13 Dec 2014

How minimal can you get? #92

Surplus Stock
“Surplus Stock was (for this album) Robert Giddens, Phil Renshaw, Robert Clarke and Josef Schenk. Robert Giddens did not live in Düsseldorf, but in a small town in Germany's north, Quakenbrück. But he is English, from Rochdale. He had not been a musical producer to DAF, but had given them his hard-earned money and managed them. DAF recorded their first single in Rochdale. Before that, Giddens had written about German bands for the English music mag Zig Zag. Surplus Stock's best track may be 'Let's Kill Each Other' from the German compilation Fix Planet. Maybe they are the inventors of the term 'Minimal' for this kind of music, as they called it like that even in 1979, when their 7" Spiv came out.” Mutant Sounds

“Surplus Stock was my band. We were on the edge and went from Electronic minimal music to a band that was playing 'Fake Jazz'. Signed with Rough Trade made some records, made no money, broke up and moved on. I then had the band Cliff Barnes and the Fear of Winning, The Illegal Artists and I now make bicycles for a living.” Robert Giddens

VA Fix Planet! LP (Ata Tak, 1981)

Surplus Stock – Let's Kill Each Other
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