instant karma: completely gone fishing

in the 1990s instant karma was a musical flea-market on fire: 4 great albums and a few dozen songs that still seek their equal in the world of unpopular pop music. in every show, 3 brothers and a drummer played hopscotch with fans and industry expectations alike, doing everything they should not do and very little they should. recording in germany, england, belgium and on malta, touring on their own and opening for acts as diverse as david bowie, zz top, and uriah heep, IK always played in its own pocket universe, drawing fans from every camp and denomination into the grand sweet orgy.

sadly, after the death of vocalist gordon in 2010, the bandwaggon has now gone fishing, but the music and the love remains. peace.



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sorry, wrong planet: videos

Birthday Suite (1993)
Silver Whale (1996)
The Making of "Silver Whale" (1996)
SXSW (1996)
Nookie (1996)
File Under Love (1994)
Live On (1992)

 

No Real Friendship (1991)
Love Pisses Me Off (Studio Malta, 1998)
Breathe (Live, 1996)
Nookie (Live, 1996)
We Won't Get Fooled Again (Live, 1996)
Marty (Live, 2002)

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Recorded at Temple Studio (Malta), Gogo Studio (Hamburg), Fear Factory (Osnabrück), and at home. Mixed at Horus (Hanover), and at Jeo's . Produced by Franz Plasa. Engineered by Michael Tiebes, Jeopard, Marcus Praed, and IK. Brass arrangement by Anselm Kluge. Add. Vocals by Alison Galea. Add. Guitar by Franz Plasa. All Songs by Instant Karma, published by Fort Knox.

lost album: 1998

Mystery Meat (4:59)
Marty (4:26)
Love Pisses Me Off (4:27)
Go Naked (4:13)
Ratboy (4:26)
You Might Be An Alien Abductee (And Not Even Know It) (4:58)
Whatchado (3:34)
Mummydog/Spaceecho (4:46)
The Sun Shines Out Of My Behind (1:09)
Michelin Man (3:41)
IRL (4:09)
A Word From Our Sponsor (2:09)
Three Cakes for Toad (3:06)
Herpes (1:31)
Planet Spain (3:32)
Dogcatchers Of Colombia (3:45)

Bonus Tracks:
Whatchado (3:19) - jeo mix
Michelin Man (4:32) - tom's demo version
IRL (4:09) - demo version

liner notes: three cakes for toad

"A cruel and merry little song, entirely fictional, non? This recording features me on rare lead vocals and - the first time ever that four guitarists in the band did not suffice - Franz on cool, but entirely un-Instant-Karmaesque blues guitar."

Toad, you're never going to be, whatever you wanted to be, no astronaut or fireman, no doctor, no president. You can safely forget all the wonders the others do. You better forget all the marvellous things everybody does. Toad, toad, it's not your fault, some are born to crawl, born to crawl. Toad, toad, you'll never fall if you go down on all fours, down on all fours. Life's like is like a restaurant, if you're smart you order want you want. But something must have gone all wrong, I got an imbecilic son. I should have never married your mother, but I went for blondes. It's all her fault, why did she drink that much, just because my hand slipped once in a while ..., and I say toad, toad, it's not your fault

--Martin

Recorded & mixed in Hamburg, Germany, at Chateau du Pape Studios in May/June 1996. Produced by Franz Plasa. Engineered by Michael Tiebes, Jeopard & Harald Lepschies. String Arrangements by Stefan Pintev & Franz Plasa. Strings: G-String Quartet. Percussion: Marcio Doctor. Original Sleeve Design & Photography by Dirk Rudolph. Published by Goldrush/BMG. All Songs by Instant Karma, published by Fort Knox.

grammy: 1996

Freaks (3:48)
Tattoo (4:22)
Silver Whale (4:30)
The World Starts Screaming (5:07)
Distorted (2:33)
Beef And The Blue Sea (4:50)
W (4:34)
Breathe (4:44)
Sleeper (5:32)
Nookie (2:34)
Invertebrates (4:57)
Submarine (5:45)

Bonus Tracks:
Silver Whale (3:42) - with brass (single release)
Tattoo (4:17) - alt mix
Submarine (6:41) - rough mix
Nookie (3:14) - single edit
Nookie (Raga 1) (4:20) - club mix
Masturbate! (4:20) - Gordon's demo for Nookie
W (4:53) - Demo
The World Starts Screaming (5:35) - Demo

liner notes: submarine

After recording this in a late night session, we were so spooked by the atmosphere that we left it almost exactly the way it was, unmixed and raw. Possibly the best recording on the album.

A thousand leagues away from air, My sonars flatlined and on my periscope a big nowhere. Im way in deep. Heres little Nemo trying to climb the captains seat., he wouldnt mind to take a peek. I dive through all the people, no sound crawls into my ears. Its lonely like the bottom of the sea though youre all here. So I dive, no sound, its lonely ... . I sprung a leak. A week ago it started to drip and wet my feet. Now Im sinking slow. All the people that drift and sway in the undertow pull me back, to and fro. I dive through ... . Tonight I locked my hatch. My porthole eye is too clouded to watch. Its cold down here. If I go deeper maybe Ill find a warmer sphere, if I go down maybe I ...? Dive ...

--Martin

Recorded in Brighton, England at Advision Studios in October 1993. Mixed in Brussels, Belgium, at ICP Studios in November 1993. Produced by Reinhard Falk. Engineered by Manni Struck. Assistant engineer: Mike Jeffries. Original Sleeve Design & Photography by Dirk Rudolph. Published by Chlodwig/BMG. All Songs by Instant Karma, published by Chlodwig.

sweet orgy: 1994

Birthday Suite (4:52)
Pulp (3:08)
2 o Clockwise (3:17)
Ditch (3:01)
Starling (4:21)
Hail (3:35)
Seeds (4:50)
File Under Love (3:18)
My Jealous Head (3:09)
19 Chord Misery (3:21)
The Big Collector Says (6:30)
Gone Fishing (7:21)

Bonus Tracks:
Birthday Suite (3:45) - shorter, for single release
Starling (Bruno Martelli Mix) (3:45) - includes Tom's cut "fame" audition

liner notes: birthday suite

"The single of the album with a great, unusual animated video. A favourite for many, it's about an old man in a pensioners home, communicating with the bugs in his room. Slow forest, by the way, is the nice Thai word for cemetery. The highlight of the song , the elevating finale with Tom and Ollie on their best Pavarotti, was inexplicably culled for the radio single."

I'm not growing anymore, I decompose, I break my leg my shoulder, I lose my ears, I lose my nose, oops there it goes ... And she doesn't know that I'm not quite alone, I got friends on the ceiling, got neighbours in my bed, they're keeping me the company I never have, they're everywhere, and she won't care, that I see semaphores, they see moths, I receive morsecode, they see fireflies. They all tell me it's a slow forest, all the bugs and worms and maggots and butterflies, they're all friends of mine. I'm a giant, a whole world of their own. I'm all hills and valleys and forests and roads, they party on my pelvis and hide in my toes, and when the lights go down, they make music for me ... listen.

--Martin

Recorded & mixed in Bochum, Germany, at Fairland Studios in Jan/Feb 1992. Produced by Reinhard Falk. Engineered by Manni Struck. Original Sleeve Design by CCCP, Cologne. Photography by Peter Boettcher. Published by Ariola/BMG. All Songs by Instant Karma, published by Chlodwig.

small mother: 1992

Sorry, Wrong Planet (2:15)
Give Me A Deal (3:12)
Live On (3:38)
No Real Friendship (3:05)
Firehead (6:35)
Square Minded Jack (4:03)
Soul Goodness (4:47)
Bird (2:10)
No Song (6:08)
Digging Hippie Shit (3:28)
The Variety Of Sparetime (4:04)
Midwaveradiotrauma (3:36)
Love Grows (3:21)

Bonus Tracks:
Shrapnels Of Guano (3:21) - warm-up session for "Bird"
Square Minded Jack (4:13) - demo, 1991

liner notes: live on

This was probably the first song that was more than our school band attitude was worth.. I had dreamt of breaking into the recording industry for a long time, but rehearsing this one really gave me the confidence that we actually belonged there. It was the first IK song ever I was fully satisfied with. Ok, ok, it still had that 5 minute rumba part in the middle which was scraped for the album. The original demo tape that found its way to EMI (Every Mistake Imaginable ...) included `Bird, `Firehead, `Small Mother, `Square Minded Jackand as the opener, `Live On. So in many respects, this track started it all.

Woke up this morning, pale, still vain, when my body said `No, I won't bear it. Blood has gone nowhere, nowhere to see. Not for days, not for miles there will be a repeat. Half past two the vegetation is over and Captain Breakfast could just as easily piss off. I don't mind his reputation or mine, life's lost, life's lost. The moment I grew up I could still stun the flesh but my mind is so clear, I feel no kick. The moment I grew up I could still stun the flesh but my mind is so clear, I makes me sick.

--Gordon

file under love: singles, b-sides, collectibles

Small Mother (3:34) - Vinyl EP, 1992
The Show Must Go On (4:23) - Leo Sayer cover for vinyl EP, 1992
Hoverlove (3:43) - Demo for Grammy, 1995
Polly Styrene (3:03) - Demo for Grammy, 1995
Bambi (3:59) - Demo for Grammy, 1995
River Boredom's Aquanaut (3:35) - Demo for Grammy, 1995
Summer Wine (4:06) - Ollie's 4-track recording, released on Silver Whale, 1996

 

Dummies Of The Mob (4:09) - Out-take from Sweet Orgy, 1994
Ode To Ernie (3:37) - Out-take from Sweet Orgy, 1994
And Bert (2:33) - Tom's 4-track demo of Ode To Ernie, 1994
Sick Today (2:55) - Tom's demo for Lost Album, 1998
Smile 8501 (3:04) - Tom's demo for Lost Album, 1998

Instant Karma / David Bowie show (1996)
Obit Gordon (2010)

the world starts screaming: links etc.

Our groovy old website
All Instant Karma lyrics
The Oldest Swinger In Town (2000)

Instant Karma are: Oliver Hoevels (drums), Tom Ivison (bass), Martin Ivison (key), Gordon Ivison (guitar). All content (c) 2011-2012 by Instant Karma. Contact: Martin Ivison