I love it when a quality people once used to criticize a band for turns into that band’s selling point. Take, for instance, the criticism that kept Bourbonese Qualk in obscurity for a career that spanned over twenty years and twelve albums: ‘too experimental for pop fans and too pop for experimental fans’. Maybe I’m out of touch with society, but tasteful ‘experimental pop’ seems extremely salable today. I suppose Liverpool wasn’t quite ready for these early industrialists, whose sound ranges from dark-wavey jungle kraut to harsh ambient soundscapes. Much of their work brings to mind Clock DVA and 808 State. Over the years, BQ released material on seminal experimental labels such as Staalplaat, Korm Plastics and Praxis.
Even if all this makes Bourbonese Qualk salable, the band won’t capitalize on it since their entire discography is available for free in mp3 form on their website. Below I’ve posted 1991’s compilation album Bo’Qu, a retrospective of select out of print tracks released following the relatively popular album ‘My Government is My Soul’. The band continued to release material until the death of founding member Miles Miles in 2002.