The recent comments of Gustav made me check my record collection for records of P.L.O. which stands for Permanent Lyserc Oah. They came from Berlin and released 4 Singles/EPs between 1990 and 1994. To describe their music as heavily influenced by The 39 Clocks would be too much of a compliment, in fact I dare to say that they are pure imitators. Just listen to the sounds of their instruments and the way Kai Drewitz copies the vocal articulations of CH 39 and JG 39, although "300 Feet High" could be a rejected recording of The Fall too. J. Gleue describes the band on the "A Swamp Room Happening" compilation as follows: "This reminds me vaguely of the french beatnik singer Antoine, before he went mainstream. You probably won't find too many recordings as loose & charming from a 90's band, especially from Germany. A real favourite, this track ("Not In My Reaction") is one of only 3 here that were previously released, also appearing on their new EP from Swamp Room Rec. We really didn't have much choice, as this band in the cool beatnik style of not working more than necessary, never wrote more than 12 songs in their entire 5 years existence, about half of which were recorded. This 3 piece-band who recently added a drummer to their line-up, really seams to come out of nowhere, with all their members living in different cities." Also on this album is another band with a singer who too was heavily influenced by The 39 Clocks' vocal stylings. Gleue writes "Acid-influenced, this band produced 2 of the more demented tracks here. This band produced two of the more demented & strange tracks here. This is a rehearsal tape, as they refuse all studio-recordings as too slick. Their singer is 14 & their bassplayer 15 years old & they don't talk to people who haven't at least heard of the l3th Floor Elevators. They make fun of other kids with their Duran Duran/Ketchup Boys/Front 242 records. Which means they got not too many friends. In case someone checks the credits, I got nothing to with this band or their recording. Check out this band's '45 on their own label, one of the best local psychedelic releases." Although Gleue denies any musical connections he can't deny that G. Gleue is his sister Gabi and N. Gleue her son Nemo and this fact probably made him overlook the really limited abilities of this band, although the single was recorded by Rüdiger Klose, drummer for The 39 Clocks, Exit Out and The Cocoon. Keep it in the family ;-) (
PS: Don't ever ask me to post the records by The Painless Dirties, they are much worser than P.L.O. and 3 Spiral Staircases.
"Fake my Shoes" (Drewitz/Drewitz/Kiene/Wesener)/"Ghaddafi works" (Drewitz/Drewitz/Kiene)
Single, What's So Funny About... SF 98, 1990
P.L.O. are K. Drewitz - Vocals, T. Kiene - Guitar, S. Wesener - Organ / Fake my Shoes recorded by J.A. Skutnik & P.L.O. at E-Eu-Studios, West Berlin, May '89 / Ghaddafi works recorded live at the Soxs, Hammover, March '86 / Thanks to. J. Willemer (Organ on Ghaddafi works) / The Hidden Gentleman & His Perc / M. Krüger / J.A. Skutnik /C.H. / Kontakt: P.L.O. Großgörschenstr. 7 / 1000 Berlin 62
"300 Feet High" (Drewitz/Kiene/Wesener)/"Make Your Day" (Drewitz/Kiene/Wesener)//"Giddy Sights" (Drewitz/Kiene/Wesener)/"Not In My Reaction"(Drewitz/Kiene/Wesener)
EP, Swamp Room EP No. 301106, 1991
Personnel K. Drewitz - vocals, T. Kiene - guitar, B. Schulze - drums, S. Wesener - organ / In Memory of Jürgen D. / Cover: M. Bulgrin / Tel:030-7819299
The Amber E.P.: "Durchschnitt" (Words: Drewitz, Music: Drewitz, Keine, Wesener)/"Calling Creeps"(Words: Drewitz, Music: Drewitz, Keine, Wesener)//"I.M.E." (Words: Drewitz, Music: Drewitz, Keine, Wesener, Schulze)/"Infected Dream" (Words: Drewitz, Music: Drewitz, Keine, Wesener)
EP, Hidden Records Bulb No.3, 1992
K. Drewitz - vocals, guitar, T. Kiene - guitar, bass, V. Schulze - drums, S. Wesener - organ, keyboard / Durchschnitt and I.M.E. recorded 1992 in Oldenburg by G. Kothe and P.L.O. / Calling Creeps recorded 1991 live at the HdjT, Berlin-East / Infected Dream recorded 1989 at E-Eu Studios, Berlin-West by J.A. Skutnik and P.L.O. / Cover photo by S. Blödorn / Sleeve by Hidden Graphics, Berlin / Inside Mandala by an unknown Tibetan monk / Layout by M. Bulgrin / Handimpression by Hanns Joosten / Lithos by Europrint, Berlin / Premastering by Bo Kondren at Bleibeil Studio, Berlin / Rising spirits: Antoine, Young Scamps, The Phantom Payn, To, Rapp, Outsiders (NL), Novak's Kapelle, The Mint
Paleozoic Beat EP: "Subway Sights" (Drewitz/Kiene/Wesener)/"Be carefully Changing!" (Drewitz/Kiene/Wesener)/"It's Fine" (Drewitz/Kiene/Wesener)//"It's Fine, fine" (Drewitz/Kiene/Wesener)/"State of Gods" (Drewitz/Kiene/Wesener)
EP, Swamp Room # 301120, 1994
One-Track-Recordings by P.L.O. in Bekhausen 1992. Biggy plays the drums! / One-Track-Recordings by P.L.O. in Wellie 1993. / Live-Recordings from the Roter Salon Gig 1993 in Berlin. / All songs written & composed by Permanent Lyserc Oah. / Thanks to Sabine B., Exi, Sabine F., Jürgen G., Bo K., Willem K., Jörg M., The Mixer, Osti, Holger P., Robert S. & Emilio W..
+ "Stunning Whiff"
from "Hidden Records and Swamp Room Free EP for the Hartbeat Magazine"-compilation, EP, Swamp Room #301123/Hidden Records Bulb No.8, 1994
recorded at home / K. Drewitz: voc. - T. Kiene: guit. - S. Wesener: org. / Foto: Emilio Winschetti
3 Spiral Staircases
"Plastic Minds" (Spirals)/"Islands Of The Universe" (Spirals)
Single, Another Reality #13/666, 1990
G. Gleue, N. Gleue, D. Brockhaus, R. Claussen, K. Böhmecke / Dedicated to Bingo Della Rocca & Reid Fleming / Cover Photo: A. Jattke / Recording Engineer: R. Klose / Contact: 3 Spiral Staircases / Gleue, Tiergartenstr. 36/38, 3000 Hannover 71
+ "Pseudo-Psychedelia Without Us"/"Tear On A Sofa"
from "A Swamp Room Happening"-compilation, LP, Swamp Room Records #301110/301111, 1991
Single "Plastic Minds" (psych) DM 10,- from G. Gleue, Ferdinand-Wallbrechtstr .43, 3000 Hannover 1 (Note: Despite the names, I got no connection with this band & am not involved in any recordings an this compilation, except that I release the stuff. J.G.)
Übersetzung: To preserve the stylistic integrity of this post there is no German translation (go use Babelfish).
First posted on 26.08.2007