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Terminal Cheesecake

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Terminal Cheesecake formed in North and East London in 1988 and was put together by Gary (Jah Geezer) Boniface (formerly of The Purple Things and The Vibes). The band was formed along with Russell Smith, Mick Parkin and John Jobbagy (drummer from the Vibes and Purple Things and leaving the band in late 1989) were the first band signed to the then fledgling Wiiija Records (which later went on to spawn Cornershop, Silverfish, Bis and many more listener-friendly indie-stalwarts).

The first Cheesecake and the first Wiiija release was the 12” vinyl EP ‘Bladdersack’. On this totally uncompromising debut release, the title track starts with a heavy hip-hop beat which is rapidly obliterated by a wall of fuzz-tone, sheets of painful feedback and, in there somewhere, a wailing human voice processed almost to the point of being unrecognisable. This is not pop. Are we having fun yet?

The first album ‘Johnny Townmouse’ which followed on from Bladdersack was indeed a psychedelic bad-acid trip, slab-of-noise version of Beatrix Potter’s nursery story. The band were an impure mash of all things that had gone before, pushed to the extreme. The ‘Cake’s fierce, simple grooves of noise somehow gained some mainstream BBC Radio 1 airplay - much to the bemusement of the DJ’s.

In those early days it was the norm to see Cheesecake as main support or to bands such as White Zombie, Prong etc whilst also headlining around London and beyond with bands such as Silverfish, Godflesh, God and Gallon Drunk (with whom Gary often deputised with as Maracas player) and even Radiohead (whatever happened to them?) in support.

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