Atlantis?

Formed in 1970 by Sardinian cave anarchists around the guitar talents of fifteen-year-old boy prodigy Gennargentu, Atlantis? was a fierce Mithraic ritualistic music beating bongos and bones in the dust of long-dead humans. This commune band was inspired by the post-war theories of Sardu writer Pedru Réppu, who popularised the belief that their island had once been the Atlantis of legend.

Self-titled LP

12"

Brits Abroad

Formed with breathtaking audacity in the ecstasy-fuelled opportunism of the Rave Era by social worker and Jungian poet Mick Goodby, Brits Abroads’ world-infamous Number One anthem ‘Last Tango in Paris’ sets off an unholy chain of events central to the plot of One Three One.

  • MICK GOODBY – vocals, lyrics
  • ROB DEAN – guitar synth
  • BRENT GARRETT – bass synth, squeaky dog toy
  • DEAN GARRETT – tenor synth, squeaky dog toy
  • (Later KEV NOGGINS – drums)

‘Last Tango in Paris’

7" single

Live at Dehydrated

12" EP

Dayglo Maradona

Rave band formed by Rock Section, former Low Countries vocalist and hero of One Three One, in an ephedra-fuelled homage to his favourite footballer, Argentinean striker Diego Maradona.

‘American Werwolf’

12" single

‘Rock Section’

white vinyl 12" single

Mick Goodby/Exercise Club

Picking himself up from rock bottom after being kidnapped during Italia ’90 and hermiting at his mother’s thereafter right up to the millennium, poet Mick Goodby makes an accidental comeback through his Exercise Club series of solo CD releases.

‘Kick’ b/w ‘Big Cheese’

7" single

Forest of Dean

Formed by former Brits Abroad synthesist Dean Garrett in response to the wretched trajectory of his life, this rinky-dink New Age combo of one released several delicately-clad 10” EPs in the years 1994-2001.

Tripping

10" EP/cassette

Judge Barry Hertzog

This Dutch border rebel DJ renegade uses his role as the self-proclaimed ‘First Indie Football Hooligan’ to promote a Messiah-like solo music career from atop his DAF armoured car from deep in the woods around the uplands of his beloved Drenthe.

Nihilism v. Denialism

LP/cassette

The Best Of Slag Van Blowdriver

LP/cassette

Purifying/Putrifying

LP/cassette (collaboration with Tiny)

Kit Kat Rappers

Formed under protest by Rave scenesters Gary Have-a-laugh, Stu and Yeh-Yeh, at the behest of compadré Mick Goodby, the Kit Kat Rappers’ story permeates the various plots of One Three One. The later addition into the group of posh rapper Leander Pitt-Rivers Baring-Gould, under the name Full English Breakfast, leads to a large chart hit.

‘Second Class to Dottingham’

7" single

‘Her Majesty’s Pleasure’

7" single

Low Countries

This Liverpool Post-Punk outfit was the place where One Three One hero Rock Section cut his music business teeth, being ‘installed’ in the band as lead singer at age seventeen by their manager/svengali Arthur Tadgell.

‘Anastasia Anæsthesia’

7" single

‘Ewerthon’

7" single

Make Fuck

Formed in the southern Sardu foothills of Mt Línas by cave anarchists from nearby Gonnosfanadiga, this famous power trio churns out ‘cavernous crud, only its lupine howling and overdriven bass bringing the remotest clarity to this soupy anarchist testament’ (One Three One, page 114).

Self-titled LP

12"

Neon Sardinia

These high-living darlings of the 1970s Sardinian art scene – conspicuously wealthy with their Lamborghinis and actress girlfriends – reclaimed for the island many of those ancient traditions and festivals deemed by previous generations to be too heathen and unchristian to hold onto. Ironically, it was precisely these re-enactments and reconstructions that ultimately led to the kidnapping of their synthesist Fabrizio Arra.

  • FABRIZIO ARRA – vocals, synthesizers
  • ARTURO VACA – vocals, synthesizers

S’akkabadòra Hèmina

LP/cassette

Nurse With Mound

This Japanese avant-garde duo were formed in Sardinia by visionary Egg with accompaniment by multi-instrumentalist Misstra Know-It-All. Their songs range from the angry-man-screaming-at-broken-walkman-style street corner protest of ‘We Apologise For Nothing’ to the multi-layered post-Miles Davis jazz of Mixing Concrète.

  • EGG – vocals
  • MISSTRA KNOW-IT-ALL – saxophone, clarinet, turntables, guitar, tuba, samples, synthesizers, cymbal, French horn, cor Anglais, piano, sousaphone, tympani, triangle, bass drum, snare drum, piccolo drum, tapes (cassette, DAT, 15” Studer), violin, contra bass, dwarf cello, music box, telephone, Buddha box, rhythm box, banana box, tambourine, cigar box, Jack-in-the-box, quardplums

Mixing Concrète

one-sided etched 12" LP/cassette

Spackhouse Tottu

Formed by Sardinian brothers José and Luis Mackenzie, this pioneering Mediterranean dance act pumped out single after seven-inch single throughout their early career, sampling Krautrock, garage rock and electro punk for their mental two-minute-hate songs. As live DJs, the pair cannibalised Klaus Schulze’s most proto-techno pieces in order to stretch out Rave music into an over-caffeinated cartoon version of the Zeitgeist.

  • JOSÉ MACKENZIE – turntables, vocals, samples
  • LUIS MACKENZIE – turntables, vocals, samples
  • (Later BUGS RABBIT – music director, keyboards)

‘The Daemon’

7" single

‘The Wig’

7" single

Self-titled

LP/cassette

Lovely Hotel But No Room For Me, Shit

LP/cassette

Spion Kop

Formed specifically to cause a rumpus by Dutch DJ Judge Barry Hertzog with cohort Pit-Yacker MC on dual vocals, Spion Kop managed one smash hit in the form of ‘Das Boot’. Taking a clattery drum and stomping sample from Japanese ’60s beat group The Spiders, Messrs Hertzog and Pit-Yacker screeched their declaration of the Anfield Kop’s pre-eminence in unison and without restraint.

  • HERTZOG – vocals, samples, FX
  • PIT-YACKER MC – vocals

‘Das Boot’

7" single

‘Wirralwork’

7" B-side

Vesuvio

Famously reclusive throughout the 1970s, this Naples-based commune band made their name from their titanic metal self-titled debut, whence came their signature tune – the side-long fifteen-minute epic ‘Pompeii’. Generally a quartet, they were often augmented – live and in the studio – by relatives and family members.

Self-titled

LP/cassette

ONE THREE ONE by JULIAN COPE

When drugged-up Time Traveller and '80s musical burnout Rock Section and his fellow English hooligans get kidnapped during Italia '90, there are ruinous implications. But now Rock has returned to Sardinia one final time to settle some scores and uncover the truth. He believes only Dutch cult leader Judge Barry Hertzog, still incarcerated on the island for the crime, can provide the answers.
But through drugs, the persistence of his driver Anna and a quest for the hidden ancient doorways strewn around Sardinia's only highway, the 131, Rock will discover that a greater truth awaits him.

Judgement, consequences, hoodwinking on a grand scale, Gnosticism versus agnosticism … 131 is a Gnostic whodunit that pursues readers' memories of all previous fiction into a peat bog and impales them with seven-foot-long pikes.