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

Singles & EPs

Tuxedomoon - No Tears illustration d'album Tuxedomoon No Tears (EP, Single, MiniAlbum) Not On Label (Tuxedomoon Self-released) US 1978 Vendre cette version

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18 novembre 2014
edité over 4 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.


28 novembre 2004
edité over 14 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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