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Fred Frith - Ferdinand Richard

Fred Frith - Ferdinand Richard

Fred Frith - Ferdinand Richard


English experimental guitarist/composer Fred Frith and French experimental bass guitarist/composer Ferdinand Richard had previously worked together in other contexts before coming together as a duo to record the album "Dropera". Frith was a founding member of the English avant-garde rock band Henry Cow and Richard was a founding member of the French avant-garde rock band Etron Fou Leloublan. Their paths first crossed in the mid-1970s when Henry Cow began touring Europe. Read more on Last.fm
English experimental guitarist/composer Fred Frith and French experimental bass guitarist/composer Ferdinand Richard had previously worked together in other contexts before coming together as a duo to record the album "Dropera". Frith was a founding member of the English avant-garde rock band Henry Cow and Richard was a founding member of the French avant-garde rock band Etron Fou Leloublan. Their paths first crossed in the mid-1970s when Henry Cow began touring Europe. Contact consolidated in 1978 when the two bands and three others joined forces to form Rock in Opposition.

In mid-1980 Etron Fou Leloublan (including Richard) recorded with Frith in France and Switzerland, and appeared on one side of Frith's 1981 solo LP, "Speechless". Frith also played on and produced two of Etron Fou Leloublan's albums "Les Poumons Gonfles"(1982) and "Face Aux Elements Dechaines"(1985). "Dropera" is a concept album by Fred Frith and Ferdinand Richard, credited as "Fred & Ferd". It was their first collaborative album as a duo and was recorded in Zürich, Switzerland in August 1989. It was released on both LP and CD by RecRec Music in Switzerland in 1991.

The album's songs were sung in French and a booklet of the song lyrics in French, German and English accompanied the album. "Dropera" is a twisted rock opera about the comic and surreal adventure of two diners in a French restaurant involving abduction, an aircraft crash, death and re-awakening. Frith and Richard composed the music, and Richard wrote and sung the song texts. The music has been described as a mixture of avant-rock, pastorale with a little improvisation. Allmusic wrote that notwithstanding the "leaden" sound of the programmed drums.

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