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Severed Heads. Tom Ellard & various collaborators. Classic? Dud? Mangle My Pig Junior?

electric sound of jim, Monday, 4 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

At the very least, "Big Car" is classic. And how many songs can you play using only the black keys on yer keyboard? ("Dead Eyes Opened")

electric sound of jim, Monday, 4 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

BRIAN MACDONALD AND DAN PERRY TO THREAD! Unless there was one already.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 4 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Nope, I checked

electric sound of jim, Monday, 4 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ah good. Well, they will be here soon enough. Oh yes. All I can say is "Band good." And they are.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 4 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

there's a couple of interesting tracks on 'ear bitten' - but they're definitely not worth the $500us that the lp gets on ebay.

philT, Tuesday, 5 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i think some of the early stuff sometimes has a wistful similarity to boards of canada. but yeah, dead eyes opened, goodbye tonsils, petrol, there was a lot of stuff in the early 80s that was really very good. i wonder if the name puts some people off possibly, if you get to see any of the videos they can be interesting too, somehow get across the sterility and isolation of early 80s australia even in crowded cities (or how i like to imagine it possibly)

been a long while since i've played, i'll play them again this week i think, then come back to this thread

gareth, Tuesday, 5 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Their new lp "LAP TOP POP" is coming out soon... http://www.laptoppop.com/

They are incredible.. the album HAUL ASS is amazing.. It was put out by SEVCOM... check out Tom and the Sevheads on http://www.sevcom.com

todd, Tuesday, 5 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

CLASSIC CLASSIC CLASSIC. End of story. I can't think of a single thing of theirs that I would destroy. Initial searches would have to include _Blubberknife_, _Come Visit The Big Bigot_, "Hot With Fleas", "Big Car", "Golden Lights/I'm Your Antidote", "Unleash Your Sword", "7 Miles", "Host of Quadrille", and "Nation".

Dan Perry, Tuesday, 5 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, anyone into the current crop of 'idm' should certainly rush and listen to "Since The Accident" (1983) and "City Slab Horror" (1984). Pretty damn foreshadowing. Though, you could also credit Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire for influencing these records, too, but the weird little glitchiness and popiness of the Severed Heads records makes it uncanny.

Brian MacDonald, Tuesday, 5 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

When I was younger (12?) I saw the "Canine" video and it changed my life. All that stuff about Hey Dog and Hey Cow and I was utterly hooked.

I'm not as enamoured with anything post (and including) Gigapus but it's still good. I could listen to Bulkhead all day.

electric sound of jim, Tuesday, 5 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...
revive!

gareth (gareth), Sunday, 24 November 2002 12:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Let's break it down.

The electronic sounds: very innovative and definitely ahead of their time, for the most part. As brian mentioned, should definitely appeal to a lot of current IDM fans--those artists might kill for some of the sounds Ellard achieved using only tape or vinyl.

The vocals: very cartoonlike, sometimes annoying; at other times that quality is just what the material needs.

I actually draw the line at Big Bigot in terms of the really interesting stuff...after that point it was all about dancing and was a lot less innovative. Though I'll still admit I like "Hot With Fleas". Just picked up the Gashing the Old Mae West EP as penance, though.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Sunday, 24 November 2002 15:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

THe thing I liked about them was how they worked the dance groove to their advantage. The last halves of _Bad Mood Guy_ and _Rotund For Success_ still have some decidedly odd tracks on them.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Sunday, 24 November 2002 18:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

There's a new record out (now? or soon?) by Ellard - details at sevcom.com of course - and they also provide web space for "artists" (musicians, designers, etc) to exhibits their works (have a look at http://electricsound.sevcom.com to see it in action)

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 25 November 2002 00:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
revive

I did a search for 'Severed Heads' and Dan Perry's name kept popping up again and again and again

I may be getting hold of a cheap copy of "Clifford Darling" which I'm very very excited about.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Thursday, 30 January 2003 01:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Please don't live in the past, Jim.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Thursday, 30 January 2003 03:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

at least i wasn't the poor sap i saw pay $300 for Ear Bitten the other day

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Thursday, 30 January 2003 03:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ow, that hertz.

I recently paid, like $9 for a copy of Gashing the Old Mae West, but it was worth it I guess.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Thursday, 30 January 2003 03:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Somehow I've managed to get most of their post-Since the accident discography without breaking A$10 for any item. of course now that Ellard has re-released most of it on CDR cheap it seems kinda stupid buying the secondhand vinyl..

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Thursday, 30 January 2003 03:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
wanderings today brought me 'goodbye tonsils'! i can see what gareth means. yeah sounds pretty good on first listen

prima fassy (mwah), Monday, 1 March 2004 21:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

just enough sense of not knowing what they are doing and overlong feeling things out and yeah the 1984 on the sleeve obv to save me from static caravan hell

prima_fassy (mwah), Monday, 1 March 2004 22:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

hey don't diss the caravan man

the surface noise (electricsound), Monday, 1 March 2004 22:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i'm so not trippin balls on this one!

prima_fassy (mwah), Monday, 1 March 2004 23:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

you hurt me in my heart

the surface noise (electricsound), Monday, 1 March 2004 23:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i'm so much trippin balls on this one as i am exploring the secrets of treating deaf mutes

donut bitch (donut), Monday, 1 March 2004 23:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

exploring the secrets of treating deaf mutes=my favorite Severed Heads song. That and 4WD. And big chunks of Come Visit the Big Bigot/Dead Eyes Open and Rotund, Cuisine as well. Much prefer the analog Dead Eyes Open to the FM version on the ep.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 00:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

There are so many versions of "Dead Eyes Opened" it's hard to keep track. Dan, are you talking about the FM version being the one that starts with the guy saying "is your name Patrick Mond... *dum DUM* it IS?"? If so, I slightly prefer that version only because the outro is kinda noisy and goes on forever in that Severed Heads way... although I like the, um, "phatness" of the analog kick sound in the original version.

donut bitch (donut), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 00:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

There REEEAALLY needs to be some Severed Heads tribute album released... and not just by IDM bands.. I'd think some earlier Severed Heads songs would sound great even as a more straight forward guitar/bass/live drums/vocals arrangement. (though I stress "some")

donut bitch (donut), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 00:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i bags "big car" (i can play the bassline)

the surface noise (electricsound), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 00:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

all the way to the bottom, maggie.. you've made it... *sob*...
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUGHHH!

donut bitch (donut), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 00:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm sure the Liars could do a great "Ayoompteyempt/The Bladders of a One Thousand Bedouin"..

and A.R.E. Weapons could go a great "Now, an Explosive New Movie"

donut bitch (donut), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 00:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i'd love to hear an electroclash version of "pilot in hell"

the surface noise (electricsound), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 00:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Postal Service : "First Steps"

donut bitch (donut), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 00:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ladytron: "Nation"

donut bitch (donut), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 00:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

broadcast "contempt"

the surface noise (electricsound), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 00:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Stereolab "Twenty Deadly Diseases"

donut bitch (donut), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 00:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

of course, Fischerspooner "Propellor"

donut bitch (donut), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 00:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

chicks on speed "canine"

the surface noise (electricsound), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 00:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Kylie Minogue "Hot With Fleas"

donut bitch (donut), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 00:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Now that's a very astute one, donut bitch.

the music mole (colin s barrow), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 01:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i did a cover of 'we have come to bless this house' and then binned it after realising that severed heads are pretty much untouchable.

i was speaking about this eralier with a friend - if they hadn't had such an intimidating (to some) name, could severed heads have been as big as new order?

stirmonster, Tuesday, 2 March 2004 01:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I think their biggest problem was being based in Australia - the usual problem.

the music mole (colin s barrow), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 01:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I think it's more then the name...the artwork on the Nettwerk releases and the associations with Skinny Puppy(Ellard did a record w/ one of them, I think? and/or helped produce something of theirs, which if memory serves me correctly he later referred to as "teaching them how to use their synthesizers) Maybe not as big as New Order but maybe as big as Cabaret Voltaire? Maybe they were as big as Cabaret Voltaire. I think even the poppiest Severed Heads tracks walks that thin-rope of weirdness. But I also think when people listen to dancey and or noisy electronic music, they don't think "how is the songwriting" and Tom Ellard's a great goddamn songwriter. I think there was a tribute CD made by members of the Severed Heads mailing list, which is apparently a very active group that Tom contributes to.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 01:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

tom ellard sure is a great songwriter but i guess his voice is offputting to a lot of people. yr also right about the weirdness. take 'harold and cindy hospital' - a great pop song but freaking weird or what?

anyhow, here in the uk, they were never even a blip on the radar. very sad but very indicative of the (pre techno) uk conservatism for any electronic music that wasn't kraftwerk.

stirmonster, Tuesday, 2 March 2004 01:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

hi, twitch!

lauren (laurenp), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 02:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

severed heads had a following amongst the wax trax/nettwerk types. After I got into the Cabs and Throbbing Gristle etc, I dabbled in that stuff and immediately hated most of it (I haven't forgotten how you feel about Skinny Puppy though!) but for some reason the Severed Heads really stuck. It's been this constant thread, it's how I met Morgan Geist and many years later, how I bonded with some of the NYC techno people, hearing Greater Reward at techno parties in the just pre-electroclash days of 2000 or so.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 02:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

By the way, if anyone here wants to try to do a cover version of "Dead Eyes Opened", I have a copy of the original source material he cut up and used for that. I can possibly make a copy of mp3 it up if anyone cares that much.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 02:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Well, I remember Severed Heads getting the "New Order vs. Residents" comparisons quite a bit in college radio.. but yeah, that S R Gilmore art and the Skinny Puppy association (which was basically Ellard "showing them how to use their synthesizers" on the "Chainsaw" ep... and note how more fucked up Skinny Puppy sounded after that!) certainly scared off a lot of people who avoided Wax Trax! and most Nettwerk stuff like the plague.. but you know, they probably wouldn't have had ANY U.S. or Canadian following if it weren't for Nettwerk, so they should be given some credit here.

Tom doesn't have a single kind word to say about Ink records, the UK label that ripped the band off, but did pretty much got their stuff distributed on vinyl... and is the reason most of us on this thread might actually own any Severed heads vinyl pre-1985 at all.

donut bitch (donut), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 07:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

hi lauren! are you going to be in miami this week?

sean - please do make that available as an mp3. i'd like to hear it, even just out of curiosity. i adore 'dead eyes opened'. joakim from tigersushi has done a really excellent re edit of it that should be out soon. i was a bit wary as it's such a sacred song but he has done a very respectful job.

i never knew that ink records ripped them off but i have to say, if it wasn't for ink releasing their stuff over here, i don't think i'd have discovered them until much later when nettwerk started putting their music out.

and dan, i used to be mad about skinny puppy but i can't say i have put on any of there records in the last decade whereas severed heads are always on my stereo. most people in the uk probably only know 'greater reward' and think they made house records as it was a huge dancefloor hit in the summer of love ('88). that piano - mmmmmm!

stirmonster, Tuesday, 2 March 2004 14:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

awesome--thanks for this!

blasting this at top volume to drown out the loud roar of hockey fans (and riot cops) outside my door

geeta, Thursday, 16 June 2011 03:35 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Should be interesting: http://www.residentadvisor.net/podcast-episode.aspx?exchange=132

willem, Friday, 25 January 2013 08:04 (four years ago) Permalink

!!

etc, Friday, 25 January 2013 10:13 (four years ago) Permalink

inevitable but also sort of depressing to start the podcast with Dead Eyes Opened (which I love unreservedly, btw)

hot slag (lukas), Friday, 25 January 2013 19:15 (four years ago) Permalink

In an alternate universe "Hot With Fleas" is a chart-topping song

Bel-Air the Fresh Prince, sitting in a chair (DJP), Friday, 25 January 2013 19:21 (four years ago) Permalink

inevitable but also sort of depressing to start the podcast with Dead Eyes Opened (which I love unreservedly, btw)

RA may have required it (they often meddle with dj podcasts, sending them back to the artist and asking for edits, additions, etc)

geeta, Friday, 25 January 2013 21:02 (four years ago) Permalink

Sounds like the sort of bullshit they’d pull.

Chewshabadoo, Friday, 25 January 2013 22:40 (four years ago) Permalink

uh I haven't listened but presumably RA put the music bits into the interview, Ellard didn't play them off his phone between questions

( ͡° ͜ʖ͡°) (sic), Saturday, 26 January 2013 03:09 (four years ago) Permalink

he should have

dutch tl;drs (electricsound), Saturday, 26 January 2013 04:43 (four years ago) Permalink

as if he keeps Sevs tracks on his own devices

( ͡° ͜ʖ͡°) (sic), Saturday, 26 January 2013 04:57 (four years ago) Permalink

i can't even begin to imagine what he actually listens to for pleasure

dutch tl;drs (electricsound), Saturday, 26 January 2013 06:03 (four years ago) Permalink

I remember an interview circa 1989 in an alt-industrial magazine where Tom was asked what he likes to listen to. Tom excited said "Madonna, oh and lots of Middle Eastern and Indian soundtracks, pretty much." (paraphrasing)

ma ck ro ma ck ro (mackro mackro), Sunday, 27 January 2013 05:44 (four years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I...am not complaining.

http://severedheads.bandcamp.com/

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 20:22 (four years ago) Permalink

is something different?

dan selzer, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 20:33 (four years ago) Permalink

No, it's just everything all in one spot. Again. Which rules.

Call me at **BITCOIN (DJP), Wednesday, 24 April 2013 20:34 (four years ago) Permalink

I thought it was always there. It was at some point.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 20:43 (four years ago) Permalink

I thought he was hosting them directly on sevcom.com

Call me at **BITCOIN (DJP), Wednesday, 24 April 2013 20:45 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah I think the change is making it newly available this way. And why not?

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 20:49 (four years ago) Permalink

I also hadn't realized how many things he'd added to some of these albums; there are tracks on Cuisine I've never even heard of before, for example, because I never looked at what he was offering there because I have the CD

Call me at **BITCOIN (DJP), Wednesday, 24 April 2013 21:10 (four years ago) Permalink

these have been on bandcamp for quite a while, though they went up completely without fanfare

captain snus (electricsound), Wednesday, 24 April 2013 23:09 (four years ago) Permalink

(i got stretcher and since the accident from there may '11)

captain snus (electricsound), Wednesday, 24 April 2013 23:10 (four years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Ellard's blog is worth a read. His recent "Five reasons why I’m not an ‘artist’" is great

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 5 July 2013 23:32 (four years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

And also from his blog, thanks to Dan Selzer for the tipoff:

http://tomellard.com/wp/2013/07/wednesday-night-is-garbage-night-autodidact-edition/

Essentially an overview of Ellard's musical education, what he listened to, how, etc.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 1 August 2013 05:08 (three years ago) Permalink

Amazing to read what he was getting and who he was getting it from, concisely. So many favorites and things you wouldn't immediately think, and connections being drawn across all kinds of favorites.

dan selzer, Thursday, 1 August 2013 14:14 (three years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

SHINE HEADLIGHTS ON ME

etc, Thursday, 23 January 2014 08:00 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

really enjoying Barbara Channel 3, released last month (of course it's "not a SH album")

http://severedheads.bandcamp.com/album/barbara-channel-3

ugh (lukas), Tuesday, 18 March 2014 00:23 (three years ago) Permalink

couple SH reissues coming out on Dark Entries.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 02:16 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

And said reissues would appear to be these:

http://thequietus.com/articles/15180-severed-heads-reissue

This news led to discussion on FB about them and a friend just posted this amazing story:

After they opened for Skinny Puppy at The Roxy in '86, I was sufficiently flabbergasted that I walked up to Tom post-show and stuttered something stupid like "Bu ... bu ... but ... how do you DO that?"

He fixed me with the patented Tom Ellard Thousand Yard Stare and replied,

"Well it's not DRUGS if that's what you mean!"

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 7 May 2014 21:41 (three years ago) Permalink

hawww

denial plan (electricsound), Wednesday, 7 May 2014 22:29 (three years ago) Permalink

also that one track

http://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=24610

ugh (lukas), Thursday, 8 May 2014 00:05 (three years ago) Permalink

If I can be a bit of pedant that review kinda annoyed me:

"Dark Entries will press up an extended version of "Dead Eyes Opened" along with two other tracks, "Bullet" and "Mount.""

In other words...the Dead Eyes Opened single, which is that long, and featured those two songs.

dan selzer, Thursday, 8 May 2014 04:13 (three years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

new "solo" ellard

https://severedheads.bandcamp.com/album/rhine-2

sounding pretty good on initial listens

don't ask me why i posted this (electricsound), Sunday, 1 February 2015 06:42 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Come listen to Come Visit the Big Bigot with me

np: "Twenty Deadly Diseases"

DJP, Friday, 27 February 2015 19:41 (two years ago) Permalink

i've been playing 'harold and cindy hospital' a lot lately - love the total switch-up from punishing slo-mo death-stomp to that really pretty synth melody

donna rouge, Friday, 27 February 2015 19:51 (two years ago) Permalink

and its all kind of the same vibe

cherry blossom, Friday, 27 February 2015 19:59 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Sevs continue to be more active onstage since splitting up than for years before: US tour titled Better Dead Than Head

Sept 18 San Francisco at Elbo Room
Sept 19 Glendale, LA at Complex
Sept 20 Seattle at the Highline
Spet 23 Austin
Sept 24 NYC at Santos Party House
Sept 25 Tampa
Sept 26 Chicago at Cold Wave Fest

( who ALSO my boss and his sister!) (sic), Friday, 8 May 2015 04:30 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Last Thursday they debuted the first "new" Heads material since 2007, a 20-minute piece which was performed live as an entire radio session. Streamable here.

glandular lansbury (sic), Wednesday, 1 June 2016 08:19 (one year ago) Permalink

now downloadable

glandular lansbury (sic), Thursday, 9 June 2016 03:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Link doesn't seem to work, could you try again?

albvivertine, Thursday, 9 June 2016 05:20 (one year ago) Permalink

it's an rss feed, will work in Firefox!

glandular lansbury (sic), Thursday, 9 June 2016 08:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Eh, maybe he'll put it up on his Bandcamp.

albvivertine, Thursday, 9 June 2016 08:34 (one year ago) Permalink

?

just sayin, Thursday, 9 June 2016 08:57 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

video snippets up now

(wave hi to me at 0:24)

glandular lansbury (sic), Friday, 1 July 2016 04:23 (one year ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

Been coming back to Rhine a lot recently.

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Friday, 28 April 2017 04:21 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Just two cents from a loooong time Clifford. I wouldn't have guessed it, all those years ago. But it seems to me nowadays that the real genius in Severed Heads is/was not Tom Ellard (though he's def. the best songwriter). No, the man responsible for making those songs/trax so strange and memorable and so memorably strange is/was Garry Bradbury! His solo works (and w/ the duo SIZE) over the last several years are the answered prayers for Clifford's who thought the post-BigBigot era Heads was not exactly the avant cat's PJs, that they were previously. And that's with all the humour and weirdness in full flower. I really can't recommend them all enough.

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Monday, 15 May 2017 05:24 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Listening now to some Garry Bradbury on bandcamp, and it's great stuff! Vyrna is on the money.

christopher.ivan, Friday, 30 June 2017 23:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

vyrna knowl is also wading through a ventilator.

dan selzer, Friday, 30 June 2017 23:44 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah that Panspermia Plus compilation is 33 tracks long, available free if you want, and extremely good.

albvivertine, Saturday, 1 July 2017 23:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink


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