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The Début Recording by the Tape-beatles

‘A Subtle Buoyancy of Pulse’ CD Re-issue Captures More

A subtle buoyancy of pulse

Hear some
sample tracks
from our recordings



Minneapolis Summit (MiniCD)

Numbers (9-inch EP)

Good Times


The Grand Delusion

Music with Sound

A subtle buoyancy of pulse


Minneapolis Summit (Mini VideoCD)

Matter (video)

The Grand Delusion (video)


A subtle buoyancy of pulse, the first recording by the Tape-beatles (1988), was painstakingly remastered and re-sequenced some 10 years after its initial release. Originally a cassette-only release, it created something of a stir in the home-taper community and cassette underground when it first came out on the Plagiarism® label. Lang Thompson, writing for Option, October 1988, said:

The Tape-beatles don’t just go after easy targets or use a shotgun approach hoping something will work. Their focus and sense of purpose make it worth the attention paid to their dense, associative mix. Like early Firesign Theater, you can’t catch everything in just one listening. Especially insightful are the pieces dealing with politically-oriented artists and trendy esthetic theories, because the Tape-beatles are too smart to just ridicule them. The Tape-beatles also want to create new, politically responsive art, but they’re working on more effective ways of creating it.

The original cassette edition, dubbed one at a time in Lloyd’s bedroom, eventually sold over 850 copies. Staalplaat eventually picked up the title for release on CD. We daresay, it still has the ability to delight and reward repeat listenings.

In the process of remastering, some previously unavailable pieces have been mixed down and added to the track list. This is a blatantly commercial ploy to get people who would otherwise be completely satisfied with their well-worn old cassette copies to feel dissatisfaction and replace them with these shiny new new-car-smell jewel-boxed audio gewgaws.

01 Remain quiet and passive .16
02 The Charlie Murdock Show 1.32
03 Number one cheese spread .21
04 The ads become the news .34
05 Listen to the radio 2.07
06 Deeper .24
07 These are our radio voices .37
08 Talking about the Tape-beatles .43
09 Sing sing sing (sing sing) 2.47
10 Concern about 2.52
11 I’m lonely 1.37
12 Guitar filler .57
13 A hard hand to hold 1.02
14 Love song .59
15 Wow, feel the amazing power 1.01
16 Recognize, resist 1.35
17 These are the real things .41
18 Scream scream scream 3.00
19 Stove top .10
20 Play by their rules 1.59
21 Right for the job 3.05
22 You people are in great danger 2.02
23 You make the choice 1.12
24 Urgent rushing around .34
25 What kind of problems 1.14
26 Microphone burning in flames 3.10
27 I think i’m in heaven .56
28 The law of repetition .58
29 The law of always being nice .08
30 Piano filler 1.30
31 Individual choice .34
32 Really fine yoke of bondage 1.35
33 Big show 1.08
34 The salt 1.40
35 Opera lady 1.01
36 Take my hand .43
37 On with it, i supppose .57
38 Radio plays .53
39 That means a lot .19
40 It’s been done .33
41 Exciting exiting .42
42 Logo .06
43 Rhythm filler 1.45
44 Short history of the Tape-beatles 2.01
45 Catbird .28
46 Silent filler 4.33
47 Good morning reprise .57

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