The Youth & Ben Watkins – The Empty Quarter

The Empty Quarter LP front
The Empty Quarter LP back cover
The Empty Quarter LP cover spread
Youth & Ben Watkins
The Empty Quarter LP side 1

The music to a Jonathan Moore stage play titled Street Captives, premiered 1983, this LP is a collection of robust instrumental tracks based on prominent, pulsating bass lines, drums and synthesizer. Taking their inspiration from Eno & Byrne’s My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, 1981, the duo of former Killing Joke bassist Youth and former Hitmen vocalist Ben Watkins created a nightmarish match to a play that was, according to Moore, “about urban alienation in the context of the rapid social changes wrought by the first phases of Thatcherism.” Appropriately enough, the music is bleak and oppressive, which is just the perfect balance for a post-punk LP, though the B-side is graced by the presence of oboe player Kate St. John and cellist Adam Peters.

01 Incompressible Megalasaurians (2:31)
02 Wet Work (4:02)
03 Three Go Down To Brighton (3:22)
04 Repulsion (6:12)
05 Gizzy Headed Buzzards (4:00)
06 Basket Case (4:12)
07 Sloeboe (4:15)
08 Essence Of A Thousand Kisses (6:13)

Youth, bass, percussion, keyboards
Ben Watkins, keyboards, drums, guitar
Adam Peters, cello
Kate St. John, oboe
Steve Irwin, percussion

Total time 34:40
LP released by Illuminated Records, UK, 1984


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4 Responses to “The Youth & Ben Watkins – The Empty Quarter”

  1. 1 s. borges February 25, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Not to be missed! Great post!

  2. 2 continuo February 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I thought some readers might not be already familiar with this LP.
    Thanks for your comment.

  3. 3 Bodhi Amol February 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Hello,i was indeed unaware of this release-thanks for sharing!

  4. 4 continuo February 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    You’re welcome.

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