CHRIS KNOX - SEIZURE 1989 | MAN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

CHRIS KNOX - SEIZURE 1989 | MAN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

Chris was always essentially a collaborator. He sensibly liked to work with others with the expertise he lacked. Finally, over time, step by step, he gained the know-how to be able to record a solo album that he could be happy with. Seizure was brisk and to the point, but it needed to be. 

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by Roger Shepherd
The Jessels - Bobzilla/The Worst Noël, 1982 | Man On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown

The Jessels - Bobzilla/The Worst Noël, 1982 | Man On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown

While I have always had reservations about this release, I can see that I must learn to embrace it. Firstly as a part of the Flying Nun oeuvre that is personally unavoidably connected to me - as an almost forgotten quirky Christmas release in one remote corner of 40 years worth of Flying Nun’s more “conventional” releases. Secondly, whether anyone likes it or not, as a tiny particle of a much bigger and weirder genre - that of the Christmas record.

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Tall Dwarfs - Weeville, 1990 | Man On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown

Tall Dwarfs - Weeville, 1990 | Man On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown

Weeville is a cornucopia of sound adventures that rewards close listening. The music is restrained compared to earlier outings but there is instrumental variance that constantly bubbles to the surface. It was a significant record for Chris Knox and Alec Bathgate to make - their first album and a milestone of significance to the label.

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Chris Knox Songs For Cleaning Guppies

The story of Chris Knox's 1983 album, 'Songs for Cleaning Guppies'

"...After all, it was the anti-music business Do It Yourself (DIY) ethic that Chris was looking to embrace and not a willfully rough and ready Lo-fi one. DIY is about using the limited resources at your disposal and getting the best possible results by being imaginative and inventive."

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