Friday, July 1, 2016

The Broughtons - 1982 - Superchip

The Broughtons

01. Metal Sunday
02. Superchip
03. Who Only Fade Away
04. Curtain
05. Outrageous Behaviour
06. Not So Funny Farm
07. Nighthogs
08. Innocent Bystanders
09. Pratfall
10. Overdose
11. Do You Wanna Be Immortal
12. Subway Information
13. The Last Electioneer
14. Goodbye Ancient Homeland

Bass Guitar, Vocals – Arthur Grant
Guitar, Vocals – Tom Nordon
Keyboards – Duncan Bridgeman
Keyboards, Piano, Vocals – Dennis Haynes
Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Marimba – Steve Broughton
Vocals, Guitar, Vocoder – Edgar Broughton

First print on their own record label.
From the inner sleeve:
Produced by Edgar Broughton & Steve Broughton for WEEMENIT.
All titles published by Blackhill Music except 'Curtain' & 'Pratfall' by Blackhill Music/Soft Rock
In any event copyright WEEMENT MUSIC 1981. SHEET2

Super Chip: The Final Silicon Solution turned out to be the last studio release by Edgar Broughton in 1982. For those who were hooked on the raw, gritty, psychedelic and blues sonics of the original Edgar Broughton Band, this set, a concept album deeply rooted in electronic keyboards and new wave herky-jerky tempos, had to be a shock -- if they even cared at this point -- and there is every evidence to suggest, historically, that they didn't give a rip. Musically, Super Chip was deeply influenced by Bill Nelson's latter day Be Bop Deluxe and Red Noise projects, but it's not nearly as innovative as either. Culturally, the band found inspiration in reacting against Thatcherism (as it had in being political since its earliest days), and embracing new wave, albeit way too late as post-punk was beginning to wind down and give way to the sheeny New Romantic synthesizer driven pop that would put a half-dozen bands on the charts. Alas, it should feel cynical, but it's not; it's simply naïve. There are a couple of cuts here, such as "Metal Sunday," that opens the disc and has a certain Nelson-esque charm, and the brief "Not So Funny Farm," which has a cool guitar riff that sounds like something off Blue Öyster Cult's Tyranny and Mutation melded with quirky, off-kilter vocals. That's about it except for the 17-plus minute "The Virus" added as a bonus cut on the CD. It sounds like something from early electro and house. Disembodied machine voices give a sterile narrative explaining what the virus is. Its deep big beat is infectious for the first nine minutes before it slips off into hippie-dippie speculative synth ambience with bird and ocean sounds and an acoustic piano for its final eight minutes, like a tossed-off Mike Oldfield recording.

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