Jammin' Unit (left) + Sea Wanton (right)
image copyright Andre Fischer aka 'adsx'
(shot at the 'Liquid Sky Show', 'Alex TV', Berlin),
image copyright W. Nowak ('stills.eraserhead.at')
(shot at the 'Klang25' festival, Vienna)
and you can listen to the music on 'bandcamp'. or on 'soundcloud'.
some video-clips are waiting on
'youtube'. an (unfortunately
incomplete) overview of all our publications can be found on
'discogs', and of course a complete and detailed description can be
in the course of 2021, 'KlangGalerie'
(from Vienna) will release another CD by 'Non Toxique Lost', which
will be titled 'la dernière section d'une longue chanson' (this translates to: 'the last section of a long song'). ten more
songs to keep your/our/my resistance alive!
shelves' blog by Matteo Uggeri (he's also in 'Sparkle
Sea Wanton tells
and explains ...
(album originally released as a cd by 'Dossier', review by
Milne, source: 'Heathen Harvest', 2007)
"Now I have a confession to make here. Quiet at the back whilst I’m rambling.
I have a deep respect for all things German. Love their cars. Love their food.
Even some aspects of their dubious politics through the ages hits a chord with me.
Which kind of includes their uniforms and medals and all the military memorabilia
in those conflicts which we are not supposed to mention for fear of being labelled
a certain type of person. If you know what I mean. See Lemmy out of
Ron Ashton of The Stooges as examples. The country is fantastic to drive through and
their Frauen divine examples of Germanic beauty. This is by the by though. I’ve held
a secret fascination with German music ever since I first heard Amon Düül II and their
mighty ‘Yeti’ release way back in 1970. I followed that up with a serious love affair with
Der Plan and DAF ('Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft') and all their ilk in the proceeding years. By fuck that was good times
for German music. Then I got into all the EBM and heavy Industrial stuff, far too many groups
to mention here, and I still find myself drawn to anything remotely connected to the
German music scene even today. A special mention must go to Einstürzende Neubauten who
are still going strong. Resilient fuckers old Blixa Bargeld and co. Which ties in nicely with this
review for the latest 'Non Toxique Lost' release ‘/bin/med/usa' which I’ve had spinning away
for the last few days…not the act hardly known but by only a select few, including me who
adored them, Last Few Days who were something else in every respect…and golly gee whiz
if this isn’t a fucking ace release that, at the very least, demands you should hear it
at least once in your lifetime. You know that feeling you get when you hear a piece of
music for the first time and you get this strange sensation going up and down your spine?
Well ‘/bin/med/usa’ did that for me. The funny thing is that in reality the recording
isn’t original in any shape or form…but it has that ‘certain something’ that just can’t
be described to it that makes you go kind of ‘wow’ when you hear it. Or that could just
be me because I’m wired up and weird that way occasionally. 'Non ToxiqueLost' have been
around the block for ages now. Part of the early 80’s German Industrial counter culture
they have ploughed many a field in different musical genres over the years. Flitting
seamlessly between whatever takes their fancy at the time. You just never know what to
expect from these guys. They take their music from many influences and mould it into
their own sound which they are currently experimenting with at the time. This approach
to their music is shown to great effect in ‘/bin/med/usa’ where dance meets rock…and takes
in experimental and other musical styles at a whim. There are traces of
Einstürzende Neubauten…even Die Krupps…to be found lurking within these 16 tracks that
twist and turn with an assured Nonchalance that can only be admired. Take the first
track 'adresse:boese' for instance that starts with some static and German vocals before
descending into a turbo charged electro techno light nightmare of beats and screamed
vocals. Or how about the DAF (ish) ‘die schneekoenigin’ resplendent with a thumping drum beat. If that doesn’t seem your thing then maybe ‘buchenwald’ and ‘opium 2’ with their sludge
rocking style would be to your liking. Looking for a sexy laid back groove…then seek out ‘Wendy’ for your kicks. So many highlights in a quite superb and highly engrossing
recording all given that added sparkle by the German, and some English, vocals which are
screamed, barked, mutilated or crooned. They rage. They rant at fuck knows what. They seduce.
They fuck you over, in a nice way, like porn studs on ten tablets of high dose viagra.
They are 'Non Toxique Lost'… and don’t you ever fucking forget it. 'Vorsprung durch Technik' (translates to: 'advance by technology', note by Sea Wanton).
Sea Wanton (vocals, effects), C. Reichelt (electronics, drum machines, effects) and
A. Türpitz (electronics, drum machines, effects, guitar) are the guys to thank for this
impeccable recording. Buy it. Play it. Embrace it. Love it. Then send me an e.mail
of thanks for leading you directly to this fabulous release. It’s the least you can do."
The origin of this odd saying, whose
currency is largely due to Hegel and
Marx, takes a little
explaining. Its original form is 'Hic Rhodus, hic saltus'
('Rhodes is here, here is the place for your jump'), a
traditional Latin translation [see, e.g., Erasmus, Adagia
3. 3. 28] of a punchline from Aesop. In the fable 'The
Braggart' an athlete boasts that he once performed a
stupendous jump in Rhodes, and can produce witnesses: the
punchline is the comment of a bystander, who means that
there is no need of witnesses, since the athlete can
demonstrate the jump here and now. The epigram is given by
Hegel, rather out of the blue, first in Greek, then in
Latin (in the form 'Hic Rhodus, hic saltus'), in the
Preface to his Philosophy of Right. [Georg Wilhelm
Friedrich Hegel, Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts
[Sämtliche Werke, ed. Hermann Glockner, vol. 7]
(Stuttgart, 1928), p. 35.] He does not explain what the
proverb meant in its original context (without which it
can hardly be understood); indeed a comment he makes about
jumping over Rhodes suggests that he may not have fully
understood it himself. At any rate, he then offers an
adapted German version with a different meaning, 'Hier ist
die Rose, hier tanze' ('Here is the rose, dance here', an
allusion to the rose in the cross of rosicrucianism,
implying that fulfilment should not be postponed to some
Utopian future), punning first on the Greek (Rhodos =
Rhodes, rhodon = rose), then on the Latin (saltus = jump
[noun], salta = dance [imperative]). Marx adopts the
saying in the Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte [Karl
Marx, Friedrich Engels, Werke (Berlin, 1956-83), vol. 8,
p. 118.], where he first gives the Latin, in the form 'Hic
Rhodus, hic salta!', a garbled mixture of Hegel's two
versions, and then immediately adds 'Hier ist die Rose,
hier tanze!', as if it were a translation, which it cannot
be, since Greek Rhodos (despite what all the standard
commentators say to the contrary), let alone Latin Rhodus,
does not mean 'rose'. The confusion, both deliberate and
inadvertent, does no credit to either Hegel or Marx as
classical scholars, and the epigram loses much of its
original power - as well as its original meaning - in
their hands. They were evidently intent on turning it to
other purposes, but it seems doubtful whether their
attempts to improve on Aesop have been of much use to
their readers. Special thanks to Terrell Carver for
assistance with this account.
(taken from: http://berlin.wolf.ox.ac.uk/lists/quotations/quotations_by_ib.html)
.---the 'S.O.T.A.' album is
(cd / digipak, id: gg323).
"...In 2018 Non Toxique Lost played a show as the duo of
Sea Wanton and Jammin' Unit
at our label's 25 year anniversary called 'Klang 25' alongside
Renaldo & The Loaf, Zea, John Avery, Ron Wright,
Rapoon, Simon Crab, Zahgurim,
Tabor Radosti, Thighpaulsandra
and Eric Random. NTL played the second night after
Rapoon. Their set was surprisingly dancey
(danceable?, note by Sea Wanton),
and was nearly completely filmed. Unfortunately, no audio recording was made, so the band
decided to play the same set again a few days later in their studio.
Limited edtion of 100 numbered copies only..."
(liner notes by W. Robotka, Klanggalerie,
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge "...Truth and hope have no
boundaries, no set style, they are implicit most clearly in the way
you choose to live..." (note taken from 'TG
CD1', Mute, 1986)
Wanton "...After Auschwitz there's still a place like
Guantanamo. And there other games played than "Blackjack" ..." (2011, Berlin)
John Lydon "...I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right..." (book