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THE ELBOW IS TABOO / ELBONUS

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THE ELBOW IS TABOO

A STREET CALLED STRAIGHT (6.11)
BOULE! (3.54)
THE ELBOW IS TABOO (2.51)
HAMBU HODO (7.44)

DANCE FOR SOMNAMBULISTS (1.27)
HERE’S TO THE OBLONG BOYS (3.12)
THE BREAD SONG (2.11)
CRITICAL / DANCE (5.55)
EXTRACTING THE RE-RE (4.33))

ELBONUS

EL BOACA PELLA (1.38)
HAMBU HODO 7” VERSION (4.13)
WRITING POSTCARDS (FROM ITALY) (3.04)
MOULDY BREAD ON BENT STREET (5.29)
JUST LAZY ZEN, MARTIN (2.06)
DOCTOR VESNER(2:00)

RETURNING THE RE-RE (4.08)
HAUL ON THE BOWLINE (A-SHANTI) (2.01)
THEN AT IONA LANTHEM (3.52)
HAMBU HODO 12” VERSION (6.57)

7" TRACKS (FIRST 300 COPIES & DIGITAL)

HAMBU HODO -LIVE IN VIENNA

HAMBU HOEDOWN

ALL TRACKS WRITTEN & PRODUCED BY RENALDO AND THE LOAF
EXCEPT BOULE!, WRITTEN BY PTÔSE, ARRANGED BY RENALDO & THE LOAF

RENALDO M: DULCIMER, HOOVER TUBE, CASIO 202, BOUZOUKI, PERCUSSION, EGYPTIAN DRUM, CHINESE CYMBAL, HARMONICA, VIOLIN, GLOCKENSPIEL, PICKLE JAR & VOICE

TED THE LOAF: TAPE LOOPS, BOUZOUKI, ELECTRONIC DRUMS, 12 STRING ACOUSTIC GUITAR, PERCUSSION, THUMBPIANO, CASIO 202, MANDOLIN, GUITAR & CLARINET

BOTH: DICE GENERATED RANDOM PERCUSSION PROGRAMS, DRUM PROGRAMS, SAMPLE VOICES & BOWED KOTO (FROM ‘FRISCO)

THANKS TO: TREVOR GILBERT WHO PLAYED AND ARRANGED DESCANT & TREBLE RECORDERS ON STREET CALLED STRAIGHT

‘G’ – LADY VOICE & ‘H’ – INQUIZATIVE AMERICAN ON ELBOW IS TABOO

RE-MASTERED FOR VINYL AND CUT BY RASHAD BECKER AT D&M, BERLIN, NOV 2018
ORIGINAL ALBUM RECORDED CHEZ STRUVÉ 1984 TO 1986

COVER DESIGN & LAYOUT BY NIK VOID
ORIGINAL COVER CONCEPT BY RENALDO & THE LOAF
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVE WARDEN

THE ELBOW IS TABOO © ROTCOD PRODUCTIONS 1987 & 2016

ELBONUS © ROTCOD PRODUCTIONS 2016

EXCEPT
THEN AT IONA LANTHEM 1983 & 2016
HAMBU HODO 12” & WRITING POSTCARDS 1986 & 2016
HAUL ON THE BOWLINE 1987 & 2016

THIS VINYL REISSUE MANUFACTURED & RELEASED BY EDITIONS MEGO, 2019

The Elbow is Taboo was Renaldo & The Loaf's fourth and last album of their initial phase prior to their return in 2010. Released by Ralph in America and Some Bizzare in the UK in 1987 this work represents a development in the overall sound as they utilize an 8 track recorder along with early digital effects. A large arsenal of acoustic instrumentation gives the record an additional unsettling atmosphere. Recorded over a 3 year period this remains the definitive statement by the group in this early period.

As clarified by Brian from the band, the themes remain as obtuse and alluring as ever with each song containing it’s own story. “be it a child's desire to control (A Street Called Straight), the ridiculous purdah of an innocent part of the body (The Elbow is Taboo), a call for help in times of angst (Here's To the Oblong Boys), the rigours of a bread fetish (The Bread Song), the anger of a dance teacher to the terminally inept (Critical/Dance) or a ritual call to prayer, somewhere (Extracting the Re-re)”.

Disorientating and delightful this is a must for all fans of the Loaf and for those tickled by the more deranged spectrum of song.