Bio"...marching music laughed from the airwaves. The waves were there to rule again. We had the ambition, we had the ammunition, a mission, a name..." While the ambition, ammunition and mission may have received the odd face lift, the name has remained much the same after a quarter century of seemingly ceaseless recording and performance. Edward Ka-Spel's unique marching music first laughed from the airwaves via the 1980 formation of The Legendary Pink Dots with Phil Knight (together they have been the only immutable core of the band throughout its many line-up shifts).
Even early on it was clear that LPD's electro-psychedelia, though in step with the zeitgeist of the era, was never fully in phase with any given trend or genre.
EKS' spare, somewhat mournful vocal delivery, paired with surreal, poignant lyrics, rich with imagery, driven home by a band that frequently sounded like acid on mushrooms, made LPD a truly acquired taste. That LPD still exist some 60+ official releases on (closer to 100 if you count collections and live recordings), is a testament both to the band's creative tenacity - and to the increasing legions which have, in fact, acquired that rarified taste for LPD in the sky with diamonds.
Since the early 80's Edward himself has produced some 20 full length recordings under his own name, as well as being involved with numerous side projects. As such, Edward has managed to carve out an impressive solo presence that does not rely on LPD as a surrogate. Each record has a unique story to tell. There are recurring themes, obsessions and images that can only be explained at length.
His success lies in the continued creation of and innovation of waves that are really unlike anything else. Waves that will rule again.