Progrography

Penguin Cafe Orchestra
I entered the music of Penguin Cafe Orchestra through the little door marked "Eno" and quickly fell in love with the band's second, eponymous album. Since I've only heard the first few records, my knowledge of the Penguins is necessarily limited. Led by Simon Jeffes, the orchestra included members whose names have floated in and out of avant garde discussions on EG Records and elsewhere: Gavyn Wright, Helen Liebmann, Steve Nye. Their music is difficult to describe; if you can imagine The Residents unplugged or African pop filtered through Western ears of childlike innocence, you'll at least have some idea of what to expect. Of all the EG artists in the '80s, Penguin Cafe was the least standoffish. The first album had its moments, but their second is pure delight from beginning to end and is the dish I'd recommend from this Cafe.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1976 MUSIC FROM THE PENGUIN CAFE
1981 PENGUIN CAFE ORCHESTRA
1983 MINI ALBUM (EP)
1984 BROADCASTING FROM HOME
1985 Music For A Found Harmonium
1987 March SIGNS OF LIFE
1987 Dirt
1988 WHEN IN ROME...
1993 UNION CAFE
1995 CONCERT PROGRAM
1997 April 22 PRELUDES, AIRS AND YODELS
1999 October 12 OSKAR UND LENI
2000 Telephone And Rubber Band (Tastic Remix)
2001 November 12 A BRIEF HISTORY
2001 November 26 A HISTORY
2004 June 28 THE SECOND PENGUIN CAFE ORCHESTRA SAMPLER

SEE ALSO...
Penguin Cafe Ornithology

 

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