Elmo Sexwhistle Headlining was the gorgeously dressed and precipitously fringed Elmo Sexwhistle. Honestly, the names parents choose back in the mid 80s! It’s default Keytar/keyboards again but back-lined by some seriously focused good old guitar and bass. From the opening brief hammer blast of electro funk minimalism segueing into what seemed a pre-programmed interpretation of a spacecraft being sick the set was an inspired poseur potpourri of giddy eccentricity.


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Blancmange Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe teamed up around 1978, but the Blancmange name did not appear until 1980, when “Irene and Mavis” a limited (1000 copy) run debut EP appeared. Daniel Miller of Mute Records christened the pair, “the maiden aunts of techno” in reference to the old ladies in the launderette who appear on the single cover. A reference that is still used today (see Stephen Luscombe’s post on the Blancmange website.


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