Episode 6 — ROCK!!!!!!
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Posted 17 October 2012 - 12:01 AM
definatlely mentions his "forgotten past" in his photo albums.
The main source of Manakin research, Ned Raggett has reached out to me on Twitter! He's in touch with the lead singer! He is a preacher in Hawaii. Here's extensive blogs Ned has has written about Manakin's history:
Might have to get Ned in for a special episode!
Posted 17 October 2012 - 03:29 PM
i found it pretty interesting, i thought i would share it- regardless.
here it is.
Judy Zee writes with
her partner Punkasso.
Will they ever agree?
May 14, 1981
"Welcome back Manakin for an unannounced performance on April 14th at Club 88" ran a Man from Uncle-like psychedelic coded message in Showtime. With crystal clear, technologically clean melodic instrumentation; and Brent's expressive vocals- this ensemble has been swaying Los Angeles audiences consistently.
So we showed up for this one. Manakin has been missing in action for four months already, and friends and fans were getting restless.
Opening with "Manakin-land", you enter their cartoon. Brent par usual, is carried, a frozen full sized human doll, onto center stage. Then, they start in with their Temptations-like stage presence savoring 60's-ish black vogue. The pace is upbeat, integrated and intense.
Manakin sounds fuller than ever, much of it do to the addition of a thoroughly appropriate bouncing keyboard/synthesist.
The untabulated eloquence of "Children of Paradise" as well as "Just a Dream" never fails to sway Ms. Zee, tumbling into the imagination of what really could be; strongly grasped romantic ideals, seen through rose colored glasses waltzing to the cadence of human aspiration; stretching towards the near perfection we all feel at times. Manakin nearly composes these utopias merely through sound.
"Bridges on the Other Side", joyfully rhythmic, breaks on through the windows of Reggae, reminding one of "Dangerous Rhythm" (one of Ultravox's most overlooked songs, 2nd album).
Punkasso gives a description of the Club 88 dance floor at this point: false manakin puppeteers prolificate on the floor in a Devoesque bath of the 60's, it was such a cliche I could hardly move.
I wish Manakin was on record already, so that you could hear what I am referring to. No clones these guys. Cream of drums, Guy Epstein shoots off sparks, snaking round the set. On bass you've got Andre. The keyboardist is Chas Coleman playing a shoulder strap hand held bone like instrument which is hooked up to a sequential circuits Prophet 5. His presence and musicianship are both outstanding. Bob 'Moonstone' Walker's running liquid quarter notes make up the river world of Manakinland, and synchronize like clockwork with the synth.
A couple moments of erotic beats were caught and frozen into a time/space continuum, encompassing the overall experience of the night. The jam was real.
Rock on. -Judy Zee