Figures Of Light

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Figures of Light
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Figures of Light was an American proto-punk band formed in 1970 by Wheeler Winston Dixon and Michael Downey. They gave their first performance in the summer of 1970, and released sixteen CDs, including their first live concert as a vinyl LP, before breaking up amicably in March 2015. Figures of Light's music videos are on Vimeo and YouTube - check 'em out!

Right before their breakup, the group laid down five new tracks for the CD maxi single "R U Ready," which was released on July 19, 2015. And you never know - something else may happen in the future - who can tell?

In January 2014, the band cut "Feedback Music," an experimental electronic music piece using 7 tuned guitars; and "Buy Before You Die," a rock & roll album with seven new tunes, both available on FOL Records.

On October 24, 2014, they released a new digital single, "Instant Drone," which, as Dixon noted, "represents a real shift in the band towards more mature, thoughtful, densely structured work - not just rock & roll, but almost experimental work -- much like the bands Joy Division, Section 25 and The Velvet Underground --this is Post-Rock/Experimental work, almost Musique Concrète."

On June 24, 2014, they released the instrumental cut, "Five Years Later" as a digital download. On July 31, 2014, they released "The Nebraska Sessions," featuring five previously unreleased demos recorded in 2007. On September 3, 2014, they released "Figures of Light - Greatest Hits," a 20 song digital download compilation of their best work on their own label, FOL Records, including a completely new track, "Hot Wax."

Their single "Leave Her Alone / Dreams of the Past," was released on November 22, 2013. The CD maxi single "The Open Door (For Lou Reed)" with DJ Chrisz was released on November 8, 2013. The maxi single "Great! Now We've Got Time to Party!" was released on September 24, 2013, containing the instrumental cut "Ninety-Nine," and premiered on WFMU's "Three Chord Monte" program with host Joe Belock the same day.

FOL's CD maxi-single "The Power," featuring the trance / garage rock title cut and three additional songs, was released on September 9, 2013. Their CD maxi-single "Gimme A Quarter," was released on August 21, 2013, featuring six new tracks from the group.

FOL's full-length CD "Lost & Found," was released on August 15, 2013, featuring 12 tracks, including unreleased demos, live performances, and outtakes from the group from 1972 to 2013. Their CD maxi-single "Too Many Bills, Not Enough Thrills," was released on June 15, 2013.

FOL's full-length CD "Drop Dead" was recorded in Brooklyn, New York at Mitro's Studios, June, 2011, and produced by Mick Collins of The Dirtbombs, featuring fifteen new tracks from the group, released on Norton Records on November 13, 2011.

Figures of Light appeared live with The Sonics, The A-Bones and others as part of the Norton Records 25th Anniversary All Star Spectacular at The Bell House, in Brooklyn, on November 13, 2011.

The CD of "Drop Dead" was released on May 18, 2012, in a newly mastered edition, with a different edit for one of the songs, "You're Just Another Macaroon."

Figures of Light's first concert on July 23, 1970 was recorded in stereo, complete with the television smashing finale. The complete "TV Smashing Concert" was finally released on March 1, 2013 in a limited edition multicolored vinyl 12" LP on Norton Records.

As Miriam Linna of Norton Records put it, "the live LP makes Metal Machine Music sound like Mantovani . . . that 'lost' album is one of my fave records of all time." Rock on!
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Figures Of Light - Drop Dead album art Figures Of Light Drop Dead (Album) Norton Records (2) US 2011 Sell This Version
Figures Of Light - The TV Smashing Concert July 23, 1970 Live At Scott Hall - Rutgers University album art Figures Of Light The TV Smashing Concert July 23, 1970 Live At Scott Hall - Rutgers University (Album) Norton Records (2) US 2012 Sell This Version
011 Figures Of Light - Great! Now We've Got Time To Party! album art Figures Of Light Great! Now We've Got Time To Party!(CD, MiniAlbum) FOL Records 011 US 2013 Sell This Version
009 Figures Of Light - The Nebraska Sessions album art Figures Of Light The Nebraska Sessions(CD, MiniAlbum) FOL Records 009 US 2014 Sell This Version
004 Figures Of Light - Buy Before You Die album art Figures Of Light Buy Before You Die(CD, MiniAlbum) FOL Records 004 US 2014 Sell This Version
007 Figures Of Light - Feedback Music album art Figures Of Light Feedback Music(CD, Album) FOL Records 007 US 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

45-130 Figures Of Light - It's Lame album art Figures Of Light It's Lame(7", Single, RE) Norton Records (2) 45-130 US 2006 Sell This Version
001 Figures Of Light - Too Many Bills, Not Enough Thrills album art Figures Of Light Too Many Bills, Not Enough Thrills(CD, EP) FOL Records 001 US 2013 Sell This Version
010 Figures Of Light - Leave Her Alone / Dreams Of The Past album art Figures Of Light Leave Her Alone / Dreams Of The Past(CD, Single) FOL Records 010 US 2013 Sell This Version
006 Figures Of Light - The Open Door album art Figures of Light The Open Door(CD, EP) FOL Records 006 US 2013 Sell This Version
005 Figures Of Light - Gimme A Quarter album art Figures of Light Gimme A Quarter(CD, Maxi) FOL Records 005 US 2013 Sell This Version
003 Figures Of Light - The Power album art Figures Of Light The Power(CD, EP) FOL Records 003 US 2013 Sell This Version
016 Figures Of Light - R U Ready? album art Figures Of Light R U Ready?(CD, EP) FOL Records 016 US 2015 Sell This Version

Compilations

Figures Of Light - Smash Hits album art Figures Of Light Smash Hits (Album, Comp) Norton Records (2) US 2008 Sell This Version
002 Figures Of Light - Lost & Found album art Figures of Light Lost & Found(CD, Comp) FOL Records 002 US 2013 Sell This Version

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