Sunday, May 10, 2009

king leopold's ghost

"mistah kurtz, he dead."

The world is seemingly populated with souls who would deny the Holocaust.

Blink, and you will have missed it.

Events which echo those horrors bring them tumbling out of the woodwork like so many blind worms, quick to point the finger of conspiracy even as they conspire. The planet is full of souls in denial; quick to maim in order to secure a place in the next world, or line their pockets in this. The coffers of their church.

The world is full of sycophants who would sooner look the other way.

The world is full of twisted motherf@ckers.

The wheel that turns is like that which steers the boat. The river thickens and congeals. Turns crude; the polluted arteries of a stricken heart.

Originally released in 1975, with Peter Laughner on guitar, "Heart of Darkness" found a subsequent reissue on Radar's 1978 12" anthology of Pere Ubu's first three 45's: "Datapanik in the Year Zero", & on Rough Trade's 1985 retrospective, "Terminal Tower".

hearthan HR 101, 1975.

David Thomas: vocals;
Peter Laughner: guitar;
Tim Wright: bass;
Scott Krauss: drum

from ubuprojex:

"The name derives from an anglo-saxon word for harp.
p is a transliteration of the anglo-saxon thorn,
a letter that was pronounced
hay-are-than, rhymes with van) gradually gave way to
HEARPEN (pronounced hay-are-pen) as the label's name."

Conrad's "Heart of Darkness";
originally published in three parts in 'Blackwood's Magazine', 1899.

PERE UBU: HEART OF DARKNESS from "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo b/w Heart Of Darkness" 45 (Hearthan) 1975 (US)



Denier said...

Wow, I didn't realize this song was that old. '75! That Cleveland scene with Rocket from the Tombs, Dead Boys and Devo really rivals the NYC scene for originality.

ib said...

Yeah. On this Ubu song, more than any other, one can clearly hear the seeds of Joy Division and the whole urban Factory sound.

Closer to the heart of it, I am not altogether sure whether this is a Thomas remix at Soma. This is the version from "Terminal Tower". Could be from '78, although I don't think it differs too wildly from the original 45 if that's the case.

Denier said...

Yeah, I already had Terminal Tower, and after listening to the song from your download, I think it's the same mix. The difference is negligible as you said in any case, unlike say the early songs by Devo on Stiff and the later 1st album. I actually prefer the versions of Satisfaction, Mongoloid and Sloppy recorded for Are WE Not Men versus the singles. But the 45 Be Stiff might be better than anything on the album, if that makes sense.

ib said...

The Stiff "Be Stiff" is killer, but I like the 45 version of "Mongoloid" too. The 4-track demo of "Satisfaction" from "Hardcore Devo Vol. 1" is also well worth a listen, if you haven't heard it previously. Great intro.

ib said...

I think it was released on 45 originally on Booji Boy in the US, in actual fact. I have it on vinyl ("Hardcore", that is) but I haven't listened to it in quite some time.

Denier said...

You're right about the Booji Boy label. Your 45 has to be a collector's item. Of course, whenever I think 45's, I start ruing the day about 10 years ago when I sold back my collection of vintage punk and new wave singles and albums for a mere song. That's why I love these music blogs: I get the chance to fill in the blanks of my memory banks.

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ib said...

Always a pleasure to hear from you, germt. Gracias por sus palabras buenas, hermano.