Anni di piombo, anni di paillettes.

Music from a country on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

[requests, music:] AA. VV., Pordenone/The Great Complotto (1980)

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The sleep of province produces monsters.

As repeatedly requested, here’s the manifesto of the Great Complotto (“grande conspiracy”), or: how a handful of kids from Pordenone, a well-off, outlying small town in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, North-East Italy, turned their city into the imaginary state of Naon (a republic with its own flag, money, government, football team, customs and habits – an official guide was included in the 1983 IV3SCR compilation) and managed to make it one of the capitals of international situationism and the cradle of Italian punk beside Milan, Bologna, Turin, Florence. Featuring bleeps, noises, screechings, drones, the legendary London performance by Tampax and HitlerSS – when they sent fake tour dates to “Time Out” and then went to the scheduled locations with cardboard instruments just to see what their audience could look like – and the Naon national anthem “Atoms for energy” in two different versions.

And remember: Pordenone could be London, but London can’t be Pordenone.

Here is the tracklist:

Lato A (“A side”)
01, Mess, Paraguay
02, Fhedolts, Stimolation
03, Sexy Angels, La beat
04, Andy Warhol Banana Technicolor, I’m in love with my computer
05, Mind Invaders, Individual therapy
06, 001100111100011001011101 (Cancer), 000010
07, 001100111100011001011101 (Cancer), 000001
08, Musique Mecanique, Atoms for energy
09, Musique Mecanique, Good ideas must not fall in the hands of the enemy
10, Tampax/HitlerSS, London cartoon concert

Lato I (“I side”)
11, Fhedolts, Hearthing
12, Andy Warhol Banana Technicolor, The future
13, Mess, Foolish girls
14, W.K.W., Wyatt Earp
15, Sexy Angels, Atoms for energy
16, Little Chemists, Fe2Cr 0
17, Waalt Diisneey prod., Chips dorè (I.D.Y.)
18, Waalt Diisneey prod., (I need) Action

Get it: AA. VV., Pordenone/The Great Complotto (1980)
[edit August 23rd, 2009: the all-worthy publishing house Shake Edizioni has at last made available again this record on cd, added with extra tracks, a video and a 68-pages book stuffed with pics and lyrics! Useless to say, the download link has been removed. You can get the box here.]

The album was produced by The Great Complotto, Oderso Rubini, Red Ronnie, Ado (Scaini, from Tampax) and Compact Cassette Records, and released through Italian Records Service. The cover features a postcard of Pordenone. Among the several outfits involved in the movement you can also count Futuritmi, Ice & The Iced and the amazing XX Century Zorro.

Everything you may need to know about the Complotto is here on its official website mantained by StEvE (unfortunately, in Italian only).

Written by alteralter

April 15, 2009 at 11:22 pm

10 Responses

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  1. […] a tiny excerpt from the 18-minute tv special dedicated to the Great Complotto by Mister Fantasy, a tv show pioneering post-modern aestethic and the fine art of music videos in […]

  2. grazie, questa è una chicca fantastica!

    Bolscioi

    April 17, 2009 at 1:55 pm

  3. benvenuto bolscioi. l’hai ascoltato? che ne pensi?

    alteralter

    April 17, 2009 at 4:19 pm

  4. Purtroppo non si fa ascoltare. Non riesco ad estrarlo.

    Bolscioi

    April 18, 2009 at 12:33 am

  5. che problema ti dà lo zip? non ho ricevuto segnalazioni da altri lettori…

    alteralter

    April 18, 2009 at 5:52 pm

  6. Qualcosa tipo: la sintassi del nome del file,della directory o del volume è incorretta

    Bolscioi

    April 20, 2009 at 9:47 am

  7. è strano. ho ricontrollato il file su diverse piattaforme e non mi dà problemi… magari risolviamo la questione in un altro modo.

    alteralter

    April 20, 2009 at 11:42 am

  8. Vabbè, sticazzi. Ci sono altre maniere per trovarlo.
    Comunque, avevo già avuto modo di sentirlo ed è un documento di gran valore.

    Bolscioi

    April 20, 2009 at 7:36 pm

  9. A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!

    This really helps contextualising a lot of italian new wave output.

    Thank you for your great work!

    diplo

    April 21, 2009 at 2:57 pm

  10. […] self-titled album released by Rat Race label early in 1985 with liner notes by Ado Scaini of The Great Complotto fame, which in the first 200-copies run came in a real steel cover, remains unfortunately the only […]


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