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Bob Blank

Bob Blank

Blank Productions USA / your music production resource

website: http://www.blankproductions.com

ZE Records

May 2003: A 40 tracks double CD compilation of the finest of the No Wave songs from the back catalogue of ZE all stars recording artists including : Suicide • Mars • Lydia Lunch • James Chance • Rosa Yemen • The Contortions • Arto Lindsay • James White & the Blacks • Lizzy Mercier Descloux • Teenage Jesus & the Jerks http://www.zerecords.com/releases/release_album.php?id=2

Bob Blank mixed a couple of great records: 'Together Forever', 'Wax the Van', 'Weekend', Musique's "Keep On Jumpin" and Fonda Rae's "Over Like a Fat Rat".

Both Arthur Russell and Daniel Wang have worked with Bob Blank

  • Jump Street rds
  • Sleeping Bag rds
  • Prelude records
    • Musique/ Keep On Jumpin'/'Push Push In The Bush' (1978)
      • engineered by Bob Blank
  • Salsoul records
    • Bob Blank mixed Inner Life and a number of other Salsoul records
  • Vanguard records
    • Producer of SPV 55 Fonda Rae ' Over Like A Fat Rat' (1982)

    Aural Exciters SPOOKS IN SPACE LP ZE Records 1979 ZE house producer Bob Blank's afterhours party record. Sounds like Latin flavored P-Funk, over easy. James plays it straight on the title track. Pat Place adds her sly guitar to a couple of tunes as well.

    Tee Scott on remixing: "I first went in with the owner of Blank Tape Studios, Bob Blank, who ended up working with Arthur Baker later on, too. ..."

  • Wild New York No Wave: The Ultimate East Village (ZE Records) (2003) - Various Artists [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    1. Control Yourself - James White & the Blacks 2. Wawa - Lizzy Mercier Descloux 3. Lady Scarface - Lydia Lunch 4. Mister Ray - Suicide 5. 3E - Mars 6. The Closet - Teenage Jesus & the Jerks 7. Rosa Vertov - Rosa Yemen 8. Pini, Pini - Arto/Neto 9. Torso Corso - Lizzy Mercier Descloux 10. Almost Black - James White & the Blacks 11. 11000 Volts - Mars 12. Mechanical Flattery - Lydia Lunch 13. Decryptated - Rosa Yemen 14. Empty Eyes - Teenage Jesus & the Jerks 15. Designed To Kill - The Contortions 16. Malu - Arto/Neto 17. Less Than Me - Teenage Jesus & the Jerks 18. Larousse Baron Bic - Rosa Yemen 19. That's When Your Heartaches Begin - James Chance & Pill Factory 20. Herpes Simplex - Rosa Yemen 21. Twice Removed - The Contortions 22. Radiation - Suicide

  • Mutant Disco (ZE Records) (2003) Various Artists [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    1. Was (Not Was) - Wheel Me Out 2. Material & Nona Hendryx - Bustin’ Out 3. Cristina - Drive My Car 4. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - Annie I’m Not Your Daddy 5. Aural Exciters - Emile (Night Rate) 6. James White & The Blacks - Contort Yourself 7. Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Funky Stuff 8. Garcons - French Boys 9. Don Armando’s 2nd Ave. Rhumba Band 10. Gichy Dan - Cowboys & Gangsters 11. Cristina - Blame It On Disco 12. Garcons - Encore L’Amore

    Disc: 2 1. Cristina - Disco Clone 2. Coati Mundi - Que Pasa 3. Me No Pop I 4. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - I’m A Wonderful Thing Baby 5. Was (Not Was) - Out Come The Freaks 6. Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Fire 7. Aural Exciters - Spooks In Space 8. Was (Not Was) - Tell Me That I’m Dreaming 9. Caroline Loeb - Narcissique 10. The Waitresses - I Know What Boys Like 11. Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Mission Impossible 12. Garcons - Re Bop Electronic 13. Garcons - French Boys Disco Edit 14. Casino Music - Faites Le Proton

    Any ageing NME reader will remember this album from 1981; when ZE, heavily championed by Paul Morley and Ian Penman; was briefly the hippest, coolest, most happening record company in the world. So how does it sound 20 years later? Pretty flippin' fab actually. Hugely expanded from it's original six tracks on vinyl; it's now a whopping double CD digi thing. Hard to believe, but Kid Creole & The Coconuts still sound damn good. Look past the zoot suits and hispanic posturing; and the core of these tunes are just great latino / funk workouts from a team of New York's best session players at the time. Elsewhere, Was (Not Was) still sound like they are being beamed in from another planet with the peerless 'Wheel Me Out'; Bill Laswell's Material rock it hard 'n' funky with the mighty 'Bustin' Out' and James Chance gets another airing for the unbeatable 'Contort Yourself'; which is in danger of being over - compiled this year. Mutant Disco: suitable for ageing Wag Club floorshakers and curious young punk / funk tigers wondering where The Rapture got those moves from. --amazon.co.uk

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