Polka Dot Tops, Part 1

August 4, 2006 at 10:15 am 1 comment

During my residence with the Newave Zolocoaster radio show on KVRX, I created a series of Zolo compilations called Polka Dot Tops. The comps were made specifically for the station library and were a “best of”‘ series of my radio show. The title alluded to the “best of” theme and also to polka dotted shirts.

The idea behind Polka Dot Tops will take on a slightly different form on the Zoloscope. I plan to occasionally post some obscure Zolo tunes from my collection. To start it off I want to share two gems from out of print singles.

Delta – Mr. E Chaos (Classified single, 1981)

Delta were an elusive band from the Austin Texas New Wave scene. This track and Standing Waves’ Integrating Circuits are Austin’s best Zolo tracks from the era. The b-side of this single is a rather nice Cold Wave/Minimal Synth track a la Foxx or Numan. This was Delta’s only release. Sleeve variations include colored paper and a large triangle shaped jacket.

Bay Of Pigs – Addiction (Subterranean Records, 1980)

This band was from Berkeley and is not related to the Bay Of Pigs that released a couple of 12″ records later in the 80’s. This was their only single, but they do have a great Zolo track on the Club Foot compilation (also on Subterranean). The b-side to this single is darker, but includes some of this track’s sproingy ring-modulated guitar.

Both of these tracks have made it onto many of my Zolo mixes and been played many times on my radio show. The Bay Of Pigs track especially is high on my list of Zolo classics.

Entry filed under: ZoLo Music.

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  • 1. Lars Larsen  |  August 4, 2006 at 2:35 pm

    Are there any archives of yours or Sharkie’s shows available online anywhere?

    And, find a copy of 5000 Fingers of Dr T! It’s extremely zolo in visual (and some) audio design. Lots of whiz, pop, boings and angular technicolor looking sets and costuming. Think Fritz Lang reinterpreting a Dr. Seuss book. Best part is this was 1953.

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