release date: 2006
The sound of CHEN YI is rough & brutal...
electronic music, soundcollages that reminds to Throbbing Gristle
or (early)SPK aswell as electro-pop-tracks & songs like early
Cabaret Voltaire, Chris & Cosey, Severed
Heads... The Chen Yi Commune was founded in 1978 by about 20
women & men
from London. The aim of the commune was to create a closed subsystem,
a kind of subsociety and to narrow down its contact to the outside
world only on very few specific actions.
The Chen Yi commune never was interested in producing records,
some of the members even refused any form of release whatsoever.
In 1981 one member released a tape edition called “Hanging³.
The title referred to the first 3 english witches who were hanged
in Chelmsford, where the commune house was located. This cassette
was sent to various record companies. John Peel saw a potential
in Chen Yi which led to a recording contract in 1982/83 with
CBS. About 7 tracks were produced for the first Chen Yi LP...
...More couldn't be finalised, because CBS suddenly pulled out
of the contract. This left unfinished tapes of an LP. The material
on this LP contains completely finished song-material aswell
as rough session-recordings using early electronic studio equipment.
1. Stand Up - 1981
2. Hail - 1982 (MP3 excerpt)
3. Comune #17.3.1979
4. Rug - 1982 (MP3 excerpt)
5. War Game - 1983
6. Chensession #6.4.1978
7. Tape - 1979/80
8. Honey Monkey - 1980
9. Rounder - 1981/82 (MP3 excerpt)
10. Honey Money - 1982 (MP3 excerpt)
11 . The - 1979
12. Chensession #20.5.1979 (excerpt
13. Rape - 1981/82 (MP3 excerpt)
14. Potatoheads #21.3.1980