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Vinyl Joy - Camberwell Now and 17 Pygmies

I flipped through some old 80’s records that I have and listened to 17 Pygmies and side one of a Camberwell Now lp. I was completely in awe of Jedda By the Sea by 17 Pygmies . It’s a moody, haunting album - part 4AD darkness, part Middle Eastern psychedelia. It only has four tracks with vocals, but they’re’ amazing - especially drummer/vocalist Debbie Spinelli. The record is probably more moody than I’d care for now, but I’m terribly sentimental about it. Hearing that with a half dozen other records in 84-85 is what made me want to be a DJ in college.

Camberwell Now was a later addition to my collection (relatively speaking) and is an odd combination of progessive rock and new wave. The long tracks possess impossible guitar lines, tape manipulation and tightly wound drumming. I only made it through the first side before bed, but it was great to hear again - especially the first track, the Night Shift.

2 Responses to “Vinyl Joy - Camberwell Now and 17 Pygmies”

  • Laughing Daisy Says:
    November 3rd, 2005 at 11:39 pm

    You might want to go to and look up Jackson Del Rey’s Sun Kings recent release. Jackson was in 17 Pygmies and apparently the band has reformed with Louise Bialik & Jeff Brennerman from White Glove Test. They’re supposed to have some singles coming out in January 2006. Debbie Spinelli is now drumming with the Apache Dancers.

  • admin Says:
    November 4th, 2005 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you for the tip. The Sun Kings are delightfully mystical.