Lyrics by Warric except 'Help Me'
All tracks recorded during 9 days of Feb 1983 in my bedroom at 4 Lower Scott Road Observatory 7925 Cape Town using the Teac 144 portastudio and one microphone - other tracks done elsewhere - thanks to Robyn Shocking for loan of his 4 track and facilities.
[Extract from a review of the KS cassette. Thanks to Warrick Sony for sending this link.]
MUSIC MIX: SURFING ON THE EDGE
By Gus SILBER
Strange things happen on the edge of sleep. Your subconscious suddenly comes up for air, and the dark, hidden side of your psyche takes in giant gulps of whatever's going, the sweet and the poison, the mad and the holy.
Everything intersects: half-images, half-sounds, half-emotions. There's no way you can get a grip, no way you can keep your balance. So you fall. Its the time of night I like and fear the best. Because it's way beyond my control.
And that is why I'm just crazy about the Kalahari Surfers, a one to three-piece Cape Town outfit, and their new independent cassette release, "Gross National Product". I think the Surfers could be the first group to succeed in capturing the true spirit of our nation, in the only way possible: on the edge of sleep. Before the nightmare, before the dream.
The Kalahari Surfers could be the first Proto-Azanian rock group, but you'll probably never get to hear them. unless you make the effort. I urge you to.
"Gross National Product" is a daring home-mixed collection of subliminal jive-rhythms, sad-sweet jazz sounds, spliced and looped together in collage that gives me new faith in all music, let alone our music.
The overall effect is disturbing, blurring, banal, jagged, harsh and funny... just like our society, no? Lyrically, the Surfers take equal risks: one track, "Knife in the Head (Maseru)" splices a news report on the Maseru raid with the Lord's Prayer.
This limited edition cassette was also independently released in South Africa with handmade covers spray-painted in silver. An image of this version of the cassette and a review by Gus Silber in Music Mix can be viewed at kagablog. Thanks to Warrick Sony for sending this information and link.
For an interview with Warrick Sony click here.