Exposé Online banner

Slapp Happy — Sort Of
(Tapete TR355, 1972/2016, CD/LP)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-01-17

Sort Of Cover art

In the early 70s Anthony Moore was exploring different avant garde musical techniques, working in Uwe Nettlebeck’s studio in Wümme. Anthony recorded and released two experimental albums Reed, Whistle and Sticks and Pieces from the Cloudland Ballroom on Polydor. As he was approaching his third album, Polydor had lost their patience with his highly experimental and unmarketable albums. So Nettlebeck suggested that Anthony write and record an album of “straight” songs. One thing led to another and Anthony convinced his old school friend Peter Blegvad to come to Hamburg to form the band Slapp Happy with Anthony and his girl friend Dagmar Krause. The three of them entered the studio and recorded Sort Of with Faust as the backing band. It is not clear to me why Tapete has chosen to reissue this album, they offer no explanation. I own a copy of the 1999 Voiceprint reissue. And as far as I can tell, the Voiceprint and Tapete reissues are identical, including the same bonus track. So if you already own a copy of an earlier reissue, there is no need to invest in this latest version, unless you are a collector wanting a copy from each label. Now, if you have not heard Sort Of and are leery about the music given Dagmar’s vocal performances on releases such as In Praise of Learning, do not be put off. Sort Of is a collection of 13 songs with the vocal duties about evenly split between Anthony, Dagmar, and Peter. And Dagmar’s voice is quite pleasant and mellow throughout. The music is quite enjoyable even with the band’s twist on the current musical styles of time. Anthony wrote some straight up rock and roll songs, several country rock inspired tunes, a couple of cabaret tunes predating the popularity of Steam Punk, and some pop-psych. Also of note is the funky beat on “Mono Plane” and the avant rock Asian hybrid of “Heading for Kyoto.” Worhty of investigation if you do not already own a copy or unfamiliar with Slapp Happy's early work.


Filed under: Reissues, 2016 releases, 1972 recordings

Related artist(s): Peter Blegvad, Anthony Moore, Slapp Happy

Latest news

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Godsticks - Spiral Vendetta – Beginning with the obvious, Darran Charles, Godsticks' singer and principal songwriter, wants to be Adrian Belew. His high tenor perfectly mimics those eccentric, fluid melodies with emphasis through...  (2011) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues