Sunday, January 18, 2009

Rip Rig & Panic - I Am Cold(1982)

Biography by John Dougan
Named after a terrific '60s jazz album by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Rip, Rig & Panic answered the question:
What happens when avant-garde post-punks collide headlong with a pop/soul singer and play a mutated form of jazz?
A loosely knit collection of ex-Pop Group members (Gareth Sanger and Bruce Smith) and young stars-to-be (Neneh Cherry),  Rip, Rig & Panic formed in 1980 as quintessential avant-garde bohemians. They eschewed pop for a more primal, percussive foundation (slightly reggae, slightly Afro-pop), upon which was layered free jazz blowing and honking, soulful singing, and Cecil Taylor-inspired piano mania. But, as intense as this music was, it wasn't done with a dry academic seriousness; quite the contrary,  Rip, Rig & Panic were all about fun and playfulness. Even the song titles ("Constant Drudgery Is Harmful to Soul, Spirit & Health"  and "Those Eskimo Women Speak Frankly") sounded more like surreal announcements than they did traditional, catchy song titles. Arguably the most likable bunch of avant-garde types ever to record music, Rip, Rig & Panic called it a day after three mostly wonderful, if somewhat inconsistent records. If your taste in music, even fringe music, is such that a strong melodic focus is necessary, than perhaps this won't be your cup of tea. However, if you don't mind a little chaos with your funk, then give this heady mix a chance; it will work its way into your heart, head, and feet. As for the members, Bruce Smith joined Public Image Ltd. for a spell, and Neneh Cherry became a huge pop star (deservedly so) with her first solo record.


Gareth Sager, Sean Oliver, Mark Springer, Bruce Smith
Don Cherry (Trumpet)
Neneh Cherry (Vocals)
Jez Parfitt (Baritone Saxophone)
Flash (Saxophone)
David De Fries (Trumpet)
Andrea Oliver (Vocals)
Giles Leaman (Percussion)
Steve Noble (Drums)
Sarah Sarahandi (Viola)
Debbie (Cello)
Alph Wait (Trombone)


  1. 01. Rip Rig & Panic - Storm the Reality Asylum               3:47

  2. 02. Rip Rig + Panic - Warm to the if in Life           4:46

  3. 03. Rip Rig & Panic - LIARS Shape Up or Ship Out          2:03

  4. 04. Rip Rig & Panic - Epi Epi Arp WOOSH!            4:34

  5. 05. Rip Rig & Panic - Nurse Increase The Sedatives          4:28

  6. 06. Rip Rig & Panic - TAKE A DON KEY to MYSTERY          3:21

  7. 07. Rip Rig & Panic - TAX SEX              5:48

  8. 08. Rip Rig & Panic - Hunger (The Ocean Roars It Bites)  3:44

  9. 09. Rip Rig & Panic - You're My Kind Of Climate            2:48

  10. 10. Rip Rig & Panic - HERE GATHERS NAMELESS ENERGY  4:18

  11. 11. Rip Rig & Panic - MISA LUBA Lone Wolf    5:40

Quali: 320
Size: 107 MB
Source: Vinyl






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