Terracotta me Baby!
Singer/songwriter Jan Rot said that the only difference between the Sgt. Pepper album and this one is a couple of zeros in sales figures.
With beautiful songs like a.o. Girls on Vacation, Little Asia and Greatest Tut plus some of the most peculiar and remarkable arrangements to date in compositions like Monday, Biggles, or Left/Right, this album is a classic and a must have!
Produced by Johan Visser
14-track album. Released in 1983. Click on top album cover to go to the iTunes Music Store.
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With the publication Terracotta me, baby the Kewi University of Swing shows surprizing new insights on the phenomenom of swing. For instance Greatest Tut with its 3 against 4 rhythm could mean a great stimulus for the research of swingscience. This song is the best proof against the ruling opinion, that dancing can only be done on tjeek-a-boom and oh-Ia-Ia. Lateron I’ll go deeper into this subject. It’s Less a task for swingscience to come up with predictable answers, rather than to formulate awful difficult questions, like if Girls on vacation comes straight from the heart or from other organs. When hearing the song, all organs, but the heart, start acting in an uncontrolled ‘flubby-dubby’ and in the end can’t possibly remember, what they’ve done.
An overwhelming new view has been published by doctor Maas, who, after a long time of study (some say too long) found strong indications, that a good swinging tune can never come from the human spirit, body or whatsoever. Homo Sapiens itself cannot give birth to more complex tunes than for instance Happy birthday to you. We were only meant to discover what in fact has always been there, like for example the tune of Robin Hood, that was hiding in a black Fender-Stratocaster.
Doctor Maas’ vision is yet disputable. Doremi is undoubtedly a tune with a naïve character; for a talented instrument like a keyboard it’s no harder a job than standing right-up. Still the laboratory encountered unexpected resistance from the instrument, to render the tune the right way; despite the best intentions of the keyboard-operator. By way of punishment for his premature statement doctor Maas is condemned to be guinea pig in an experiment. He will be forced to listen to Right/Left on increasing volume with a full stomach. With this research his rival, doctor Wisselink, hopes to prove his thesis, that swing can easily hold power over normal life, in which event it operates in a very cruel way.
It’s well known, that marches encourage to war. Strangely enough, playing the march Battle of Keek-a-boom to the rats Daisy and Ben, made them burst out in an enthousiastic polonaise. But doctor Wisselink had already convinced many swing-scientists of his thesis as he played Biggles to the guinea pig, doctor Maas. It made him crash a plate! And a second one, until he finally went through his whoIe dinnerset. Which brings me to the subject of evolution in swing. Swing evolutes, if not I’ll eat one’s hat. Tjeek-a-boom and also pook-pook become more and more redundant parts, that represent old-fashioned feelings like Ah, baby let’s dance or Oh Lord, I got the blues. A song like Someone has got a lot of those parts, though doctor Wisselink reacted on that opinion if mine, that I was a bloody redundance myself. Anyway, swing nowadays evolutes in a way that’s far beyond comprehension. To adapt to this development, the university started a -swingtherapy- where students try and turn their stupid incompetence into jolly music. Kewimusic came out as a result of that therapy. It was recorded by six therapygroups at once, that had been isolated, and had no sexual intercourse for eight weeks. This happening brought the swingscience-faculty enough study material for a whole new season. Simon Fritz (1983)
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Let’s talk about KewiMusic. There really has never been KewiMusic before in the history of contempory arts. We had Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Country & Western, Muzak, Beat, Funk, Rockabilly, even Punk, but there was no KewiMusic yet.
And there they came: two young and modest boys from Enschede, Holland, Kees en Willem, and they made it, they were the first to make KewiMusic.
What is KewiMusic? This question is quite simple to answer: KewiMusic is the only music Kees and Willem are able to play; it’s the only music that counts for them. You hear the Rock ‘n’ Roll roots? You might be right. You hear vaudeville influences? Very well. You hear punk? Could be. But old wave, new wave or medium wave, the only apt description is KewiMusic. Made by Kees and Willem, following the KewiPrinciple in their own, beautiful KewiSchool in Enschede (try that), Holland. Thanks boys for your wonderful contribution to Music. Rick Hall (Rik Zaal, 1980)