THE SPIKE LP
ARTIST BOURBONESE QUALK
LABEL Mannequin (MNQ 114)
RELEASE DATE 10/2022
MEDIA FORMAT LP
Bourbonese Qualk’s third album “The Spike” was recorded during the period 1984-1985 and published by the Berlin based Dossier/Atonal label while Bourbonese Qualk were involved in organising the Berlin Atonal festival. Parts of Side 2 of the album is a recording of pieces made for a dance and film performance at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London in 1985.
Bourbonese Qualk were an experimental music group from England, active from 1979 through 2003. They were always obsessively and uncompromisingly focused on controlling their work: they ran their own record label, recording studio, tour organization, and music venue (the notorious Ambulance Station). They refused to integrate into the commercial music racket and turned down publishing deals from major labels, stubbornly opting for total independence.
They’re also known for their political activism, formed in the crucible of 1980s Britain amid such influences as the UK miners’ strike, The Falklands War, Thatcherism, monetarism, local government corruption, squatting, anti-capitalism, anti-fascism, and anarchism. Their work was often ambiguous and directly critical of cynical power-politics of any color, often irritating members of the traditional organized left. In 1984 Bourbonese Qualk occupied a large empty building – The Ambulance Station – on the Old Kent Road in South London, which they turned into a base for their activities, a cooperative space for artists, musicians, and writers, and a center for radical political activism — specifically as a coordinating center for the Stop the City anti-capitalist riots of 1984.
This is music as much for then and today, a radical, revolutionary cultural force that acts as a positive social charge.