ORGAN: A canapé crunching vernissage of the new Pop Group album, a taste of Le Grand Sbam, and the sound of Luke Jerram’s Withdrawn fishing boats…

Le Grand Sbam

Le Grand Sbam

What is it with all this “vernissage” nonsense? This is the kind of bulpoop that keeps people out of art galleries almost as much as the closed doors do, is that what the intention is? We use fancy words, not for the likes of you with your mushy peas and your bags of crisps and your sticky fingers and toffee apples. So we missed Tuesday out, did you notice? Probably not? Wednesday then, went to an art gallery today, the door was locked, I was going to the post office, thought I’d drop in, the big red door was locked, the artists inside. Here have a slice of 1975 and some Eroc. .”A vernissage (varnishing, from French) is a term used for a preview of an art exhibition, which may be private, before the formal opening. Guests may be served canapés and wine as they discuss with artists and others the works in the exhibition. If the vernissage is not open to the public, but only for invited guests, it is often called a private view.”  Canapes!? Beer, hope and Julian Cope, that’s all I ever wanted…  open them damn doors, paint on a piano, contact, switch the other,  “Here’s a sound recording of our fishing boats for Withdrawn artwork, in storage down in Portland” said Luke Jerram. Rather special those fishing boats….


“From April 2015 Luke Jerram has been inviting visitors to Leigh Woods in Bristol, to experience an unexpected encounter with a flotilla of abandoned fishing boats installed in the depths of the woodland. Find out more here”.

Luke Jerram - Withdrawn

Luke Jerram – Withdrawn

Here’s a slice of pop from 1979…  Maybe your mind has been wiped clean? Most bands really should know when their time is up…. some should come back though. The Pop Group have announced a new album, thier first in years and years and years…..


Titled Citizen Zombie, the new Pop Group LP was recorded at various locations before the band reconvened at a studio in Crouch End, north London to pull is all. “Even I am shocked by the album,” Stewart said. “It really flips the script.” The album’s title track was released on line a couple of days or so ago as a sort of vernissage, go make yourself a canape or two and have a listen…. .


“The energy of the Pop Group is still there, the ideas are still there, it still fizzes with a life that most young bands just don’t have,” according to the band’s surprising choice of producer, one of the biggest names in commercial pop music, producer Paul Epworth. via the Independent (or was it the Guardian?)

I remember seeing them play at Trafalgar Square at the CND march, Oct 1980. We were right up at the front, by the Lions/Monument – Mark Stewart singing a song, a new one to my ear at the time, along the line of ‘Justice’ (‘Who guards the guards, who polices the police’) – He was enunciating each word very distinctly – quite a sight, as the monument they were playing on was of course totally surrounded by police, many with their faces twitching with hatred. The Slits there also, some of the band lighting up, obviously, with a crowd of 70, 000 plus, the cops not doing anything about this, am sure we sparked up as well, a few feet away. Mark Stewart then played his version of ‘Jerusalem’ with the incredible dub drummer (apologies don’t know name), it was truly amazing/political-sublime. Such a great band”. – artist and writer Paul Sakoilsky

A canapé (a type of hors d’œuvre, (“outside the (main) work”)) is a small, prepared and usually decorative food, held in the fingers and often eaten in one bite.

Now this is a band who sound like they’re falling up several flights of stairs at the same time, they’re doing it with such elegance though, as if they were hold a canapé in their collective fingers, such pin-point operatic poise, we like it when things like this land unexpected and unannounced in the Organ in box…. certainly not to be eaten in one bite…. Le Grand Sbam are from France of course, Lyon actually.


Holyhead, 1982

Holyhead, 1982 (SW)





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