New Musik - Warp: Here Come the People
A Strange Elevation
Gary Asquith interviewed by Richard Cabut.
[Gary Asquith shot by Nazrin Montag, 1986 - copyright Asquith archives]
Original punk rocker, singer, songwriter, Covent Garden porter, producer, beatnik world adventurer, Chelsea barrow boy, bon viveur, friend of the underground, street poet, artist, criminal underworld associate, aesthete and holy drinker, Gary Asquith is a central figure in both the punk and post-punk circles of the 70s and 80s as well as in the electronic music scene of the 90s and today.
After studying swagger, debauchery, iconoclasm, and elitism on London’s Kings Road and in the Roxy Club circa 1976 and 1977, Asquith formed Rema Rema, the psychopath’s Velvet Underground, with friends Marco Pirroni, Mick Allen and Dorothy Max Prior. Their Wheel in the Roses EP, released on the 4AD label in 1980, remains a dazzling and essential art-gone-afraid howl. The track “Rema-Rema” has been aptly described as ‘the post-punk “Louie Louie”.’
Asquith’s subsequent projects include Mass, Whip Sex Madonna Federation (with Blixa Bargeld) chart-topping dance-floor movers Renegade Soundwave and The Lavender Pill Mob (with fellow traveller Kevin Mooney). Asquith continues to release music under a variety of names, and last year won a Grammy in the Czech Republic.