An essential document of a bygone era.
White Trash Boom-Boom
White Trash Boom-Boom
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Beer and a Pizza
Spengo La Luce
The deep archives of disco legend and synth wizard Patrick Cowley continue to prove inspirational for Dark Entries. Cowley, who passed away from AIDS-related illness in 1982, was the multi-faceted producer behind numerous disco anthems such as Sylvester’s “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”. Since 2009, Dark Entries has been working with Cowley’s friends and family to shed light on the lesser known facets of this singular artist’s output. This has resulted in a string of celebrated archival albums, including Catholic (featuring Jorge Socarras), School Daze, Muscle Up, Afternooners, Mechanical Fantasy Box, and Some Funkettes.
For the latest addition to this saga, White Trash Boom-Boom, Dark Entries has teamed up with The Stud to release four tracks culled from some of Cowley’s earliest rehearsal tapes. In 1972 Patrick was living in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood with Theresa McGinley and Janice Sukaitis, friends of his from New York. In 1973, Theresa and Janice formed White Trash Boom-Boom, an all-female avant-garde performance troupe. Reacting to the Angels of Light and the Cockettes, they captured the spirit of the times: camp, confrontational, and delirious. Theresa recalls, “We brewed a brand of performance that steered away from the doctrinaire and reveled in ambiguities.” Patrick provided their theatrical experiments with appropriately zany musical accompaniment. Side A features two songs from the “Country and Western” skit, “Bride” and “Beer and a Pizza”, which were written by Janice and Karen Dunaway and produced by Cowley. The feminist skit tackled the issue of women’s limited life choices in society. The B-side contains “Baciami” and “Spengo la Luce”, two songs from “Goes to Little Italy”, a skit addressing Catholic expectations of female chastity, performed in 1974 on top of the bar at the Stud. These songs were lifted from an Italian folk 7” found at a thrift store, and feature “improvised” Italian. The material on Boom-Boom shows Cowley flexing his synthesizer muscles to create curiously camp genre pieces. This is an essential document of a bygone era.
White Trash Boom-Boom is limited to 330 hand-numbered copies. All songs were remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios. The cover was designed by Eloise Leigh, and features a photograph of the White Trash Boom-Boom skit “Goes to Little Italy”. The lithograph sleeves were printed by The Aesthetic Union. Included is an insert featuring notes from original Boom-Boom girls. The release date of Boom-Boom is timed to coincide with the opening of Queer Visions at Haight Street Art Center, an exhibition that explores the role of nightlife in queer art in San Francisco.
1980-82 UK Melodic Post Punk Compilation Repressed
Sad Lovers & Giants
Lost In A Sea Full Of Sighs
When I See You
There Was No Time
Things We Never Did
Lost In A Moment
The Tightrope Touch
Sad Lovers & Giants are a post-punk band from Watford, England who formed in 1980. The original lineup included vocalist Garçe (Simon) Allard, guitarist Tristan Garel-Funk, bassist Cliff Silver, drummer Nigel Pollard and keyboardist/saxophonist David Wood. They released their first 3-song 7” EP “Clé” followed by the “Colourless Dream” single both in 1981 and “Lost In A Moment” 7” single in 1982. They released two studio albums, Epic Garden Music (1982) and Feeding the Flame (1983), before temporarily disbanding. In 2016, Dark Entries released Lost In A Sea Full of Sighs, a collection of the band’s early work, but the record incorrectly included 1988 versions of the two songs from the “Lost In A Moment” 7”. For this repress, the tracklist has been corrected to include the original 1982 recordings of “Lost In A Moment” and “The Tightrope Touch”.
The 9 tracks of Lost In A Sea Full of Sighs include all seven songs from their first three 7” singles plus one demo and one song recorded for a John Peel Session in 1981. Lead singer and songwriter Garce Allard was influenced by the works of Sartre, Orwell, Huxley, Dali and Kafka and especially T.S. Elliot’s ‘The Wasteland’. The sense of alienation that Elliot conveys in his stream of conscious-like poem perfectly echoed Allard’s own experience. Many of the lyrics on this collection are vaguely autobiographical, melodramatically exploring personal relationships. The music is moody, dense, and cerebral, awash with synthesizer swirls and sax interjections that evoke the band’s peers such as The Chameleons, Modern English and The Cure.
All songs have been remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The jacket, designed by Eloise Leigh, features a drawing of an espalier used for “horizontal training”, a technique to control the directional growth of plants. Each copy includes an 8 page black and white zine booklet with lyrics, liner notes, and drawings, plus an 8.5×11” gig poster from the band’s archives.
SYLVESTER SHIRTS RESTOCKED
We’ve remade a shirt from Sylvester’s 1979 UK Tour. We first spotted this shirt worn by Patrick Cowley, who played synthesizers on the tour. The back of the shirt features a photograph of a sequin adorned Sylvester singing by Phil Bray. All proceeds from this official shirt will go to the same two charities Sylvester left his royalties to after his death, Project Open Hand and PRC (formerly AIDS Emergency Fund).