Gas-Bags & other pontificators — a new Single/EP series from Classical Gas
So what is a gas-bag?
bag. That’s given. A pompous, talkative bore. Yeah, for sure. A
bloviator. Now that’s something different. So what is this
inflated and vacuous thing? One who bloviates is constantly talking
in a longwinded, pompous manner. Someone overly fond of the sound of
their own voice and
opinions. A wannabe Tristram Shandy, the bloviator has all the
words but none of the style and elegance of the Lord of Shandy Hall.
Such a portrait conjures up Dr Johnson’s Grubb Street hacks, whose
attributes give you a pretty good idea of gas-bagging, not to mention
the great orators of the ale house.
archetypal bloviator is Eric Idle in the “Travel Agent” sketch in
Python’s Flying Circus.
Ironically named “Mr Smoketoomuch”, he is completely inflated,
bloated by cigarette smoke, opinion and the inability to not talk
continuously about any topic. He can’t say C so says B (bolour
supplement etc). So he can mistakenly be taken for actually saying
cloviates. What a silly bunt.
a lot of wind and bloating going on out there. “Lot of
bloating”, as Donald Trump would say. “Lot of folks
bloating”. And there’s just so much hyperventilating going on
down here at Classical
that we are collecting some of the most pompous examples puffery and
yabber that you will ever hear. And this “Family Favourite”
says it all. Sets the tone. It’s an iconic image that gets you
ready for a good old ear bashing.
Presciently anticipating recent, cutting-edge studies of games in the digital age, such as My Life as an Elf Priest, this title says it all. So you know exactly what sort of journey you are in for on this Parlophone, “Extended Play” series of selections from Gathier’s groundbreaking anthropological studies. But don’t just take our word for it: “better than World Of Warcraft by miles!” – #gAmA@mordor
“So you all love wheels, right? Katherine knows that. Here you will be in thrall of ideas that, like burnouts on a late Saturday night, will make you want to jump in for a wild ride. And through the window if necessary. She also has a few things to say about what we can’t live without, like tuck-and-roll upholstery “.
“Now I wish I still had my ’57 Chevy Bel Air!”, David Cronenberg, dir. Crash.
“Orientalism” may sound quaint. But it it ain’t. And Edward will tell you why. The exotic is also a word he doesn’t like as he explains, with his usual passion and fire, on this new series of selections from the original 1978 text.
With his mentor Don Juan Matsus at his elbow, Carlos takes us on a personal journey. But it’s not just any journey, especially none so banal as the Easter Bank Holiday picnic. Carlos is no sham but he is a true Shaman, giving us the Seer’s insight into what really lies beyond, or what he calls “the definitive journey”.
Forget the Piltdown Man farce. Leakey was the cat who put Africa on the evolutionary map as the cradle of life for real, don’t you forget it. And just in case you might, Larry will remind you on this Master’s Voice “Extended Play” special.
“This really requires some careful listening!” Herb Alpert.
** This is the first title in “Anthropology Greats!” — a new Single/EP series from Classical Gas**
For the first time on Classical Gas a real Dada classic! Tristan Tzara’s The Bearded Heart. That’s right, the Daddio of Dada himself reading extracts from the “Soirée du Cœur à Barbe” at the Théâtre Michel in 1923. Tris reads selections in the only way he can… gibberishly. Among the attendees were Stravinsky, Eric Satie and Jean Cocteau. Without really having to be said, a riotous evening was had by all.
“When Tris gets going there really will be a riot going on!”
“Heliogabalus”, Artaud reminds us in no uncertain terms, “behaves like a thug and an irreverent libertarian”. This bogus pomp sets the scene for a rollicking journey through the Gnostic festivals, hi jinx and orgiastic revelries of the scallywag anarchist himself, as he plunders his way through the Balkans, as only he can. And along the way there will be much theatre and poetry to be had.
“If Tony doesn’t get you with this title (and I know he will), The Premature Old Age of the Cinema will be hot on its heels in the Fall”, Susan Sontag, Sight & Sound.
“I remember: When parents drink, children tipple; I remember Hermès handbags, with their tiny padlocks; I remember myxomatosis”. Such is the ingenious memory work of Georges Perec. These details from a life lived are at once minute, banal, startling and illuminating.
“In an impossible retrospect, it could be fancifully said that Georges Perec is the vital missing link in Frances Yates’ classic Art of Memory“, David Bellos
Since its original publication in 1976, Five Studies in Dialectical Materialism has been both a bone of contention as well as an injection of frisson into the ongoing and seemingly endless debate around the opposing contradictions of consumer culture defined by capital. Along with Herbert Marcuse, arguably no one has done more to further the critique of the absolute need for the worker’s control of factories.
This Columbia “Juke-Box” pressing was produced by the SMCQ Collective, Stuttgart.
On this new “Galaxy” recording George sets out not to titillate but rather inform. But who would have thought otherwise? We can’t say that this disc will knock your socks off, but it will certainly give you pause for thinking before dancing!
Who would have thought it? A Classical Gas greatest hits. Already?! You bet. And what a lineup. From Jorge Luis Borges, Monique Wittig and Cyber Dada, to Judith Butler, John Cage & Simone de Beauvoir, this disc is a swinging digest of the best Classical Gas has to offer. But don’t take our word for it!
“An astute collection of some of the most hip and devil-may-care titles from the, dare I say it, beguiling Classical Gas collection. I mean really, how did it ever get made in the first place? Now just so you know that’s praise. And I’m not even in it …. Wait a minute… ” Jonathon Crary, MIT Press Newsletter (Arts and Design).
“Listening to this I really DO wish my brother George was here!” Liberace impersonator (deceased) the Sands, Las Vegas.
“Is anybody there?” You may well ask. Here Avital Ronell takes us on a journey to the end of the line, anticipating the surprise, fear and even terror of who might answer. Technology, schizophrenia and electric speech are some of the thoughts that will come to mind when you cradle the handset against your ear.
That’s right, L’invention du quotidien by any other name. Michel loves to ponder when he wanders. And boy does he wonder! He strolls as if entranced through the avenues and alley ways he finds and, inevitably, find him. A latter-day Rimbaud of the city, he takes us into his world and makes it ours. Bet you can’t wait to take the trip.
Also on Polydor The Possession at Loudun (produced by George Martin).
Teilhard de Chardin (SJ) is at it again. From the arid plains of the Gobi desert to the jungles of Madhya Pradesh, the maverick of unpopular ideas gives us pause and much to think about on this new Microgroove Record (produced by Bernardin Van Eekhout for Editions de L’oiseau-Lyre). Go to any place off the beaten track in search of the extraordinary and you will find that Teilhard’s footsteps have left their mark and their echoes. You can hear some of them here!
“The man has got more soul than James Brown and definitely more sole!” The Deaconess of Detroit, Christian Science Monitor.
Étienne, or Steve to his English fans, is no slouch. He’s an “Immortal” of the Académie Francaise no less! The self-styled “engraver-philosopher” carves out some fine grooves on this latest title from the good folks at Reader’s Digest Gravure. But don’t let the title throw you off. It’s not all bad news! “It will be in the inmost being of the modern reader that The Terrors of the Year Two Thousand will live”.
Laurence Shook, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto.
Frank and Queenie are at it again! Those two devilish Downing Dons take us on a rambunctious tour of literary thrills from Luddites, monoculture to Bill Yeats and Wuthering Heights.
“Well, we’ve all been besotted with the ‘common pursuit’ of all things literary. But here you will find a racket comparable to Lester Bangs writing on absolutely anything”– Terry Eagleton, New Left Review
In a rare meeting in the Fall of 1953, two very different personalities, poles apart in all matters aesthetic, political and cultural, came together in the Bahamas. There they surreptitiously performed the forbidding Williams Mix as spoken word. This is the extraordinary result.
“A right Royal rowdy rumpus, to be sure”, Earle Brown, Town and Country.
Truly the thrift bin in my fantasy world. I want to play S/Z at 78rpm. Jeffrey Sconce This is an op-shop LP collection I'd definitely like to stumble across! Rowan Wilken
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The hit parade for the now generation!
Think cool beats and timely accents. The most exciting sounds ever suscitated, the sounds of today, you dig. Many of the titles are traditional, with their origins lost in the mists of time. Others are hot and new. But they all swing.
Here for the first time we offer selections from the spectacular and exciting Classical Gas catalogue. What names! Names that are bound to crop up wherever aficionados make the scene to talk the freshest ideas. Those who have heard these hep cats perform will need no sales talk to get down with these records.
Consistency, nostalgia and polish. These are the ingredients which, when blended together, result in the finished product, for which the key word is entertainment—pure honest-to-goodness, straightforward entertainment! The amateur listener and expert alike can join in the chorus, firmly convinced that their efforts are of equal merit.
These recordings, which can be played with excellent results on monaural as well as today’s stereophonic equipment, break down the barriers between warring sects and reach every age group and listeners of all tastes.
Even classical ideas swing in these arrangements. They make the crazes of our grandfathers sound like they were born yesterday. The whole joyous trip is filled with rare imagination, an all-fun mood. You’ll want to twirl your key chain.
In a few short years, Classical Gas has become one of the most wild and sought-after series in the disc business. And don’t just take our word for it!
The Deutches Volksblatt, Berlin, wrote: “Really excellent. Performances of artistic merit fully deserving of the tumultuous applause it has been accorded”.
Said the London Daily mail: “Zingy! This is what we have been waiting for. It has reminded us of the old days!”
The Stuttgart Zeitung enthused: “These are some of the most requested selections, every one with new appeal, new verve. Every move a picture”.
International Herald Tribune: “A library distinguished by unflagging devotion to high standards of recording excellence that will reward audiences with pure listening pleasure”.
Bert Kaempfert: “This represents the best Classical Gas has to offer. Well, some of it anyway. Probably the best is yet to come. No-one could have forseen the fantastic effect this series has had on the paying public”.
Life can be really wild with Classical Gas. Get in the groove!