WHALE... The Band

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Cia Soro (Berg) was a hottie. Those braces!

ZionTrain (ZionTrain), Thursday, 2 June 2005 15:26 (fourteen years ago) link

Just the one good song? or were there others?

Sociah T Azzahole (blueski), Thursday, 2 June 2005 15:29 (fourteen years ago) link

The one Whale song I've heard played on the radio actually wasn't "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe" and I heard it a lot. I don't remember the name, though, but it was from their follow-up album.

Ian Riese-Moraine's all but an ark-lark! (Eastern Mantra), Thursday, 2 June 2005 15:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Deliver The Juice (plus Trevor Jackson remix i think?) off the fabulously-titled 2nd album All Disco Dance Must End In Broken Bones was a good song!

pete b. (pete b.), Thursday, 2 June 2005 15:35 (fourteen years ago) link

They had a few good tracks including "Pay For Me" and "Four Big Speakers"

and "Deliver The Juice"!! Forgot about that one. Thx, Pete B

ZionTrain (ZionTrain), Thursday, 2 June 2005 15:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Guitarist Henrik Schyffert. He's like a Swedish Dave Foley.

Conrad Frelichowski (neither nor easter), Thursday, 2 June 2005 15:37 (fourteen years ago) link

Dammit! I looked at the thread title and thought Levon and Garth had a new album coming out!

bujer, Thursday, 2 June 2005 15:38 (fourteen years ago) link

anyone care to translate?

http://svt.se/svt/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=2936&a=68393

mark p (Mark P), Thursday, 2 June 2005 15:39 (fourteen years ago) link

It's pretty impossible to find any pics or info on the web on this band. CIA SORO TO THREAD TO POST HER 8 X 10's!

ZionTrain (ZionTrain), Thursday, 2 June 2005 15:40 (fourteen years ago) link

Her old 8 X 10's

ZionTrain (ZionTrain), Thursday, 2 June 2005 15:41 (fourteen years ago) link

"Pay for Me" RULES. Wish I had a copy. They named themselves Whale cos they thought it sounded like a shoegazery band, five letters, like Curve! I believe that's almost a quote. They were reading "X-Men Omega" (one of those AGE OF APOCALYPSE! ones, anyway, might've bean "Alpha" I spose, I don't remember the titles) in one of their videos, which I found endearing.

A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 2 June 2005 15:43 (fourteen years ago) link

seems to have fixed her teeth:
http://www.jkkonsult.se/nostalgi/tv/Bagen.jpg

The Sensational Sulk (sexyDancer), Thursday, 2 June 2005 15:46 (fourteen years ago) link

I thought it was "fix my tits"!

A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 2 June 2005 15:48 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm all turned around now

A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 2 June 2005 15:49 (fourteen years ago) link

"Pay For Me" had one hell of a crunchy guitar riff.

ZionTrain (ZionTrain), Thursday, 2 June 2005 15:53 (fourteen years ago) link

anyone care to translate?
http://svt.se/svt/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=2936&a=68393

Roughly: Cia is coming in from her new homeland, Italy, to do a panel interview on Studio Pop. She used to host an influential music show on SVT, and was in Whale and Ubangi.

Conrad Frelichowski (neither nor easter), Thursday, 2 June 2005 15:55 (fourteen years ago) link

I almost rigged up a score for my high school marching band to play "pay for me"

~C

Whiney G. Weingarten (whineyg), Thursday, 2 June 2005 15:58 (fourteen years ago) link

http://special.the-raft.com/whale/images/hobothree.gif

Eisbär (llamasfur), Thursday, 2 June 2005 16:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Cia Soro visited Studio Pop
Cia Soro (formerly Cia Berg) was relief teacher for Susanne Ljung. Cia was flown in from her present homeland Italy for this incidental tv-comeback as a member of the Studio Pop panel. She is the former host of "Bagen" ("The Bag"), a legendary and widely influential musical programme on SVT and has also played in groups such as Whale and Ubangi.

This week's bonus discussion: Why are all Italian singers och songstresses (how do you write "songstress" in pluralis?) so hoarse?

Hank, Thursday, 2 June 2005 16:01 (fourteen years ago) link

you could have mashed up "pay for me" with the now drum-march worthy "hollaback girl"

that shit would be bananas!

ZionTrain (ZionTrain), Thursday, 2 June 2005 16:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Ahh yes, SVT is the Swedish equivalent of BBC. "Bagen" I have never heard of, maybe it was popular in the early 90s.

Hank, Thursday, 2 June 2005 16:04 (fourteen years ago) link

In the Pay For Me Video they were spinning and sctratching Pearl Jam's Vitalogy... oh... golden times when MTV showed this kind of bands that no one remembers.

elgolfo (elgolfo), Thursday, 2 June 2005 17:33 (fourteen years ago) link

When I worked at used record store in Arizona (Zia Records) we used to get business from the strippers who worked at the Empress Club down the street. They would ask for good stripping music and "Pay For Me" was always my first suggestion!

django (django), Thursday, 2 June 2005 19:57 (fourteen years ago) link

We Care is a great album

django (django), Thursday, 2 June 2005 19:58 (fourteen years ago) link

Am I remembering correctly that Tricky was moderately involved in that LP?

nabisco (nabisco), Thursday, 2 June 2005 20:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Yep, Tricky's on three cuts in various combos of co-writer, co-producer, vocals.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Friday, 3 June 2005 05:39 (fourteen years ago) link

ZionTrain, thanks for starting this thread. Playing 'We Care' for the first time in years. So awesome.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Friday, 3 June 2005 06:12 (fourteen years ago) link

"the dude with the best nads gets his armpit licked"

g e o f f (gcannon), Friday, 3 June 2005 06:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Think there was a thread on Whale a while back. But "Pay For Me" is indeed a noisy, crunchy classic, as was the neglected-follow-up to Robo, the fantastic "I'll Do Ya".

edward o (edwardo), Friday, 3 June 2005 07:27 (fourteen years ago) link

Heh heh. I used to play "I'll Do Ya" all the time on this Friday-night radio show I did with a friend.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Friday, 3 June 2005 07:36 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Found 'We Care' for £1 today. Quietly rather excited.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Thursday, 21 July 2005 00:07 (fourteen years ago) link

I saw them once, opening up for Tricky I believe. I fully expected it to be shite but it turned out to be great. Much better than Tricky actually.

everything, Thursday, 21 July 2005 00:12 (fourteen years ago) link

We Care has some great tracks, Pay For Me is just plain heavy.

When gravity kicks my ass,
You'd better pay......(cash money, money)
For my tits to be fixed.

mzui (mzui), Thursday, 21 July 2005 07:40 (fourteen years ago) link

four years pass...

Just dug my two Whale cds out of a box, ripped them, and am now listening to them for the first time in years. All Disco Dance... was undeservedly ignored at the time, and as far as I can tell, still is. "Into The Strobe" is flippin amazing. Haven't gotten to We Care yet, but I'm expecting a good time.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 19 July 2010 07:18 (nine years ago) link

Cia *sigh*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq4apgYriXE

disastrous sixth series (MaresNest), Monday, 19 July 2010 11:09 (nine years ago) link

oh man that clip is all time ws. i was about 12 when that aired, and completely mesmerized

sonderangerbot, Monday, 19 July 2010 13:08 (nine years ago) link

Never saw it before, but HAWT.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 19 July 2010 14:58 (nine years ago) link

wow that is not how you edit a music performance.

al-goreda (s1ocki), Monday, 19 July 2010 22:39 (nine years ago) link

Wow, that's a helluva clip.

Always loved this band. Thanks to Mike Judge for introducing me... I had the same instant crush on Cia that Beavis did.

The first album is ok, but All Disco Dance... is an album I still spin to this day.

I also have an ep called Pay For Me that has a very inspired cover of Darling Nikki. Definitely worth tracking down.

Wish I'd seen them live!

Nate Carson, Monday, 19 July 2010 23:22 (nine years ago) link

I very much enjoyed the minimalist breast shaking in that.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Tuesday, 20 July 2010 17:37 (nine years ago) link

i love the pay for me EP. even more than the disco album. so great.

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 July 2010 17:48 (nine years ago) link

five months pass...

I knew Cia had done stuff before Whale, but I don't think I realized how long it was before Whale. Downloading her first album with Ubangi Oh No, I'm Pregnant right now, and it's from 1983. If she was 20 then (which apparently she was), that would mean she was already 32 when "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe" came out and that kind of twists my melon. It's probably the braces, but she looks younger.

Anyway, off to listen to some Ubangi. Can't find the second album anywhere, nor can I find the Thereisno Orchestra album from 1986. I don't know if they're rare or if people just haven't digitized them, but there's not even anything on soulseek.

Lightning Is For Babies (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 22 December 2010 08:31 (nine years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ_GDaEA7G0

Lightning Is For Babies (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 22 December 2010 08:48 (nine years ago) link

Okay, I am now officially way into this band...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsRf2Np5eNM

Lightning Is For Babies (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 22 December 2010 08:53 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

BEST BAND EVER

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 7 May 2013 11:21 (six years ago) link

This band is MADE FOR THIS WEATHER.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 7 May 2013 11:36 (six years ago) link

I saw them once, opening up for Tricky I believe. I fully expected it to be shite but it turned out to be great. Much better than Tricky actually.

― everything, Wednesday, July 20, 2005 8:12 PM (7 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Ditto. Tricky was done before he started. People were actually walking out on him (myself included).

Whale had what seemed like 40 people on stage, and their set was perfectly crafted; everyone knew "Hobo Humpin'" would close the set, but man, the place fucking exploded when they played it.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Tuesday, 7 May 2013 14:06 (six years ago) link

This group is my shit. We Care in my all-time top 10 albums.

@GracieLoPan #fyi (Display Name (this cannot be changed):), Wednesday, 8 May 2013 00:14 (six years ago) link

just found all disco .. in the cheap bins.

hope it lives up to the promises of this thread

mark e, Thursday, 9 May 2013 13:02 (six years ago) link

a friend in college blew out our stereo speakers cranking Hobo Humpin Slobo Babe at a house party one night. totally worth it.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 9 May 2013 18:33 (six years ago) link

three years pass...

Ubangi seems to have regrouped for one(?) show in 2014.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HeCT2ZA1Po

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 29 January 2017 07:55 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Funny what pops up on Youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20JyGJBInLw

MaresNest, Thursday, 12 July 2018 20:06 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDO4Xwz_eyU

MaresNest, Thursday, 12 July 2018 20:07 (one year ago) link

I was just thinking about this band yesterday -- glad to know they have their own thread. That first album was a corker.

enochroot, Thursday, 12 July 2018 20:19 (one year ago) link

I was also going thru these videos recently (inspired by another thread on here), and looked up what the band members have been up to lately (though I guess this thread sort of covers it).

One of my favorite little details about this band is how their PR materials apparently included a made-up backstory about a precursor band called "Southern Whale Cult," complete with fake album names; their AllMusic entry continues to include this disinfo to this day: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/whale-mn0000818229/biography

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Thursday, 12 July 2018 21:03 (one year ago) link

all 8+ mins of 'i'll do ya' really really loud cures so many ills for me is it dadrock

Hunt3r, Thursday, 12 July 2018 22:24 (one year ago) link

xp surely that's a play on Southern Death Cult turning into The Cult.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 12 July 2018 22:30 (one year ago) link

I'm actually afraid to listen to this album again because it can't be as good as I remember it.

enochroot, Thursday, 12 July 2018 22:47 (one year ago) link

I listened to it recently for the first time in years. It's as good as I remember it.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 12 July 2018 23:01 (one year ago) link

xp surely that's a play on Southern Death Cult turning into The Cult.

Yeah -- according to Wikipedia: "This was later admitted to have been a joke; the band had copied a presentation by the Cult and simply changed the name of the band in the text."

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Thursday, 12 July 2018 23:09 (one year ago) link

Is there a possibility
You can check out my fertility?

luv this band

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Thursday, 12 July 2018 23:17 (one year ago) link

That supercool blond bewigged rapper who guested on Four Big Speakers (and another track or two on the album) has gone through a lot of changes!

http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/34929/1/touka-voodoo-the-human-hybrid-tattoos-gender

MaresNest, Friday, 13 July 2018 12:52 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

found a decent-ish copy of We Care today and despite a few rot induced black spots, my cd rip seems to have sorted them out (cd player in the car didn't, hence i spotted them en route back from the charity shop session).
bloody hell, how insanely fantastic is this album.
i have had their second album for years and enjoyed it as and when, but nothing prepared me for the 8+ minute of 'i'll do ya' on their debut.
basically, this is the best use of a pound coin in a very long time.

mark e, Thursday, 13 February 2020 19:10 (two weeks ago) link

I am surprised that album holds up at all! (Used to love it back in the day)

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 13 February 2020 20:03 (two weeks ago) link

Both albums are still pretty good, it's true.

Tricky's presence on the debut was quite welcome.

Sammo Hazuki's Tago Mago Cantina (Old Lunch), Thursday, 13 February 2020 20:06 (two weeks ago) link

until i scoured the credits (and subsequently this thread), i had no idea re the Tricky involvement with this band.

mark e, Thursday, 13 February 2020 20:22 (two weeks ago) link

Saw them on tour together back in the 90s.

everything, Thursday, 13 February 2020 23:15 (two weeks ago) link


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