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John Bender - I Don't Remember Now & I Don't Want To Talk About It (1980) [Reissue 2016]

25-03-2016, 14:36
Electronic | Lo-Fi | FLAC / APE

Title: I Don't Remember Now & I Don't Want To Talk About It
Year Of Release: 2016 [1980]
Label: Superior Viaduct [SV101]
Genre: Electronica, Synth-pop, Minimal, Lo-Fi
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 41:02 min
Total Size: 101 mb / 257 mb

John Bender recorded voraciously between 1978 and 1980 at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio. Not even song titles could slow down his creative pace, as he named all the tracks after their position on the original tapes. "36A2," for example, was cassette #36 side A, piece #2. To close the DIY aesthetic circle, Bender made sleeves by hand with no two covers alike and pressed the LPs in hyper-limited editions on his own Record Sluts imprint.

I Don't Remember Now / I Don't Want To Talk About It, Bender's first album from 1980, is the holy grail of minimal lo-fi electronics. Layers of fractured melodies, distorted synthesizers, hollowed-out rhythms and claustrophobic vocals unfold over the 40 minutes of this lost masterpiece. "It's A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl," one of Faust's greatest songs, is perfectly deconstructed by a distinct punk-meets-experimentalist sensibility.

While I Don't Remember Now is impossibly rare and the man behind the music remains shrouded in self-imposed mystery, the real surprise is that it has taken 35+ years for listeners to discover Bender's warm, art-damaged immediacy.

This first-time standalone reissue is recommended for fans of Pere Ubu, Brian Eno and Robert Ashley. Limited to 1,000 numbered copies. Red vinyl with hand-stamped jackets, each one unique. Liner notes by John Bender.


1. 36A2
2. 35B1
3. 27B4
4. 35A9
5. 36A3
6. 31A4
7. 33A1

Pioneering minimal synth musician born in 1950 in Nurnberg, Germany. He is the son of a violinist and US Army Lutheran chaplain. Because of this, Bender moved around a lot as a child, living briefly in Nurnberg, Boston, California, Japan, Fort Knox, and New York City before settling in Cincinnati. He played drums in a group called Barbi And Cen with his neighbor Jack Gorski. After Jack moved to Glasgow, Bender bought a keyboard and started working on solo recordings. He mentions Velvet Underground, Can, Tony William, Drumbo, Samuel Beckett, Alfred Jarry, Pere Ubu, Soft Machine, and Robert Ashley as influences.
John Bender's music was self-published via cassettes and through the Record Sluts label. After 1985 he disappeared from the music world.

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