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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TX8004-L Half-Mute — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon Half-Mute (Album) Ralph Records TX8004-L US 1980 Sell This Version
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7144 102 Desire — Tuxedomoon Tuxedo Moon* Desire (Album) Ralph Records 7144 102 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
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6399 348 Divine — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon Divine (Album) Operation Twilight, Operation Twilight, Les Disques Du Crépuscule 6399 348 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
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72157-4 Holy Wars — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon Holy Wars (Album) Cramboy, Cramboy, Cramboy 72157-4 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
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72149-4 Ship Of Fools — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon Ship Of Fools (MiniAlbum, Album) Cramboy 72149-4 US 1986 Sell This Version
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CBoy 9090 CD You — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon You (Album) Cramboy, Cramboy, Cramboy, Cramboy CBoy 9090 CD Benelux 1987 Sell This Version
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MASO 33049 Ten Years In One Night (Live) — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon Ten Years In One Night (Live) (Album) Play-Boy MASO 33049 Italy 1989 Sell This Version
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LTM 2303 The Ghost Sonata — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon The Ghost Sonata (Album) LTM (4) LTM 2303 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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NEOCD 01 Концерт В Санкт-Петербурге - Live In St.Petersburg — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon Концерт В Санкт-Петербурге - Live In St.Petersburg (Album) Neo Acustica NEOCD 01 Russia 2002 Sell This Version
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CBOY 1515 Cabin In The Sky — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon Cabin In The Sky (Album) CramBoy, Crammed Discs CBOY 1515 US 2004 Sell This Version
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MTM 38, MTM38 Bardo Hotel Soundtrack — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon Bardo Hotel Soundtrack(CD, Album) Made To Measure, Made To Measure, Crammed Discs, Crammed Discs MTM 38, MTM38 Belgium 2006 Sell This Version
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CBOY 1616 Vapour Trails — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon Vapour Trails (Album) Cramboy CBOY 1616 Russia 2007 Sell This Version
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none Live At The Palms, 1978 — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon Live At The Palms, 1978(5xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Not On Label (Tuxedomoon Self-released) none 2011
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none Liveland: Tuxedomoon In Concert — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon Liveland: Tuxedomoon In Concert(20xFile, MP3, Album, 320 + File, MPEG-4 Video) Pledge Music none UK & US 2012
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cboy 1919LP Pink Narcissus — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon Pink Narcissus (Album) Crammed Discs cboy 1919LP Europe 2014 Sell This Version
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MTM42, MTM 42 Blue Velvet Revisited — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon & Cult With No Name Tuxedomoon & Cult With No Name - Blue Velvet Revisited (Album) Crammed Discs, Crammed Discs MTM42, MTM 42 Belgium 2015 Sell This Version
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TMSC002 Live In Oslo, 1985 — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon Live In Oslo, 1985(13xFile, FLAC, Album) Not On Label (Tuxedomoon Self-released) TMSC002 Europe 2018
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TMSC003 Live In Rome, 2014 — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon Live In Rome, 2014(17xFile, FLAC, Album) Not On Label (Tuxedomoon Self-released) TMSC003 Europe 2018
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TMSC007 Live In Angoulême, 1983 — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon Live In Angoulême, 1983(20xFile, FLAC, Album) Not On Label (Tuxedomoon Self-released) TMSC007 Europe 2018
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TMSC008 Live In Hamburg, 1988 — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon Live In Hamburg, 1988(9xFile, FLAC, Album) Not On Label (Tuxedomoon Self-released) TMSC008 Europe 2018
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TMSC004 Live At Deaf Club, 1979 — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon Live At Deaf Club, 1979(9xFile, FLAC, Album) Not On Label (Tuxedomoon Self-released) TMSC004 Europe 2018
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TMSC009 The Valencia Street Rehearsals, San Francisco Circa 1978 — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon The Valencia Street Rehearsals, San Francisco Circa 1978(8xFile, FLAC) Not On Label (Tuxedomoon Self-released) TMSC009 Europe 2018
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TMSC015 The Venue, London, 9 March 1982 — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon The Venue, London, 9 March 1982(13xFile, MP3) Not On Label (Tuxedomoon Self-released) TMSC015 Europe 2019
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TMSC012 Live In Eindhoven, 1980 — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon Live In Eindhoven, 1980(16xFile, FLAC) Not On Label (Tuxedomoon Self-released) TMSC012 Europe 2019
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TMSC011 Live In Los Angeles, 2005 — Tuxedomoon Tuxedomoon Live In Los Angeles, 2005(14xFile, FLAC, Album) Not On Label (Tuxedomoon Self-released) TMSC011 Europe 2019

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recrecshop

recrecshop

November 22, 2022
...i often compare the importance of "half-mute" with "velvet underground &
nico", if you add the exploding power of tuxedomoon's four track-ep "no
tears" from 1978. a similar stimulating atmosphere has "big science"
of laurie anderson. this westcoast-no wave bands around ralph records
(residents, chrome, tuxedomoon, mx-80 sound) cannot be overrated. intense &
modernistic electronic pop with the feverish violin of blaine reininger...
minman

minman

March 29, 2022
One of my all time favorite bands. I first discovered Tuxedomoon in 1990 when I was still deeply rooted in early 80’s punk. I made a record trade with a friend and got Tuxedomoon “Pinheads On The Move” 2XLP. A collection of singles, early 4-track recordings and some live tracks. Incredible record, a must for any Tuxedomoon fan. Anyway, at the age of 22 in 1990 I had never heard anything like the music of TM. I didn’t even know how to categorize it. All I know is that it completely captivated and transported me to another realm. I believe whatever it tapped into was always within me but it took this record to unveil it. The stark interweaving melodies, the otherworldly sounds and songwriting made it impossible for me not to listen to it every day. My punk rock girlfriend at the time absolutely hated it—OH BUT IT GETS BETTER!—one night we got into a huge argument about who knows what and she grabbed my “Pinheads On The Move” record and SNAPPED IT IN TWO over her kneecap. I heard the huge “CRRRACKK!!!” as she did it—completely snapped both records in one blow. I was absolutely crushed. Where the fuck was I gonna find another copy? This was pre-internet. You could spend years searching record stores for things on your wantlist. LUCKILY I found another copy about a year or two later. Fast forward to 2005 I saw Tuxedomoon with all the original members at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles. Admission was only $10 bucks. I was very skeptical that they would be any good after all these years but I kept an open mind with going. To this day it’s one of the TOP 5 shows I’ve seen in my entire life. Absolutely flawless and phenomenal. They performed tracks from Half Mute, Desire, their first self-titled EP, Scream With A View, Holy Wars, etc. Basically everything you would want to hear minus “No Tears”. They actually opened the show with “The Waltz” from Holy Wars which really set the tone. Everything was played exactly how they wrote it—using all their original gear, old synths and drum machines that creates that unmistakable TM sound AND—I brought my copy of “Pinheads On The Move” 2XLP and got it signed by Peter Principle, Steven Brown and Blaine Reininger after the show. I still have it today. A prized possession especially since Peter Principle is no longer with us (R.I.P.) and he was VERY NICE when I met him. Tuxedomoon is forever engrained in my soul. Their music spoke/resonated with me from day one of hearing them and still does. PS-I lost the GF shortly after that incident so my records are safe now!
fildetrille

fildetrille

December 5, 2020
Great band with a unique sound made of multiple influences, they were really good until mid 80's and "Holy Wars" which is kind of 50/50 for me. Great songs in it like "The Waltz", "Some guys" and "In a manner of speaking" (one of my all time favourites of the band) but also weaker tracks. Then I lose interest for their productions even though they succeeded in making a great come-back album with "Cabin in the sky". A difficult challenge many bands of the 80's failed to achieve
Kommissar_Lohmann

Kommissar_Lohmann

August 4, 2020
«Being in Europe, they started to get a little bit too artistic to my taste.» Well, that's too bad for you limited taste isn't it? Ship of Fools, Pinheads on the Move and Cabin in the Sky are absolutely amazing works, no way betraying the spirit of their first albums. Worth listening to or not (as if this was a good assessment of music), Tuxedomoon made history as an experimental, avant-guard band, and that's that.
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Bradx

Bradx

November 18, 2014
edited over 8 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 18 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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