Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Sally Smmit - Soundtrack to Hangahar

Sally Smmit & Her Musicians "Hangahar" (Groovy, STP 3, UK, 1980) LP

1980 great and mysterious experimental effort from Sally Timms (with her last name spelled backwards) of the Mekons, released on Pete Shelley's excellent Groovy label (which only released two other records that I know of: Shelley's Sky Yen, and the Free Agents' £3. 33). I believe Shelley was also involved with this LP, but except for "Smmit" and Lindsay Lee, the musicians are uncredited. I don't know anything about the film (if there actually was one), but the record is a classic of the UK DIY avant-underground, with primitive electronics, sound collages, wailing voices, dada-noise, and enough general weirdness / anti-rock / art-nonsense to justify its inclusion on the Nurse With Wound "influences" list, and to bring a smile to the face of any obscurist who's run out of Homosexuals side-projects to buy.


Sally Smmit and Her Musicians (1980) - Hangahar - This is The Mekons' Sally Timms like you've never heard her, long before she became the belle of skewed new wave-country music fans everywhere. Released on the ridiculously short-lived Groovy label (Pete Shelley's label, which also released his now ultra-rare Sky Yen album), the album is two sidelong pieces of shambling post-Yoko Ono, post-Can jamitude. Undoubtedly an influence on Kraut-pranksters Damenbart.

Without a doubt one of the best on the NWW List...