Heartbreaker / Look At The People
Label: Poutre Apparente
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Initially conceived in Louisville in 1978 from the ashes of two local punk bands by Tony Pinotti, Bruce Witsiepe (coming from No Fun) and Rik and Dave Letendre (coming from I-Holes), the band Circle X moved to New York soon after. They encountered there a young german painter, Ralph Neun, linked to the art school of Darmstadt. Ralph Neun was living in NYC for about a year, and decided to record a song evoking the city: Rolling Stones' 'Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)'. Ralph Neun booked and financed some studio time and asked Circle X to back him. As a deal, Circle X were free to record one of their composition on the other side: 'look at the people'. The tracks were recorded at Bayside recording studio somewhere in Long Island during a hot summer day of 1979. Rik Letendre being lost on his way to the studio, Bruce Witsiepe taught at the last minute the guitar riffs of 'look at the people' to Ralph Neun who had never played any instrument before. Soon after, Ralph Neun and Circle X parted ways: Ralph Neun went back to Germany and Circle X relocated to Dijon in the center of France following an invitation by French manager Bernard Zekri. While staying in Dijon, Circle X were pleasantly surprised to hear again from Ralph Neun who invited them to participate to a festival organized by the Shvantz fanzine (to which Ralph was contributing). In the meantime Ralph Neun had pressed 200 copies of a 7 featuring the two tracks previously recorded in New York and representing the first Circle X vinyl output. The festival, held in november 79 in Darmstadt, was a multimedia art exhibition covering performance, installation, film, video, and music. Circle X, the only non german act, were performing there together with Bildstörung, Der Plan, Minus Delta T and Mittagspause amongst others. The festival was documented by a xerox catalog corresponding to the fifth issue of the Shvantz fanzine. Each of the 150 copies of the catalog included a copy of the 7'. The record slipped into a slot made in the front page of the catalog, was coming with blank labels just decorated with an enigmatic pencil written Circle X symbol, and a plain white sleeve cover stamped with minimal credits. The 50 copies of the 7' left were sold or given without the catalog. We hope you will enjoy this present reissue which is the last missing piece of the puzzle and certainly the lesser known amongst the recent record reissues documenting the early developments of Circle X (check also the 10' 'Live In Dijon'79' on Fractal records from 2009 featuring unissued demos and live recordings from a concert held at the University of Dijon in 1979).'
Cat. number: PAPE 006
Reissue with cover of the first 7" from Circle X initially given with the Shvantz catalog and recorded in 1979 @ Bayside Recording Studio, Long Island, NY.
Printed insert with liner notes and band pictures included.