The early 80's in the UK was the time when pure punk protest didn't seem satisfying anymore, but its energy was still in the air. Different bands started to use this energy for artistic purposes, combining it with diverse influences, like Expressionism, Dadaism and other '-isms'.
wasn't quite one of those bands as they could never really fit into any of the time's musical categories.
Based around English Michael Wolfen
and French Dominique Brethes
, their music has two naturally interlaced aspects. Schleimer K
was much more of a performance art project than an ordinary band: its members paid strong attention to the provocative element, providing weird shows at which it wasn't rare to see Michael in a leather mask and chains and Dominique in a skirt over leather trousers, in the midst of the theatrical and musical madness happening around them. Rather than play normal musical venues with other bands, Schleimer K
preferred sharing the stage with different art forms such as an experimental theatre group and play in unusual venues, warehouses or theatres.
'Wounded Wood' was their last album, following their debut of 1981, split releases with other acts (incl. legendary Neon
), a 12" in 1982 and tracks appearing on various compilations, all of which almost impossible-to-find rarities. This final musical chapter marked the continuation of the path, but in a changed environment: 'Wounded Wood' LP, released on Dominique's label 'Lone Wolf', is a classic of it's genre and one of the most important releases of the early electronic / experimental scene!