Decades after their brief yet influential career ground to a sudden halt due to being sued for exorbitant amounts by Pan Am Airlines, Silver Apples remain one of pop music's true enigmas: a surreal, almost unprecedented duo, their music explored interstellar drones and hums, pulsing rhythms and electronically-generated melodies years before similar ideas were adopted in the work of acolytes ranging from Suicide to Spacemen 3 to Laika. Silver Apples formed in New York in 1967 and comprised percussionist Danny Taylor and lead vocalist Simeon, who played an instrument also dubbed the Simeon, which (according to notes on the duo's self-titled 1968 debut LP) consisted of "nine audio oscillators and eighty-six manual controls... The lead and rhythm oscillators are played with the hands, elbows and knees and the bass oscillators are played with the feet." Although the utterly uncommercial record — an ingenious cacophony of beeps, buzzes and beats — sold poorly, the Silver Apples resurfaced a year later with their sophomore effort, 'Contact', another far-flung outing which fared no better than its predecessor. Contact was originally released in 1969 by record label Kapp. The front and back cover artwork is infamous for generating a lawsuit from Pan Am Airlines. The front features the Silver Apples in a Pan Am cockpit, while the back shows the band amongst plane wreckage playing banjos. The resulting lawsuit by Pan Am against Silver Apples led to the breakup of the band. The Wire magazine placed Contact in their list "One Hundred Records That Set the World on Fire (While No One Was Listening)". 2017 re-issue limited blue vinyl.

 

Tracklist:

You And I

Water

Ruby

Gypsy Love

You're Not Foolin' Me

I Have Known Love

A Pox On You

Confusion

Fantasies

 

Label: Jackpot Records

Catalogue Number: JPR045

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