Tuxedomoon

Tuxedomoon

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Tuxedomoon is an avant-garde, electronic-oriented collective whose music ranges from new wave pop to jazz fusion to more experimental synthesizer soundscapes (usually including saxophone and violin), which were frequently married in concert to performance-art shows. Tuxedomoon was formed in San Francisco in 1977 by two electronic music students at San Francisco City College, Blaine L. Reininger (keyboards, violin) and Steven Brown (keyboards, other instruments). Brown's local theater connections supplied equipment and occasional vocalists in Gregory Cruikshank and Victoria Lowe, plus more frequent contributions from singer and performance artist Winston Tong. Punk and new wave were opening up the San Francisco music scene at the time, and Tuxedomoon landed an opening slot for Devo in 1978 at around the same time they cut their first single, "Pinheads on the Move." Lowe quit the band before their first EP, No Tears, which featured off-and-on members Michael Belfer (guitar) and Paul Zahl (drums). Tong and Belfer departed temporarily, and Peter Principle (b. Peter Dachert) joined as a full-time member. Tuxedomoon signed to the Residents' Ralph Records in 1979, which eventually got them overseas exposure. Feeling that their ideas were more in tune with the European electronic music scene, the band toured Europe after 1980's Half Mute, for which Tong returned with filmmaker and visual artist Bruce Geduldig. After 1981's Desire, the band relocated in an artist's commune in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Within a year though they were forced to leave and moved to Brussels, to find first shelter in the Plan K. (a live p.a. club). Reininger began to branch out as a solo artist. Tuxedomoon was also hired to score a Maurice Bejart ballet, the results of which were released in 1982 as Divine. Reininger left for a solo career in 1983 and was replaced by Frankie Lievaart and horn player Luc Van Lieshout. In between side projects and scoring, the band sought an international deal for their forthcoming LP Holy Wars; it was eventually released in 1985 and became the band's biggest commercial success. Tong left the group for good that year, leaving Brown and Principle the only remaining San Francisco members; multi-instrumentalist Ivan Georgiev was hired to replenish the group's sound for 1986's Ship of Fools album and tour. Scoring work from past projects has been reissued in Belgium. Reininger, Brown, Principle and Lieshout still record together as Tuxedomoon, whilst Reininger, Brown, Principle and Tong have all recorded as solo artists.

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Tuxedomoon Discography

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Tuxedomoon Half-Mute (Album) Ralph Records US 1980 Sell This Version
Tuxedomoon Desire (Album) Ralph Records UK 1981 Sell This Version
Tuxedomoon Divine (Album) Operation Twilight, Les Disques Du Crépuscule Germany 1982 Sell This Version
Tuxedomoon Holy Wars (Album) Cramboy, Cramboy, Cramboy Europe 1985 Sell This Version
Tuxedomoon Ship Of Fools (MiniAlbum, Album) Cramboy US 1986 Sell This Version
Tuxedomoon You (Album) Cramboy Benelux 1987 Sell This Version
Tuxedomoon Ten Years In One Night (Live) (Album) Play-Boy Italy 1989 Sell This Version
Tuxedomoon The Ghost Sonata (Album) LTM (4) UK 1991 Sell This Version
NEO CD 01 Tuxedomoon Live In St. Petersburg(2xCD, Ltd, Pap) Neo Acustica NEO CD 01 Russia 2002 Sell This Version
Tuxedomoon Cabin In The Sky (Album) CramBoy, Crammed Discs Mexico 2004 Sell This Version
MTM 38, MTM38 Tuxedomoon Bardo Hotel Soundtrack(CD, Album) Made To Measure, Made To Measure, Crammed Discs, Crammed Discs MTM 38, MTM38 Belgium 2006 Sell This Version
Tuxedomoon Vapour Trails (Album) Cramboy Belgium 2007 Sell This Version
none Tuxedomoon Live At The Palms, 1978(5xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Not On Label (Tuxedomoon Self-released) none 2011
none Tuxedomoon Liveland: Tuxedomoon In Concert(20xFile, MP3, Album, 320 + File, MPEG-4 Video) Pledge Music none UK & US 2012
Tuxedomoon Pink Narcissus (Album) Crammed Discs Europe 2014 Sell This Version
Tuxedomoon & Cult With No Name Tuxedomoon & Cult With No Name - Blue Velvet Revisited (Album) Crammed Discs, Crammed Discs Belgium 2015 Sell This Version
Minimal Compact / Benjamin Lew / Aksak Maboul / Tuxedomoon Minimal Compact / Benjamin Lew / Aksak Maboul / Tuxedomoon - Made To Measure Vol. 1 (Album, Comp) Made To Measure Europe Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Tuxedomoon No Tears (EP, MiniAlbum, Single, Maxi) Not On Label (Tuxedomoon Self-released) US 1978 Sell This Version
Tuxedomoon Joeboy...(Joeboy The Electronic Ghost) (Single) Tidal Wave Records US 1978 Sell This Version
Tuxedomoon Scream With A View - EP2 (EP) Tuxedomoon Records US 1979 Sell This Version
TR-102 Winston Tong w/ Tuxedomoon Winston Tong w/ Tuxedomoon - Stranger(7") Time Release Records TR-102 US 1979 Sell This Version
Tuxedomoon Dark Companion / 59 To 1 Remix (Single) Ralph Records France 1980 Sell This Version
Tuxedomoon What Use? (Single) Ralph Records US 1980 Sell This Version
12158010XS Tuxedomoon Urban Leisure Suite Part IV.(Flexi, 7") Praxis (6) 12158010XS US 1980 Sell This Version
CEL6222 Tuxedomoon Jinx / Incubus(7") Celluloid CEL6222 France 1981 Sell This Version

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amoeba26000

amoeba26000

May 19, 2017
I don't see it on here, and I'll probably add it, but I have an unofficial (I'm assuming) cassette of recordings and rarities from 1977-1980. The cassette has black paper labels with white text that says Tuxedomoon 1977-1980 on each side, plus a side indicator on each side (side A and side B). The insert is a black and white photocopy that has the band's name and album title with photos of the band, as well as hazard symbols. The band's name and the album title are in bold so they're easy to read. Much of the text, however (such as the tracklist) is barely readable. There is also no catalog number, and no label name. I got it at a local record store for $3.00
Bradx

Bradx

November 18, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
Quite agree with Stoffeler that the early San Francisco work is the best they did. The first two albums and a few singles were the peak.
After they moved to Europe it got too bland for me. I kept listening but I seldom heard anything I liked. The songwriting and playing on the early stuff was unique and really incomparable to any other band. The double Pinheads On The Move compilation that Crammed put out in 1987 has some good early work and some rare archive stuff too. Blaine Reininger reminds me of Bryan Ferry a bit - in that he started out in a cutting-edge avant pop band and ended up crooning MOR material (although his version of Barry White's Playing Your Game is pretty good).
What a lot of these type of bands didn't seem to understand (I include Chrome and The Residents in this) is that primitive and minimal does not equal inferior... just as well-produced and accessible does not always mean successful.
Still - a good band with much to enjoy. The early work hasn't dated that much which is a great achievement.
Stoffeler10

Stoffeler10

November 28, 2004
edited over 12 years ago
"I need to see more than just three dimensions stranger than fiction faster than light"
Everybody over the age of 30, with an interest in music, will -once heard- remember this line from "What Use?" on Half-Mute, Tuxedomoon`s ultimate masterpiece. A record which - by the way - still works in these days. (Without being too nostalgic.)
Anyway, they made a few wonderful LPs and singles, especially the early ones made in San Francisco. Tracks like "Joe Boy", "New Machine", "59 to 1" and not to forget "What Use" are groundbreaking.
Being in Europe, they started to get a little bit too artistic to my taste.
The results were film scores, music for ballets and so on. Still fine, but somehow toothless work.
Exception: their "Verdun" tracks (a film score) on Made To Measure Vol.1. Three tracks of minimal music at its best.
When Blaine Reininger said "au revoir (can`t say we didn`t try)" later on, the band felt into a deep sleep-musically spoken. Funny enough, that Tuxedomoon`s quite mediocre LP "Holy Wars" became their biggest success.
All in all, a band of importance. And still worth listening.

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