Clive Tanaka y su orquesta
We normally review two postal bins full of crappy CDs per week at WVUM. 90.5% of it is usually junk from teen bop pop star wannabees who send us glamor shots in bedazzled envelopes, promo company albums with 1-sheets lying about what bands they might resemble, and miscellaneous burnt CDs labeled with Sharpie scribbles. Today I received a cassette tape. Such joy.
The packaging instantly caught my attention (I’ve been kicking myself in the ass for throwing it away). The whole thing kept getting better as I opened the box, the tape itself looked like something from 1987 and then the music… good stuff. I even had to pull out my Walkman. The whole experience was fantastic and I felt like Clive knew exactly what he was doing when he sent it.
I really can’t find much info on Clive Tanaka or his Orquestra. Don’t be fooled by the name though, it sounds nothing like Señor Coconut or Ray Barretto. Picture beaches, synthesizers, and vocoders. This is somewhere in between Giorgio Moroder and a disco version of Ariel Pink.
If you’re old enough to have a cassette player and want your own copy of the Jet Set Siempre 1˚ tape click here.