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Quando Quango


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Quando Quango’s twisted electronic music experiments lasted a good six years, spawning an album and several dance 12” releases. A case of Fela Kuti meets Kraftwerk somewhere between and , part of a new wave of , with a whole lot of Mike Pickering’s broad knowledge of , , and to stuff the gaps.

Most significant to music fans were the insistent bass syncopations of Love Tempo, the party atmosphere of Genius and the boogie of Atom Rock, as well as Tingle with its Quando dance manifesto and Go Exciting, a pastiche of Fela basslines with flava lyrics, which reportedly touched the hearts of Latino clubbers in New York. It shows vague visions of future music, based on a curious musical cross-section of all that was interesting in the early 1980s.

The backgrounds of co-members also demonstrated the variety of Quando Quango’s approaches. Barry Johnson fitted his bass work between Sweet Sensation, The Twelfth Tribe of Israel and, later, reggae giants Aswad. Percussionist Simon Topping joined in-between A Certain Ratio (ACR), Salsa percussion classes in New York and, later, his Latino-flavoured house outfit T-Coy. First drummer Reinier Rietveld was simultaneously part of Dutch cult band Spasmodique.


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  • Scewmrover


    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Makes me wanna boogie.

    16 Jul 2012 Reply
  • xenia_f

    воистину задорно

    25 Aug 2011 Reply
  • celiargh

    just about my favourite thing

    1 Apr 2011 Reply
  • treveera

    A love tempoooooooooooooo.

    4 Nov 2010 Reply
  • GlassCanyon

    mike pickering is a genius and a blue.....geniusssss. this is our city.

    3 Aug 2009 Reply
  • hearditfirst

    Genius is def their highpoint....the oddly beguiling This Feeling too.....

    26 Apr 2009 Reply
  • laser_laser

    дэнс дэнс лав тэмпо

    14 Sep 2008 Reply
  • grahamrlawrence

    Live 2008! - 30th July 2008 M People continue to perform at festivals this summer with dates still to come in Manchester and Tunbridge Wells. Heather Small has announced a mini tour appearing at venues in Glasgow, Warrington and Southampton. The tour also includes 3 nights at the famous jazz club Ronnie Scott's in London! Heather is also set to perform at the Olympic handover in London at the end of August. Shovell is also off this summer to sunny locations with his 'Defected' connections. All dates and information will be added to the calendar on the 'Tours/Performances' page over the next few weeks at Also on the events calendars on the M People & Heather Small Facebook Page & Facebook Group. Enjoy!

    31 Jul 2008 Reply
  • grahamrlawrence

    Mike Pickering is a genius

    29 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Lisiasp

    i love tempo atom rocks!!!!!!

    17 Mar 2007 Reply
  • dementio13

    Odd as fuck! Eclectic and cool...they paved the way for house and acid in Britain. 'Atom Rock' is awesome!

    21 Jan 2007 Reply
  • planetjanet

    i love love tempo

    29 Nov 2006 Reply

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