Matfield & The Pond ‎– Not Quite 'It'

Distortion ‎– DIST 3
Vinyl, LP, Compilation


A1 It 0:55
A2 (I Used To Be One Of The) Magical Crowd 2:40
A3 Cloned 3:00
A4 Eclipsing Binary In The Constelation Of Orion 1:15
A5 The End 7:30
A6 Guess Whose Teeth Don't Slope Back 6:05
A7 Don't Surf 1:10
A8 Theme From The Wyrd 1:40
B1 The Energy Drisis 1:45
B2 Talons So Finch 3:20
B3 Art In N.Y.C 4:40
B4 En Ni Wun Kan B 3:47
B5 Jungle 3:50
B6 Snorkeling 4:15
B7 Jam 4:28


  • Composed ByMatfield And The Pond*
  • Drums [Real]Ted * (tracks: A3)
  • Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Pedalboard [FX Pedals], Bass [D.A's & Tea Chest], Keyboards [Toy], Tape [Recorders], Loops, Voice, Other [Coal, Marble & Stell Sheet, Floot]David Luery
  • Recorded ByDavid L.*
  • Vocals, Bass, Guitar [Occasional], Keyboards [Toy], Cymbal [Imitation], Other [Talking, Window & Shuffling, Assistant Microbiologist, Paper Snorkel]David Andrews


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December 26, 2012

Matfield and the Pond were formed by accident in the attic of a small cottage in Matfield. It was a direct response to the punk revolution in that it entered the spirit of "anyone can do it". A musician and a non-musician exploring the idea of write, record, forget. It was an entirely non-profit making collective that released three cassettes on the alternative home recording circuit. No promotion, entirely word of mouth.

Pondsongs and Beowulf was the first double release in about 1980. It sold about 300 copies. The price was the cost of the cassette + a 9p task to cover the cost of the revox it was recorded on. It sold a lot in Europe, noticeably in Italy and Holland. (A video recently surfaced on YouTube constructed by an Italian fan).

Then, Matfield and the Pond released It. This cassette was the culmination of their appliance of non-musicianship combined with musicianship plus strongly written songs. It sold 787 copies worldwide purely on word of mouth and prior to the internet. It was released in 1982. It has been compared to Syd Barrett, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Comus. It doesn't sound like any of them. They also appeared on the compilation Paranoia Is Awareness along with Throbbing Gristle and The Apostles.

Not Quite ‘It’ was a compilation put out by a record company in Bexhill. The band refused to accept any money. All of their material is currently unavailable although it has been digitised and remastered.