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Ant-Bee - Pure Electric Honey (SCD)

Genre: Pop/Avante Garde/Amb
Release Date: 18th February 2013

Label: Gonzo
Catalogue Number: HST120CD
Price: $14.29
Available: In Stock

Ant-Bee - Pure Electric Honey
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Ant-Bee is the brainchild of Billy James, an author, composer, percussionist and legendary PR person who is possibly best known for his books on Frank Zappa and Todd Rundgren, and work with various alumni of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Alice Cooper Group and Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band.

Ant-Bee is a unique musical project in that Billy has recorded music from various well-known musicians, including the above mentioned Zappa and Beefheart alumni, and also solicited independently recorded contributions from a wide range of cover musicians with impressive musical pedigrees. He then, using the mixing desk as his own musical palette, produces some of the most interesting and confrontational music that we have ever heard. He is truly the only musician that we have encountered who produces music within an avant-garde framework that is actually pleasurable to listen to. Commercial avant-garde might seem like an oxymoron; indeed, we have never even considered such a thing to be possible but it is and bizarrely, it seems like Billy James has invented a whole new genre. Pure Electric Honey was Ant Bee’s first full-length record, released as long ago as 1990. He told us: “Pure Electric Honey was the result of several years of experimenting with my 4-track reel-to-reel recorder in the early '80s in Los Angeles. I have always been a huge fan of Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd as well as the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour/Sgt. Pepper material etc. So once I had recorded quite a few tracks, I decided for the heck of it to submit some of them to the Bomp/Voxx label in LA - there was a big psychedelic/'60s-type resurgence in indie/underground music scene in the early '80s at the time - particularly in LA and the UK, which also gave way to the fanzine craze in the late '80s. Much to my surprise, Greg Shaw, head honcho at Bomp/Voxx Records, really dug my demos and offered me a record deal. I recorded the album over a series of months in 1989 in LA. When the album was released in 1990, it received critical acclaim worldwide and many excellent reviews and vast airplay. As an artist, who has recently released his 4th album (close to 25 years after this first release), I view Pure Electric Honey as going to kindergarten - just learning the ABCs of recording (although I had been playing drums and percussion on various albums since 1983), as opposed to my new CD Electronic Church Muzik, which is like graduating college. Many have said Pure Electric Honey is their favourite album, which is hard for me to judge in any way but it does have a special charm to it. Also included are some of the original demos that I submitted to Voxx. I must thank Greg Shaw (RIP) who did have the belief in my music to give me my first record deal and release the album way back when - I will always be grateful.” Check Ant-Bee out. We guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.

1. Intro 0:11
2. Eating Chocolate Cake (In the Bath) 2:37
3. My Cat 4:53
4. Black & White Cat, Black & White Cake 3:49
5. Silly Fat Fingers 2:58
6. The Wrong at Once (Has Gone) 3:52
7. Say Ahhh! 0:55
8. The Green Gin 4:34
9. Evolution #7 (Parts I-IV) 11:45
10. Outro 1:06


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