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Red Noise - Sarcelles-Lochères (1970)


Red Noise were formed as a French anarchic outfit in late 1960s by Patrick Vian (guitar), a son of a French poet / writer / jazz musician Boris Vian. It's said they've played on stage defended in barricades in Université Sorbonne. They released one and only album "Sarcelles Locheres" in 1970 and soon were disbanded in the same year. Their indomitable spirit for rock music could be taken over by another French project named Komintern. (progarchives)


Red Noise's one and only album was originally released near the end of 1970 on the legendary Futura label. Red Noise was a radical, inventive avant rock band with some improvised jazz elements, as well as a heavy dose of Zappa-esque humor. The first side is a bunch of interconnected tracks, some of them much shorter than a minute, like the opening piece, "Cosmic Toilet Ditty," which consists of footsteps and a toilet flush. Quirky songs, often with scatological content, compete with free-for-all instrumental bits, often with raging saxophone blasts. There is even time for some wild guitar solos on "The Galactic Sewer-Song" and "20 Mirror Mozarts." The lengthy closing track, "Sarcelles C'Est l'Avenir," is a wild and noisy avant rock free jam with an energetic rhythm section, blasts of electric guitar and sax, flute bleats, and organ squalls. The piece has a freaked-out intensity that belies the silliness of the earlier tracks, and really ties the album together quite nicely. (allmusic)

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