This album is a remarkable time capsule.
DEMOLITION DECORATORS were an extraordinary collective of musicians and comedians based in London 1977-81.
They chalked up 24 arrests for performing in the street, had a kamikaze suicide squad and squatted the main stage at the bath festival to hold a 'people's event' complete with laundry service. Single-handedly, they won buskers the right to play in the London Underground system.
They called themselves 'incidentalists' because many performances comprised confrontations. Audiences could not be neutral and many outdoor performances involved an appearance by the police. At one gig, some of the audience were so incensed, they firebombed the hall.
Although very political, they were never fanatical or bitter. There was a mystical quality about them.
Ten rapidly deteriorating cassettes containing 13 hours of material were discovered almost 25 years later. They were recorded in a wide range of locations - theatres, pubs, universities, rehearal rooms, bedrooms, demonstrations and street festivals. The material has been loving restored and edited. Despite technical limitations, much of the unique energy, irrepressible good humour and unmitgated creativity is captured on this hour-long album.
A companion album 'The Communication Game' will be available soon.
They don't make bands like this - either today or then.
Members of the Demolition Decorators:
* Lester Moses (formerly known as Lester Broad)- sax, flute, percussion, vocals
* Arif Usmani (also known as Toon Smith) - keyboards, vocals, cover art
* Max Coles - monologues, vocals
* Johnny Hinkes - guitar, vocals, organ on track 18
* Jan Usmani (also known as Vicky Line)- vocals
* Danny Lang - humour
* Pete Supply - characterisations, vocals
* Julia Doyle - double bass, violin
* Phil Overhead - drums
* Anthony Hinkes - bass
* Dale Marshall - guest drummer on tracks 1,9,13
This album is dedicted to the memory of Jan Usmani (Vicky Line) torch singer and manager of the group who died in a car accident, April 1982.