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LE FORTE FOUR

BIKINI TENNIS SHOES

ETATS UNIS


Format: LP
Cata No: ETAT04
Barcode: 855985006741
The origins of Le Forte Four are those of the Los Angeles Free
Music Society itself. Chip Chapman joined forces with Rick
Potts (and shortly thereafter Tom and Joe Potts), taking up
the LAFMS name in 1974. Ultimately baptizing themselves Le
Forte Four, they began threading imagined lines between John
Cage and The Residents, Cecil Taylor and Henry Cow – generating
sounds completely unlike any of these and anything since.
The inaugural release on the eponymous LAFMS imprint
with only 200 copies pressed originally, Bikini Tennis Shoes is
a staggering piece of anti-music that remains as refreshingly
ground-clearing today as it was when it first appeared in 1975.
Its 40 minutes (parceled out across nearly as many tracks)
chart forays into free improvisation, Buchla misuse, filtered
noise, begrudging and damaged melodic sorties (from the Star-
Spangled Banner to Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”) and
healthy doses of basement pablum.
Le Forte Four emerged out of the lethargic American ‘70s as
a locus where, in their own words, “gamelans and ragas merged
with serial and chance compositions finally melting together with
instructional records and Beatles bootlegs.” A wildly eclectic
rummaging of postwar culture and 20th century sound, Le
Forte Four’s Bikini Tennis Shoes preempts punk’s outsider ethos
and DIY autodidactism.
Limited edition of 500 numbered copies on clear vinyl.

Tracks:

1. Ka-Bella-Cha-Cha
2. Some Problem With The Cord
Or Something
3. Ka-Bella-Binsky-Bungo (Excerpt)
4. Good Worker 5. Aye Ma Ma (I?m Amok)
6. Meanwhile Back At The Tulip Boat, Stinky
And Gus Make Warplanes
7. Your Living Constitution (Dies)
8. Before Docking In Space
9. Candy Wrapper Blues
10. A Little Sloppy Still
11. Bikini Tennis Shoes (One Pair)
12. Joe?s Nose Solo
13. Song Of The Electric Drill
14. I Can?t Even Think
15. On The Dawning Of A Giant Face
16. Joe?s Dead/Bozo?s Marriage/Twinkle
17. What Do You Do, Radiator?
18. The Grocery Store Is My Heaven
19. Fade It Out 20. The Pope Speaks
21. Crank Up The Kids 22. Bongo Madness
23. Ka-Bella Reprise
(An Excerpt In 5 Movements)
24. Steven, Steven
25. Sonnet 26. Ballad De Forte Four
27. It?s Raining Bongos 28. They Are Asleep
29. Music Hall Bootleg (Excerpt)
30. Painting The Roses Red
31. Enough Fun 32. That Feedback Again

Press:

First release on the legendary LAFMS imprint,
originally released in 1975

 

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