The Wolfgang Press ‎– Funky Little Demons

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1 Going South
Backing Vocals – Claudia FontaineBass – Dave CurtisDrum Programming [Percussion] – Apollo 440, Drostan Madden, Robin BrownEngineer – Andy KowalskiResonator Guitar [Dobro Guitar] – Noko
4:19
2 11 Years
Saxophone – Stephen Blake
4:01
3 Blood Satisfaction
Programmed By – RewVoice – Gary Asquith
3:41
4 Chains
Programmed By – Drostan MaddenProgrammed By [Bass], Drum Programming [Percussion] – Apollo 440Voice – Claudia Fontaine
4:58
5 Christianity
Drum Programming [Percussion] – RewEngineer – Claire Tonkinson
4:33
6 Derek The Confessor 4:04
7 So Long Dead
Engineer – Andy Kowalski
4:16
8 Executioner
Drum Programming – Segs
3:11
9 She's So Soft
Backing Vocals – Gloria Robakowski, Vicki St JamesClavinet – Drostan MaddenCongas – Jay Posner
4:29
10 New Glass 2:00
11 Fallen Not Broken
Drum Programming – SegsKeyboards – Drostan MaddenSynthesizer [Vcs3 Synth] – George Holt
4:01
12 People Say
Percussion – Craig VearPiano – Billy Surgeoner
4:10

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Recorded at TWP Studio, Roundhouse and Blackwing.

4AD, manufactured and distributed by Warner Bros. Records, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
(C) 1995 4AD.
(P) 1994, 1995 4AD.
Made in U.S.A.
Mfg. by WEA Manufacturing.

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  • Barcode: 0 9362-45738-2 1

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CAD 4016 CD The Wolfgang Press Funky Little Demons(CD, Album) 4AD CAD 4016 CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
8-503 The Wolfgang Press Funky Little Demons(CD, Album, Unofficial) ArsNova 8-503 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
GAD 4016 CD The Wolfgang Press Funky Little Demons(CD, Album) 4AD GAD 4016 CD UK Unknown Sell This Version
CAD 4016 CD The Wolfgang Press Funky Little Demons(CD, Album) 4AD CAD 4016 CD Canada 1994 Sell This Version
RTD 120.1906.2 The Wolfgang Press Funky Little Demons(CD) Rough Trade Germany RTD 120.1906.2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version

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streetmouse

streetmouse

April 19, 2016
edited about 1 year ago

I found myself laughing right out loud when I first heard Funky Little Demons by The Wolfgang Press, who seem to have gotten both a tremendous amount of praise, and equal amount of criticism ... but then, if a band is experimental, that goes with the territory. Nevertheless, what slapped a mile wide smile across my face was that their vocal presentation, along with their musical endeavors, both harking back to a little known band from the 80’s called Shriekback, who pretty much laid down the same dark atmospheric danceable style, yet without the repetitive electronic backbeat, that tracks through nearly every song.

All of this is not to say that the album is not good, because it is, with one of the main reasons being the opening number “Going South,” which tightly draws the listener in. And there’s a reason for that, with the reason being that “Going South” is nearly a direct lift of The Velvet Underground’s “What Goes On.” But that’s fine, a bit of appreciation for the past goes a long way, though I do wish that they’d varied their sound a bit, because after the opening track, it all comes across as rather being much the same. Of course this leads me to suggest that if a band is going to lift bits and pieces from others, perhaps they should continue to do so as a style and concept, making the album more bright, more romantic, allowing the listener to connect dots and draw comparisons ... and of course The Wolfgang Press should give credit where credit is due, and embrace the fact that like Led Zeppelin lifting and reshaping the first chords of “Stairway To Heaven” from “Taurus” by Spirit, that there is strength in established cord progressions that can be used to one's advantage, making music that is fresh and new, yet standing smartly on the shoulders of what’s come before.

This is another of those albums where the songs sound better and stronger when they come up in rotation, rather than listening to the album as a whole, because after a few tracks I sincerely found myself longing for something else.

Review by Jenell Kesler