The Bambi Slam “Happy Birthday (Yet Another)” 1987

This is from the end of ’87, one of the last sessions I did at the Guerilla Studio in Maida Vale. The band mainly seemed to comprise a Canadian chap named Roy, and was signed to Product Inc, the Mute subsidiary that also released the Swans output.

It isn’t a great song, probably not his best song, but listen to the way the overdriven guitar comes in. I was certainly to recall it a couple of years later when the new sound started to come out of Seattle.

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Vienna “Pour Ne Pas Me Toucher” 1988

Mute France had opened their doors and one of the first signings was this trio from France’s industrial heartland, fronted by the lovely and talented Odile Arias.

I met up with them in Paris and then recorded this single during a break in the recording of Arnold’s album in Belgium. I just think this is a really great song. Longtime Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos did a version of it that can be heard on the excellent Vienna retrospective set from Undo Records.

I don’t think a video was made for Pour Ne Pas Me Toucher but here’s a cool one they made a couple of years earlier.