Tuesday, December 21, 2004

no-wave christmas pt 9: Davitt Sigerson

To catch up on what exactly is going on, read this post first. A summary: Ze Records, 1981, no-wave and mutant disco, christmas.

Davitt Sigerson grew up in New York and London, and read history at Oxford University. He has worked as a songwriter, record producer (Tori Amos, Bangles) and journalist, and as an executive in the music business. He lives in New York with his wife and their two daughters. He is working on his second novel. His first novel is called Faithful. The ninth track on the original Ze holiday compilation was from Davitt Sigerson. Visit a great Ze fansite.

Prior to becoming the president of Polydor Records in 1991, music critic/record producer Davitt Sigerson had an occasional career as a songwriter and singer. Six years after making a lyrically clever but musically bland solo album scorched with his unpleasantly raspy vocals, Sigerson formed a quartet with keyboardist Bob Thiele Jr. (a sideman on Falling in Love Again) and created an arty and idiosyncratic mixture of jazz-and-funk-inflected tunes given a surrealistic spin. Experiments in Terror is a descriptive mind-movie soundtrack with cryptic vocal passages in place of character dialogue. The electronic music and disembodied texts are reminiscent of Will Powers, but the Macadamians stimulate a wider variety of moods, using source material as far-ranging as George Jackson's Soledad Brother prison memoir. A concentration camp and the twisted, oppressive minds that run it - clinically described in the lyrics of "Arbeit Macht Frei" - are echoed in the pounding drums, crunching guitar and distorted solos. Intriguing and provocative. - Trouser Press

9. Davitt Sigerson - It's a Big Country


At 1:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey -- your no-wave Christmas really brings back memories. I still have my white-vinyl copy. However, it lacks the Three Courgettes and James Chance tracks. What's up with that?

At 1:21 PM, Blogger heath said...

ummm those are posts 3 & 4 of the 9 part series. look again.

At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No -- I meant my vinyl copy lacks those tracks!

Ken Goldman

At 1:24 PM, Blogger heath said...

ahh I believe there are two different pressings of this holiday comp with different track listings. I think yours probably has an extra Alan Vega track?

At 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I did a little digging around, and there were, in fact, two, and mine does have an Alan Vega track, not a Suicide one.

In any case, thanks for the memory jog (The Waitresses still seem fresh, even if Cristina has aged badly.) Great job with the blog.


At 7:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most excellent blog--and topic.

But can any obsessives tell me:

a) Why The Three Courgettes didn't make it onto the CD reissue of the disc?

b) Why the producers didn't choose to use the nine-minute version of Chance's, "Christmas With Satan," that came as a 3-inch disc on Tiger Style a few years ago?

c)If anybody notices the two different versions of "Things Fall Apart"" (the white vinyl import version fades out, and omits Christina's line, "...and wept a bit and fed the cat.")

As you can see, I don't do much on holidays....


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