Material were an American avant-rock/No Wave band from NYC that released three EPs on small-press Red Records between 1979 and 1981, followed by two albums on Celluloid in 1981/82. Members: Bill Laswell (bass), Fred Maher (drums), Michael Beinhorn (keyboards), Cliff Cultreri (guitar), William S. Burroughs (voice), Nicky Skopelitis (guitar), Shankar (violin), Simon Shaheen (violin), Jeff […]

David Byrne ‎– The Complete Score from the Broadway Production of “The Catherine Wheel” (1981)

The Complete Score from the Broadway Production of “The Catherine Wheel” is a 69-minute musical score by David Byrne for the title-sake dance production by choreographer Twyla Tharp, released on cassette in 1981 on Sire. A 41-minute distillation of the score, Songs From “The Catherine Wheel,” appeared concurrently on vinyl. Tracklist: A1. “Light Bath” (1:11) […]


Parliament was an American R&B band that existed in two phases between 1955 and 1981. The first incarnation, as The Parliaments, yielded a string of doo-wop and soul singles on Revilot and other labels between 1959 and 1968, culminating with the 1970 album Osmium, released as Parliament on Invictus. Singer–producer George Clinton reactivated Parliament as […]


Funkadelic were an American soul-funk/psych band from Detroit that released eight albums on Westbound between 1970 and 1976, followed by four further albums on Warner Bros. over the subsequent five-year period. Members: George Clinton (vocals), Ray Davis (vocals, 1968-2015), Clarence “Fuzzy” Haskins (vocals, 1968-77), Calvin Simon (vocals, 1968-77), Grady Thomas (vocals, 1968-77), Tiki Fulwood (drums, […]

Bernie Worrell

Bernie Worrell (April 19, 1944 — June 24, 2016) was an American funk keyboardist from Long Branch, N.J., who played in the bands Funkadelic, Parliament, and Bootsy’s Rubber Band during the 1970s, followed by stints with Material and The Golden Palominos during the 1980s. As a solo artist, he released the album All the Woo […]