Silver Apples

Silver Apples

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Decades after their brief yet influential career first ground to a sudden halt due to being sued for extortionate amounts by Pan Am Airlines, the Silver Apples remain one of pop music's true enigmas: a surreal, almost unprecedented duo, their music explored interstellar drones and hums, pulsing rhythms and electronically-generated melodies years before similar ideas were adopted in the work of acolytes ranging from Suicide to Spacemen 3 to Laika. The Silver Apples formed in New York in 1967 and comprised percussionist Danny Taylor and lead vocalist Simeon, a bizarre figure who played an instrument also dubbed the Simeon, which (according to notes on the duo's self-titled 1968 debut LP) consisted of "nine audio oscillators and eighty-six manual controls...The lead and rhythm oscillators are played with the hands, elbows and knees and the bass oscillators are played with the feet." Although the utterly uncommercial record — an ingenious cacophony of beeps, buzzes and beats — sold poorly, the Silver Apples resurfaced a year later with their sophomore effort, Contact, another far-flung outing which fared no better than its predecessor. It was this record's cover, depicting the duo in the cockpit of a Pan Am airplane, that resulted in a legal battle that left the band unable to continue recording and releasing music. Suddenly it seemed they had disappeared into thin air. However, in 1996 the Silver Apples resurfaced, as Simeon and new partner Xian Hawkins released the single "Fractal Flow." American and European tours followed, and a year later a new LP, Beacon, was released to wide acclaim. The follow-up Decatur appeared in 1998, and was soon joined by A Lake of Teardrops (a collaboration with avowed fans Spectrum) as well as The Garden, the long-unreleased third and final effort from the original Simeon/Taylor partnership. However, on November 1, 1998, the Silver Apples' van crashed while returning from a New York gig; the accident left Simeon with a broken neck and spinal injuries, casting his continued musical career in grave doubt. Thankfully, Simeon recovered and has been playing shows once again.
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Silver Apples Discography

Albums

Silver Apples Silver Apples (Album) Kapp Records Canada 1968 Sell This Version
Silver Apples Contact (Album) Kapp Records US 1969 Sell This Version
WR103 Silver Apples Beacon(CD, Album) Whirlybird Records WR103 US 1997 Sell This Version
Silver Apples The Garden (Album) Whirlybird Records US 1998 Sell This Version
WR107 Silver Apples Beacon Remixed(CD, Album) Whirlybird Records WR107 US 1998 Sell This Version
WR106 Silver Apples Decatur(CD, Album) Whirlybird Records WR106 US 1998 Sell This Version
Spectrum (4) & Silver Apples Spectrum (4) & Silver Apples - A Lake Of Teardrops (MiniAlbum) Space Age Recordings UK 1999 Sell This Version
stone047cd Silver Apples Remixes(2xCD, Album, Ltd) 3rd Stone stone047cd UK 2000 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Silver Apples Whirly Bird / Oscillations (Single) Kapp Records Canada 1968 Sell This Version
KS-3-956 Silver Apples You And I / Confusion(7", Single, Promo) Kapp Records KS-3-956 US 1969 Sell This Version
Silver Apples Fractal Flow / Lovefingers Enraptured UK 1996 Sell This Version
Silver Apples / Windy & Carl Silver Apples / Windy & Carl - I Have Known Love / Crazy In The Sun (Single) Rocket Girl UK 1997 Sell This Version
GCV07-001 Silver Apples / One Cut Kill Silver Apples / One Cut Kill - I Don't Know / White Russian/Black Heart(7", Single) Gifted Children Records GCV07-001 US 2007 Sell This Version
RAPT4556 Silver Apples Silver Apples Live(7", Blu) Enraptured RAPT4556 Czech Republic 2011 Sell This Version
RAPT4568 Silver Apples The Edge Of Wonder(7", Red) Enraptured RAPT4568 Czech Republic 2012 Sell This Version
Silver Apples Missin You (Single) Enraptured UK 2014 Sell This Version

Compilations

Silver Apples Silver Apples (Comp) MCA Records US 1997 Sell This Version
none Silver Apples Selections From The Early Sessions(LP, Comp, Ltd) Chickencoop Recordings none Netherlands 2008 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

GCR-004-CD Silver Apples Gremlins(CDr) Gifted Children Records GCR-004-CD US 2008 Sell This Version