Given my disdain for “all things Soft Machine” why on earth would I have bought an album by ex-Softsman Daevid Allen’s Gong?
I can tell you precisely why. Because, like Faust’s “The Faust Tapes” before it, the still-fledgling Virgin Records label sold it for just 49p!
However, unlike The Faust Tapes – which I still adore 35 years later – Camembert Electrique thankfully fell off my personal radar a couple of decades or so ago.
For the purposes of this blog entry I listened to an online stream of it – including the humourously-titled cut “Squeezing Sponges Over Policemen’s Heads” – a listen which merely confirmed my attitude towards it.
Fiddly-twiddly rubbish. Noises, sounds, swooshes and wooshes with the occasional (and odd) backward vocals over the top. It’s the kind of electronic ‘experimentation’ where, quite frankly, you hope for a power cut.
The cover was cool though.