 23:40 (ten years ago) link

i really like both the cover and the record!! bought it from jaxon iirc

69, Thursday, 26 May 2011 23:45 (ten years ago) link

what do you like about the cover?

sarahel, Thursday, 26 May 2011 23:46 (ten years ago) link

i feel like it isn't good enough to be good painting, but it isn't incompetent enough to be so-bad-it's-good painting.

sarahel, Thursday, 26 May 2011 23:47 (ten years ago) link

it wouldn't be a good album cover if it were called something like 'Annette Peacock 4' or 'The Colors of My Thought' or anything, but given what the album is called, we are simply going to have to disagree because that is a perfect album cover

ok this is completely my speed. the way the 80's sax / piano / flute sample presets come in LOUD at the most awkward moments:

'The Cynic'!

Milton Parker, Thursday, 26 May 2011 23:54 (ten years ago) link

it would only be the perfect album cover if the album was called "Mediocre Paintings of Me"

sarahel, Thursday, 26 May 2011 23:55 (ten years ago) link

CDBaby Purchase Confirmation

I Have No Feelings

CD-R Purchase
Total: $30.07


Milton Parker, Friday, 27 May 2011 00:03 (ten years ago) link

i guess there is something after all that is an innocuous thing that makes me irrationally angry

sarahel, Friday, 27 May 2011 00:17 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

light in the attic reissue of i'm the one
*adds item*

buzza, Sunday, 27 May 2012 16:48 (nine years ago) link

She's so hot on that cover, yet petulant, stubbornly clutching. "I Have No Feelings"?

dow, Monday, 28 May 2012 04:14 (nine years ago) link

Not that I wouldn't back off. Nyeah, the dame's trouble, see? Too bad.

dow, Monday, 28 May 2012 04:16 (nine years ago) link

fuck yeah

you know her daughter avalon, who is a country musician, is a looker too

the late great, Monday, 28 May 2012 06:10 (nine years ago) link

i've been waiting for this reissue since, oh, about a million years ago

(well, fifteen years anyway)

the late great, Monday, 28 May 2012 06:11 (nine years ago) link

"I Have No Feelings" cover was painted by Alfreda Benge, who also painted the cover of Fred Frith's "Gravity" as well as of course most of the Robert Wyatt covers from "Rock Bottom" onwards

Milton Parker, Monday, 28 May 2012 08:27 (nine years ago) link

wyatt's wife iirc

3am hardman (buzza), Monday, 28 May 2012 08:30 (nine years ago) link


avalon's band at the moment is called the loups, they're very good, in the process of mixing some stuff for them right now

Crackle Box, Monday, 28 May 2012 09:22 (nine years ago) link

"A loup is a waterfall which a salmon has to leap on its way upstream." Then there's the spooky loup-garou. Both might apply to this song, "Desert Air", which begins right after the sun finally dissolves, the air begins to cool, Avalon's rich trill multiples and courses down and up the mountain. "We changed the oil in your mind/Left the city far behind." So, country in that sense, her and drummer Joe Love (re maybe Speck Mountain, Nina Natasia & Jim White? A fast Mazzy Star, if that's even possible? For a remake of Zabriskie Point?)Anyway, I wanna hear more

dow, Monday, 28 May 2012 17:00 (nine years ago) link

Bought the CD reissue of I'm The One so now I have it on vinyl, cassette and CD. It's a bit like Danny Baker being unable to pass a copy of A Wizard/A True Star without buying it, even though he's got seventeen copies, but it's just a great record.

From the CD sleevenotes I had no idea that Bowie wanted her to play on Aladdin Sane - she couldn't make the recording so Mike Garson, who does appear on I'm The On, was hired to play keyboards - and also to produce Pinups (but by that time she'd decided to enrol at Juillard instead).

one month passes...

pictures of Annette in the new reissue of I'm The One > the pictures in her self-released limited edition

sorry to be such a guy about it and everything but the pictures in the self-released were already enough to melt the sidewalk she was walking on

Milton Parker, Monday, 9 July 2012 21:37 (eight years ago) link

to be such a 'dude' about it i think you mean

geeta, Monday, 9 July 2012 21:40 (eight years ago) link

thank you for the copy edit

anyone else heard this one since dlp9001 posted about it five years ago?

Milton Parker, Monday, 9 July 2012 21:55 (eight years ago) link

i think you really meant "bro"

sarahell, Monday, 9 July 2012 22:00 (eight years ago) link

yeah, that's great, a little less jazzy and bluesy than usual, more going towards songwriter pop but still phantastic. her voice alone kills me.

alex in mainhattan, Monday, 9 July 2012 22:02 (eight years ago) link

nine months pass...

She's playing live in NY:

dlp9001, Tuesday, 9 April 2013 01:32 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

favorite music site

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 16:45 (seven years ago) link

Best thing on the internet...

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 22:38 (seven years ago) link

I Belong To A World That's Destroying Itself aka Revenge aka Bley/Peacock Synthesiser Show back out on CD? Not in the UK it isn't. Rough Trade/Phonica/etc doughnuts stop stocking £25 Stone Roses vinyl and WAKE UP

two months pass...

Such a sequence! On an archived Wire show: slide the slider to 11:20 for the DJ's intro (if you wanna skip Moondog's "Invocation," a good crisp march, but seems like it should be half as long; and, from Japanese Fisco Records, the sounds of now-banned speed racing x spoken word w lounge Spanish guitars), for AP tracks:
the suggestive, defacto feminist "My Mama Never Taught Me How To", from X-Dreams; the lyrical, rude, Sunday brunch in bed sounds of "MJ," with Paul Bley, analog synths, and drums (from Dual Unity; and the upclose, not-particularly-bothering-with-loud, twisted blue "Pony," spot-on like Joplin, from (oh yeah) I'm The One

dow, Saturday, 16 August 2014 02:48 (six years ago) link

Seems like two sets of hands on them keys

dow, Saturday, 16 August 2014 02:55 (six years ago) link

"i belong to a world that's destroying itself" is available again at cdbaby, i tried to order it a while ago and it was sold-out.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 25 August 2014 16:27 (six years ago) link

nytimes' Ben Ratliff says it's on her site:


“This is my first record,” runs Annette Peacock’s 14-word present-day liner note to a recording of music made in 1968 and 1969. “It was the right album, in the wrong century.” She is referring to a long out-of-print record called “Revenge,” released under the billing of the Bley-Peacock Synthesizer Show. Here it is again, retitled “I Belong to a World That’s Destroying Itself,” and she has released it on her own label, Ironic, under her own name. (It is available at This is as it should be. Ms. Peacock’s husband at the time was the jazz improviser Paul Bley, who plays on some of the record, alongside others, including the bassist Gary Peacock (her first husband), the drummer Barry Altschul, the clarinetist Perry Robinson and the pianist Mike Garson, who later played on David Bowie’s “Aladdin Sane.” But this is her sandbox. She wrote all the songs, sang them in a wide-range voice with humor and anger and streety edges, sometimes through Moog synthesizers, making wild sculptural streamers out of long vocal tones. But the gear is not the point. This record contains a rare order of creativity, ambitious and scruffy and hardheaded. (“Don’t tell me that you see nothing wrong,” she sings on the title track. “Let me scare you: We don’t have that long.”) It goes in several directions without establishing a hierarchy among them: blurry funk, free jazz and her slow, long-form, composed songs, which are dark and liquid and totally gripping, a kind of zero-gravity redefinition of the ballad.

dow, Sunday, 31 August 2014 01:57 (six years ago) link

five months pass...

This is so great

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 12 February 2015 01:46 (six years ago) link

pretty spot on nilsson sings newman track

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 12 February 2015 01:47 (six years ago) link

eight months pass...

dunno if people were aware that she's playing at cafe oto this month:

gabba cadaver (NickB), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 11:52 (five years ago) link

six months pass...

Do wish somebody'd reissue the late 70s stuff. Everything's really pricey.
Would love a physical copy.
Dime had a couple of live sets from the time appear a couple of months back.

&is that 1st lp still around?

Stevolende, Saturday, 14 May 2016 08:03 (five years ago) link

ten months pass...

once "i'm the one" gets going it's an amazing song. love that robot thing.

Treeship, Friday, 7 April 2017 19:34 (four years ago) link


Dominique, Friday, 7 April 2017 19:34 (four years ago) link

the bits about how Eno was going to produce a record of hers for Obscure is amazing; too bad that didn't happen, that would have been an amazing combination. the record she did by herself, Skyskating, I haven't heard yet.

Milton Parker, Friday, 7 April 2017 21:38 (four years ago) link

What's the best album as an intro?

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 7 April 2017 21:39 (four years ago) link

duel unity

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 7 April 2017 21:43 (four years ago) link

The Perfect Release is exactly that, imo

J. Sam, Friday, 7 April 2017 22:12 (four years ago) link
wish I'd been aware of how good she was when this was still available.

Stevolende, Friday, 7 April 2017 22:28 (four years ago) link

What's the best album as an intro?

― Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, April 7, 2017 5:39 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I'm The One. Dual Unity is great too but more collaborative. I'm The One is a great introduction to her overall essence / vibe, which is singular and astonishing.

She's the greatest

Wimmels, Friday, 7 April 2017 22:51 (four years ago) link

I didn't realize how much of her stuff had been reissued in the last year or so. Search on Amazon.

Anyway, I'm The One is still where I'd start.

dlp9001, Saturday, 8 April 2017 00:41 (four years ago) link

feel that i'd never get tired of a whole genre spawned from the closing minutes of 'i'm the one'

I'm not sure if anyone has posted this. I saw her in a tiny record store around this time, and was pretty knocked out. She's around 59 or 60 in the video.

dlp9001, Saturday, 8 April 2017 01:25 (four years ago) link

"i'm the one" from 3:35 on is like the best thing ever recorded

Treeship, Saturday, 8 April 2017 04:45 (four years ago) link

The whole song is great obviously, with its multiple movements, but if she had released a version that was just the last two minutes it would have been the most famous, most beloved song of all time.

Treeship, Saturday, 8 April 2017 04:50 (four years ago) link

And not just bc of r2 d2. her vocal performance is incredible

Treeship, Saturday, 8 April 2017 04:52 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

Just been listening through the 2 lps from the late 70s that got reissued last month.
They're up on Spotify which is about ok. Mainly checking them out prepurchase of the physical cds I think.
Definitely into X-Dreams and possibly the other thing Perfect Release.
Not sure about anything after that.

GOt the I'm The One she put out like 8 years ago or whatever. She looked pretty fine in that brown leather. I hear her photos in the other reissue were even better but haven't seen them.

Stevolende, Monday, 7 June 2021 12:07 (two weeks ago) link

x-dreams is great and The Perfect Release is very good, although they have been intermittently available over the last few years. The records I'd really like to see reissued are the releases on her Ironic label from the 80s. Of those, I only have Been in the Streets Too Long, apparently her only record never to come out on CD.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 7 June 2021 14:25 (two weeks ago) link

Those are both great records, but I definitely prefer The Perfect Release for its Rhodes-y fusion aesthetic

J. Sam, Monday, 7 June 2021 15:01 (two weeks ago) link

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