Sunday, July 05, 2009


(Note: this is a re-post from earlier in this blog's life, back in 2007. I know it will squander a great deal of goodwill I've built up since that time)

One of the strangest records I’ve ever heard, and one of the most oddly compelling. A friend of the distant past bought this solely for the cryptic cover; check out the back cover and inner labels pictured here – we had NO IDEA who this was by until I sent out a plea on my old blog back in 2003, and was told that it was PETER BLEGVAD, a member of the avant-rock band SLAPP HAPPY. Is this from 1972? Or 1980? I know the 45 pictured here is from ’80 but the track may be from much earlier. It may have only existed as a bonus one-sided 45 that turned up with the reissue of a Slapp Happy LP called “Sort Of” in 1980. Regardless, it’s totally fried and out of time, the sort of oddball madness that sucks you in & makes you watch/listen, rather than turn you away in horror. Well I guess that’s really for you to decide, isn’t it?

Play Peter Blegvad, "Alcohol"


Bruce said...

What the ...!!##

Jesus, this is really out there stuff. Mindbendingly great.

I had a nose around and found out that this came with the re-release of Slapp Happy's 1972 Lp, "Sort Of...". (Recommend Records 1980.)

Not too sure how hard the album is to find (IOW's I've looked and can't find a copy!!!).

I've managed to locate a few places with copies of the 45 on it's own? Hmm.. I wonder why?

God.... this could be Charlie Manson!!! Love It!!!

Paul Kz said...

I have a copy of this single. Though text on the record label dates it as 1980, text on an insert reveals the record to have actually been released in January 1981. This text, which wraps around the edges of the insert (and around a couple of images) reads as follows:
R.R. five point seven five
Recommended Records 1981
583 Wandsworth Rd. London SW8
Recorded as a demo for Desperate Straights in 1974 by Peter Blegvad & Anthony Moore.
Cover: Peter Blegvad.
Engraving on disc: EMT.
Insert etc: Chris Cutler/Anon, illustrates Genesis ix 20-23.
This is the 4th in our series of special subscription issues & is one of 600 special copies which comes with a single of previously unreleased material by Peter & all who made this release possible. P.S: Happy New Year!!

There is also an illustration on the insert (depicting Genesis 9:20-23), as well as a large circle, within which the following text is printed:
Sort Of
Recommended Records '81
Special Subscribers Edition
Slapp Happy + Faust

Note that Side B of the disc has been engraved with representations of grapes and grape leaves. This side is not playable.

Also, for what it's worth, my copy is noted as being #213.

Finally, to save you time looking up Genesis 9:20-23, the King James version reads as follows:
20 And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard.
21 Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside.
23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.