Klanggalerie’s reissue of Renaldo and the Loaf’s back catalogue continues with the release of Arabic Yodelling in May. As with previous releases it’s a double CD. The second CD is called Grain by Grain (for accuracy). Yodelling was the ‘difficult second album’. Unlike Larvae which was largely recorded before we knew that it would be released by Ralph Records, we started work on Yodelling knowing that it would be the follow up to Larvae. Whether that made us extra critical or not I don’t know, but it did take us a lot longer to record. What that did mean was that there was a LOT of material to listen to to make the selections included on Grain by Grain. Just as Songs From The Surgery presented a different picture to Songs For Swinging Larvae, so Grain by Grain compliments Arabic Yodelling. A lot of the music is instrumental, but there are some songs, including an alternative version of The Blowfly’s Dilemma and a song where, surprisingly, I take lead vocals!
Here’s a couple of excerpts:
For the first time in quite a while Renaldo and Ted have been occupying the same physical space for a few days. Lots of catching up, eating and drinking, but we also found time to listen to archive material from the time of Arabic Yodeling. We now have a pretty good idea what material will be included on the second CD with Arabic Yodeling, due to be released sometime this year.
A few snaps:
Renaldo, Bradley. Ted
Renaldo and Ted
Apparently Klanggalerie has nearly sold out of the first pressing of Title in Limbo. Fortunately I have some copies which you can buy here.
Apologies for the lack of new material on the blog over the past few months and the brevity of this post.
Renaldo and the Loaf play Struve and Sneff is now SOLD OUT, however I do have copies of Songs for Swinging Larve, details on Buy RATL CDs page.
Klanggalerie have now released The Residents/RATL – Title in Limbo and also Behind Closed Curtains/Tap Dancing in Slush
Atom Age Industries are now selling RATL t-shirts. 2 designs, one based on the original Olleh Olleh Rotcod cover picture, the other an excellent facsimilie of the original Swinging Larvae shirt.
Best wishes for the Solstice and a Happy New Year to all readers.
Interesting piece on Title in Limbo here scroll down the page.
It’s a pity that Title in Limbo is currently unavailable.
Klanggalerie are now taking pre-orders for the next release in the Renaldo and the Loaf reissue series. Strictly speaking this isn’t a reissue, though. The eagled eyed may have spotted the ‘p’ preceding Renaldo & the Loaf on the cover picture, as this is, in fact, Prenaldo and the Loaf!
Before the cassette Renaldo and the Loaf play Struve and Sneff, before the name Renaldo and the Loaf was even conceived, we recorded an album and EP under the name Plimsollline which was scheduled for release on a label called Raw Records. When the deal didn’t work out we put the material on the shelf and started working on the new marerial which eventually became Renaldo and the Loaf play Struve and Sneff (Letters From Lee is an aural soundscape of the collapse of the Raw Records deal).
One or two tracks have previously had a very limited release, but here for the first time, 35 years after they were recorded, in their entirety are the album Behind Closed Curtains and the EP Tap Dancing In Slush. Plus a second CD, entitled Rotcodism, of even more obscure material contemporary with the material that was scheduled for release.
The Music Is Taboo is no longer available as a download. I had an email from the hosting website that someone had alleged a copyright infringement! It’s hard to believe since Brian and I have copyright of the songs. Can’t imagine who complained; anybody have any ideas?
Melvyn (of Melvyn’s Repose fame) found this recording he made back in 1981 when John Peel played Spratts Medium on his Top Gear show!
Wikipedia has an entry entitled Unusual Types of Gramaphone Records and Songs For Swinging Larvae gets a mention:
“On the Ralph Records release Songs for Swinging Larvae by Renaldo and the Loaf, the last song on side one continues into the inner spiral and into the inner groove with a loop of a male voice providing a spoken percussion effect of “boom boom crash crash,” which, however, when it reaches the inner groove is not strictly in the same 4/4 rhythm, being more in 5/8 (“boom boom crash crash [crash]”) This motif reappears (in strict 4/4 rhythm again) in the lead-in groove opening Side Two of the album, which then leads to the first selection on that side.”