Alan Vega & Revolutionary Corps Of Teenage Jesus‘ 1999 album ‘Righteous Lite’ gets a deluxe re-release from original label Creeping Bent.
Including singles ‘Who Cares’ and ‘Pay Tha’ Wreck, Mr Music King’, the album created by Suicide vocalist Alan Vega and former Altered Images guitarist Stephen Lironi was previously only available on CD.
The new vinyl album features a gatefold sleeve featuring new artwork from Vega’s archive, and is available now from the Bent Bandcamp at www.creepingbent.net.
As well as a new video directed by Dean Marsh for ‘Pay Tha’ Wreck, Mr Music King’, ‘Who Cares’ has a video by Grant McPhee, made available exclusively for Bent Patrons at the Creeping Bent label subscription site.
This follows the label’s move to release all future albums, videos, bootlegs, mini-concerts, photos and archivia – including the new Revolutionary Corps Of Teenage Jesus material – via www.patreon.com/creepingbent.
The link between Alan Vega and The Creeping Bent Organisation was born in the mid 1990s when the label released the debut single by Revolutionary Corps of Teenage Jesus, a 12” techno reworking of Suicide’s ‘Frankie Teardrop’, featuring samples from the original track. Marty Thau – co-producer of Suicide’s self-titled debut album and ownwr of Red Star Records – cleared the use of the samples and brokered the teaming up of Vega and bandmate Martin Rev with Lironi in The Revolutionary Corps of Teenage Jesus.
Vega and Lironi worked together in Brooklyn on new RCTJ material, recording 12” single ‘Protection Rat’, followed by ‘Who Cares Who Dies’ (as a split single with The Nectarine No.9).
Glaswegian Lironi previously drummed on Article 58’s sole release, the Alan Horne and Malcolm Ross-produced single ‘Event To Come’ which was released on Josef K manager Allan Campbell’s Rational Records. He then joined Restricted Code and drummed on their recordings for Bob Last’s Pop Aural label, and then on the final Fire Engines’ single, ‘Big Gold Dream’, before joining Altered Images for their ‘Bite’ album, on which he drummed, played guitar, and co-wrote the material. Working with Tony Visconti and Mike Chapman on ‘Bite’ led to his taking on production duties for hits by Hanson, Space, and Black Grape, as well as working with Jah Wobble, Tom Verlaine and Brian Wilson.
Vega – nee Alan Bermowitz but then calling himself Alan Suicide – began firstly painting and then constructing light sculptures, many from electronic debris. Seeing Iggy and the Stooges perform in New York in August 1969, and then meeting Martin Rev, led to the formation of the pioneering electronic duo Suicide. They became as well known for their music – their self-titled debut album now regarded as a classic of the genre – as for their chaotic live sets, provoking audience reactions usually resulting in the launching of cans, bottles, and as legend has it, while supporting The Clash at Glasgow Apollo, an axe.
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