Tuxedomoon The Vinyl Box on Limited Edition 10LP Box Set
To celebrate Tuxedomoon's 38th anniversary, here is an elaborate, luxurious, bountiful, 10-vinyl artifact. It contains the band's main 9 studio albums (three of which have never appeared on vinyl before), and an album entirely consisting of previously-unreleased tracks, entitled Appendix. Plus a 28-page 12"-sized book with original notes by the band members - who reminisce about the recording of these albums - as well all the lyrics/credits, and a single code for downloading the content of the ten albums.
Born in 1977, in the electronic music lab of San Francisco City College, Tuxedomoon have kept rising phoenix-like from their own ashes on more than one occasion, continuing to reinvent themselves and defy classification, and avoiding many of the pitfalls usually associated with success and longevity. In the late 70s/early 80s, Tuxedomoon played a central part in San Francisco's post-punk golden age and New York's No Wave scene. "No Tears," their second single, has remained an electropunk club classic to this day.
The band went on to sign to The Residents' Ralph Records in 1979, and released two seminal albums (Half Mute and Desire) which soon got them overseas exposure, and established them as one of the leading avant-garde pop bands. Fleeing Reagan's America, Tuxedomoon moved to Europe in the early-80s, and stayed there throughout the decade. Although their ability to crystallize a certain dark and romantic zeitgeist quickly turned them into one of the most influential bands around, their music transcended all genres and included impossibly wide parameters – rock, electronics, minimal music, classical, jazz, Gypsy music and pop were all simultaneously consumed and transmutated into a quasi-prescient blend.
After releasing a string of albums on CramBoy (the imprint they set up with Brussels-based label Crammed Discs), the band stopped recording together in 1988, and the various members pursued solo careers, becoming as disparate geographically as sonically, with Steven Brown living in Mexico, Peter Principle in New York, Blaine Reininger in Greece, and Dutch trumpet player Luc Van Lieshout (who had joined the band in '85) in Brussels.
Tuxedomoon got back together since 2003 to write and record the awesome Cabin In The Sky, Bardo Hotel Soundtrack and Vapour Trails albums, which found them in absolute top form. These albums were warmly welcomed, and a wildly eclectic array of references sprang from the pens of reviewers trying to describe Tuxedomoon's music (Charles Ives, Radiohead, Philip Glass, Miles Davis, German electronica, Tom Waits, John Cage, Kurt Weill, Tortoise, Can.). Which confirms the fact that Tuxedomoon were never connected to a particular period: they had become '80s cult figures simply because that's the period in which they happened to develop and rise to fame...but the band have always been evolving in their own space, and their music is as relevant and fresh today as it was then.
• Limited Edition 10LP Box Set
• Featuring the band's main 9 studio albums & compilation of previously unreleased tracks called Apendix
• 28-page 12"-sized book with original notes by the band members
• Single code for downloading the content of the ten albums