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Essential Logic

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Susan Whitby was 15 years old and had been playing saxophone for a little more than six months when she joined her friend Marion Elliot (aka Poly Styrene) and formed the great English punk band X-Ray Spex in 1976. At this juncture, Whitby renamed herself Lora Logic and brought her honking and squawking to X-Ray Spex’s guitar-propelled punk rock, staying in the band long enough to record the seminal feminist-punk single “Oh Bondage, Up Yours!” Prior to the recording of their debut album, Logic abruptly left the band to follow her own quirky songwriting muse and formed the wonderfully named Essential Logic. Eschewing fast and loud guitars for off-kilter rhythms, “bluesy” sax playing, and forays into dissonance and atonality, Essential Logic created some of the most liberating, exciting music of the early post-punk era. Along with her primitive, exhilarating sax playing, Logic displayed a wildly imaginative vocal style that conflated the subtle eroticism of Patti Smith with the epiglottal spasms of Yoko Ono. Singing, braying, and screeching her implicitly (at times explicitly) feminist lyrics while her backing band crashed and bashed in the background, this was almost a punk version of that most despised of genres, art rock. And while the subjects of most of her songs were serious (alienation, sexism, poverty, urban isolation), there was a bratty tongue-wagging raffishness to Logic (and band) that placed them a cut above the rest. After one album as Essential Logic, Lora Logic disbanded the group to go solo.

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  • synblah

    Beat Rhythm News is fucking fantastic. How have I not heard that album before now?

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • IamFlood

    Really excellent. Aerosol Burns is a classic.

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TongueInAspic

    the sax is really cool

    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • bingbongbilly

    Loving 'Fanfare in the Garden'.

    30 Jan 2013 Reply
  • El_Grml

    So I do some research about X-Ray-Spex and BAM! William Bennett from Whitehouse played along Lora Logic. Awesome find.

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • kabukikat

    PLEASE NOTE* "The EPIGLOTTIS is one of nine cartilaginous structures that make up the larynx (voice box). While one is breathing, it lies completely within the pharynx. When one is swallowing it serves as part of the anterior of the larynx. In some languages, the epiglottis is used to produce speech sounds, though this sound-type is rather rare." I HAD TO LOOK THAT SHIT UP.

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Lauren-Pz

    i tidy up the kitchen sink...

    30 Dec 2011 Reply
  • RussellChap

    OK...Kinda post-punk by numbers...Some good ideas

    14 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Nanninanni

    I just fell in love!

    29 Aug 2011 Reply
  • clenchedteeth

    'One of my favourite ever singers. Noone else has a voice quite like Lora Logic.' she sounds like girls at our best! and to a lesser extent delta 5

    7 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Blockades

    anything is better than xrayspecks

    10 Jul 2011 Reply
  • GrindFreak88

    Essential Logic > X-Ray Spex [2] without a fucking doubt.

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • honestrabbit

    One of my favourite ever singers. Noone else has a voice quite like Lora Logic.

    3 Jan 2011 Reply
  • petma90

    Maybe I don't know what similar means then. I have trouble with vowels and consonants. Are the vowels the ones that look like Harry Redknapp?

    5 Oct 2010 Reply
  • fitter_stoke

    Essential Logic > X-Ray Spex

    22 Sep 2010 Reply
  • ashdinosaur

    @petma90: By "burds" am I to deduce that you mean women? Are you sure you know what the word "similar" means? Because that might give you a clue.

    22 Sep 2010 Reply
  • coquettish

    THE UNIVERSEEEEEEEEEEE IS CRUMBLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING

    31 Jul 2010 Reply
  • bingbongbilly

    Remember buying Wonderful Offer on 12-Inch Single with two belting tracks on the B-side.

    12 Jul 2010 Reply
  • petma90

    It's a bit annoying that all the top similar artists have burds in each band, making them similar musically then. Why do they do that? Or is it just a coincidence?

    12 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Lauren-Pz

    does anybody know if there is a possibility to read the lyrics of these songs?

    22 May 2010 Reply
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