23 Skidoo

Short biography of 23 Skidoo: 23 Skidoo are a British band playing a fusion of industrial, post-punk, alternative dance, rock, and world music. The group was named after a mysterious Illuminati phrase that appeared in the work of Aleister Crowley, William S. Burroughs, and filmmaker Julian Biggs. Formed in 1979 by Fritz Catlin, Johnny Turnbull and Sam Mills, and later augmented by Alex Turnbull and Tom Heslop, 23 Skidoo had interests in martial arts, Burundi and Kodo drumming, Fela Kuti, The Last Poets, William S. Burroughs, as well as the emerging confluence of industrial, post-punk and funk, heard in artists such as A Certain Ratio, Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, The Pop Group and This Heat.

Their first 7", "Ethics" was released in 1980, followed by the "Last Words" 7", produced by Stephen Mallinder and Richard H. Kirk from Cabaret Voltaire. A Peel Session was recorded on September 16, 1981 that included Richard. Their debut album, Seven Songs, was released in 1982 and is said to evoke the claustrophobic humidity of an African forest. An experimental EP Tearing Up The Plans was produced without the Turnbull brothers, who were traveling in Indonesia. Guitarist Sam Mills and vocalist Tom Heslop left the band soon after, and with the arrival of slap-bassist David "Sketch" Martin following the break-up of Linx, the lineup remained the same until their disintegration in 2003.

With the Turnbull brothers back from Indonesia where they were exposed to Gamelan, the band recruited Aswad's horn section for the "Coup" 12", which featured samples from Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now. It has been alleged that The Chemical Brothers stole the bass line for their "Block Rockin' Beats" track. The Culling Is Coming (1983 - noted for featuring the band live at the first WOMAD Festival) and Urban Gamelan (1984) followed, criticized at the time for their shift towards more abstract sounds. After having been evicted from their rehearsal space at Genesis P-Orridge's 'Death Factory' the band shifted their focus towards hip hop and released a few singles and a compilation album Just Like Everybody in 1987.

In 1989 the Turnbull brothers formed the Ronin label, and released material by Deckwrecka, Roots Manuva, and Rodney P amongst others. They signed to Virgin Records in 1991 and were able to build a new studio with their advance. In 2000 they released a self-titled LP, which featured contributions from Pharoah Sanders and Roots Manuva. This was followed by a compilation of singles, The Gospel Comes To New Guinea in 2002, and for the first time on CD, reissues of Seven Songs and Urban Gamelan. In 2003 the Turnbull brothers liquidated the company. In 2008 LTM reissued the whole back catalog of 23 Skidoo.

Also on the Web you may find 23 Skidoo by links below:
  1. http://23skidoo.co/
  2. http://www.ltmrecordings.com/23skidoobio.html
  3. http://ihrtn.com/2008/12/17/23-skidoo/
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# Album cover Album title Tracks amount Download album in mp3? Official release date Production label
1 23 Skidoo 12
mp3, CD
2000-07-17
2 Language 2
mp3, CD
1984-07-00 Illuminated Records
3 Coup 2
mp3, CD
1983 Illuminated Records
4 23 Skidoo Vs. The Assassins With Soul 3
mp3, CD
1986-00-00 Illuminated Records
5 Dawning 3
mp3, CD
2000-00-00 Virgin
6 Seven Songs 10
mp3, CD
1984-00-00 Illuminated Records
7 Urban Gamelan 11
mp3, CD
1984-08-00 Illuminated Records
8 Tearing Up The Plans 4
mp3, CD
1982-06-00
9 The Gospel Comes To New Guinea / Last Words 2
mp3, CD
1981-09-00 Fetish Records
10 The Gospel Comes To New Guinea / Coup 3
mp3, CD
2001 Ronin Records
11 Just Like Everybody 12
mp3, CD
1987 Bleeding Chin Records
12 Urban Gamelan 11
mp3, CD
2001 Ronin Records
13 Seven Songs 8
mp3, CD
2001 Ronin Records
14 Last Words 2
mp3, CD
1981 Fetish Records
15 The Culling Is Coming 6
mp3, CD
1988 L.A.Y.L.A.H. Antirecords
16 Seven Songs 9
mp3, CD
1982-02-00 Fetish Records
17 The Culling Is Coming 12
mp3, CD
1983 Les Disques Du Crépuscule
18 The Gospel Comes To New Guinea 14
mp3, CD
2002-12-02 Ronin Records
19 23 Skidoo 12
mp3, CD
2000-07-17 Virgin
20 The Culling Is Coming 12
mp3, CD
1983-02-04 Operation Twilight
21 The Culling Is Coming 2
mp3, CD
1988 L.A.Y.L.A.H. Antirecords
22 400 Blows / 23 Skidoo Assemblage 2
mp3, CD
1986-03-15 Saderal
23 Ethics 2
mp3, CD
1981-02-00 Pineapple Products
24 Dawning 3
mp3, CD
2000-07-03 Virgin
25 The Culling Is Coming 14
mp3, CD
2003 Boutique (2)
26 Seven Songs / Tranquiliser I & II 11
mp3, CD
1984 Doublevision
27 Dawning 3
mp3, CD
2000-07-03
28 Just Like Everybody Part Two 17
mp3, CD
2002-12-17 Ronin Records
29 Sulphuric Beats '88 2
mp3, CD
1988
30 The Culling Is Coming 12
mp3, CD
1983 Base Record
31 Ayu 3
mp3, CD
2000 Not On Label
32 23 Skidoo 12
mp3, CD
2000-07-03 Virgin
33 Urban Gamelan 11
mp3, CD
1985 Dro
34 Language / Coup 2
mp3, CD
1984 Dro
35 Seven Songs 15
mp3, CD
2008 LTM (4)

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