Androids Of Mu – Blood Robots LP – Fuck Off Records 1980

Atomic X / Who Cares / Fast Car / She Is The Boy / Pretty Nun

Confusion / Bored Housewifes / Lost In Space / Subtitles / Jeen Dreems

Before the Spice Girls, everybody’s favorite all girl band was The Androids Of Mu, which featured Suze Da Blooze from Here And Now on vocals.

From the hands of Grant Showbiz down in deepest Street Level Studios, and released ‘in house’ on Fuck Off Records, this non masterpiece still has a huge sackful of charm and if you try hard enough, you can jump around the room to it ‘but only when yer mum’s gone out!’ *

From the same Weird Tales tours as The Mob, The Astronauts and Zounds, Androids had tracks on the ‘Tribute to Bert Weedon’ cassette that I was going to upload until I realised it may scupper some Mob sales on the recently released CD on Overground Records as those tracks on the CD are in demand (ditto Ching demo) – so I didn’t bother, so you will have to have this LP instead!

* Television Personalities lyric in case you thought I had suddenly lost it big time…

Review with bigger text here

Loads more info on Androids on Alistairs site

Streetlevel Studios Site

29 comments on “Androids Of Mu – Blood Robots LP – Fuck Off Records 1980

  1. Hey – I have this record! It is great. Sort of Here and Now/ Hawkwind meet the Slits/ Raincoats. Sort of.

    I saw them play in free gig Hyde Park in 1979(?). The front cover is by Monica Sjoo – she was a pagan feminist artist. In April 1985 she walked from Silbury Hill to Stonehenge with a group of women out to ‘Reclaim Salisbury Plain’. They got to Stonehenge for Beltane/ May day – last free access to the Stones….

    Pinki was on the walk and so was Starhawk who wrote Dreaming the Dark about being an eco-witch. Starhawk is still campaigning see her website
    http://www.starhawk.org/

    There is a whole archive of Monica Sjoo’s powerful paintings online at http://www.monicasjoo.org/

  2. Ah, I love this LP…
    I wish I had seen them live – I tried to get into one of the gigs on the ‘Weird tales’ tour, but I was 11 at the time and they wouldn’t let me in!

    I have one of their demos which has some nice different versions of LP tracks and tracks from the ‘Bert Weedon’ tape…

    How about uploading the Zoundz tracks from ‘Bert Weedon’, penguin?
    Get the full-on hippy vibe flowing: the versions on the tape are probably my favourite Zoundz recordings, laidback like the Larry W version of ‘Iron Horse’ on Motorhead’s ‘No Remorse’…

  3. Penguin on said:

    Nic, I only like uploading the whole product, cos I am an obsessive compulsive kind of bloke, so ‘Bertie’ will have to wait until the sales die down a bit, or I get permission off John at Overground. Plenty more bits and pieces to chuck on soon anyway!

  4. I’m trying to keep away from reading posts like this. It is totally meaningless. Ain’t it shame to post rubbish like this?

  5. Meaningless? In what sense, mon50?
    Do you mean you find the music ‘rubbish’?

    I presume Penguin posted it because the Androids of Mu’s activities overlapped with the activities of those related to KYPP – which is (after all) a focus of this site…
    :)

  6. Burger on said:

    “Before the Spice Girls, everybody’s favorite all girl band was The Androids Of Mu, which featured Suze Da Blooze ”

    Well that’s certainly putting a spin on them…in some circles the Androids were without a doubt very well liked but sales of the record did not propel these girls into the limelight and they got no mention in the press other than the underground magazines. I seem to recall them playing with a tape background at least once during one gig. The record is worth getting if you come across it and is likely to appreciate in value assuming civilisation lasts another 25 years. Suze would have been a little older than the other Girls and it seems the alliance lasted only for a while. This LP is the best place to appreciate her talents as in here and now she was firmly in the background.

  7. Penguin on said:

    Just for the record Burger and mon50, the spice girls comparison was a joke, OK. It sounded good at the time in a D.L.T. kind of way, but is indeed complete ‘rubbish’…
    I have two copies of this LP though, will have to Ebay one in 25 years time. Thanks for the ‘heads up’ Burger.

  8. The LP is already fetching good sums (on ebay and beyond) thanks to the increase in interest in the ‘UK D.I.Y.’ music scene of the late 70’s / early 80’s…

    I think I’m going to press up a couple of their demos on vinyl LP: 500 copies, red vinyl, nice little holiday for me…
    ;)

  9. Nic said – “An increase in interest in the UK DIY music scene of the late 70’s/ early 80’s..” – that is interesting, any idea where the interest is coming from?

    Is it just from old folks like me, or are young people involved?

  10. Well, Al, it’s a bit of both: it initially started as a re-visitation from the old folks, and has since been embraced by the youth-man-dem…

    In the 1990’s, a series of (bootleg) LP’s called ‘Killed by Death’ came out which compiled tracks from very rare Punk singles from around the globe…They were a bit of a smash hit as they allowed people to hear old rare records that were far too expensive to buy (whenever copies actually showed up for sale), and – as you can imagine – the scarcity of the records had exponentially increased the expectations of what their grooves contained…
    :)

    Following on from this idea, a man in the USA started a series of CDr’s called ‘Messthetics’ which compiled tracks from obscure (and rare) UK D.I.Y. singles with each CDr cataloguing a different letter of the alphabet…

    The buzz about these CDrs dovetailed with the releases of the Rough Trade ‘Post Punk’ double CD and a general resurgence in interest in the Post Punk period (spurred on by the rash of bands informed by Gang of Four / Delta 5 etc which popped up about 7 or so years ago)…
    This has been consolidated over the last few years by the Soul Jazz records compilations of Post Punk, and also by a few more bootleg compilations…

    The ‘Messthetics’ CDrs have now started to be released as ‘official’ CDs, beginning with 2 volumes of London-based singles, a volume of Midlands singles (one of which – from 1981 – features my good self as part of the cover picture – aged 12!), and a volume each for South Wales and Scotland…

    As the net widens, people have got wind of the Fuck Off Records / Street Level Studios recordings (which all go for quite silly money in the world of Record Collectors), and this has led them to the Androids of Mu…

    :)

    Here’s a link to the ‘Messthetics’ CDs:
    http://www.hyped2death.com/frameset1.html

  11. Clunk – sound of jaw hitting floor as AL skims through Nic’s Messthetics link…

    for example – He’s Dead Jim – Colour Climax/ Monochrome World: Aberdeen D.I.Y.-punk 1981-83 (Messthetics #215 CD-R)

    There was an Aberdeen DIY punk scene?

    Struggling for a reference point, I guess this may link to the ‘long tail’ theory
    http://www.longtail.com/about.html which goes like this…

    The theory of the Long Tail is that our culture and economy is increasingly shifting away from a focus on a relatively small number of “hits” (mainstream products and markets) at the head of the demand curve and toward a huge number of niches in the tail. As the costs of production and distribution fall, especially online, there is now less need to lump products and consumers into one-size-fits-all containers. In an era without the constraints of physical shelf space and other bottlenecks of distribution, narrowly-targeted goods and services can be as economically attractive as mainstream fare.

    Can we claim this ‘long tail’ as part of our DIY -fanzines, tapes, records- counter culture? As an alternative to mainstream ‘brand name’ consumerism? The internet as a huge photcopier/ double tape recorder… C40 C60 C90 go… Bow Wow WOW….

  12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U291AOW2-Ms

    Every day I get a brand new show
    off TV record and radio
    I breeze with the sleaze on my cassette
    ’cause I got the affirmative

    C30 C60 C90 Go

    A bit bam-boogie and a booga-rooga
    my cassette’s just like a bazooka
    a bligger a blagger a blippity-blop
    well I’m going down to the record shop

    Yeah!

    And the boss said
    “LP, single, picture cover or plain
    I’ve got all the hits and all the big names
    I’ve got biggest discounts in my store
    if you buy three records, I’ll give you four”

    C30 C60 C90 Go
    off the radio I get a constant flow
    hit it, pause it, record it and play
    turn it, rewind, and rub it away

    C30 C60 C90 Go

    It used to break my heart when I went in your shop
    and you said my records were out of stock
    so I don’t buy records in your shop
    now I tape them all, ’cause I’m Top of the Pops!

    Yeah!

    Now I got a new way to move
    it’s shiny and black and don’t need a groove
    now I don’t need no album rack
    I carry my collection over my back

    C30 C60 C90 Go
    off the radio I get a constant flow
    hit it, pause it, record it and play
    turn it, rewind, and rub it away

    Policeman stopped me in my tracks
    said “Hey you, you can’t tape that
    you’re under arrest ’cause it’s illegal”
    So I shoved him off and blew his whistle
    I’m a pirate and I keep my loot
    So I blew him out with my bazooka

    C30 C60 C90 Go
    off the radio I get a constant flow
    hit it, pause it, record it and play
    turn it, rewind, and rub it away

    You’re rich enough to have a record collection
    I’ll bring my bazooka round for inspection

    Sometimes it better get hit twice as fast
    so I press my playback to make it last
    I breeze with the sleaze on my cassette
    I’ve got the affirmative

    C30 C60 C90 Go
    off the radio I get a constant flow
    hit it, pause it, record it and play
    turn it, rewind, and rub it away

  13. Good link to the punk/d.i.y scene in late 70s early 80s brighton :
    http://www.punkbrighton.co.uk/index.html

  14. Penguin on said:

    You know I gave away my cassette pet by Bow Wow Wow many many years ago, gutted I did cos I wanted to upload it on this site, cos it would have fit KYPP perfectly. Hindsight is such a dog, y’know.

  15. For those in need of a cassette to pet:
    http://lost-intyme.blogspot.com/2007/08/bow-wow-wow-1980-your-cassette-pet-ep.html

    Ants nerds (that means you lot! ;) ) might like to check out this Ants-related:
    http://musicforafutureage.blogspot.com/

    I’ll do my best to respond to the interesting ideas in Al’s other thread when I have a moment…

  16. Mr.mick on said:

    Ta for Androids of Mu info.I found my copy in a suitcase a number of years ago and no one i asked knew who they were ,or where they came from,so thanks for clearing that up.Oh,yeah it’s a great chunk of vinyl too.

  17. Tony Puppy on said:

    Thanks Nic, getting petting by the cassette as we speak.

    This really reminds me of round the kitchen table at Westbere Rd.

  18. Hi there just found the demo tape you sent me all them years ago, for a gig, or to the record company, titles – housewifes.pretty nun.atomic exploision.
    Hope you are all well. I Have given you a brief mention in a book I have written BRIDGE HOUSE CANNING TOWN…Keep well,

  19. I put on a gig by the Androids of Mu and The 012 in 1980, in Leicester, and they were great. I gave Kif Kif some cassettes and he agreed to tape the whole gig (including supports) via the mixing desk. Unfortunately I left at the end forgetting to ask for the tapes back-when I got round to writing to KK a few weeks later to ask for them he said he didn’t know what happened to them! So somewhere there’s an Androids of Mu live in Leicester tape floating about, if it’s survived.

  20. Deborah on said:

    I was in the 2nd incarnation of the Androids around 1981. I played lead guitar.
    Anyone know of any photos of that era ? I would love to see them.

  21. Gosh, I haven’t thought about the Androids for a long time. I will have to dig out my copy of ‘Blood Robots’ and give it another listen. I remember seeing the a few times maybe it was at the Idiot Ballroom at the Clarendon Hotel or Westborne Park.
    I am glad they are remembered.

  22. Deborah,

    Can you contact me about the Androids via http://www.myspace.com/noclassfanzine?

  23. Does anyone remember Androids playing at Trinity in Bristol? Let us know. I’m doing a history of the bands and events held there since the 70s. Cheers.

  24. I have this LP and to be honest was not all that impressed with the music when i listened to it recently. i had no idea it was such a cult classic and have unwisely listed it on eBay (5 hours left its on £15). i think i’ll now record it to mp3 before it disappears into a post office sack and see if i can find any hint of the raw talent spoken of above

    great name for a record label!

  25. It is all about context, vinylbypost. I am just listening to the recently remastered version of Close to the Edge by Yes. I have just been reading a history of prog rock and it rated Close to the Edge as the very acme of perfection of the genre, that you just can’t get a piece of rock music which is better played, better composed etc. …although I’d rate And You and I (on the B side of the original album) one notch higher, right up there at 11. I bought the album (for its Roger Dean cover art) in 1972 and have loved it ever since.

    But I did not see Yes play at a Smoky Bears picnic in Hyde Park in the summer of 1980, acting out ‘Bored Housewife’ on stage using vacuum cleaners, standard lamps and a giant spliff (or did I hallucinate that?) – which is where I saw the Androids and why I bought their album when I saw it in Small Wonder. And snipped the album review from Sounds. The cover illustration by Monica Sjoo is as evocative as the music – Monica and her paintings were part of an eco-feminist scene which mixed Greenham Common in with Silbury Hill, anti-nuclear protests and Stonehenge Free Festival…and which then (along a gendered spectrum) moved seamlessly into the Mob playing in an empty (adventure) playground the next summer…and Meanwhile Gardens a couple years on. Of photo of the first of which I have just seen posted up on Facebook.

    Was it ever about ‘being impressed by the music’? I remember someone pointing out at the time that Mark Wilson was not a very good singer (he sounds flat was the phrase)… but technical proficiency was never the point was it? The music was an expression of the ‘tribe’ -not strictly punk any more, but not exactly hippy either. What ever it was, participation was the key principle. With Yes, you could only ever be a spectator, the sheer brilliance of the music set it apart from the grubby ears of Yes’s audience.

    But with the music of the Androids, of Zounds, the Mob, Hagar the Womb, and a list which I had better not start since I will forget too many of the groups…. the boundaries and distinctions between performers and audience, between creators and consumers, spectacle and spectators were blurred and diffused if not actually erased. It was quite revolutionary.

    But when isolated and abstracted, listened to cold thirty years later – yeah, maybe the Androids’ music don’t seem so impressive . But it never was. The music was just the soundtrack, the movie we made was what mattered.

  26. pinkpressthreat on said:

    Al Puppy – perfectly put mate..not just the music but the movie as a whole. I have this album up in my girlfriend’s attic..I’ll have my hands on it tonight but in the meantime thanks for the upload!
    I was looking at some Here & Now posts earlier and they led me here. This blog is simply peerless, with great posts, really good journalism and the feedback I find from various replies/contributers is fascinating..and sometimes really amusing too. Don’t ever go away will ya?

  27. davefromchadwellheath on said:

    sadly Sooz died in August 2007

    click the link below

    http://www.herenow.be/suze.htm

  28. Yeah thanks Dave, KYPP are aware and there is mention of this sad issue on various Here And Now posts on this site.

  29. Blood Robots has now been re-released on vinyl by Water Wing Records/ Free Love Records. Available in the UK from Piccadilly Records for £14-99.
    http://www.piccadillyrecords.com/products/AndroidsOfMu-BloodRobots-WaterWingMississippi-88947.html

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