Thighpaulsandra ‎– I, Thighpaulsandra

Eskaton ‎– Eskaton 26
2 × CD, Album

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1-1 Lycraland
Guitar – Martin SchellardOrgan [Hammond], Synthesizer, Vocals – ThighpaulsandraVocals – Dorothy LewisWritten-By – Schellard*, Thighpaulsandra
1-2 The Angelica Declaration
Alto Saxophone – Dave Temple*Backing Vocals – XenoBaritone Saxophone – Ray DickatyDrums – Malcolm CrossGuitar, Bass – Martin SchellardMellotron, Organ [Vox], Trumpet [Reed Trumpet], Vocals – ThighpaulsandraPercussion – Siôn OrgonSynthesizer [VCS3] – The Boy Anal*
1-3 Optical Black
Bass – Martin SchellardComputer – Peter ChristophersonSynthesizer, Electronics – ThighpaulsandraVocals – John BalanceWritten-By – Balance*, Thighpaulsandra
1-4 Abuse Foundation IV
Clarinet – Dave Temple*Marimba, Cymbal [Antique Cymbals] – Malcolm CrossStrings – The Maureen Wilson QuartetTam-tam – Butros Müller-Staal, Hans-Jürgen Rausch*Tape, Computer, Effects [Filters] – Thighpaulsandra
1-5 Michel Publicity Window
Drums – Malcolm CrossGuitar, Bass – Martin SchellardLap Steel Guitar [Gibson] – Michael Mooney*Percussion – Siôn OrgonSynthesizer, Vocals – Thighpaulsandra
2-1 Terrible
Harpsichord, Piano, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Synthesizer, Vocals – ThighpaulsandraLoops [Drum Loop] – The Boy Anal*Sounds [Water Recording Nash Point, South Glam] – Simon Norris
2-2 We, The Descending
Backing Vocals – XenoDrums – Butros Müller-StaalGuitar [Foxxtone] – Martin SchellardSynthesizer, Vocals – Thighpaulsandra
2-3 Limping Across The Sky
Synthesizer, Vocals – Thighpaulsandra
2-4 Home Butt Club
Bass – Martin SchellardDrums – Malcolm CrossGuitar – Rolan NolanSynthesizer, Mellotron – ThighpaulsandraWritten-By – Schellard*, Thighpaulsandra
2-5 Celine And Julie Go Boating
Electronic Drums [Roland V-Drums] – Butros Müller-StaalFrench Horn, Synthesizer [CS80], Effects [Ring Modulators] – Thighpaulsandra
2-6 Beneath The Frozen Lake Of Stars
Drums, Percussion – Butros Müller-StaalGuitar [Gibson Doubleneck Bass/Guitar] – Julian CopePiano, Synthesizer, Mellotron, Theremin, Vocals – ThighpaulsandraSynthesizer [PPG Wave], Vocals – Hans-Jürgen RaüschWritten-By – Cope*, Thighpaulsandra

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Packaged in a six panel gatefold sleeve. Includes a 4 page insert.

Michael Mooney appears courtesy of Beggars Banquet Records.

Recorded at Golliwog Farm, Loco Studios and Famous Studios, Wales
Scores prepared and strings conducted by Martin Schellard
Piano and harpsichord tuning - Richard Kühnel
Mellotron services - John Bradley and Martin Smith
Computers by Apple
Recording software and interfaces - Mark Of The Unicorn
Thanks to:-
Marc Paping and Bert Vermeulen for Synton Fénix Synthesizers
Rex Probe at Sound Transform Systems for Serge Modular Synthesizers
Aubrey Parsons at Roland UK for V-Drums, VG8 and VK7
Adam Fullerton at Rosedene Audio for theremins and custom electronics
Don Owen at Korg UK for SoundLink devices
Mate Galic and Michael Kurz for Reaktor and B4 software
Malcolm Cross plays Zildjian Cymbals and Mapex Drums
Martin Schellard and Michael Mooney use Marshall Amplification

For their kindness, help and inspiration:-
Dorothy Lewis, Mary Taylor, Ericos Kranidiotis, Martin Schellard, Jody Evans, John Balance, Peter Christopherson, Peter Forrest, Nick Smith, Roger Grey, Dorian and Julian Cope, Simon Norris, Malcolm Cross, John Payne, Geoff Downes, Loz and Allison at Loco, Jason Pierce, Ray Dickaty, Tom Edwards, Anthony Doggen-Foster, Kevin Bales, Michael Mooney, Sean Cook, Damon Reece, Caron malcolm, Slouch, Frank Gironda, Gavin Wall, Paddy Farr, Stephen Thrower, Kanwal Dulay, Dagmar Müller-Staal, Otto Garms, Psychedelic Paul, David Cabaret, Adam Fullerton, Rooster Cosby, Russell Kearney, Andy Thomas, Lord Yatesbury, Jon Lee, Grant Nicholas, Taka Hirose, David Ryder-Prangley and Rachel Stamp, Danny Chang, Rob Reed, Liz McCudden, David Sefton, World Serpent.

In memory of Bertie Lewis and Eric Taylor.

Made in England.

Tracks 1-5 and 2-6 are exclusive to the CD release. Track running order is also significantly different from on the vinyl release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 021958 409627
  • Barcode (String): 5021958409627
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): WORLDSERPENT ESKATON26/1 01 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): WORLDSERPENT ESKATON26/2 01 6
  • Other (Stamped On Inner Ring - Discs 1+2): MADE IN THE UK BY UNIVERSAL M&L
  • Mastering SID Code (Discs 1+2): IFPI L136
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI 04C2
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI 04B3

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ESKATON 026 Thighpaulsandra I, Thighpaulsandra(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Moo) Eskaton ESKATON 026 UK 2001 Sell This Version
ESKATON 026 Thighpaulsandra I, Thighpaulsandra(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Ame) Eskaton ESKATON 026 UK 2001 Sell This Version



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May 8, 2011
What to say about Thighpaulsandra's debut solo disc? Amazing? Breathtaking? Incredibly challenging? All of the above of course. I got into his music from the coil side of things, and arguably, fans of that band will be most at home here, as opposed to his fans that come from the spiritualized or Julian cope side of things. This is a truly massive double disc overloaded with moods, shades and ideas, and an excellently brilliant, excellently magickal art style as well!

there are essentially three directions that play a powerful game of tug of war on the album: dark ambient, electronic workouts like "limping across the sky" or the beginning and end of "Michael publicity window", free rock/jazz experiments: "beneath the frozen lake of stars" and concentrated glam/prog/rock numbers "we the descending", the middle part of "Michael publicity window" and the excellent instrumental "home butt club". However, for the most part, all of the influences bleed into one and other. On one particular playthorugh, the coil collaboration "optical black" nearly made my head explode. No, really! This is a record where the quiet moments sound great quiet, and the loud moments will blow you away with their power and conviction. The whole record is very experimental, and coil fans looking for an EXACT replica of his work on albums like Music to play in the dark vol. 1 and 2 will likely be a bit let down. However, those influences are in there, just more mixed in with everything else. Michael publicity window, my favorite song, is a good example of that, with almost 10 minutes of spine tingling intense ambience punctuated by several minutes of a grungy rock song about male prostitutes, only to deftly transition back into ambience for the songs drifting conclusion.

Lyrically, thighpaulsandra explores more overtly homosexual themes than coil have in many, many years. If this bothers you (like, apparently it bothered his old band mate, Julian cope) then best to stay away. However, I would think that pretty shallow reason to pass up on such an amazing piece of music that comes highly recommended to the coil camp.