Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Quando Quango * Love Tempo


Probably best remembered for this 1983 ‘Disco-Not-Disco’ classic ‘Love Tempo’, Quando Quango released unique and influential records throughout the early eighties on Factory Records. The musical brain child of Mike Pickering and Hillegonda Rietveld, the band were formed in 1981 and quickly became one of label’s most trailblazing bands.
With their abstract mix of disco, punk, new wave, world, jazz, reggae, they were dismissed by the UK music press for being too eclectic and weird. As with the yesterday’s SOTD, they first garnered attention from New York by none other than Larry Levan. The band was even invited to play at the Paradise Garage in 1983 (which they duly did but got a lukewarm reception).
They released their only album ‘Pigs & Battleships’ in 1985 to some critical acclaim. With the tracks perfectly complimenting the forthcoming explosion of house music, as well as providing anthems for the Hacienda, for whom Pickering would later become synonymous with (we’ll gloss over the whole M People thing). The band’s influence across the board really cannot be underestimated.

Quando Quango * Love Tempo.

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