Live in Eindhoven, 1980

by Tuxedomoon

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“[By 1980] things were […] starting to unfold for Tuxedomoon in Europe as enlightened musicians and journalists started to rave about them.

Patrick Roques: ‘I was reading an interview with John Foxx of Ultravox in New Musical Express in 1979. When asked if there was any new bands he was interested in he mentioned an "obscure American band, Tuxedomoon." This was just at the same time Tuxedomoon was being courted by Ralph Records.’
Words were also spread about Tuxedomoon care of the then immensely influential French magazine Actuel: “There was a fairly large community of expatriate French people in San Francisco, remembers Reininger. There was that woman who worked for Actuel for instance [probably Elisabeth D]. We would meet with these little groups of French people who lived in San Francisco. At one point, some favorable reports were done in France and we didn't know, in all of our American arrogance and ignorance. We didn't know that Actuel was so important. We thought it was a fanzine. We began to be known in circles like that in Europe. There was something interesting and rare in the fact that we were from San Francisco because there is that image attached to it that is fascinating to Europeans...”

[…] At any rate by then the band had decided that they wanted to record their next album in England and so they composed a letter together in which they asked Foxx for help in finding an engineer/producer. He replied with the contact for a then young and promising sound engineer: Gareth Jones. Peter Principle: “[we] convinced Ralph to do Desire, recorded on a Ralph recording budget but through the auspices of connections in England. So that's how we actually came to be inEngland,working with Gareth Jones.”

So with an agent in the UK (Michael Nulty and his Promo Promo agency) organizing a European tour for them in the Fall plus the recording connections in England, the band, after an August West coast Angst Tour (with DNA and Minimal Man) and a few more dates in San Francisco, set off for their next big adventure. They left for Europe re-united with Winston Tong/Bruce Geduldig, bringing along their soundman/road manager Gerry (Gerald) Hesse as well as Reininger’s wife JJ La Rue, starting their still current wandering story around the world.”

(Extract from Isabelle Corbisier’s Tuxedomoon biography, “Music for Vagabonds”, 2008; used by permission of the author) 

“Ricordo che durante il nostro primo giro in Olanda eravamo in un furgone e cercavamo il posto in cui avremmo dovuto suonare (un centro giovanile sponsorizzato dal governo, sconosciuto negli Stati Uniti). Abbiamo chiesto informazioni ad una ragazza in bicicletta che ci ha detto di seguirla. Le siamo stati dietro per qualche chilometro, abbiamo seguito quella ragazza su una bici per qualche chilometro e siamo arrivati alla nostra destinazione grazie al suo aiuto. Questa prima percezione degli Olandesi e dell’Olanda è stata confermata nel corso degli anni. Naturalmente ci sono molte altre storie in altri paesi ... ma un’altra volta? Un altro posto? Forse…”

(Steven Brown recalls Tuxedomoon’s arrival in Holland, 1980; extract from interview by Mirco Salvadori for “SUD”)

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released March 24, 2019

Recorded live at Effenaar, Eindhoven, 3 October 1980

Performers: 
Steven Brown 
Bruce Geduldig
Peter Principle 
Blaine L. Reininger 
Winston Tong

Live sound by Gerry Hess

Audio courtesy of the archives of Alessandro Cardelini
Mastered by Anselmo Canha, 2019 

Cover photography: © Saskia Lupini, 1981 
Tuxedomoon logo from a newspaper interview, 1980 (from the archives of Philippe Singelé) 

Project management and graphic design by Heitor Alvelos

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