- The Work (band)
Infobox musical artist |
Name = The Work
Img_capt = From left to right:
Tim Hodgkinson, Rick Wilson, Mick Hobbs, Bill Gilonis
Background = group_or_band
Avant-progressive rock, Post-punk, Industrial music
1980– 1982 1989– 1994
Label = Woof
Tim Hodgkinson Bill Gilonis Mick Hobbs
The Work were an English
post-punkrock group founded in 1980 by multi-instrumentalist/composer Tim Hodgkinsonand guitarist/composer Bill Gilonis, with bass guitarist Mick Hobbsand drummer Rick Wilson. The band toured Europein 1981 and 1982, and recorded their first album, "Slow Crimes" in 1982. After a tour of Japanlater that year and releasing "Live in Japan", the band split up. In 1989, The Work reformed to record "Rubber Cage" and performed throughout Europe between 1989 and 1994, releasing another album, "See" in 1992.
Henry Cowco-founder Tim Hodgkinsonbegan recording with Bill Gilonisin 1980. They experimented with tape collageswhich led the creation of an independent record label, Woof Recordsand a band. Enlisting the services of Mick Hobbsand Rick Wilson they formed The Work, a post-punkrock group.
In 1981, The Work made their first recording, an EP "I Hate America", released on the Woof label. They then embarked on a tour of
Europe, performing in the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, France, Italyand Yugoslavia. In 1982, the band played at a Rock in OppositionFestival in Bonnwith vocalist Catherine Jauniaux, after which they recorded their first album "Slow Crimes" on the Woof label with Jauniaux as guest musician. "Slow Crimes" took punk rockto new heights by introducing elements of avant-rock. "The drums are primal, and hold the entire band together in a polyrhythmic way that was, at the time, unheard-of in Punk music." [ [http://www.adhocrecords.com/ Ad Hoc Records] . "Slow Crimes". ]
The band's next commitment was a tour of
Japanin June 1982, but before the tour began, Wilson left to study Kathakaliin India, and Hobbs followed soon after over disagreements about the band's musical direction. Committed to the tour, Hodgkinson and Gilonis asked ex-Henry Cow drummer Chris Cutlerand bassist Jim "Amos" Weltonto join them in Japan. With this altered line-up, the group played three concerts in Tokyoand one in Osaka. The Osaka concert was recorded with a cassette recorderhalf-way down the hall, which was later cleaned up and released by Recommended Records Japan on an LP "Live in Japan". At the end of the tour, the group split up.
In 1989, The Work reformed with its original members and recorded an industrial/noise album "Rubber Cage", after which they returned to touring Europe, performing in France, Germany,
Austria, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and Italy over the next two years. In 1992, they made their last album, "See", which they played live on their ongoing European tour. In 1993, the band played at the St. PetersburgOpen Music Festival in Russia. The Work's last performances were in 1994 in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Sloveniaand the Czech Republic, where they had begun drawing on Hopi Indian mythologyfor their sets.
Tim Hodgkinson– saxophones, bass clarinet, keyboards, lap steel guitar, lead vocals
Bill Gilonis– guitar, euphonium, sampling, vocals
Mick Hobbs– guitar, bass guitar, drums, ukulele, recorder, midi-horn, vocals
*Rick Wilson – drums, bass guitar, vocals
1982"Slow Crimes" (LP Woof Records, U.K.)
1982"Live in Japan" (LP Recommended Records, Japan)
1989"Rubber Cage" (LP Woof Records, U.K.)
1992"See" (CD Woof Records, U.K.)
1981"I Hate America" (EP Woof Records, U.K.)
* [http://www.ccutler.com/ccutler/bands/group05.shtml#work Chris Cutler homepage] . "Tim Hodgkinson / The Work".
* [http://calyx.club.fr/mus/hodgkinson_tim.html The Canterbury Website] . "Tim Hodgkinson".
* [http://www.squidco.com/rer/Woof.discog.html SquidCo] . "Woof Discography".
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