First: The name Gorgonzola Legs was from an album by Vivian Stanshall (member of the Bonzo Dog Do-Dah Band) named ’Sir Henry At Rawlinson End’.
Quoted: Lady Staines wants a 4th player for a game of bridge ...
"Sir Henry" she says, "would you like to be the 4th man?" Henry glared at her wattled neck, gorgonzola legs ... "
Madam", he intoned, "I wouldn't even have liked to be the first man!"
From 1984 till 1989 one day a week the music collective Gorgonzola Legs gathered in the Fish Warehouse in the harbour of IJmuiden, the main port of Amsterdam. All these moments of making weird sounds and messing around with crazy objects were captured on a 4-track cassette recorder. Hours and hours of recordings were listened to and finally Hessel Veldman made a selection of tracks that were interesting to be remixed into ‘compositions’.
Several tapes were released on the ExArt label. [See Post 2] But also two special tapes were released by LOR Tapes and Harsh Reality Music. Slimy Clupea Harengus (LOR Tapes) was a compilation of live recordings made at several venues in The Netherlands. Short Stories (Harsh Reality Music) was a compilation of improvised sound-poetry and storytelling, also recorded at the Fish Warehouse.
Listen to and download a track recorded in Haarlem @ Patronaat. From Slimy Clupea Harengus.
April 1988 the cd ‘Piscatorial Debris’ was released. We did a presentation @ the Witte Theater in IJmuiden by playing a special impro-gig as support of Snakefinger. It was the start of Phil Lithman’s European tour. The tour he never finished, because he died in Austria two weeks later.
The live recording of the Witte Theater set became the soundtrack for the Piscatorial Debris video, made by Henry van Kleeff. The video was filmed @ the Fish Warehouse in the main hall, more than 150 meters long, on a forklift truck slowly moving backwards. It was the same slow movement as in the soundtrack.
Listen to and download an excerpt from the live-recording made @ the Witte Theater in IJmuiden & soundtrack of the ‘Piscatorial Debris’ video.
During the early days of home taping (1978-80) we regularly gathered @ Queekhoven estate in Utrecht. Every month Willem de Ridder did his Radiola Improvisatie Salon, a live radio broadcast for VPRO radio, instantly playing received music cassettes from people who visited the show live in Queekhoven or who had sent the tapes by mail.