Toupidek limonade, Le Phoque A Bu L'Air, An homage
Catalog reference number: IPS 1106.
CD release date: November, 2006.
The kranky band Toupidek Limonade has always
lived on air. Producing barely one CD every eight years, this
dadaist combo spends its cool life away from all the craze.
After the release of Il y a des bulles dans la banquise
(there are bubbles in the ice field) in 1998 which
was rather well received by the critics, this urban but approximately
earthy trio is back with its usual mix of unusual and nonsensical
songs and out-of-time instrumentals.
The proposed music is fragile because of the accuracy of the
dots and their rendering which are always hung by a hair,
like a kind of Pascal Comelade without his toy piano who would
deal with a mixture of vintage sounds from synthesizers and
antique breathless instruments filled with an hybrid vigour.
On Toupidek Limonade's genotype are homeopathically imprinted
those crazy tunes that are inspired by dreams put down at
the awakening and related to children of Erik either the upset
Satie or the Red who discovered Groënland and even of
the ineffable Georges. The lyrics has more to do with pataphysical
mother goose rhymes than with political speeches and love
introversions as those folks have overshot the foreseen level.
Puns are in favour with them, such as the master of the universe
Georges who has got a nerve.
For this new opus Le Phoque A Bu l'Air (a play on words
that could be translated as The Seal Drank The Air),
those friendly monsters (in greenlander Toupidek refers
to small statues that are sculptured in whale bones and that
represents sea monsters with magical powers ; of course Limonade
means the juicy bubble drink !) surrounded themselves with
some indigenous dudes shelling sonorous bubbles as different
as Pierre Bastien (musical oulipian), Dominique Grimaud (indian
of the group and sounds seeker), Juicy Panic (barmy electro
duet) and David Willey & Jeanne Christensen (Americans
who play in 5 UU's and Hamster Theater).
Toupidek Limonade was created around 1984 (with no relation
to George Orwell's novel indeed !), after the ending of the
schemes of the North East neo-Neanderthal-fore-contemporary-chrono-post-prog
band Hellebore. Toupidek Limonade is composed of 3
test pilots specialized in slowness. The orchestration is
rotting and that latent imperfection sets the tone, like some
do-it-yourself stuff and some kind of genuine unconcentrate
respiration which is downed at one go. Their compositions
are made without any rules : the freedom of creation is taken
up in respect for every members. So Toupidek Limonade could
be the first libertarian christians !
The band only gave 2 concerts in 1985. Life doesn't allow
them to gather like a normal band. Therefore since several
years Toupidek Limonade records at home slices of reindeer
sausage, then these little pieces of sausage are carefully
carved and put together in the scullery. So Toupidek Limonade
could be the first Residents withous papers !
Soon the lyrics of the songs for karaoke parties !
Toupidek limonade's discography
Toupidek limonade (Jean Caël, Kwettap Ieuw, Denis Tagu) -
singing, approxima-sounds & arrangements
Guests : Pierre Bastien (6 & 15), Jeanne Christensen (10),
Dominique Grimaud (7, 8, 11, 14), Juicy Panic (16), David Willey
(4, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14)
was not invited
2 Inari yet Clinton
3 Layers of wars
4 Quand c'est parti, c'est parti
5 Don't be upset Georges !
6 Bush (K) did not appreciate
7 Georges goes round
8 Little Red Hunting Georges hit the bomb
9 La Beauce démâte
10 Georges is getting (c)old
11 Gastric Georges
12 Georges suffered from Cassoulet
13 Georges needs binoculars
14 Georges va au plumard
15 Georges is not Satie's fied
16 Oh! Hé! Hein! Bon! (Nino Ferrer)