Bing Selfish | Space College and the Theory of Everything

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Space College and the Theory of Everything

by Bing Selfish

Electronic, scientific, but also real songs. Science both real and imagined. Should be on the required listening list for several branches of education - but you can dance to it.
Genre: Pop: Pop Underground
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1. Space College and the Theory of Everything
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2. Space Hopping
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3. The Uncertainty Principle
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4. Robot Language
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5. Why the Y Chromosome, Man, Why?
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6. Relativity
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7. Space-out
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8. Zen Krazy
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9. Anti-matter
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10. Space Station Blues
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11. Super-string
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12. The Space Age
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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After the release of the cassette-only Space College and The Theory of Everything, they said music was over. Well, it didn't turn out that way, so Bing has (mind) expanded the original release, a few cuts here, a few additions there, and here is Space College and The Theory of Everything in its full CD glory. If this doesn't finally see music off, nothing will.

Produced by Bing and the mysterious Xentos Bentos, and engineered and arranged by the even more mysterious Xentos "Fray" Bentos, this magnum opus, years in the making, will turn your brains inside out, roll them in a spicy blend of science and philosophy and then stuff them back into your head. The head and brain is then placed into the oven of Truth for 45 minutes and you come out the other end wiser, mellower, richer and more beautiful.

An intuitively sharp lyricist with few peers
- The Wire (UK)

Bing Selfish: The Crown Prince of Avant-Garde Pop, the dapper crooning Dean Martin of the disaffected and disenfranchised. A South London myth whose songs of intrigue / betrayal / lust / science and imagination scan the 20th century and beyond...holding a hand out in a lyrical gesture of hope to those living under the yolk of the Fab Me generation...

Bing is a phemonenon in the galaxy of songsters today
- Chris Cutler

As the macho rock establishment sinks to new depths of mediocrity and plagiarism, Bing Selfish and his phemominal backing band The Ideals have created the perfect antidote, pure pop music, adventurous and subversive, a truthful call to arms for all who know there's more to life.

I imagine his character as a self pitying drunk, a self loathing homosexual, a bitter poli-sci professor, or all of the above
- Options USA

Essential for anyone who thinks that rock, politics and humour can't occupy the same mental and aesthetic space
- The Wire (UK)

Popuniversum einsteigt
- Wachenzeitung Zurich


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Lenny


The only credits on this recording read "produced by Bing Selfish and Xentos Bentos, engineered and arranged by Xentos "Fray" Bentos". Xentos is another of those "Muddy Mae Suggins" types, like Rob Storey, who doesn't seem to know who he is from one week to the next. Allegedly, his real name is Jim Whelton, but he's been called variously L Voag, Amos and most recently seems to be calling himself Dave Marsh. He was once the nimble, brilliant bassist of The Homosexuals, played with The Work and a whole slew of ad hoc ensembles in the 80's. More recently he's been a third of the satirical, song dismantling sampledelic group, Die Trip Computer Die, and has a newly released collaboration with Lukas Simonis under the name, Perfect Vacuum, which I've yet to hear.

Bing has an extensive discography which is so obscure, no one in the US seems to carry any of it, thus the only prior recording with which I'm familiar is his brilliant Dizzy with Success CD on Ed Baxter's Alcohol Label, which imprint also released The Orchestre Murphy's Smut. If you can imagine Jack Jones crooning songs about politics and art history over a nimble little Jazzy pop combo, you'll have some idea of what Dizzy with Success sounds like, and I mean that as a compliment.

Space College comes across as a combination of Dizzy's songwriting with Die Trip's pop konstructivist approach. The songs are linked by themes of astronomical concepts and space travel, which has had me wondering at certain moments, if I'm listening to a recording loosely based on themes from Italo Calvino's CosmicComics. As yet I haven't noticed any mention of Calvino's hero, Qfwfq, but I wouldn't be surprised to find him in there somewhere. Xentos' arrangements make evocative use of all the retro-futuristic implications of the concept.

I've been seeking more of Bing's work ever since I heard Dizzy with Success, and I'm excited to see that CD Baby is now carrying another of Bing's albums with his great band The Ideals, entitled Calling All Dionysians.