Rinder & LewisCataclysm

Label:AVI Records – AVI 6087
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:New Wave, Synth-pop


A1Look It Over
Written-ByW.M. Lewis/L. Rinder*
Written-ByE. Cobb*, W.M. Lewis/L. Rinder*
A3New Malibu
Written-ByW.M. Lewis/L. Rinder*
B1Tomorrow Night
Written-ByWilliam J. Kurklen
B2Put Yourself In Alpha
Written-ByW.M. Lewis/L. Rinder*
Written-ByW.M. Lewis/L. Rinder*

Companies, etc.



A Rinlew Production
℗ 1980 AVI Records, Inc.
© 1980 AVI Records Distributing Corp.

Synthesizers courtesy of Icon Electronics
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Producers Workshop I, II. Hollywood, Calif.

Equinox Music BMI except B1 De Jamus, Inc. ASCAP

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout area): 080-6087-A RE-1 P/V denny/WOODLAND 608
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout area): 080-6087-B RE-1 P/V dp/WOODLAND 608

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
Cataclysm (LP, Album)AVI Records, Vogue574030France1980
Cataclysm (LP, Album, Promo)AVI RecordsAVI 6087US1980
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Cataclysm (LP, Album)DerbyDBR 20242Italy1981
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Cataclysm (CD, Album, Reissue)Vinyl RevolutionnoneUSUnknown



  • shadesofjae's avatar
    Edited 4 years ago
    Rinder & Lewis was such an uncompromisingly URBAN act. “Blue Steel,” “Gluttony,” “Lust” …these are tracks that will always and forever accompany my inner city visions of neon and streetlights mirrored in puddles of rain, on darkly fading weekend evenings.
    Also this album has a very urban feel to it. Here, the reflection is more complex though. Reaganism, proto-fascist manifest-destiny Americana, nuclear war, dropout culture, and post-hippy LSD casualties… As an artefact of its time, it's contradictory and multifaceted.
    Two things stand out, I'd say, over and above your usual ‘dark disco’ fare:
    The overtly radio-friendly 80s pop sound, most present in the truly wonderful “Look It Over,” but also in “New Malibu,” “W.A.N.G.,” and the chintzy “Tomorrow Night.” With all their theatrics and mannerisms, these tracks could easily have been mistaken for set pieces from safe, M.O.R. Lloyd-Webber fare, you know… Broadway musicals, cheesy tack. That kind of stuff, The kind of stuff that more haute Discogs lords LOVE to scoff at. (We all know it, most Discogs users tend to gravitate towards the other aspects of this album; the more cosmic-sounding, underground-oriented instrumental title track, for example.)
    I envisage how Laurin Rinder and W. Michael Lewis must have been thinking at the time. Some of their more ‘hip,’ self-conscious contemporaries were probably also frowning upon these more mainstream-appealing tracks. I simply love the fact that they ignored these hipsters, followed their artistic vision and went for what they considered the apt choice of production after all: Barytone alpha male rock-opera vocals, superlative lyrics, as if displaying an affectation for the present 80s zeitgeist of insufferable Ayn Rand believers like Starship (2), while at the same time undermining that steely Republican ideal through queer re-appropriation.
    The second thing that stands out are the cold, twisted, flimsy and somehow demonic vocoder mannerisms that I can only imagine would be inspired by Bruce Haack. “Put Yourself in Alpha” is like a meeting between the gnomic Haack and the similarly elliptical Gary Numan. The childlike naiveté of these two savants is compromised by the urban, knowing slickness that we have come to associate Rinder & Lewis with. It makes you wonder, though, whether they are channelling a younger, more innocent version of themselves or just putting on a show…
    All in all, a very memorable album!
    • moogacid's avatar
      Edited 11 years ago
      Yep, 'Put Yourself In Alpha' is the stand out track, but the title track is also dope. You can tell it's Rinder & Lewis from the chord changes & synths, but it's a lot more spaced - out - there, more psychedelic by far : )
      • jones08's avatar
        Edited 13 years ago
        What a crazy record. New Malibu is great. And, good lord, Tomorrow Night...worth the price of admission right there and easily the most accessible of this collection. I don't know if this tune was ever a single, or a hit, but it should have been. Synthy, dark new-wave disco-reggae, full of hooks. I'm not sure whether to laugh or be horrified by a song that seems to be about domestic violence, but if you can make out the lyrics, they are purely weird. Get this now.
        • Bokkiebeh's avatar
          Sometimes you buy an LP just for 1 or maybe 2 tracks...this was the case for me with Cataclysm. The track Put Yourself In Alpha is simply great. Itś weird, experimental and in many ways "neither flesh nor fish". Obscure cosmic funk meets disco. Hard to describe the track (for me anyway) so I put up this track on youtube..have a listen. Most of the times you can find this LP cheap in record stores.
          • mach1ne's avatar
            Edited 13 years ago
            Where to start.
            Well, perhaps I might mention that I've owned this release for a couple of years. I'd heard Warriors, Willy & The Hand Jive etc and I'd also heard that this album was their hidden classic. When I got it I skipped through the tracks unimpressed and the LP sat hidden away in my collection until I decided to sift through my collection and find things to sell in an attempt to prune it. And, yes, you guessed it, I stumbled onto this record once more.
            First time around I'd thought it sounded like average cheesy disco fare.
            How wrong I was.
            This album is a dark masterpiece. Yes, it's disco. But not as we know it. It's got the electronic/psychedelic edge of JP Massiera but instead of blasting off into a world of fantastic outer space this album smashes reality right back in your face.
            I mean, by the end of Side 1 we've covered such subject matter as suicide, corpocracy, credit cards, government control, police state, nuclear testing etc etc all supported under a dark, sleazy, electronic cyber-disco soundframe.
            By the time we get to side B which begins with Armageddon and rather sick domestic violence I realise the juxtaposition of what is normally such a 'happy' and hedonistic form of music with such dark lyrics is somehow a perfect balance of how things really are. Sugar-coated this is not.
            And the best is still to come.
            Because by far the most original and amazing track, both lyrically and musically, is Put Yourself In Alpha, a clear reference to escapism via LSD. To go into details would just spoil things for you. Saying that, the lyrics are so distorted through effects you can barely differentiate them from the synths. But who cares what they are saying with music this great?
            Go check it out.


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