Tuxedo Moon
Tuxedo Moon
Label: Crammed
Genre: Electronic
Online: Artist Website


It was around 25 years ago that Tuxedomoon came barrelling out of the electronic music lab of San Francisco City College and began making flirtatious, whimsical, provocative, idiosyncratic music. Music which shapeshifted with beguiling ease yet brimmed with an almost underworld magick and mystical hypnotism.

Controversial but never egregious, their brand of post-punk experimentalism came with impossibly wide parameters no-wave, classical, jazz, funk, tango all heartily consumed and combined into a cerebral mix that gained the band an immediate cult following.

Tuxedomoon's ability to invent and surprise (the band once managed, incredibly, to transform Marvin Gaye's soul classic 'Heard It Through The Grapevine' into their very own song) famously led to an interview in Warhol's 'Interview' magazine and a label deal on Ralph - imprint of Bay Area avant-garde icons The Residents.

Between the early '80s and mid '90s the band lived in Europe, absorbing more influences and sounds from their privileged position in Brussels, then an underground hotbed of theatre, music and art. It was during these years that Tuxedomoon increasingly used multimedia elements such as lighting, film and video to embellish their live shows.

Today the core members are as disparate geographically as they are sonically, with Steven Brown in Mexico, Peter Principle in New York, Blaine Reininger in Greece, while visual/performance man Bruce Geduldig and Dutch trumpet player Luc Van Lieshout (who had joined the band in '83) both still residing in Brussels.

This very global, very post-modern situation perhaps goes some way to explaining the worldliness of 'Cabin In The Sky'. Tuxedomoon have always made music that reflects yet shrugs off musical influences as nonchalantly as a snake sheds its own skin or a duck discards water. Yet this new album still manages to be something of a surprise, as it captures the band in a rarely seen sentimental and reflective mood