We head to British North America for another underappreciated indie obscurity. This post starts with an imposing front picture of artist Kim Clarke wearing a gas mask. Kim Clarke has spent the majority of his time in Vancouver, BC. In his early days, he was a skilled guitarist by trade and even taught guitar lessons. He played in a variety of bands in the mid-late 70’s and then in the early 80’s he joined the obscure guitar post punk band Mocassin Telegraph. Kim wrote what would be the first edition version of “It’s A Grey Day” with Mocassin Telegraph and subsequently the group produced a very rare 1984 psychedelia video. The video is below….Kim then struck out on his own in the mid 80’s to record and produce this only solo full length effort. The main driving force behind this energetic album comes from the multi-talented Al Rodger, who was producer, engineer and instruments guru. Al would go on to work with major Canadian music talent and have his own production studio.
By the looks of the front album jacket, one would expect an apocalyptic type of session here….well, Kim does deliver the goods in an ominous post punk style with some of the more notable tracks, which I’ve provided below. Other tracks move into a guitar oriented alternative rock sound…. Overall - this is a worthy addition to a post punk angled 80’s vinyl collection. We find that it’s rather scarce and available in limited quantities in the market.
Go visit Kim, he’s got a presence in the online world….you can find more detailed info, bio, videos and songs HERE
→ This blog will focus on private and independent releases that are out of print from the 1980s alternative music scenes - new wave - minimal synth - post punk - power pop - darkwave - electro - experimental - avant garde - coldwave - gothic - indie rock - industrial wave - All records are sourced from my personal collection, unless noted otherwise.
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