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Furious Pig Lights in a Fat City Beasts of Paradise Trance Mission
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Furious Pig was a group that emerged out of the High School experiences of a group of friends and relations in Totnes, a little town in South Devon, England. Influenced by listening to an eclectic mix of early Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, The Beatles, Ethiopian Polyphonic chants, The Doors, Stravinsky and Edgar Varese, among other things, we moved to London in 1979 a year after reaching the final of the National 'Melody Maker' Rock/Folk Contest - an event at which the judges included Bob Geldof, Justin Hayward [of the Moody Blues] and Ray Coleman [editor of Melody Maker]. Needless to say Furious Pig didn't win with their stirring renditions of 'I'm Going Round the Bend' and the jarring 'In Order of Height' but Bob Geldof said we'd 'Gotta Lotta Bottle'[Nerve] playing what we played. Squatting in houses around North London we developed a form of intense acapella vocal chanting, highly orchestrated with choreographed passages. It became a cult sensation on the London and N.European club scene. We toured on the bill with bands like This Heat, The Raincoats, Pere Ubu, The Slits, The Fall, The TV Personalities. We played on the streets, in clubs, pubs, schools. At the Comic Strip in Soho we were a regular music act - playing alongside all the comedians who became 'The Young Ones' and 'Absolutely Fabulous' on TV. We scored a live soundtrack to a William Burroughs book, 'The Wild Boys'. Our session on Radio 1 DJ John Peels show so divided the listenership between those who loved and those who loathed our music that it was repeated in record time. We'd spend 8 hours a day for months working on extending our vocal ranges, often in grotesque and hilarious ways - we had fun! Rough Trade Records got us into the studio and we recorded a vocal set including versions of 'I Don't Like Your Face', 'Jonny So Long' and the 'Kingmother'. I always regretted not recording 'Frozen Tarzan' with its alternating Shouting Through Cardboard Tubes and simply Shouting choreography and its Rolling On The Floor section. However, tapes do exist......
Furious Pig came to an end when I left to become MD of Circus Oz in Australia. However all the other band members continued recording careers: Martin Kent aka Martin Pig with a series of singles on Rough Trade and Dominic Weeks and Cass Davies with two full length LP's on Recommended Records: Het - 'Lets Het' and another with french chanteuse Hermine.

[Footnote] Years later I was amused to see Furious Pig's record cover judged to be one of the 5 WORST EVER on a popular TV talk show.

|>Recording: 'I DON'T LIKE YOUR FACE' [1980 Rough Trade EP]
Stephen Kent - Vocal, Guitar, Percussion, French Horn
Cass Davies - Vocals, Percussion, Pause Button FX
Martin Kent - Vocal, Drums and Percussion
Dominic Weeks - Vocal, Electric Piano, Bass, Bass-Clarinet
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Lights in a Fat City was formed in London in the mid-1980's when Stephen Kent and Eddy Sayer used to get together and lighten up the fat city in the market places and on the streets of London. The band became 'official' at the 1987 WOMAD festival in England when Simon Tassano joined the group, making it a trio.

Over 4 Years LIAFC played many World Music, Jazz,
Color New Music and Folk Festivals all over Europe and North America. They performed in Support of Australian Aboriginal, Native American and Tibetan organizations and issues. In 1991 Simon Tassano became unavailable to tour and LIAFC played in Canada and the USA with Kenneth Newby joining on Winds and Digital Atmospheres. With this line-up a series of Recordings was made in San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts. A new remastered version of these recordings, produced by Kenneth Newby is now available.

|>Recording:
'SOMEWHERE' [1988 These Records / 1993 City of Tribes]
|>Recording:
'MEMORY GROUND' [1999 City of Tribes] Produced by LIAFC & Kenneth Newby
Stephen Kent - Didjeridu, Percussion
Eddy Sayer - Drums, Percussion
Simon Tassano - Treatments, Atmospheres and Effects
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Beasts of Paradise came into being in 1994 in San Francisco, the gradual honing of a group of musicians working in the San Francisco Bay Area collectively composing pieces in song format. Performing only in the States they produced two CD's with two different versions of the band:

"Virtually nonclassifiable acoustic beauty...Each selection weaves together the primitive and thoroughly modern in a seamless magic carpet of taste and wonder...a stunning album whose completely individual sound and simple presentation distinguish it from anything else in the pack. The Beasts of Paradise go a long way toward readmitting poetics into the world of pop music both as a sound and aesthetic. This is exciting, sensuous, innovative music that deserves an audience as ambitious and diverse as its musical vision. Years from now, I'll still be playing this one regularly, and that's as high a compliment as I can pay." --Thom Jurek/Metro Times

|>Recording: 'NOBODY KNEW THE TIME' [1994 City of Tribes - a 5 track EP] Produced by Alex Stahl & Kenneth Newby
Geoffrey Gordon - Multi-Ethnic Percussion
Barbara Imhoff - Pedal Harp
Nancy Kaspar - Double Bass
Stephen Kent - Didjeridu
Eda Maxym - Vocals
Kalonica McQuesten - Vocals
Peter Whitehead - Homemade Rebab, Percussion

|>Recording: 'GATHERED ON THE EDGE' [1995 City of Tribes] Produced by Simon Tassano
Geoffrey Gordon - Multi-Ethnic Percussion
Barbara Imhoff - Pedal Harp
Nancy Kaspar - Double Bass
Stephen Kent - Didjeridu, Guitar, Cuatro, Percussion
Eda Maxym - Vocals
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Trance Mission was formed in 1992 in San Francisco, California by a group of musicians improvising together in small venues, mostly in the Mission district of San Francisco. Through these conversational beginnings emerged Trance Mission:

Beth Custer - Clarinets, Trumpet
Stephen Kent - Didjeridus, Percussion
John Loose - Multi Ethnic Percussion
Kenneth Newby - Winds, Digital Atmospherics
|>Recording:
'TRANCE MISSION' [1993 City of Tribes] Produced by Trance Mission & Oliver di Cicco.
Guests: Will Bernard - Guitar, Eda Maxym - Vocal
|>Recording: 'MEANWHILE' [1995 City of Tribes] Produced by Simon Tassano & Trance Mission.
Guests: Robert Anthony - Spoken Word, Eda Maxym - Vocal, Peter Whitehead - Rebab

|>Recording:
'HEAD LIGHT' [1996 City of Tribes] Produced by Simon Tassano & Trance Mission.
Guests: Eda Maxym - Vocal, Jim Santi Owen - Tavil, Morsing.



In late 1996 John Loose and Kenneth Newby became unavailable for touring and left the band. Trance Mission's 2nd incarnation featured:

Beth Custer - Clarinets, Trumpet, Toys, Vocals
Stephen Kent - Didjeridu, Percussion, Cello-Sintir
Eda Maxym - Vocals, Keyboards
Peter Valsamis - Drums, Percussion, Samples.

On the 25th July 1998 this line-up of TM recorded a live concert in Berkeley, California.
|>Recording:
'A DAY OUT OF TIME' [1999 City of Tribes] Produced by Simon Tassano & Trance Mission.

Over six years Trance Mission performed widely in the States and Canada and played a number of European Tours and Festivals. The band is taking an extended sabbatical while members work on other projects.

"Since debuting in 1993, Trance Mission have enthralled their fans with an astonishing array of ancient and modern instruments and a unique spirituality...On Head Light, they whip up a lush, melodic collection that combines worldbeat, ambient and trip-hop...As with their past two albums,
Head Light is packed with atmospheric gems that defy the moniker "world music"...Fans of musical panoramas such as Peter Gabriel's Passion will be enchanted by what Head Light has to offer."

--Aliza Rabinoff/Smug Magazine
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