Too Young To Be Ideal . 49 Americans, The
This download-only compilation by The 49 Americans includes the complete "14-Track Single" 7" and "Too Young To Be Ideal" 12" plus six bonus tracks (alternative takes), originally released in 1980 and now for the first available in digital format.
On occasion of its 15th anniversary, the Staubgold label is proud to reissue the complete back catalogue of The 49 Americans. Further releases include the group's second album „We Know Nonsense“ (staubgold 123 - CD, vinyl and download) and their first album "E Pluribus Unum" (staubgold 124 – vinyl and download). All downloads feature exclusive bonus tracks (live recordings and studio outtakes).
The main instigator behind late 70s/early 80s UK DIY super group The 49 Americans was Andrew "Giblet" Brenner who assembled a loose, disparate group of musical/non musical practitioners as an experiment in equality and democracy. This democracy included David Toop, Steve Beresford, Max Eastley, Lol Coxhill and Peter Cusack (coming out of the anything goes improv scene), Nag and Bendle of The Door And The Window, Viv Albertine of the Slits, Vivien Goldman (her Adrian Sherwoood/John Lydon produced Dirty Washing 12" on 99 Records is a classic), Giblet's mum and many more. "Think of The 49 Americans as a band, in the conventional sense, and you're lost." (David Toop)
49 Americans, The
"The 49 Americans were an experiment in the pursuit of happiness. We were playing because we wanted to play, because we enjoyed being together and seeing what each other could do; musicians and non-musicians surprising each other. We did not take ourselves seriously, but we were serious about that. In the increasingly global market place, there is less and less room for individuals at the top. So we celebrated, not being at the top, but simply being together. Like the Statue of Liberty we held up a shining torch of self-entertainment! Saying: Have fun! Play! Participate! Everyone should be allowed to be an American. Like it says on the dollars: E pluribus unum!"
(Andrew Brenner aka Giblet)