Danielle Dax ‎– Comatose-Non-Reaction

Biter Of Thorpe ‎– BOT 131-06CD
2 × CD, Compilation

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1-1 Yummer Yummer Man
Drums – Martyn WattsEngineer – Keith Hancock, Richard PrestonGuitar – Steve Reeves
1-2 Bad Miss 'M'
Bass – Ian SturgessEngineer – Keith Hancock, Richard PrestonGuitar – Steve ReevesPercussion – Martyn Watts
1-3 Fizzing Human Bomb
Bass, Timbales – Ian SturgessDrums – Martyn WattsEngineer – Keith Hancock, Richard PrestonGuitar – Steve Reeves
1-4 Where The Flies Are
Guitar – Steve ReevesHarmonica – Chad Strentz
1-5 Up In Arms
Bass – Ian SturgessDrums – Martyn WattsGuitar – Steve ReevesMusic By – Blake*
1-6 When I Was Young
Guitar, Bass – Steve ReevesMusic By – Steve Reeves
1-7 Big Hollow Man (Single Mix)
Guitar – Ian Sturgess
1-8 Muzzles
Guitar, Bass – Ian Sturgess
1-9 The Passing Of The Third Floor Back
Guitar – Ian Sturgess
1-10 Music From The Film 'Axel'
Engineer – Steve Catchick*
2-1 Olamal 1:25
2-2 Whistling For His Love (US Mix)
Sitar – Pete Farrugia
2-3 Cathouse
Engineer – O'Higgins*Guitar, Bass – Pete FarrugiaVocals ['Spooky Cathouse' Vocals], Percussion – O'Higgins*
2-4 Touch Piggy's Eyes (Single Mix)
Bass – Ian SturgessDrums – Trevor ReidyEngineer – O'Higgins*Guitar – Pete Farrugia
2-5 House Cat
Engineer – O'Higgins*
2-6 White Knuckle Ride
Bass – Steve CannellDrums – Tim YorkGuitar – James Piper
2-7 Cold Sweat 5:44
2-8 Hate On Sight
Chorus, Vocals – Sam IrelandGuitar, Bass, Drums, Chorus, Vocals – Karl BlakeWords By, Music By – Wales*, Glover*, Knight*, Blake*, Rowlatt*
2-9 Defiled
Bass – Karl Blake
2-10 Blight
Guitar, Bass, Drums – Karl BlakeMusic By – Blake*
2-11 Mongatron 4:58

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Full title on the front cover is "Comatose-Non-Reaction - The Thwarted Pop Career Of Danielle Dax".

1985: tracks 1-1 to 1-3
1986: tracks 1-4 to 1-6
1987: tracks 1-7 to 2-2
1988: tracks 2-3 to 2-5
1989: tracks 2-6 and 2-7
1991: tracks 2-9 and 2-10
1992: track 2-11
1993: track 2-8

Tracks 1-10, and 2-9 to 2-11 are previously unavailable.
Track 2-8 is from the Shock Headed Peters album Fear Engine II.

All songs recorded at Fortress Dax and The Gin Palace.
Additional recording and mixing: tracks 1-1 to 1-3 at Alvic Studio; tracks 1-7 to 1-9, 2-1 and 2-2 at Alaska Studio; tracks 2-3 to 2-5 at Greenhouse Studio; track 1-10 at Fudge.

Music from the film 'Axel' by Nigel Wingrove (Redemption Films).
Cover photograph of Danielle Dax from the film 'The Chimera'.
Costumes, wigs, headdresses and stage sets in photos 1-7 by Danielle Dax.

Made in England

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  • Barcode: 5 021958 436029 >
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): BOT131 -06CD 10353991 01 % MADE IN U.K. BY PDO
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): BOT131-06CD 20353991 01 % MADE IN U.K. BY PDO
  • Mastering SID Code (CD1 and CD2): IFPI L132
  • Mould SID Code (CD1 and CD2): IFPI 0411



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May 19, 2016

An extraordinary, artistic genius who amassed a large and loyal international underground cult following, but really should have broken into the mainstream. While her earlier albums, 'Pop Eyes' and 'Jesus Egg That Wept', were clearly not designed for radio, later efforts such as 'Inky Bloaters' and 'Blast The Human Flower' were more accessible, the extracted singles from both projects enjoying success on independent charts. Why oh why isn't she a HUGE star!!! Anyone familiar with Dax's work will nod in agreement with me on that!

This compilation, compiled by Dax herself on her own Biter of Thorpe label, features many of her B-sides and rare cuts like 'Cold Sweat', 'Hate On Sight' (with Shock Headed Peters) and 'Defiled'. The music mainly is from her mid to late 80s period, with nothing included from 'Blast The Human Flower' (which had been released on Sire Records), which is a shame, but more than likely due to licensing issues. Still, everything here certainly proves what an artistic genius Dax truly is. Her music is, literally, impossible to label as it's all over the map: Indie, rock, art-pop, house, dance...This blend of styles makes her work all the more compelling and Dax is nothing but unique throughout.

Her most radio-friendly, pop-oriented, and straight-forward number has to be the immensely catchy 'Whistling For His Love', which SHOULD have been a huge hit; it's a song for the masses. However, Dax certainly never gave into commercialism (thankfully) and while she proved she was adept at making a catchy pop number, her forte remained her uncanny experimental flair for music of the most arty kind.

A good range of tracks here, from the enormous club hit 'Cat House', which is still as infectious as ever, to the equally contagious 'Big Hollow Man', both landing somewhere between rock, dance, indie and psychedelic. Then there's her quirky solo debut single 'Yummer Yummer Man', her scathing ode to Margaret Thatcher on 'Bad Miss M', set to a marching county & western sound, the ethereal (which could describe the entire album!) tone of 'Up In Arms', the swirling Middle Eastern sounds on 'Where The Flies Are', and the more sensitive ballad 'When I Was Young', which still has an edge.

One of the most innovative and influential Avant Garde artists of her time, I would love to see Dax's critically-acclaimed work be re-discovered on a wider level. For newcomers, this is a great compilation to start (either this or 'Dark Adapted Eye' released on the Sire label).

Ian Phillips