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John Bender
I Don't Remember Now / I Don't Want To Talk About It
Superior Viaduct
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March 25, 2016


San Francisco’s Superior Viaduct presents a first-time reissue of DIY purist John Bender’s 1980 debut album I Don't Remember Now / I Don't Want To Talk About It. Hailed as the visionary minimal lo-fi electronic album, it consists of songs the producer recorded between 1978 and 1980 at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio. His song titles illustrate the amount of material he selected the tracks from, referencing the exact position of a certain song in his collection – 35A9, for example meaning cassette #35 side A, piece #9. The 40-minute album's at times dry, at times processed synthesizer sequences sound ahead of their time, Bender’s half-spoken vocals completing the DIY practice. There’s a psychedelic quality to his songs throughout which he achieves by repeating his patterns, yet they're always at risk of morphing into something else, take ‘33A1’s’ dark, machine-like intro for instance, evolving into the sweetest jump’n'run-game melody.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 36A2 John Bender 4:57 Buy
  2. 2 35B1 John Bender 4:43 Buy
  3. 3 27B4 John Bender 5:59 Buy
  4. 4 35A9 John Bender 5:19 Buy
  5. 5 36A3 John Bender 5:06 Buy
  6. 6 31A4 John Bender 5:35 Buy
  7. 7 33A1 John Bender 9:23 Buy

John Bender

Superior Viaduct

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Electronic and Electronica

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Minimal Wave and Post-punk

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