The Twins and Rig Veeda ‘The Tale of the Man with the Toothpaste Head’

The Twins:
01 Dance With A Fish (1:28)
02 Man In Green (2:03)
03 Brother Be (2:06)
04 Man With The Toothpaste Head (2:02)
05 Down (1:57)
06 Trapeeze (2:22)
07 Fuisha (1:54)
08 Hundred Hollowhorses (2:28)
09 Here/Come Again (2:09)

Rig Veeda:
10 Never Seen That Girl Before (3:05)
11 Richard Said (2:06)
12 Red (1:55)
13 I’m All Messed Up (2:23)
14 Casa Milo (2:24)
15 Into The Dark (2:51)
16 Nails (2:37)
17 A Wet Night In Brighton (0:46)

+ Rig Veeda and The Twins flexidisc:
18 Creep (1:42)
(From By Joopiter flexidisc)

Total time: 38:00
LP released 1986 on Illusion Production IP026

Somehow, french label Illusion Production got some british connections in the 1980s. They issued a Kevin Harisson tape (see here) and this LP by Rig Veeda and The Twins, the latter also appearing on several Illusion compilation tapes (Sensationnel #3 & 4). There was, I assume, a kinship between Illusion and The Twins’ own By Joopiter independent label. The Twins was the duo of Paul McTell (also in the band The McTells) and Gillian. Rig Veeda were the same plus David and Lesley. All play highly idyosyncratic rock in a skeletal, surrealist way. The Twins’ side is a collection of short Velvet Underground miniatures, reminiscent of the Lemon Kittens or Jad Fair. No doubt their nonsensical lyrics appealed to the Illusion Production members. While being a quartet, Rig Veeda’s sound is no less minimal than The Twins. Admitedly, some songs almost approach a guitar+bass+drums+vocals equation, but the majority of songs are build from a minimum of means. The adjunction of xylophone and female backing vocals on some tracks add innocence and mystery to the formula.


6 Responses to “The Twins and Rig Veeda ‘The Tale of the Man with the Toothpaste Head’”

  1. 1 Daniel July 10, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Hi! Finally some info on the Twins and Rig Veeda!
    May I suggest that you post some info in the bios of them on

    Do you have more information on the members. Who are Gillian, David and Lesley? Any last names and related bands?

  2. 2 continuo July 10, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Hi, Daniel. Unfortunately I don’t have much more info than featured above.

    Prior to this post I tried to contact members of The Twins, with meagre results. Here’s the email I got from Paul Rixon [] on May 6th, 2008: ‘Hi, thanks for the email. I’m communicating with Gillian, who use to be part of the Twins, to get some input from her. I will therefore email you a longer email in a week or so?? Hope that is OK? Paul’. I never heard from him ever after.

    Some posts with related info here and here.

    I’m not familiar with Last FM. If you want to update The Twins’ Last Fm page with info from Continuo, that’s ok for me.

    I have an LP by The Mc Tells: ‘Smash Up’. If you want, I could upload it for you — depending on what you offer for a trade ;)

  3. 3 Daniel July 13, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    oh you should absolutely check it out.

    It’s probably easier if you find me on soulseek and take whatever you want. username: fidlstik

  4. 4 El Topo - Alex T April 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    The link for The Twins and Rig Veeda: ‘The Tale of the Man with the Toothpaste Head’ is no longer working. Could you kindly re-post it, please?
    Many thanks.
    Alex T – El Topo

  5. 5 continuo April 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    No re-upload, sorry.

  6. 6 Paul Rixon February 12, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Just to let any interested parties know that Rig Veeda and the Twins are linked to the Mctells and Emil. The Mctells have recently play a few gigs and have appeared on a few CD compilations. Captured Tracks has re-released one of their old cassettes.

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