Discography

Ethics/Another Baby’s Face 7” single

23 Skidoo

Pineapple Records Pulp 23
1980

Personnel:
Ethic
F. Catlin - drums
S. Mills - guitar; vocal
J. Turnbull - guitar; clarinet
P. Griffith - bass

Another Baby’s Face
F. Catlin - drums
S. Mills -guitar
J. Turnbull -guitar
P. Griffith - bass; vocal

Produced by Mark Bedford

The Gospel Comes To New Guinea/Last Words 12” single

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Fetish records
1981

Personnel:
The Gospel Comes To New Guinea
A. Turnbull - drums
F. Catlin - bass
J. Turnbull _perc. tape loops; Tibetan horn
S. Mills -guitar

Last Words
F. Catlin -drums
J. Turnbull - bass
A. Turnbull - percussion; b.vox
S. Mills - guitar
T. Heslop - vocal

Produced by Cabaret Voltaire/23 Skidoo/Ken Thomas
Engineer: K. Thomas S. Mallinder

Notes:
Recorded at the Western Works, Sheffield (Cabaret Voltaire’s studio ) in over a 2 day period.

Skidoo’s first recording for fetish records and generally regarded by the band as their first serious recording.

Both tracks recorded live.
“Last Words” was a track the group had been playing live, with lyrics inspired by William Burroughs.
“The Gospel” was essentially a track improvised in the studio.

Artwork by Neville Brody

Tearing up the Plans 12” EP

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Fetish Records
1982

Reduced personnel:
F. Catlin _ drums; tapes
S. Mills - piano
T. Heslop - vox,Sax, Bugle with modified H&H echomaster and Chanter

Additional input: T Soar -tape loops (just like everybody)
Produced by Tony, Terry & David

Notes:
Rod Pierce from Fetish was anxious to have a follow up to the LP which was generating a lot of interest at the time. Alex and John Turnbull had travelled to Indonesia after the recording of Seven Songs,to research and record Gamelan music (ethnilogical music always having been a very strong influence in skidoo).

They were m.i.a. In SE Asia at the time of recording.

Just Like Everybody features the voice of Frank Terpil (ex. CIA agent and arms smuggler). This is the last recording featuring Tom Heslop and Sam Mills who departed the group after the tour which followed this album.

Artwork by D. Landin & Neville Brody studio

Seven Songs LP

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Fetish Records
Recorded 1981/released 1982
Re-released Ronin Records

Currently available on LTM Records (LTMCD 2528)

New Seven Songs Double Vinyl Reissue featuring John Peel Session.

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Personnel:
Kundalini
F. Catlin -  drums; violin (harmonized);tapes; vox
J. Turnbull - conga; horn (harmonized); vox
A. Turnbull - bongos; vox
S. Mills -vox
T. Heslop -vox

Vegas el bandito
F. Catlin -drums
J. Turnbull - guitar
A. Turnbull -trumpet
S. Mills -bass

Mary’s Operation/Lockgroove
F. Catlin - tapes
A. Turnbull - trumpet

New Testament
A. Turnbull - drums
F. Catlin - bass
J. Turnbull _perc; tape loops; Tibetan horn
S. Mills -guitar

IY
F. Catlin - drums; tapes
J. Turnbull _ bass
A. Turnbull - percussion
S. Mills - guitar
T. Heslop - vox

Porno Bass
A. Turnbull - bass
F. Catlin - tapes

Quiet Pillage
F. Catlin - drums; violin (harmonized);tapes; vox
J. Turnbull - conga; horn (harmonized);vox
A. Turnbull - bongos; vox
S. Mills -vox
T. Heslop -vox; finga piano

Produced by Tony, Terry and David & 23 Skidoo
Engineer: K. Thomas

Notes:
Tony, Terry and David are: Genesis P-orridge (tg;ptv); Peter Christopherson (tg/ptv) and Ken Thomas

Recorded at Jacobs Studios over a three day period in November 1981.

The group elected to record totally new material which was completely different from the set which they had been playing live at the time .

This new material, which was in the form of loose ideas, was written in the week prior to recording at Martello Street, ex The Death Factory and previously Throbbing Gristle’s rehearsal/performance space.

Skidoo began rehearsing there regularly (Honky Tonk records having gone bankrupt).

At the time many journalists were trying to pigeon hole/categorize the group who have always insisted on remaining outside the categorization of traditional music genres. this album was answer to this and an extension of what the group had been attempting to achieve in a live context It was diverse and uncompromising.

Seven Songs went straight to no.1 in the independent charts in Feb.1982.

Artwork by Neville Brody

The Culling is Coming LP

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Operation Twilight/Les Disques de Crepescule

Recorded 1982. Released 1983
(re issued 1988 Laylah Records lay 23)

Currently available on LTM Records (BOUCD 6604)
http://www.ltmrecordings.com/23skidoocat.html

Personnel:
Side A   A Summer Rite
F. Catlin - tape loops; gas pipes; metal percussion
J. Turnbull - tape loops; metal percussion
A. Turnbull - metal percussion; gas cylinders

Featuring : Tibet93 -Tibetan thighbone trumpet


Side B
F. Catli - traditional Gamelan instruments
J. Turnbull - traditional Gamelan instruments
A. Turnbull - traditional Gamelan instruments

Produced by 23 Skidoo
(side a -mixed by A. Turnbull/D. Landin)

Artwork   A. Turnbull/N. Brody studio

Notes:
Undoubtedly Skidoo’s most unorthodox and misunderstood release to date’ the record separates into two distinct and very different sides.

Side 1. Is a recording of a live performance at the first W.O.M.A.D. Festival which featured among others the Burundi Drummers, Les Musiciens Du Nile and a whole host of musicians from around the world. Skidoo elected not to use traditional instruments but instead to improvise a performance with instruments made of scrap metal and tape loops (at this time, literally looped sections of tape).

The ritual of banishing, invocation and healing mirrored the changes that had occurred within the group and indeed this cycle of renewal is something very basic to the concept of 23 Skidoo. At 11 am on a sunny summer morning Skidoo, heads shaven, faces camouflaged, take to the stage, the bleary eyed festival crowd, expecting a trendy funk band are greeted by a wall of noise some run for cover, those that remain witness skidoo at their most confrontational. Expectations are shattered.

Side 2. Shows the other meditative side of Skidoo. recorded at Dartington music college using traditional Gamelan instruments. Skidoo travel to Devon for the weekend with a mobile 8 track studio. they spend the next three days and nights improvising and recording rhythms which are later taken to Jacobs Studios to edit together and mix, with the assistance of Ken Thomas.

Though intended as a one off experiment and no way reflective of the material the group were playing regularly, the LP was universally condemned by a press expecting seven songs part 2, as too off the wall and left field. Skidoo in typical fashion were totally unconcerned by this, though it was to make it difficult for them to find labels willing to release such varied material and to deal with artists perceived as being so unpredictable.

Urban Gamelan LP

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Illuminated Records
1984

Re-released Ronin Records

Currently available on LTM Records (LTMCD 2530)
http://www.ltmrecordings.com/23skidoocat.html

Personnel
Side 1

F.U.G.I.
F. Catlin -drums    
J. Turnbull -guitar;percussion
A. Turnbull -bass 1;percussion
Sketch -bass 2

Fire
F. Catlin -drums  
J. Turnbull -guitar
A. Turnbull -bass
Sketch /schizzo-p -vox

Misr Wakening
F. Catlin -   
J. Turnbull -
A. Turnbull -
Sketch -

Jalan Jalan
F. Catlin -   
J. Turnbull -
A. Turnbull -
Sketch -

Side 2
F. Catlin -   
J. Turnbull -
A. Turnbull -

Produced by 23 Skidoo /S. Boswell

Artwork by Neville Brody

Notes:
Skidoo’s first recording for Illuminated Records marks the addition of sketch to the line-up. the album was recorded at Foel Studios in wales on what can best be described as vintage recording equipment.

Side 2, Urban Gamelan was recorded by the original three members who were then joined midway through by Sketch (who had been introduced to the group by Perry Haines while they were recording a piece for BBC’s Riverside), and with whom the group had been collaborating.

The album is in many ways the logical follow up to Seven Songs and once again falls into two distinct halves.From the dark funk of g.i.fuck you (later remixed to become the single Coup) and the dub inspired fire to the more esoteric experimentation of Urban Gamelan, which was to be Skidoo’s final word in their use of gamelan rhythms and scrap metal.

Coup 12” single

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Illuminated Records
1984

Personnel:
F. Catlin -drums    
J. Turnbull -guitar; percussion; vox
A. Turnbull -bass 1;percussion;vox
Sketch -bass 2

Produced by 23 Skidoo/S. Boswell
Artwork by Neville Brody

Notes:
Reworking of G.I.F.U. geared more towards the clubs. Featured Eddie Tan Tan Vin Gordon and Steve Gregory better known as the horn section for Aswad, with whom the group had wanted to work.

The groups most commercially successful record along with Seven Songs. sampled by Ice T on Peel their Caps Back (Punisher LP) and stolen by the Chemical Bros. On their No.1, Block Rockin’ Beats.

Language 12” single

23 Skidoo

Illuminated Records
1984

Personnel:
F. Catlin - percussion    
J. Turnbull - guitar
A. Turnbull -drums
Sketch - bass

Produced by 23 Skidoo

Artwork by Neville Brody
Cover photos by A Catlin

Notes:
Originally an idea of sketch’s relating to the use/misuse of language/information which ended up being released as a skidoo track. the production was dogged by unhelpful engineers, an experience which propelled skidoo towards setting up their own recording studio.

Thoughts Of You 12” single

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Illuminated Records
1985

Personnel:
Thoughts of You/Assassin
F. Catlin -perc.   
J. Turnbull -guitar
A. Turnbull -drum programming; scratching
Sketch -bass

Featuring: D Rickitts- vox

Ooze
F. Catlin -drums    
J. Turnbull -bass
A. Turnbull -percussion;
Sketch -bass 2

Produced by 23 Skidoo
Artwork by Neville Brody

Notes:
Skidoo’s final recording before disappearing underground reflects the increased influence of Hip Hop on the group who had become involved in DJing in early 84. It was felt that this new art form, with its random use of noise/sounds cut over looped drum beats, in many ways encompassed the audio aesthetic championed by 23 Skidoo.

It was released as 23 Skidoo vs. The Assassins With Soul which was the group’s alias prior to the formation of Ronin.

Ooze was a jam that the group had been playing live for some time which was based on a reggae rhythm popular at the time.it again features Aswad’s horn section.

Just Like Everybody LP compilation

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Illuminated Records
1986
Re-released Ronin Records

Currently available on LTM Records (LTMCD 2532)
http://www.ltmrecordings.com/23skidoocat.html

Artwork by Neville Brody

Notes:
The final release on Illuminated just prior to its bankruptcy which left the group without an outlet for their music. the group were widely believed to have disbanded but had in fact just gone underground, having become disillusioned with the music industry as a whole.it was this disillusionment that was to lead to the formation of Ronin Records and the setting up of Precinct 23, their recording facility as an outlet for their music.

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