Fanfare in the Garden

Fanfare in the Garden

by Essential Logic


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Fanfare in the Garden

Consider Fanfare in the Garden another debt paid by Kill Rock Stars, the label that did another admirable thing two years prior with their reissue of Kleenex/Liliput. Just as crucial as that release, if not more so, Fanfare in the Garden takes its own place as an unassailable piece of post-punk history. If there's any group that exemplified the biting lyrics/fun sounds combination that several post-punk bands made their stock-in-trade, it's Essential Logic, formed by ex-X-Ray Spex saxophonist Lora Logic. Logic and her bandmates whipped up an alarming squall, made all the more unique by the leader's sax squonks and equally frantic vocals, which are prone to wild shifts of pitch and tone -- from chirps to yelps, from swoops to flutters -- that regularly find ways to contort traditional pronunciations. Logic's phonetic spelling of "aerosol burns," for instance, would look something like "ayyr-O-sawl burr-URNZ." Like a lot of their peers -- early Scritti Politti, the Pop Group, the Slits, Liliput, the Raincoats -- they sound incredibly tight one moment and then sound as if they're quickly marching toward the brink of unraveling. Nearly every song is a trebly buzz filled with jerky rhythms and dissonant screeches -- qualities bred by an exhilarating form of feral oomph. That said, Fanfare in the Garden is far from thorough and selects some questionable material. While the bulk of the band's lone album, two EPs, and several singles are provided, this was the perfect chance to put the entirety of those releases back into circulation. Though some of Logic's early solo material is welcomed -- particularly the relatively tame but delightful 1981 single "Wonderful Offer" -- much of the space on the second disc is occupied by inferior, albeit decent, late-'90s recordings. The compilation is unskippable nonetheless.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2003
Label: Kill Rock Stars
UPC: 0759656039925
catalogNumber: 60399
Rank: 54508

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Essential Logic   Primary Artist
Lora Logic   Saxophone,Vocals,Xylophone
David Farren   Percussion,Vocals,Double Bass
Charles Hayward   Drums
Phil Legg   Guitar
Eddie Stevens   Keyboards
Rich-Tea   Drums
Richard Tee   Drums
Mark Turner   Bass
Gary Valentine   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Sarasvati   Piano
William Bennett   Guitar
John Oliver   Bass
Nick Pretzel   Vocals
Stuart Action   Guitar

Technical Credits

Essential Logic   Composer
Mayo Thompson   Composer,Contributor
Gina Birch   Contributor
Kim Gordon   Artwork
Greil Marcus   Liner Notes
Stephen Lewis   Engineer

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