martedì 5 febbraio 2008

Manicured Noise - Faith/Free Time (7'', 1979)

Manchester, England's Manicured Noise formed in 1978, but the very early days of the band remain a mystery. Given their name by prime Manchester scenester Linder, the group peddled a form of spiky and angular jazz/punk. Jeff Noon, acclaimed sci-fi, cyberpunk writer ("Vurt", "Nymphomation") was an early member of the group, adding to the group's retro-futurist edge. Inspired by Television, Talking Heads, August Darnell's Machine, French Soundtracks and Disco Chic along with a nod to Northern Soul and Moroder, the band cut a singular groove. Early hours inspiration from 70’s cop and Kung-Fu soundtracks were incorporated, a good 10 years or more before Massive Attack and Portishead did the same. In doing so, Manicured Noise created a sound that’s still difficult to pin down.

Guitarist and later period frontman Steven Walsh was an ex member of the Flowers of Romance, pre-Pistols vehicle for Sid Vicious, and various members of the Slits and Banshees. Steven brought an experimental and funky ethos to the band.

"Faith" (Pre/Charisma, 1980) was acclaimed on release, its Northern backbeat acknowledging the Manchester debt. A BBC session followed. Then, nothing. As Steven Walsh suggests: “Had we stayed together that little bit longer, who knows what might have been?"

"Northern Stories 1978/80", a Manicured Noise retrospective, will be released October 30th on Caroline True Records. The album collects for the first time almost all of their recordings including their two singles for Pre/Charisma Records, a BBC session and unreleased material.

Manicured Noise was:
Steve Walsh - Vocals and Guitar
Stephanie Nuttall - Drums
Jodie Taylor - Bass
Peter Bannister - Clarinet/Sax
Owen Gavin - Vocalist
Jeff Noon - Guitar


A1 Faith
B1 Free Time

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Muchas gracias desde Argentina!

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Manicured Noise's Stephanie Nuttal was a founder member of Argentinian exquisite band "Sumo". At the time Manchester scene started to fall, at the end of the 70s, Nuttal abandoned Manicured Noise to move to London. In the city, she shared an appartment with a friend, Linda, and Linda's boyfriend, Luca Prodan. Prodan, an Italian educated at Scotish private school Gordonstown. At that time, Prodan was living in London working in a security company and sharing time with an Argentinian fomer schoolmate and friend, Timmy McKern.
Nutal and Prodan became closed friends. Prodan moved to Argentina trying to leave his addiction to heroine. There, he decided to create a rock band and went back to London to sell his woods before launching it in Buenos Aires. That was the moment in which he invited Nuttal to join his project.
Nuttal arrived to Buenos Aires on October, 13th, 1981 after a long flight with stops in The Nederlands, Portugal and Brazil.
They spent some days in McKern's house in Hurlingham, a British neighborhood close to Buenos Aires, and then moved to Nono, a small town in the province of Cordoba.
In that place they all created Sumo, a punk-reggae-rock band that revolutioned Argentina's scene. Prodan was the leading voice and Nuttal the drummer and the band was formed also with Argentinians Alejandro Sokol (Bass) and German Daffunchio (guitar).
Urged by her parents, Nuttal retourned to England in 1982, few days after Argentinian military government decided to invade Malvinas/Falkland Islands, then under British control.