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C. Memi + Neo Matisse – Live At Taku Taku 1980 CS (BLR-009)
During their brief tenure as a band from 1980-1981, Osaka new wavers C. Memi + Neo Matisse released only one 7” single, No Chocolate b/w Dream’s Dream, which has cemented the band’s legacy within the 1980s Japanese Underground.
In mid-1980, Memi and the original Neo Matisse lineup of Tohru Saitoh, Jun Iwasaki, and Hidekazu Ishii were invited to perform a showcase set at Kyoto’s legendary Live House Taku Taku. As they were the only band playing and were expected to play over an hour, the band’s set was comprised of the songs from their single, a dozen, unrecorded originals, and charming covers of Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody To Love” and the musical standard “I Could Have Danced All Night”.
With the vast array of exclusive material, this live show reveals a far more comprehensive look at what C. Memi + Neo Matisse were like as a band, highlighting the band’s connections to local art and poetry circles; “A Mid-February Sky Dance” is musical adaptation of the poem of the same name by ex-pat writer Richard Brautigan and many of the songs’ lyrics were co-written by Memi’s poet husband, YasuhitoNagahara.
Ultimately, only a few of these songs were recorded posthumously in the studio in 1982, a year after the band had broken up, amicably. This particular live set is the lone document to capture the full essence of the original lineup of C. Memi + Neo Matisse. The band would return to Taku Taku with new bassist Yasuo Ueda less than a year later to perform at Answer ‘81 with The Stalin, Hijokaidan, and more, which has also been documented and will be released by Bitter Lake Recordings as BLR-010. This cassette is limited to 100 copies.