Kalahari Surfers - Gross National Product
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LINER NOTES

 

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.


ADDITIONAL NOTES
[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.
 

KALAHARI SURFERS
GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT


recorded 1983-02
issued 1983
235
235
made in Germany
235/2
cassette
stereo
first issue
source: flatinternational Archive

TRACK LISTING

 

1.1Ndincede (help me!)

(Kalahari Surfers)

1.2Messer im kopf I'

(Warrick Sony)

1.3Suburban Surface

(Warrick Sony)

1.4Putting Back the Clock

(Warrick Sony)

1.54 African Countries

(Warrick Sony)

1.6Stroll through the Country

(Warrick Sony)

1.7Broederbond

(Warrick Sony)

2.8Upon looking up at the Statue of Cecil John Rhodes

(Warrick Sony)

2.9Part of the Empire

(Warrick Sony)

2.10Another Torn Fridge

(Warrick Sony)

2.11John Medlow

(Warrick Sony)

2.12Singing in Rain

(Warrick Sony)

2.13Knife in Head II

(Warrick Sony)

2.14Scared of the Police

(Warrick Sony)

2.15Man on Parade

(Warrick Sony)

2.16The Night Owl

(Warrick Sony)

2.17Gross National Product

(Warrick Sony)

2.18Cut Ups

(Warrick Sony)

ARTISTS

 

KALAHARI SURFERS
WARRICK SONY
HAMISH DAVIDSON
BRIAN RATH

NOTES

 

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.