Wild Kingdom Roma-Destiny flexi disc (No Mag, 1981)
Here's a little gem that I know nothing about. It came with a great Los Angeles punk/new wave zine called No Mag, though I found it in a box of books at a yard sale, with no zine in sight. I have seen the name Wild Kingdom on old flyers, but until I scrounged this flexi up I hadn't heard them. I've scoured the net for info on them, plowed through old Flipside, Search & Destroy, BravEar, & the few Slash magazines I have and learned nothing. So you get what I know: The music.
Starting with an off drum, the song jumps into an odd intro, something that seems to be setting the stage for a grand play. And when the song shifts that is what happen. Sounding like Roxy Music filtered through early Wall of Voodoo, Wild Kingdom takes the vocals from declairation to a melody that sounds like Fly Me to The Moon to a Bryan Ferry style wail. Meanwhile the music pulsates and shifts, the frantic beat smoothed over by a stark but warm synth. A guitar accents and then rips into a Manzanera like solo. And then the outro, which sounds like the intro. A perfect piece of art rock gone new wave.
I have no recollection of these guys either. Would certainly be interested in hearing more - I like the weird carnival-like feel to this song.
does anybody know of a record pressing plant in the USA that still makes flexis? I miss that format.
I couldn't find your email in the blog. Did you post a record cover that was a very minimal white cover with red line rectangles tumbling down, it was maybe for a 50's jazz record. I want to look at it for a flash animation but I can't find it on the blog because I think maybe the archive is full and images on old posts are not showing up. Love your blog. I'll send you something from NYC if you help me out.
i have something from 83 that doesn't sound too far off...
thank you for sharing.
i hope to up my tech savy to share my share as well