Conceived by original Zruist Tom Sanders (aka Max Tyrell), this primarily instrumental B-side to "Nakweda Dream" features Tom on phonetic vocals, Andrew Jackson on bass, clarinet, tibetan bell, and kalimba, Rick Cuevas on the drum kit and reverse-jet-guitar, and Nancy Miller on conga drums and backing vocals. UK's NME magazine called it "a neo-african avalanche."
Trivia: "Cumulonimbus" began as a small hastily drawn chart with various squiggly lines representing different instruments and noises that band members then diligently interpreted by banging on percussion instruments, vocalizing incoherently, and playing conventional instruments "wrong."
Note: This track appears on the 2018 vinyl-only compilation Zru Vogue: Assembly For Body Movements on French label Musiques Electroniques Actuelles.
from Zruism: Zru Vogue 1980-84,
released January 1, 1998
Composed and performed by Tom Sanders, Andrew L. Jackson, Rick Cuevas, and Nancy Miller.
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first single "Nakweda Dream" (1981) is an early post-punk classic. Band members Andrew Lawrence Jackson, Rick Cuevas, and Patrick Coyne continue to create inspired new music for postmoderns....more