Top Bar
Musique Machine Logo Home ButtonReviews ButtonArticles ButtonBand Specials ButtonAbout Us Button
SearchGo Down
Search for  
With search mode in section(s)
And sort the results by
show articles written by  
 Review archive:  # a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Johanna Went - Club Years(DVD & CD) [Soleilmoon Recordings - 2007]

Just when you thought your heard/seen some pretty bizarre and off kilter stuff, then some one like Johanna Went comes along with  her jagged musical mix of punk, no-wave, Jazz and Residents like oddness- all topped off with strange  acid tinged devil speaking in tongues vocals. But the real thing that makes her stand out from the odd and bizarre ground is her performance art, which is documented here in the hour and twenty minute long collection of her Performance art from late 70’s to late 80’s.

I guess as its called here Stream of consciousness performance art would be the best label, as you get throw so many strange ideas and costumes in each of her 8 performances on offer here. Each consisting of her either changing into a myriad of bizarre costumes and polystyrene structures. Or cover her self in reels and reels of paper or break through paper- all at a manic pace. She performs bizarre theatrics like attacking 8 foot men dolls, pulling their heads off, attacking and eating the genitals of bizarre sex doll/ voodoo dolls, putting huge fake blood soaked tampon on her head and genral throw her self around in a strange manic and demented manner as she scream, wails and talks in tongue - think a very deranged female Alice cooper on bad acid.  As the band behind her pull out jerky avant-garde mix of jazz, electronics, punk, no-wave, percussion chaos.

The second disk brings together an hours worth of her bizarre and chaotic musically crossbreed, which has some interesting ideas and  the feeling of not quite sure what she’ll and her mad band will throw at you next, but ultimately much of it seems a little flat and life-less with out her energetic and derange performances.

To see performance art at it’s most demented, disturbing and jar-droppingly odd, I don’t think you’ll find anyone as 100 % committed to throwing her body, soul and mind into her Work. And this double disk set is a wonderful and bizarre introduction and emersion in her world. And it’s the closet that most could or would want to get to her mad, mad world.

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Roger Batty
Latest Reviews

Johanna Went - Club Years(DVD & CD)
Just when you thought your heard/seen some pretty bizarre and off kilter stuff, then some one like Johanna Went comes along with  her jagged musical mix...
220120   Sabotheur - Self Titled
220120   Scholl - Angesichts Konstanter
220120   The Telescopes - Stone Tape
220120   Bȕtcher - 666 Goats Carr...
200120   Jo Berger Myhre & Ólafur Björ...
200120   Wreckord - Self Titled
170120   William Fowler and Vic Pratt ...
170120   Resurrected - Resurrected(Blu...
170120   Paul Hegarty and Mick O'Shea ...
150120   Hellehond - Verslonden
Latest Articles

Spectrum Zine interview - The Ful...
Being a fan of experimental or extreme music, sound, or, film was certainly a lot more tricky /time-consuming proposition before the onset of the internet in...
060120   Spectrum Zine interview - The...
241219   Best of 2019 - Best Of 2019
171219   Joli project & Lost Light lab...
071219   Molly Harvey - Of Eyeballs ‘n...
291019   Museum Of Death - Death-Tripping
250919   Vomir - Completely ‘Walled-In’
160919   Kat Ellinger - The Many Colou...
040919   The Early Years Of Allerseele...
240819   Leyland James Kirby (The Care...
060819   Stevan Mena - A Cut Above The...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom