I've got new wave on the brain yet again, as an interview with the director (Andrew Horn) of the new Klaus Nomi biopic (The Nomi Song) recently took place in the WFMU studio on Pseu Braun's show last week (click to hear the entire show, which includes many Nomi tunes along with other new wave weirdness).
My second collision with new wave came last night during Brian Turner's show, when he played "Happy Funeral", a cool song by Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons. Thinking I could gather info on this band to share with my fellow bloggers, I searched the internet far and wide for details. No dice, man. All I found was this list of their releases (and a few mentions in various European DJ playlists):
Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons
Happy Funeral 7" (1980, Kitchoons Plastics)
Icecream To God 7" (1981, Flexi Castor)
Feeling mighty unfulfilled, I performed a search on another great new wave-ish band, Dow Jones and the Industrials. This venture, my friends, proved fruitful. Dig the song "Ladies With Appliances" (as swiped from an old archive of Mike Lupica's show).
Hailing from West Lafayette, Indiana near the Purdue campus, Dow Jones was only around for a few years ('79-'81, methinks). Members included Greg Horn, Chris Clark (aka Dow Jones), Brad Garton (aka Mr. Science), and Tim North. Interestingly, Mr. Science, who released a song of his own on the Red Snerts comp (1981 on Gulcher Records, reissued a few years ago) is now head of the computer music department at Columbia University. At this moment, I felt like a true stalker. But I can't suppress the thought of extracting this man from academia to relive his youth for the benefit of FMU listeners...
Gizmos member Dale Lawrence describes the Dow Jones stage act in a Nuvo article from 2003:
The band’s crowded stage-set included several mannequins (snagged from Clark’s father’s clothing store), a TV set permanently tuned to static and “the Dude”: a life-size stand-up of a debonair young gentleman in suit and tie, enjoying a cigarette. They also had a live secretary seated to one side of the stage at a desk, typing away throughout the show.
And if that's not enough, you can listen to another excellent song, "Can't Stand the Midwest" by Dow Jones, as played on Bill Zurat's show a while back. Incidentally, the Gizmos wrote a reply to this song entitled "The Midwest Can Be Allright."
For good measure, here's a link to hear "Warm Leatherette" by The Normal (aka Daniel Miller, founder of Mute Records) from 1978.