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VOD145.TLA: Those Little Aliens / This Little Alien (Ian Dobson / Gordon Hope) (1Lp plus 7inch) ltd.111 1

Recordings 1980/81 from Image 341, Flowmotion and Un-Ltd Abilities-Label

There are several components that would contribute to what would become Those Little Aliens / This Little Aliens and the zine/labels Flowmotion and Image 341 and Un-Ltd.Abilities, all run by British DIY-Protagonists Ian Dobson and Gordon Hope.
The first of these came with the advent of punk and especially the Anarchy Tour which made its much-delayed debut in their home town of Leeds in December 1976, and introduced Ian Dobson to a scene that threw him into wholeheartedly as a seventeen year old looking for something different. The music, or some of it at least, was great but more important was the ethos that anybody could do it and it was with this in mind that he invested in a cheap electric guitar and then a drum kit, both of which proved that, yes, anyone could do it... BADLY!

As the 1-2-3 of punk became either increasingly repetitive or commercialised by bands clamouring to be snapped up by major record labels looking to snap up 'the next big thing', the drum kit was sold on and the guitar and left to gather dust until in early 1978 an unlikely meeting in a 'ma and pa' record store with an intriguing sounding album in an almost plain white sleeve would once again turn his preconceptions of what music should be on its head. That album, Throbbing Gristle's 'The Second Annual Report', seemed to dispense with the ethos of 'This is a chord, this is another, this is a third. Now form a band' altogether and suggested that perhaps those strange noises my guitar made weren't so bad after all.

Another key piece of the jigsaw was the advent of affordable monophonic/duophonic synths that didn't take up an entire room, the recordings collected here using the Korg MS20, the Octave Cat, the legendary, but somewhat troublesome Wasp as well as the Korg SQ10 sequencer and the Boss Dr. Rythmn DR55 (which Ian hates to this day). Recording was via a Tandberg 10x10 stereo recorder, Teac A108 Sync cassette deck through a Tensai 2030 amp, apart from the three compilation tracks which were recorded at the wonderful Colin Potter's, then, 4 track studio near York.

All of this would have travelled no further than a bedroom in Harehills, Leeds without the humble compact audio cassette which, via a process known as Magnitizdat (also the name of the legendary Deleted Records first compilation), popularised by non-government approved bands in Soviet Russia, enabled the re-copying and distribution of music for a minimal outlay, usually just a blank cassette and stamps for the return postage. It was through such an outlay, somewhere around 1980, for an 'Aural Assault' by Gordon Hope, a few miles across town that the collaborations on these recordings were born. The rest, they may one day say, is history.

17,00 € incl. MwSt plus shipping