The Legendary Pink Dots

The Legendary Pink Dots were an English-Dutch goth-psych band that issued two cassette-albums on self-press Mirrordot in 1981, followed by three proper studio albums on In Phaze Records between 1982 and 1984. A lengthy round of albums appeared during the subsequent 10-year period on Play It Again Sam Records amid side releases on Jarmusic and other smaller labels

Members: Edward Ka-Spel (lead vocals, keyboards, synthesizer), Phil Knight [aka The Silverman] (keyboards, synthesizer), April White (keyboards, vocals, 1980-84), Roland Calloway (bass, keyboards, 1981-84), Tony Johnson (guitar, 1981-82), Patrick Q. Wright (violin, viola, mandolin, keyboards, vocals, drum programming, 1982-89, 1992), Barry Gray (guitar, drum programming, 1982-88), Sally Graves (flute, vocals, 1982-83), Keith Thompson (drums, percussion, vocals, 1982-83), Michael Marshall (guitar, 1982), Julia Niblock Waller (bass, keyboards, vocals, 1985), Graham Whitehead (piano, synthesizer, 1986-88), Niels van Hoorn (saxophone, flute, bass flute, bass clarinet, woodwinds, 1989-2009), Bob Pistoor (guitar, sitar, bass, 1989-91), Martijn de Kleer (guitar, violin, banjo, drums, bass, percussion, 1991-96, 2000-02, 2006-09), Ryan Moore (bass, drums, percussion, 1992-2001), Frank Verschuuren (engineering, 1996-2000), Erik Drost (guitar, bass, 2003-06, 2010-present)


The Legendary Pink Dots formed in August 1980 when singer and songwriter Edward Ka-Spel teamed with two fellow London keyboardists, Phil Knight and April White.

In 1981, they pressed ten copies of their hand-drawn first cassette, Only Dreaming. They established Mirrordot, which pressed 120 copies of their second cassette, Kleine Krieg, comprised of seventeen tracks. Mirrordort also pressed twenty-four copies of their 1981 double-cassette, Chemical Playschool 1 & 2, which features forty-three tracks. Three 1982 cassettes (Atomic Roses, Premonition, Apparition) appeared before their debut album, which originated as a six-song cassette.


Brighter Now

The Legendary Pink Dots released their debut album proper, Brighter Now, in December 1982 on In Phaze, which pressed 1,000 copies of the nine-song LP (44:25).

1. “Red Castles” (3:28)
2. “Louder After 6” (5:06)
3. “The Wedding” (4:06)
4. “Apocalypse Then” (7:24)
5. “Legacy” (3:18)
6. “City Ghosts” (5:42)
7. “Hanging Gardens” (6:14)
8. “Soma Bath” (3:48)
9. “Premonition 4” (5:19)

Edward Ka-Spel – vocals
M 019 (Michael Marshall) – keyboards, guitar
Phil Harmonix (Phil Knight) – tapes
Rolls Another One (Roland Calloway) – bass
Rik Chevrolet – guitar
Keith Thompson – drums
May B. Irma Mazed (April White) – keyboards


Curse (1983)

Curse, in August 1983 on In Phaze, which pressed 2,500 copies of the booklet-enclosed, ten-song LP (46:58).

1. “Love Puppets” 6:56
2. “Wall Purges Night” 4:16
3. “Lisa’s Party” 3:43
4. “Arzhklahh Olgevezh!” 6:15
5. “Prüümptje Kurss” 2:02
6. “Waving at the Aeroplanes” 3:07
7. “Hiding” 1:02
8. “Dolls’ House” 7:50
9. “The Palace of Love” 5:16
10. “Stoned Obituary” 6:31


The Tower (1984)


The Lovers (live, 1984)


Asylum (1985)


Island of Jewels (1986)


Any Day Now (1988)


The Golden Age (1989)


The Crushed Velvet Apocalypse (1990)


The Maria Dimension (1991)


Discography:

  • Brighter Now (1982)
  • Curse (1983)
  • The Tower (1984)
  • The Lovers (live, 1984)
  • Asylum (1985)
  • Island of Jewels (1986)
  • Any Day Now (1988)
  • The Golden Age (1989)
  • The Crushed Velvet Apocalypse (1990)
  • The Maria Dimension (1991)
  • Malachai: Shadow Weaver Part 2 (1992)
  • Shadow Weaver (1992)
  • 9 Lives to Wonder (1994)
  • From Here You’ll Watch the World Go By (1995)

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