Art Bears

Art Bears

Taking shape out of the ruins of Henry Cow, one of the most prominent and daring acts emerging from the Canterbury scene, Art Bears built upon the musical adventurousness of Cow, but opted for a more song based approach. The marxist bent of Bears' predecessor remained, but taking both more subtle as well as blunt expression.
The 'proper' Art Bears emerged during the recording of what was supposed to be Henry Cow's fifth studio album: it was apparent early on that the direction many of the songs were taking was toward song territory. After the first sessions, it was decided that additional material was to be recorded, and released under the Art Bears moniker.
Responsible for the drive in this direction was two thirds of the trio: drummer and lyricist Chris Cutler and guitarist/ bassist/ keyboardist/ violinist Fred Frith. These completing pieces were Terrain, The Tube The Dance and Piers.
Singing with Cow since its first collaborative record with Slapp Happy was german vocalist Dagmar Krause. In great part responsible for the distinctiveness of latter Henry Cow and Art Bears, Dagmar has a near-operatic singing style, ranging from utterly expressive to restrained and repressed: a perfect match for the texts and their accompanying music.

Art Bears Discography Tracks


Art Bears Hopes And Fears (Album) Rē Records US 1978 Sell This Version
Art Bears Winter Songs (Album) Rē Records UK 1979 Sell This Version
Art Bears The World As It Is Today (Album, EP) Rē Records UK 1981 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

RR7904 Art Bears Rats & Monkeys(7", Single) Ralph Records RR7904 US 1979 Sell This Version
Art Bears Coda To "Man & Boy" Rē Records UK 1981 Sell This Version
EW-1002 Art Bears All Hail(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Red) Eastern Works EW-1002 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
MSP 030 CS Art Bears x Petridisch Art Bears x Petridisch - The World As It Is Today. Retold.(Cass, EP, Ltd, Num) Metropolitan State Productions MSP 030 CS US 2017 Sell This Version


Art Bears 25 Songs: Winter Songs / The World As It Is Today (Comp) ReR Megacorp UK 1988 Sell This Version
Art Bears Art Bears (Comp) ReR Megacorp UK, Europe & US 2003 Sell This Version
ReR ab4/5 Art Bears Revisited(2xCD, Comp) ReR Megacorp ReR ab4/5 UK 2003 Sell This Version
Art Bears The Art Box (Comp, Album) ReR Megacorp Japan 2003 Sell This Version