Thursday, 25 November 2010

Friday, 5 November 2010

Annie Hogan Plays "Kickabye"

Annie Hogan will be known to many as Marc Almond's musical foil, co-writer, pianist and arranger on some of his best work from the mid - late 1980's. Whilst her work in Almond's ensembles the Mambas, the Willing Sinners and La Magia is somewhat more well documented, it's less well known that she has also collaborated with a host of 80's underground luminaries including Simon Fisher Turner, Nick Cave, Barry Adamson, Lydia Lunch and Sex Gang Children to name but a few. In addition to this she was also a celebrated dj at the legendary Batcave.

"Kickabye", a 12"ep released in 1985 was the first of her infrequent solo outings and features Nick Cave and Marc Almond on guest vocals and Jim "Foetus" Thirlwell on production duties. "Vixo" features one of Cave's most compelling lyrics from this period and was reputed to be recorded around the time that Hogan contributed to backing tapes for the notorious Cave/Almond/Lunch/Foetus live collaboration the Immaculate Consumptive. Musically it comes across as a slightly more orchestrated outtake from "Mutiny", capturing Cave at a crossroads in his early career, caught between the demise of the Birthday Party and the gradual creation of the Bad Seeds. "Burning Boats" features Almond in his Raoul Revere guise, a torrid trauma that wouldn't have been out of place on "Torment and Toreros". "Just Like Drowning Kittens", a low-key Brechtian bluesy shuffle, and the deep red velvet lament of "Executioner's Song" showcase Ms. Hogan's prowess as a singer and lyricist of undeniable power and sensitivity. "Marat", a moody Satie-esque instrumental completes the set.

This EP has now been re-issued on CD with many other recordings from the same period and is well worth seeking out, especially if you have an appreciation of Annie's more acclaimed contemporaries of the 80's underground milieu.