Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Curtain Call: The Teardrop Explodes From '81

More horns! First, let me come clean. I do not own the priceless piece of vinyl shown above. Man, I sure wish I did. This live take of "Sleeping Gas" first appeared as the B-side to the "Tiny Children" 12" single. I have it as a bonus track from my version of 'Kilimanjaro.' There are six extra songs tacked on the end of my record, taken from the Japanese mini album 'Kirimanjalo.' The studio version of "Sleeping Gas" was the brilliant debut single from the band's days on Zoo Records. The live version was recorded Dec. 22, 1981 at Liverpool's Pyramid Club, where the place was dubbed Club Zoo. The band set up residence there during this time... playing twice a day! Yes, this is another time-machine moment for me. Julian Cope and the lads were known for "wilder" shows, and this nearly 10-minute rendition illustrates the point beautifully. You can buy the three-disc deluxe edition of 'Kilimanjaro' here.

The Teardrop Explodes - Sleeping Gas (Live) (mp3)

1 comment:

Echorich said...

The Tiny Children 12" was the last TE vinyl I purchased. For years I found Wilder a difficult album to like, but sometime in the early 90's when music basically sucked IMHO - no love for grunge or Britpop - I re-examined Wilder and now find it a wonderful, weird record.
I have to say that musical trypic which are Crocodiles, Kilimanjaro and Nah = Poo — The Art of Bluff, are my Holy Trinity capturing a time and era that I still think was magical and the essence of Post Punk.