If electronic industrialist Marc Plainguet (pronounced Plan-J) is anything, he's imaginative. It is unusual to find someone so unafraid to go against the grain and offer sounds that both challenge the established norm and stimulate the much neglected grey matter between the ears. His ever changing style has embraced everything from industrial noise and post modern dance to requiems and humorous punk-folk storytelling. His lyrics bombard his listener with some of the oddest visual pictures on could imagine. Skeletons at Disneyland, a suitcase toting Godzilla looking for work in Hollywood, melting clocks, choking cats, televisions with eyes, psychotic TV preachers, old factories grinding out machine laden rhythms, and microscopic amebas who fall in love to a Latin salsa beat are only a few specks from Plainguet's menagerie of supporting cast members.
In 1985, Plainguet and soloist Mike Futch formed a strange duo called Nutty Faith. As Nutty Faith the two produced a cassette release titled "It's Our Job! and released it on the streets through Futch's Plan 7 Distribution label.
That next year, Plainguet and Futch teamed up with Shaka and formed a band called Crazed Bunnyz. Using pseudonyms like Futch, Shaka, Gadget (Plainguet) and Box (the name of Gadget's drum machine) they played an odd sort of punk rock using a bass synthesizer and drum machine. Soon, they recorded "Achtung: Musik Klirrfaktor!" and found themselves in the Christian underground scene which, until then, they did not even realized existed. A small following began to pop up across the United States and even overseas through their small mail order catalog. It was during this time that Plainguet started doing some recording of his own on a four track.
"Amebas In Love", Plainguet's first solo cassette, consisted of little casio sounds, programmed bouncy bass lines, monologues and his own brand of off-beat humor and social commentary. The tape really took off after the first review of it was published in The Cutting Edge and Plainguet quickly establised his own label Corpqii Music. He chose the name 'CORPQII' by ramdomly picking letters off the top of his head and created the logo in a similar manner.
Futch then decided to change Crazed Bunnyz to Johnny Quest and released "Transition". Deciding that he wanted to devote more of his time to his solo career, Plainguet left the band.
After leaving Crazed Bunnyz, Plainguet released "World Media" to another round of great reviews, "Demovision" a tape which he used for obtaining booking for his multi-media solo live shows, and Crazed Bunnyz "Live!" as way to gain something back from the whole experience.
He then released "Blood & Fire", an experiment to record one continuous piece of music in an improvisational manner, not completely writing and arranging the music before it's recorded, and using excerpts from pre-recorded speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr., Winston Churchill, and the Apollo astronauts.
Under the moniker of Gadget, Plainguet recorded "Joyful Noize" and became one of the first Christians to be performing industrial music. "Joyful Noize" contained pounding rhythms, spacey soundscapes, and haunting renditions of the Psalms. The acclaim for this project spread quickly and Plainguet's tapes were now being distributed by Spring Arbor, Key Records, and Long's Christian Music in America, and Embryo Arts in Europe.
In December of 1987 Plainguet released "Security Shelter Hope" which dealt entirely with Christian themes and their application to the real world. Plainguet then spent most of 1988 composing new instrumental music and growing creatively. A comic rendition by him of his monologue "Afterlifestyles" was printed in Safe Comix #1, and writing and recording began for his epic project "Stange Tales".
In August of 1989 Plainguet moved from Los Angeles to Youngstown, Ohio where he became a member of Artatak Studios. With his new studio space completed he changed the name of the company to Corpqii Productions to represent his new broader creative focus. He then released "Surrealism For Beginners", containing an instrumental requiem for Salvador Dali. It received great reviews from both Christian and non-Christian publications alike. Also stemming from the same creative growth period, Marc found he had recorded four compositions all dealing with cats. These pieces were then released on the EP "Cats Welcome You Home".
Marc then jumped into an array of projects. For history buffs, he released "T.W.D.N.R.T.P.A.C.T.R.I." a cassette containing the original 4 song garage recordings by Crazed Bunnyz and a recording of an interview with Plainguet and Futch which was printed in The Activist #21. He also produced and wrote and performed music for Chris Yambar's "Weird Outtakes Vol. 1", and contributed various artwork of his Leon the Skeleton character for publications like The Cutting Edge, The Itinerant Iconoclast Emporium Catalog, and an appearance in Rebel Graphics #2 as The Grim Reaper.
The next Marc Plainguet release proved to be incredibly fun. "Strange Tales" was a concept album based on the old monster comics of the 1950's with a spiritual bend to it. The tape came with a book containing the story and artwork along with instructions on various activities to do as you read the story and listen to the tape, and contained play money and various other goodies.
In 1990 Marc performed solo at the Cornerstone festival with film and slides. The performance was chosen by several publications as one of the best of the whole festival. "Strange Tales" was first released at the festival and sold out quickly. Soon, Marc did many other live performances including a Central American Independence Day benefit show at Cedars in Youngstown, a show at Artatak Studios, and was the first live music performer at The Artery in Pittsburgh. Marc was also asked to appear on TV on two episodes of "HisPlace" TV show and on Tom Greene's syndicated music video show "Light Music". Amidst all of this, however, Marc was already recording other projects.
1991 saw the release of Gadget's follow-up to the classic "Joyful Noize" titled "Gnashing Of Teeth". The reaction was incredible. The cassette was praised as a new form of expression in Christian music and Gadget was hailed as "the Keith Green of noize".
In late 1991 Marc left Artatak Studios and moved to Pittsburgh to attend The Art Institute of Pittsburgh for two years. During that time most of Marc's time was taken up with school, but he did have time to keep Corpqii going. He collaborated with ex-fireman turned poet extraordinaire Richard F. Hay, Sr. on the poetry and music project "Almost Poetry, Not Quite Prose", and turned to producing songs for Terry McCabe and Zuzu's Petals, and various projects such as 35 Little Ducks in a Basket's tape "Live At Artatak", and the compilation "More Bad Karma".
In conjunction with The Banana Rodeo Gallery, Marc co-curated "The AIDS Awareness Group Show" and displayed his mixed media work "Know Your Enemy" in the show, and contributed a work titled "Homecoming" in the gallery's "Statements of Faith" exhibit. Marc also produced and provided music for a cassette titled "A Tale of Peeper Rabbit" was also produced in collaboration with Chris Yambar as part of his art show "Beatrix Unleashed".
Marc then began doing music under the name Graveyard Cafe. The demo tape "Fresh Ground" was produced and Graveyard Cafe gave it's first live performance at the "Bobbing for Dobbs Subgenius Devival" in Akron, Ohio. The group featured Marc onstage at the keyboard and an array of costumed characters such as skeletons passing out pamphlets, nuclear missles fighting on the dance floor, and more all backed by film and slides. Marc also appeared that night as Pastor "Smilin'" Jack Stomachpump from his "Strange Tales" project and delivered the sermon "What I Want".
In 1993 Marc graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and moved back to Youngstown to be closer to his fiance Francine Vitullo. At this time Marc took time off from doing music to get ready for their wedding and get his life settled and in order. However, "The Industrial Blues" by Graveyard Cafe was included on the R.M.I. "Mind / Body Volume 2" compilation from Atomic Records in 1994.
Several of Marc's short stories have been published in literary magazines, he has contributed several tracks to compilation releases including a rendition of the classic "Amazing Grace" by Gadget with Francine Plainguet on vocals, and made his first endeavor into multimedia with "Marc Plainguet: An Interactive Discography", a point and click guide to his complete recorded works. To celebrate his 10th anniversary Marc released a "best of" compilation of his music titled "alt.music.marc-plainguet.best-of" and released "The Curiosity Shop", a collection of rare and never before released tracks from the archives dating from 1986 to 1998.
During 1999 & 2000 Marc finished reissuing his entire back catalogue on CD and contributed an ambient industrial rhythm track for a song by the band 9 Bob Note. October saw Marc return to the stage for a rare live performance called The Skeletons & Robots show. It was a multimedia extravaganza with video, slides, and people in costume featuring old favorites and some great reworkings of classics.
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