Monday, November 24, 2008

The Sperm: Shh! Re-Release on De Stijl

(A scan taken from a copy belonging or having belonged to Heikki Harma a.k.a. Hector...?)

Artist: The Sperm
Title: Shh!
Format: 12" vinyl LP IND 039 (original: ORLP 0)
Label: De Stijl Records (original: O Records)
Year: 1970 (original) / 2008 (re-release)


A1. Heinäsirkat ("Locusts")
A2. Korvapoliklinikka Hesperia ("Ear Clinic Hesperia")
B1. Jazz, Jazz
B2. Dodekafoninen Talvisota ("Dodecaphonic Winter War")

De Stijl label announces a vinyl re-release of Shh!, the heavily collected 1970 album of Helsinki's controversial experimental improvisational/performance act The Sperm, originally out on the band's own O Records and featuring in its line-up such people as Pekka Airaksinen (known also for many solo albums now enjoying an international cult reputation), Jan-Olof Mallander (nowadays an art critic) and Mattijuhani Koponen (a poet/actor and the most notorious member of the band, who had a prison sentence after having a performance of a simulated sexual intercourse on a grand piano). Also guitarist Vladimir "Nikke" Nikamo, who had a brief stint in early Wigwam, participated in the compositions of this album.

Press release notes from De Stilj:

"soon forthcoming is a totally legit LP only reissue of this amazing Helsinki monsterpiece from 1970. Shh! is primarily a document of Pekka Airaksinen's experimental compostions, consisting of primitive samples, guitar loop feedback and musique concrete.

Sperm also functioned as a wildly theatrical live act ala Dionysis in '69, that would arrange underground happenings, occasionally inspiring a rallied public outcry against the derisive act of public sex atop a grand piano.

ooh la la..."

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