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VARIOUS The Godfather Of Odd - A Hardy Fox Tribute

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Hardy Fox grew up in Texas. After college he moved to San Francisco reveling in the free love days of 1967-68. He co-founded the much loved cult band, the Residents, where he was primary composer. The Residents recorded such groundbreaking albums as Eskimo, Duck Stab, Commercial Album or Fingerprince and continue to inspire, record and tour until this very day. They aren't only known for their avantgarde music, but also for their multimedia CD ROMs and their DVDs. Throughout the group's existence, the individual members have ostensibly attempted to operate under anonymity, preferring instead to have attention focused on their art output. Much outside speculation and rumor has focused on this aspect of the group. In public, the group appears silent and costumed, often wearing eyeball helmets, top hats and tails—a long-lasting costume now recognized as its signature iconography. In 2015 Hardy retired from the band, and two years later identified himself as the band's co-founder and primary composer. Hardy continued to record under various pseudonyms, best known as Charles Bobuck, until later he worked under his own name and released such seminal albums as Heart or Rilla contemplates Love. A week before his untimely death, Hardy recorded a very personal good-bye to his fans, a mini album entitled 25 Minus Minutes. For many of us, Hardy wasn't only a genius musician, but also a close personal friend. Philippe Perreaudin and Walter Robotka have thus put together a tribute album to him which collects specifically recorded music by former label mates, collaborators and friends, and also some musical admirers. The cover was made by Helge Wagner and it also features a piece of art by Liz R. Full tracklist: 1. Blaine L. Reininger - Autumn Shore 2. The Residents - If Only 3. Harry Lagoussis - Crossing Up In Space 4. Palo Alto - El Ralpho 5. Laurie Amat - He Said 6. Harvey & Nipple - Teddy 7. Carla Fabrizio - Inter 8. DDAA - Adios Come Again 9. Cult With No Name - I Hate Heaven 10. JG Thirlwell - Trouble Adore 11. Renaldo & The Loaf - Mahogany Wood 12. Steven Brown - The Yawn Song 13. Už Jsme Doma & Randy - Never Known Questions 14. Ptose - The Black Hound Shrine 15. Fred Frith - Almost Certain. Price: € 17,-/copy incl. worldwide shipping.

In the spirit of the man who influenced the making of this recording, instead of reslogging that whole lot – will save to say that there is not a single dud in this bunch of left-o-center works, touching instrumental and crooned works, the odd-bird genre-defying inclusions, twisted lounge and sound collage, and an otherwise overall brilliant dedication to a man who would likely want to be looking upon listeners in his absence with a big fat cheshire grin. His colleagues have done him proud, and this is a record that you can listen to end from end as the mood shifts with a thoughtful curatorial finesse.
(Toneshift, July 2019)

Die musikalische Bandbreite ist absolut vielfältig. Instrumentale Stücke, die perfekt in den Soundtrack eines David-Lynch-Films passen würden, gibt es ebenso zu hören, wie Geräuschcollagen oder tribalistischen Elektroklängen. Zum Teil handelt es sich um Coverversionen der Residents oder von Stücken, die Fox solo veröffentlicht hat, aber auch vertonte E-Mail-Konversationen mit Fox. Sehr abwechslungsreich, teilweise sehr spannend, manchmal auch anstrengend, definitiv nichts für Menschen, die nur Mainstream an ihre Ohren lassen.
(Polytox, August 2020)