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Last Few Days

Gender: Male
Country: United Kingdom
An English group associated with the industrial avant-garde of rock music, it was formed in 1982 by Keir John „K WARHEAD” FRASER, Si “S GROSS” JOYCE and Daniel “STAN BINGO/STYME” LANDIN (who quit in 1986), the three being assisted occasionally, mainly for live performances by Fritz “CATLIN” HAMAN (also of 23 SKIDOO and CURRENT 93). They didn’t leave much released output, by choice rather than necessity, but gained considerable acclaim for their concerts, frequently held at unusual times, e.g. in early mornings, following all-night long screenings of film material. Their heyday came with their close collaboration with LAIBACH, confirmed by the soon legendary joint tour of Europe in 1983. Theirs was an original body of work, highly depressive, formally sparing but effective in evo- king an atmosphere of misery, sadness and helplessness. They employed both traditional instruments, including guitars and the processed sounds of a drum machine, cacophony of concrete sounds, e.g. of broken glass, elec- tronic feedback and collages on tapes. Their neurotic lyrics, often recited in an inspired manner and delivered through hand-held megaphones, dealt with themes of the inevitability of death, apocalypse, spiritual void and loneliness of the individual in the modern world. Due to personal diffe- rences on the further course of artistic progress, the band unexpectedly ceased operations in 1986. Reactivated briefly four years later, they seemed to follow a rather unadventurous path, not shy of making references to disco music. LANDIN definitely quit any musical activities in 1986 and later embarked on a successful career as a film director. JOYCE quit any artistic activities, while FRASER formed a number of musical projects, e.g. 8 LAZY BASTARDS, 9 LAZY 9 and PHOSPHORUS in Italy in the 1990s. 36 Selected discography: split with LAIBACH (Galerija SKUC Izdaja 1983) tape So The Last Shall Be First And The First Last For Many Be Called But Few Chosen (Staalplaat 1984) tape split with S/Z Ritual: Magnetic North (Touch 1985) 7” EP Pure Spirit And Saliva Live (Dead Man’s Curve 1986) LP Too Much Is Not Enough (Touch 1986) 12” EP
23 Skidoo are a British band playing a fusion of industrial, post-punk, alternative dance, rock, and world music. The group was named after an early 20th century American slang phrase that appeared in the work of Aleister Crowley, William S. Burroughs, Robert Anton Wilson and filmmaker Julian Biggs. Formed in 1979 by Fritz Catlin, Johnny Turnbull and Sam Mills, and later augmented by Alex Turnbull and Tom Heslop, 23 Skidoo had interests in martial arts, Burundi and Kodo drumming, Fela Kuti, The Last Poets, William S. Burroughs, as well as the emerging confluence of industrial, post-punk and funk, heard in artists such as A Certain Ratio, Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, The Pop Group and This Heat.

Their first 7", "Ethics" was released in 1980, followed by the "Last Words" 7", produced by Stephen Mallinder and Richard H. Kirk from Cabaret Voltaire. A Peel Session was recorded on September 16, 1981 that included Richard. Their debut album, Seven Songs, was released in 1982 and is said to evoke the claustrophobic humidity of an African forest. An experimental EP Tearing Up The Plans was produced without the Turnbull brothers, who were traveling in Indonesia. Guitarist Sam Mills and vocalist Tom Heslop left the band soon after, and with the arrival of slap-bassist David "Sketch" Martin following the break-up of Linx, the lineup remained the same until their disintegration in 2003.

With the Turnbull brothers back from Indonesia where they were exposed to Gamelan, the band recruited Aswad's horn section for the "Coup" 12", which featured samples from Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now. It has been alleged that The Chemical Brothers stole the bass line for their "Block Rockin' Beats" track. The Culling Is Coming (1983 - noted for featuring the band live at the first WOMAD Festival) and Urban Gamelan (1984) followed, criticized at the time for their shift towards more abstract sounds. After having been evicted from their rehearsal space at Genesis P-Orridge's 'Death Factory' the band shifted their focus towards hip hop and released a few singles and a compilation album Just Like Everybody in 1987.

In 1989 the Turnbull brothers formed the Ronin label, and released material by Deckwrecka, Roots Manuva, and Rodney P amongst others. They signed to Virgin Records in 1991 and were able to build a new studio with their advance.