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Family Fodder

Family Fodder was less a band than a never-ending collective of musicians messing with tapes in the basement of a London flat. Begun in 1979 by Alig Pearce, a label called Small Wonder released their first 7" when they still went by the name Te Deum. (Interestingly, the other two singles released concurrently by the label were the first Cure single and Bauhaus' "Bela Lugosi's Dead.") The band was led by odd splices of tape, dub effects, and Dominique Levillain's chanteuse vocals. Influenced by Syd Barrett, the Kinks, and This Heat, Pearce moved his compositions from psychedelics to drones to proto-electronic music full of cut-up location recordings. The band thought themselves to be very serious musicians but the music takes on a light air due to the splicing and humor throughout. The group toured three times between 1981 and 1982. In 1983, Pearce borrowed some of the band's record advance money from their new label, Fresh, to fund another project's tour. The resulting album, All Styles, came out of these diminished funds and was scratchy, ill planned, and home-recorded. It sold only about 100 copies when released. Pearce went on to be a professional accordionist and in 1989 reformed Family Fodder with Levillain, Hobbs, and Wilson. He also tours under the name Johnny Human. With the 1999 reissue by Dark Beloved Cloud, Family Fodder has found a new audience with avant and new wave enthusiasts. ~ Daphne Carr
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Foreverandever

1. Walls of Ice (feat. Viv Corringham)

2. You Came (Again)

3. October

4. Mountains of Your Moon

5. La Poète

6. Your Heart My Home (feat. Viv Corringham)

7. Swimming Against the Tide (feat. Viv Corringham)

8. Disappointment

9. Mating Call

10. Viviana Dogama (feat. Viv Corringham)

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Track List: Sex Works

1. You Came (Again)

2. Nerd Sex (feat. Bee Ororo)

3. F**k You Til I'm Dead (Exhumed) (feat. Dominique Levillain)

4. Dinosaur Sex (Dusted)

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Track List: Water Shed

1. Would (Feat. Dominique Levillain)

2. Naked (Feat. Dominique Levillain)

3. English (Feat. Dominique Levillain)

4. Lost (Feat. Dominique Levillain)

5. Women (Feat. Dominique Levillain) (Edit)

6. Deep Time (Feat. Dominique Levillain) (Edit)

7. Rouge (Feat. Dominique Levillain)

8. Whisper (Feat. Dominique Levillain) (Edit)

9. Always (Feat. Dominique Levillain)

10. Fox (Feat. Dominique Levillain)

11. Shame (Feat. Dominique Levillain)

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Track List: All Styles

Disc 1

1. Disarm Completely (Progressive)

2. Winter Song (M.O.R.)

3. Ballet: Apocryphal Excerpts from the Carolingian Epoch - Prelude/Pas De Deux/The Birth/La Jardin (Classical)

4. Indians (Folk)

5. Malfunction (Europop)

6. I Am a Spy (Funk)

7. Mack the Knife (Goodtime)

8. Windmills (Badtime)

9. Worldes Blis (Soul)

Disc 2

1. Ecstasy Harmony (Jazz)

2. Falling in Love Again (Cabaret)

3. Don't Make Me Need You (Easy Listening)

4. Breakfast of Champions (Punk)

5. Oh Dolores (Country and Western)

6. Saltarello (Disco)

7. Frustration (Bonus 7" Track)

8. Coral (feat. Lyn Alice) (Bonus 7" Track)

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Track List: Just Love Songs (Remastered)

1. The Onliest Thing

2. Hippy Bus To Spain

3. Deja Deja Vu

4. Primeval Pony

5. Whatever Happened To David Ze

6. Backstreets Of Infinity

7. The Pain Won't Go

8. Ancestor's Feet

9. Love Is Like A Goat

10. Strangest Games

11. Don't Get Me High

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Track List: Singularity 6 - The Moon Told Me So

1. The Moon Told Me So

2. Dub And The Maiden

3. The Story So Far

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Track List: Singularity 5 - Why Were You Wearing The Moon?

1. Why Were You Wearing The Moon?

2. Primeval Pony

3. Very Very Nice

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Track List: Singularity 4 - The Pain Won't Go

1. The Pain Won't Go

2. The Onliest Things

3. Love Anew

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Track List: Singularity 3 - Hippy Bus To Spain

1. Hippy Bus To Spain

2. Strangest Games (Glastonbury Mix By Dupont)

3. Not Enough Indians

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Track List: Singularity 2 - Sitting In A Puddle

1. Sitting In A Puddle

2. Don't Get Me High (Human Remix)

3. When Women Were Drummers

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Track List: Singularity 1 - Love Is Like A Goat

1. Love Is Like A Goat

2. Whatever Happened To David Ze (Wide World Remix)

3. Dance With Integrity

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Track List: Classical Music

1. Primeval Pony

2. The Onliest Thing

4. Be More Wise

5. Ancestor's Feet

6. Strangest Games

7. Do Do What You Want To Do

8. Greed And Fear

9. Don't Get Me High

10. Crumbly Biscuit

11. Death And The Maiden

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Track List: More Great Hits!

Disc 1

1. Savoir Faire

2. Film Music

3. Playing Golf

4. Darling

5. Der Leiermann

6. Would

7. What Exactly?

8. Bass Adds Bass

9. Debbie Harry

10. Kisses

11. Cerf Volant

12. English

13. Dinosaur Sex

14. I'm Not Yours

15. Warm

16. Sunday Girl

17. Hippy Chick

Disc 2

1. Love Song

2. Silence

3. F**k You Till I'm Dead

4. Disco Purge

5. No Fear No Sorrow

6. Dazomo

7. Silent Movie

8. Desire (Alternate Version)

9. Le Grand Mechant Loup

10. Philosophy

11. Heartbeats

12. Wrong

13. Banana

14. Chocolate

15. My Baby Takes Valium (Alternative Version)

16. Avocado

17. Naked

18. Better Lies

19. Sex And Violence

20. The Big Dig

21. No Man's Land (Alternative Version)

22. Disarm Completely

23. Symbols

24. Mine And Billy's Head

25. Chanson De Craonne

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Track List: Savoir Faire: The Best Of

1. Savoir Faire (Single Version)

2. Der Leiermann (Organ Grinder)

3. Darling

4. Playing Golf (With My Flesh Crawling)

5. Silence

6. Warm (Full Version)

7. Sunday Girls

8. Debbie Harry

9. The Big Dig

10. Film Music

11. Cold Wars

12. Cerf Volant

13. Dinosaur Sex (Full Version)

14. Silent Movie (Original Version)

15. Monkey

16. Tragicomedy

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Track List: Family Fodder Live

1. Greed And Fear (Live)

2. Love Is Like A Goat (Live)

3. The Moon Told Me So (Live)

4. Whatever Happened To David Ze (Live)

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