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Studio Album, released in 1984

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Jibber And Twitch (4:34)
2. Gena Lollabridgida (3:12)
3. Hello Mr.Sparrow (4:34)
4. It's A Lovely Day (3:25)
5. A Wooden Fish On Wheels (3:23)
6. Hope Day (6:25)
7. Ice A Spot And A Dot On The Dog (3:34)
8. R.E.S. (5:26)
9. To Go Off And Things (2:13)

Total Time: 36:46

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Line-up / Musicians

- Tim Smith / guitar, vocals
- Jim Smith / bass
- Sarah Smith / saxophone
- William D Drake / keyboards
- Dominic Luckman / drums
- Tim Quy / percussion
- Mark Cawthra / drums on tracks 5, 7 & 9

Releases information

LP/CAS Alphabet Business Concern ALPH001

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CARDIACS The Seaside ratings distribution


4.06
(63 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(40%)
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Review by Rune2000
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal Team
4 stars It was exactly a year ago that I discovered a band called Cardiacs and after purchasing the A Little Man And A House And The Whole World Window they skyrocketed into a position among my top ten all-time favorite bands. I really want to thank Trouserpress for recommending me to look up Cardiacs on iTunes, since it was there that I finally was able to get most of their hard to find back-catalog.

The Seaside was originally released back in 1984 and distributed by cassette only to be re-released in 1990 with a couple of omissions in the track-listing due to the loss of some original master tapes. Luckily most of these omissions resurfaced on later albums like A Little Man And A House And The Whole World Window and Sing To God, so this loss is strictly effecting the completionists out there. Besides, judging from the rough version of R.E.S. presented here, these songs did benefit from a polished treatment.

The album kicks off with the superb Jibber And Twitch which reminded me immediately of why I loved Cardiacs so much! There is just so much of everything mishmashed into this music that I can surely understand why the band received the RIO/Avant-Prog labeling even though they sound nothing like most other bands in this sub-category. Gena Lollabridgida starts off with an indie pop-sounding intro that originally didn't really impress me but did manage to grow on me with time. Hello Mr.Sparrow is where Cardiacs sound closest to their masterful performance on A Little Man And A House And The Whole World Window, while tracks like It's A Lovely Day and A Wooden Fish On Wheels help to spread that greatness evenly around the surface of this album.

Hope Day is the longest composition of the album giving the band a chance to jump all around the place until they finally take things down a notch... two minutes into their performance! Ice A Spot And A Dot On The Dog sounds like something that would have worked well on Sing To God with its strong focus on the guitar sound, while To Go Off And Things concludes the album on another upbeat high note that made me want to reset the album right after it was over!

There's really no denying that Cardiacs is a very unique band that has had undeservingly little attention from the general audience and The Seaside certainly highlights these unique qualities quite well. The only downsides to this album is that it lacks the coherency that the band achieved with their later releases and that the omission of a few tracks makes it quite short. Other than that, I really don't see why anyone would overlook this excellent piece of music now that it's finally available on iTunes!

***** star songs: Jibber And Twitch (4:34) Hello Mr.Sparrow (4:35) Ice A Spot And A Dot On The Dog (3:34)

**** star songs: Gena Lollabridgida (3:12) It's A Lovely Day (3:25) A Wooden Fish On Wheels (3:24) Hope Day (6:25) R.E.S. (5:26) To Go Off And Things (2:13)

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Posted Monday, August 30, 2010

Review by octopus-4
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team
4 stars I'm not ashamed to confess that I liked the punk and I still buy bands like the Offspring, as well as in the 80s I didn't dislike the DEVO. I have discovered the CARDIACS only recently, even if I have found that I already knew some of their songs without knowing who was the artist, and the first impression that I had was of a post-punk or post-modern band in the vein of DEVO, specially with songs like "It's A Lovely Day" and "A Wooden Fish On Wheels" on which they really seem the DEVO, specially thanks to Tim Smith's vocals.

I have also to say that the opener "Jibber And Twitch" sounds Avant enough to justify why this band is on PA and the yellow guys are not.

Another remark is about the funny "Gena Lollabridgida", an Italian movie-star of the 60s whose name is wrongly written but it may be a way to avoid lawsuits. The actress is "Gina Lollobrigida". The spelling is almost right instead.

Said so, I haven't payed much attention to the lyrics, but the music is fun, sometimes crazy, very often uptime and energetic. The imprinting of the 80s is evident as well as the punk/new wave origins, but they are on the right side of the fence. Their music is fun and sometimes easy, but never trivial and very far from the boring 80s stuff, like the DEVO were.

The difference? there's a lot prog in "Hope Day", as probably you won't find in any DEVO's song (apart maybe "Too Much Paranoias").

Another band that songs like the mentioned Gena Lollabridgida and "Ice Spot And A Dot On The Dog" can remind is TALKING HEADS. Probably a reason is in Tim's voice that can also sound similar to DAVID BYRNE.

I have missed this band and this album in 1984 when it was released. It could have made me change my opinion about the poorness of these years.

I know that the Cardiacs have become more avantgarde during the years. This is a post- modern post-punk album, and I like it for this.

An excellent addition to my personal collection that includes "Are We Not Men?", I hope it's the same for yours.

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Posted Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars THE SEASIDE is the third release by the CARDIACS and like the previous two it was initially only released on cassette and only available at the band's concerts and through the fan club. The CD release which came out in 1995 was an abridged version. The original cassette tracks of "Nurses Whispering Verses," "Is This The Life?," "A Little Man And A House" and "Dinner Time" were not included because the master tape containing them had been damaged or lost. On another note "Is This The Life?," "A Little Man And A House" and "R.E.S." were re-recorded and included on the following album. "Nurses Whispering Verses" was also re-recorded and found a home on "Sing To God."

This is really where the interesting period with the CARDIACS begins where all the ska punk meets all those progressive layerings to make something unparalleled in the musical world. It has been called post punk, progressive punk, zolo and even pronk. Yes, they remind me a bit of Devo meets Madness with maybe some Zappa and countless other influences thrown in for good mix but I think anyone who has heard their music will admit that NOBODY sounds like the CARDIACS except they themselves.

This album takes what was started on their previous albums and adds, refines, perfects and intensifies. The album hosts no more than 12 musicians including sax, alto sax, two keyboardists, marimba, trumpets and trombone in addition to the standard rock ones. Despite this album being somewhat of a transitional one between two different lineups it manages to emerge as a very strong album and the first to be released on their own label. Not quite as good as their following but not too far off.

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4 stars Forget the preceding poor quality tape release (Toy World) by the Cardiacs - this is where things really kick off... For 1984 this is completely out of place with regards to everything that was developing around them at that time. They were a band so completely out of synch with the mainstream ... (read more)

Report this review (#518754) | Posted by Dobermensch | Friday, September 09, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is my personal favourite Cardiacs Album. Also a good great starting point for anyone new to the band. Tim Smith and company are at their whimsical best here with compositions blending together intricate time signatures and Zappa-esque jazz noises with punk, ska and even circus music. Who ... (read more)

Report this review (#56826) | Posted by Greyhound | Friday, November 18, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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