The Lo Yo Yo – Extra Weapons

The Lo Yo Yo - Extra Weapons LP front cover
The Lo Yo Yo - Extra Weapons LP back cover
The Lo Yo Yo - Extra Weapons LP side 1

British band The Lo Yo Yo was founded by Family Fodder frontman John Pearce, aka Alig, in 1984 [a good place to start with Family Fodder, is the Savoir Faire culinary anthem]. The Lo Yo Yo was active for 2 years and released one cassette, one split cassette with Look De Book, one full-length LP and appeared on the Local International 15-26 compilation cassette on Recommended. The band’s name comes from a Captain Beefheart song titled Low Yo Yo Stuff on the 1972 Clear Spot LP. In an interview with Ed Pinsent, John Pearce simplistically described The Lo Yo Yo as “a sort of cooperative group with two girls and two guys, […] touring around Europe a lot until about 1986.” (The Sound Projector issue #1, 1996). The Lo Yo Yo’s line-up was actually more varied and included, along 10 or so other musicians, various Family Fodder members like Mick Hobbs, Felix Fiedorowicz and Rick Wilson. All three also played in The Work and Officer!, sometimes with Pearce himself. Charles Bullen of This Heat occasionally played drums with Family Fodder and co-produced The Lo Yo Yo’s unique LP, Extra Weapons, in 1985.

Pearce’s punchy bass playing and Carrie (Caroline) Brooks’ post-punk drumming form the backbone of The Lo Yo Yo sound, complete with singer Annie Hunt and Mick Hobbs’ guitar. At times, this rhythm section has the band appear like a dub+rock fusion with occasional flexible, bouncing reggae touches – characteristics also present in Family Fodder. Singer Annie Hunt’s playful vocals and the songs’ inventive arrangements evoke punk influences from bands like Rubella Ballet, Hagar The Womb or The Slits. Track #7, China Blue, is based on a pseudo-medieval harmony which wouldn’t be out of place on an Officer! song. The instrumentation is varied with synthesizer, saxophone, glockenspiel.

01 Bad Intentions (5:13)
02 All The Atrocities (4:42)
03 I Can Hold My Own Hand (4:12)
04 Learning To Fly (4:46)
05 Petroleum (5:23)
06 More To Come (3:20)
07 China Blue (3:17)
08 Cache-Cache (4:09)
09 You Never Know (2:28)
10 Cog (3:12)
11 The History Of Weaponry (5:19)

Alig (John Pearce), bass, guitar, percussion, vocals
Annie Hunt, cello, glockenspiel
Carrie Brooks, drums, percussion
Joey Stack, vocals, keyboards, bass
Mick Hobbs, guitar, percussion
Steve Wright, bass, guitar, percussion
Leo Kelly, harmony (Atrocities)
Bob Vanderbob, saxophone, whistle
Rick Wilson, percussion

Total time 46:00
LP released by Floppy Discs, London, UK, 1985


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The Lo Yo Yo discography:
1984 self titled cassette, Calypso Now, ref. C-4
1984 Double Dog Dare, with Look De Bouk, cassette, Calypso Now
1985 Extra Weapons, LP, Floppy Discs
1985 The History Of Weapons incl. in Various – Local International 15-26, cassette, Recommended Records

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15 Responses to “The Lo Yo Yo – Extra Weapons”

  1. 1 Godard June 13, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Fabulous, thanks Continuo!

  2. 2 continuo June 13, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    You’re welcome.

  3. 3 mike June 20, 2012 at 7:17 am

    a nice document, and a reminder of THOSE years… thank you!

  4. 4 continuo June 20, 2012 at 8:16 am

    A fine LP. Thanks for your comment.

  5. 5 David June 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Never knew about this group. Many thanks.

  6. 6 continuo June 21, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Thanks for your comment, David.

  7. 7 Joaquín Mendoza Sebastián June 28, 2012 at 12:47 am

    …there’s so much great musical discoveries here my friend! thanks a lot!


  8. 8 Le sot June 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Whoo, Family Fodder family !!

    Mille mercis, bravo, compliments et tout et tout.

  9. 9 continuo June 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you.

  10. 10 arno December 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    great to listen, my father used to have a cassette. Would love to get a digital copy. The downloadlink is just an ilivid-commercial it seems. is there a possibility to find a copy?

  11. 11 Carlos January 12, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Love it! – starting an unofficial FF (and offshoots) fb page here: Talented like whoa.

  12. 12 Jo Benjafield May 15, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Joey stack’s playful vocals actually.:) Annie Hunt played the

  13. 13 tesa May 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    hmm… the download link doesn’t work.

  14. 14 Hans van Wageningen August 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Thanks. Brought back good memories. Saw The Lo Yo Yo perform in Unitas, Wageningen, The Netherlands. Bought the LP at the site. Favorites: China Blue and All the Atrocities.

  15. 15 kenrowei September 6, 2013 at 1:07 am

    You can download the LP free at or
    Just type in “rare albums” in the search box.
    You will find it in the rare 80’s album collection part 137.
    You will also find an amazing selection of rare 80’s albums posted by someone who goes under the label of forever80s.

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