parlando playlist #48: this heat - health and efficency [1980]

Posted on October 29th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

Another emergency Parlando Playlist post: again a teenage favorite.

This Heat was multi-instrumentalists Charles Hayward (I know* him as the drummer from Phil Manzanera's Quiet Sun, and the later Massacre -- not the metal Massacre but the Fred Frith/Bill Laswell Massacre), Charles Bullen, and Gareth Williams. "Health and Efficency" was a single on Piano Records.
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*not know, you know

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3 comments.

Gavin

Comment on November 13th, 2013.

A =single=? I mean, it's fine that this jazzish thing isn't quite my taste, but I'm honestly baffled by the decision to release it as a single. Was that a budget-motivated choice, or did they have hopes of cracking the pop charts?

Scraps

Comment on November 13th, 2013.

In the wilds of Experimental Rock and Art Rock -- Semi-Popular Music, as Chris Cutler of Henry Cow put it --- especially in the eighties, singles were issued in batches of (say) 500, usually songs that weren't on albums. (In that way, like England.) Like hardcore punk, too; lots of singles. Definitely different from pop singles for playing on radio.

Scraps

Comment on November 13th, 2013.

In other words, I don't think they had a hope of cracking the pop charts -- but in 1980 in England, you never knew. And this song is well known to this day, in a small but fierce way. It has a (small) Wikipedia entry.

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