Synth-Pop, EBM, Electro
Paul Cullivan & Paul Pugh
BRAINS TO THE WALL (12") (1986)/ HAMMER (12") (1987)
Credits (tracks 01-03):
Engineer - Shan Hira (ex-Stockholm Monsters, see: http://saltyka.blogspot.com/2009/05/stockholm-monsters.html)
Guitar - Jelly-Roll-Ricketts
Written-By, Producer - Ganzheit
Tracks 01-03: Brains To The Wall EP
This E.P. contains three songs recorded in the North of England, Summer 1986.
Tracks 04-05: Hammer Ep
01 Bolt It Down (Why Work?)
05 Choke On It
06 Preface And Hostilities (from "Discreet Campaigns" (Compilation 1985)
07 Marvellous (from "The Third Mind" Compilation 1990)
Link to download:
"Raw, energetic EBM. Think Skinny Puppy, but faster. Nice !"
"Contains "Traitor", a strange and beautiful track with industrial rhythms and female vocals."
This brilliant band has only 7 songs ever released -to me all classics.
The outstanding richness of Ganzheit's musical world assimilates the musical intentions of such bands like Soft Cell, Cabaret Voltaire, Wire, A Split Second, Front 242, Portion Control to create something perfectly beautiful from all of this.
These rich instrumented, impulsive songs rolling beautifully to make permanent surprise with their versatility. They are never boring, can't stop to listening to them!
They are undoubtedly geniuses to rank among synth pop's greatest bands. (saltyka)
Ganzheit were Paul Cullivan & Paul Pugh.
“Years ahead of their time, this pioneering hard anarcho-electro band from the late 80s unfortunately split before their mini album, “Dynamite!” could be released. “Dynamite!” was to include superior remixes of the two singles and the unreleased third single, ‘Marvellous”, which is probably the best track to have been recorded during the acid house period (a mix of it can be found on the Third Mind Records sampler). This unique album, originally thwarted by record company hiccups, may soon see a limited-issue release on CD.” (Greatbeast)
They released two singles, “Hammer” & “Brains to the Wall” both sounding like a proto acid house meets electronic body music. Ish. A variation of “Choke on It” from the ‘Hammer’ 12” appeared as “Preface to Hostilities” on the ‘Discreet Campaigns’ cassette in 1985, which sounds like the aforementioned acid house with Cosey Fanni Tutti’s distinct trumpet playing
"GANZHEIT were originally formed in Bedfordshire, England in 1984. All
their recorded output was selected from songs created during 1985-86
and the group ceased operations in 1991. Had they not split, they would
have beat the Chemical Brothers to their block rockin' beats by some
half a decade. In addition to founder members Pugh and Cullivan, Paul
Ricketts and David Greeves provided guitars, flute and percussion. The
ladies who warbled were Michelle Parker ('Independence') and Fiona
Donnelly ('Traitor!'). An augmented CD version of 'Dynamite' will find
its way out sometime this year, I hope."
Brains to the Wall (EP 1986)
Hammer (Ep 1987)
Dynamite! (1990, still unreleased)
The good news is that the long awited limited edition resissue CD will come out soon!
"Ganzheit originally intended to release a mini-LP in 1990 ("Dynamite!"), which had superior remixes of the singles and unreleased stuff. However, the record company lost its distribution deal. This album will hopefully come out some time later this year on CD."
Wow! I just hope won't be any delay!
I have to ask Paul Cullivan -hope will see this- to send us at least a biography of the band, because there is hardly anything to find about Ganzheit.