Anni di piombo, anni di paillettes.

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

[music:] Gustoforte, Gustoforte (1985)

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A sonic guerrilla squad featuring videomaker Roberto Giannotti (vocals, drums, keyboards, tapes), Stefano Galderisi (basses, keyboards, tapes – formerly of surf-rockers The Sentinels), Il Maestro (“the master”, later identified as the singer-songwriter Francesco Verdinelli, on guitars, keyboards and tapes) and La Donna (“the woman”, possibly actress and scriptwriter Roberta Lerici, on vocals, drum machine, percussions, tapes) started the band called Gustoforte (“strong taste”) in Rome in 1984.

This 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 evidence they left behind – a stunning, savage post-everything epic which each time brings to mind Virgin Prunes at their most demented and free-form, This Heat, The Residents, or even Claudio Rocchi’s attempts in electronics, and clangs in unison with the noises of contemporary experimental rock outfits such as, just to name one, Black Dice, or catastrophic dub suppliers of Excepter’s caliber.

The record follows the storyline suggested by an anti-utopian sci-fi plot, just like in an old-fashioned concept album: a travelling salesman visits a factory just to discover that there’s only one human worker left, contently attending 24/7 a useless assembly line, with all the time in the world to think. A robot escorting the representative in a tour of the plant explains him that unreliable workers have been completely replaced with machines. The only other humans around are dismissed trade unionists, just sitting around in a room, drinking and recalling the old days. The rep is then introduced to the factory coordinator: a powerful female supercomputer who manages to seduce him and eventually turn him into a bionic salesman working for the company.

Here is the tracklist:

01, s. Antony Chain
02, Steel Walk
03, Ventiquattro tre 84 (“twenty-four three 84”)
04, Assembly Line
05, Evry Courcouronnes
06, Factory ab absurdo
07, Ask Me Dream
08, Bionic Promotion Agent

Get it: Gustoforte, Gustoforte (1985)

Gustoforte reportedly recorded an unreleased second album, called Souvenir of Rome, before Giannotti and Verdinelli quit the band in 1994. Drummer Franco Calbi, performer Domenico Vitucci and Texan avant multi-instrumentalist and self-made instruments wizard Chris Blazen were recruited by the end of Nineties by Galderisi to keep the project alive. Anyway, the current line-up credited in their basic MySpace page features only the four original members.


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  1. se citi gli Excepter mi ci butto al volo!


    September 3, 2009 at 1:47 pm

  2. purtroppo non sono riuscito a dezipparlo. ho “riparato” l’archivio ma niente da fare.
    potresti per favore vedere se va bene o no?


    September 3, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    • ciao, ho provato a scaricare e decomprimere e mi funziona tutto… non so che dirti…


      September 3, 2009 at 3:45 pm

  3. tutt’ok.
    avevo provato ad estrarli con winrar ed altri ma non con winzip.


    September 4, 2009 at 12:17 am

    • perfetto. quando lo ascolti facci sapere che ne pensi.


      September 4, 2009 at 1:18 pm

  4. Come si fa a togliere le ditate dalla sleeve senza rovinarla?


    September 12, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    • ah ah ah! bella domanda john… magari con lo smac acciaio, o il sidol…


      September 13, 2009 at 12:32 am

  5. In realtà te lo chiedo perchè il problema mi si presenta con “Hibernation” dei Chrisma, con l’aggravante che il disco mi si è pure ingiallito!!!
    Hai capito… io divento grigio e i dischi diventano gialli. Merda!

    JJ John

    September 13, 2009 at 10:47 am

    • cazzo, con la plastifica di stampa è ancora peggio. almeno sul metallo con un panno e un po’ di detergente – facendo attenzione a non raschiar via il titolo – si rimedia.

      ma fammi capire, si sta ingiallendo il vinile? non ci vorrà mica uno di quei prodotti che usano le vecchiette e che danno ai capelli bianchi quella metafisica sfumatura azzurro/violetto?


      September 13, 2009 at 11:49 am

  6. Roberto

    April 9, 2010 at 1:58 pm

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