Friday, October 10, 2008

Oh Kato!  


I now share with you one of my most favorite 7"s that I own.  It fills me with happiness and I can pretend I am in a different place and time, maybe with the potentially fictitious female named Lori....and chameleons too (I had one once named Charlie).

Lori & The Chameleons - Touch


ps...fun fact: Bill Drummond of the KLF wrote and produced this track.  KLF is gonna rock ya!

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8 comments: to “ Oh Kato!


  • October 10, 2008 at 11:57 PM  

    thanks for sharing!


  • October 13, 2008 at 11:50 AM  

    completely, utterly amazing. as usual :)


  • November 6, 2008 at 8:01 PM  

    This is doooooope!!! Thanks!


  • December 15, 2008 at 12:08 PM  

    Love this track so much! Great.


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  • December 27, 2008 at 11:28 AM  

    Was poking around for info on L&TCs, stumbled on the entry here (Hey, Brian! Hey, Tom!). For the record, there were a couple/few releases of the track, on 45, 12", and LP/CD comps.

    Wikipedia is not entirely unhelpful:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoo_Records#Lori_and_the_Chameleons

    And Julian Cope has a little something to say about it as well:

    http://www.headheritage.co.uk/unsung/review/1550

    But here's the most (if not the most idiomatic) information I could find online, at least:

    A project lasted a couple of years (1979-80) by Dave Balfe (on keyboards, ex Big in Japan, Dalek I Love You, future Teardrop Explodes) and Bill Drummond (on guitar and vocals, ex Big in Japan, future KLF), both Zoo Records executives, featuring art student Lori Lartey (on vocals, later in Dangerous Years with husband Martin Healy of Dead or Alive). The trio benefited from the collaboration of Tim Whittaker (on drums, ex Deaf School, Sex Gods, and Gale Force), Gary Dwyer (also on drums, of The Teardrop Explodes) and occasionally Ray Martinez (on trumpet). The band released two singles:

    Touch (August 1979)
    - Touch (Drummond / Balfe)
    - Love on the Ganges (Balfe / Drummond / Ward)

    The Lonely Spy (April 1980)
    - The Lonely Spy (Drummond / Balfe)
    - Peru (Drummond / Balfe)

    http://music-isms.blogspot.com/2008/05/lori-chameleons-1979-80-recordings.html

    The discgraphy here, however, is more accurate, not to mention complete:

    Lori & The Chameleons Touch/Love on the Ganges ZOO Cage 006 (1979)
    LORI AND THE CHAMELEONS, TOUCH/LOVE ON THE GANGES, SIRE SIR 4025
    Lori & The Chameleons The lonely spy/Peru KOW 5 80
    Lori & The Chameleons Touch/Love on the Ganges KOW 20 81
    Lori & The Chameleons Touch/The lonely spy/Love on the Ganges KOW 20T 81

    http://www.ilxor.com/ILX/ThreadSelectedControllerServlet?boardid=41&threadid=24759

    I would note that I first came across the 45 in a bright blue sleeve with yellow print:

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/138/349470719_4bcd18391b.jpg?v=0

    The image there is actually the 12", but that's the 45 sleeve I have as well, so ...

    I'm convinced, by the way, that the track is emulating something from the 60s I have as well (French or Brazillian, most likely), but I can't recall just what it might have been.

    "The Lonely Spy" is a pretty cool, albeit even more lightweight, track as well:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5spqUhn6Z3k


  • June 26, 2009 at 5:44 AM  

    So good to here this again... good memories of good times


  • May 20, 2010 at 10:40 AM  

    sooo electric and amazing!!! thankyou for all your posts and your musical genius. i stumbled upon this blog, and i am making it my mission to listen to EVERY SINGLE post...