Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Danielle Dax - Comatose Non-Reaction (1990) + "Tomorrow Never Knows" Single (1990)

When I was around 14, I started going through all my parents' albums I hadn't heard before, and Danielle Dax's Dark Adapted Eye (1988 compilation; it finally went back in print in late 2008!) was one that grabbed my attention most. Up to that point, I'd never heard anything quite like that album, with its strange mix of ethnic, often tribal, sounds, the spooky and vaguely psychedelic, and even country-western motifs, showcasing Dax's diverse and impressive vocal and instrumental abilities. Upon investigating whether there was more material, I found that not only was almost everything of hers out of print, but that she's remained incredibly obscure overall (currently with just around 5,000 listeners and, sadly, nothing streamable at Last.fm), which is quite inexplicable, since she has at least the chops of Siouxsie Sioux, more than enough of Kate Bush's quirky madness, and a strong injection of mysticism. I managed to also track down a copy of Blast the Human Flower (1990) a few years ago at Amoeba Records in San Francisco, and scrounged around for her myriad of other releases on the interwebs Apart from the two out-of-print items I'm offering below, her other releases are available via this post at j's heaven [for Jesus Egg That Wept (1984), Blast the Human Flower, and Inky Bloaters (1987)], *here* for Dark Adapted Eye (particularly recommended!) *here* for the Timber Tongue EP (1995; the title track includes a sample from Faust's "Just a Second (Starts Like That)"!) and *here* for Pop-Eyes (1983; this was her first release, entirely self-made and produced).

Prior to her solo endeavors, she was half of the bizarre experimental group Lemon Kittens (see also 1980 EP Cake Beast, also two additional EPs are at mysteryposter), with other half Karl Blake going on to form the Shock Headed Peters and later returning to collaborate with Dax again. Her last solo output was the aforementioned Timber Tongue EP all the way back in 1995, though she collaborated with the equally odd Andrew Liles on his 2008 album Ouarda (The Subtle Art of Phyllorhodomancy) on a few tracks. Apart from being featured on several of Sire's Just Say Yes compilations and apparently permanent cult status, Dax has gotten far less respect than what she deserves for her innovative, and incredibly still-unique works of musical artistry- now's your chance to get in on the secret!

The appropriately-titled Comatose Non-Reaction: The Thwarted Pop Career of Danielle Dax collects some of her singles and notable songs, as well as some tracks unavailable on any other collection, and serves as a good introduction:
Comatose Non-Reaction - Disc 1
- Disc 2
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Her cover of The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" is featured on her '90 album Blast the Human Flower, and the single includes both the single and album mixes, "King Crack", and two otherwise unavailable remixes:
Tomorrow Never Knows (Single)

The music video for the track is below:

4 comments:

Molecules said...

Considering this is essentially the entire back catalogue of a very talented experimental heroine from a great time in music... post of the first order. And Lemon Kittens are blowing my mind sideways, Danielle is one sick puppy. Her comment at the beginning of that video literally couldn't have been more perfect, Kate Bush would never say that O_o

Allhkva said...

That Andrew Liles's album looks unattainable at this time, I've researched for it for the last 3 hours....

evilC said...

Splendid post!

I have all her stuff on vinyl, but just not necessarily on CD or digital. Thus, I appreciate all your linking. Thank you. :-)

However, having previously discovered the J's Heaven post independently and downloaded from it, I have to issue the warning that the track 'Ostrich' is actually at the wrong speed on that download! It sounds about 15-20% too fast! Weird!

By the way, here's some other useful URLs:

http://forcedlaugh.blogspot.com/2009/07/danielle-dax-big-blue-82-single.html

http://wallywashis.name/mp3/Danielle+Dax/The+BBC+Sessions/

One thing, though. If you discover any more of my favourite music from my youth "in your parents' record collection", please be gentle with me/us. I still can't get used to being 20 ...when in fact I'm 44!

Thank you again. Keep up the good work.

Margui said...

I know this is an old post, but, is there any chance that you could upload those files again? I'm rather intrigued and I'm having a hard time finding her albums.