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UNIVERSITY OF ERRORS

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United States


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Daevid Allen's UNIVERSITY OF ERRORS started back in 1998 when, after touring the USA, Allen played some studio jams in San Francisco with the spacey improvising band MUSHROOM. It wasn't intended to be recorded, but the good relationship among the different members and the great musical result ended in the recording of the first record, 'Money Doesn´t Make It'(1999, Innerspace Records). The original line up consisted of Daevid Allen on vocals and guitars, guitarists Josh Pollock and Erik Pearson, keyboardist and synthesist Jay Radford, bassist Michael Clare and Patrick O´Hearn (credited as Pat Thomas) on drums. This line up would tour the USA and record another album, 'e²x10=tenure' (2001, innerSPACE 7715), which was also edited as a special limited edition through GAS before its official release.

After this record there would be some changes on the original line up, because Jay Radford left the band and Patrick O´Hearn and Erik Pearson decided to concentrate on MUSHROOM. The band recruited Jason Mills to continue touring, whose contribution is well documented in the live recordings 'Go Forth and Errorize!!!' (later released by Voiceprint on the Bananamoon Obscura series as 'Live in Chicago') and 'Live at Schubas', privately made CDRs that were sold on the 2002 gigs. They would also record the third studio album, 'Ugly Music For Monica' (2003 weed 7912), which featured PERE UBU´s keyboardist Tony Maimone.

Another line up change occured when Jason Mills decided not to tour Europe to concentrate on his band BEETROOT, so the band recruited drum instructor Warren Huegel. By the end of the 2003 tour the band abridged the name to be called simply UNIVERSITY OF ERRORS and recorded 'Jet Propelled Photgraphs' (2004 Cuneiform Records Rune 188), a collection of the early SOFT MACHINE songs and other songs from the period in which Daevid Allen was originally involved in the late 60's. In November 2006 the band played at the Gong Unconventional Gathering in Amsterdam, and the concert was filmed and recorded for the DVD release 'University Of Errors Play Soft Machine' (Voiceprint unGONGDVD001), which has been their last release to this date.


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approved by the psych/space team because of the intriguing blend of spacey and jazz rock/canterbury elements invoked by the presence of Daevid Allen

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3.24 | 6 ratings
Money Doesn't Make It
1999
2.50 | 4 ratings
E2x10=tenure
2000
3.00 | 4 ratings
UglyMusic.4.Monica
2003
3.00 | 4 ratings
Jet Propelled Photographs
2004

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Live At Schubas
2002
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Go Forth and Errorize!!! - Live In Chicago
2002

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Play The Soft Machine
2008

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 Money Doesn't Make It by UNIVERSITY OF ERRORS album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.24 | 6 ratings

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Money Doesn't Make It
University Of Errors Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Daevid Allen and the members of Mushroom got together to put out this space rock oddity. It starts out really strongly, with the New Wave-tinged title track featuring a Devo-esque backing and an uncharacteristically sinister vocal performance from Allen being the highlight of the album. Much of the rest of the material, however, finds itself stuck in a rut; at points, the band seem to be shuffling towards the bass-heavy and raw space rock sound of classic-era Hawkwind, and at other points there's nods to the whimsical psychedelia of early Gong, but they don't manage to put their hearts into either approach or successfully cross-fertilise the differing space rock strands involved to come up with something new. Though the opener might have some listeners hoping to hear a revitalised Allen, really this is more of the same sort of thing he'd been doing for decades up to this point.

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 Jet Propelled Photographs by UNIVERSITY OF ERRORS album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.00 | 4 ratings

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Review by victor77

3 stars Daevid Allen wasn´t really satisfied when he was a Soft Machine member and he always wanted to redo these songs. If Robert Wyatt changed the lyrics everytime he sang those songs, why not redoing them and sing them from the heart? Daevid Allen followed this premise and, with the help of Josh Pollock, they rearranged Soft Machine´s first songs (from the Jet Propelled Photographs demo) and other tunes from the period in which Daevid Allen was involved. One of the surprises of the record is that Daevid Allen is not the guitar player, and he leaves that role for Josh Pollock, whom guitar playing is considered much better, and Daevid Allen is only the vocalist.

And what about the music? Well, those who are familiar with the original record won´t find many novelties, but the original psychedelic spirit is still there 40 years later. The main difference, beside the lyrics, is the energetic guitar playing by Josh Pollock, that gives a different approach to the songs and make them sound very modern. In fact, those who hadn´t listened to the original songs wouldn´t think they were composed so many years before. Songs like "Save Yourself", "I Should Have Known", "Feelin´ Reelin´ Squeelin´" and "Hope for Happiness", that I consider the best efforts of the whole record, gain such energy that they seem to be conceived on the 2000´s, and confirm Josh pollock´s abilities as player and composer. Although the overall result is quite good, I don´t think it makes this record a must have piece, and it will mainly satisfy Daevid Allen and Soft Machine hardcore fans. For the rest, I reccommend starting with the original record and leave this as a secondary option and, as Professor Paradox notes, do the homework, think about the origins and compare it with the new form.

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 Money Doesn't Make It by UNIVERSITY OF ERRORS album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.24 | 6 ratings

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Review by victor77

4 stars The first effort of the union between Mushroom and Daevid Allen is a collection of improvised music that evolved into a collection of songs thanks to the lyrics added by Daevid Allen. Those willing to listen to a typical "Gong meets Mushroom" record will be disappointed, because the music isn´t related at all to their funky fusion experiments and it sounds much darker, but also full of musical contrasts, humour and criticism.

From the funny "Money Doesn´t Make It", with its interesting hypnotic intro and a superb work on guitars, you know you are going to listen something very different of what you expected. The improvised nature of the record is clearer in songs like "Prince of the Sidewak Scooter", almost recitative at the beginning, but that turns into a jammy spacey song full of the typical guitar gliss, and "False Teacher", a delicate but really mysterious track, in which Erik Pearson´s flute gives it an eastern sound that will appear again in "Mullumbimby Mother", that reminds me some of the raga-like music they had previously played in their respective bands.

Unfortunately, from this time the rest of the songs seem to be only short sketches of what they had been playing in the studio (in a similar vein as Fred Frith´s "Speechless"). Although these are not obviously the best tracks of the record, they can give you an idea of what they had been playing and how they would sound like when pushing their music to the limit ("Cunning Style Construct", which really sounds like a free improvisation, and the joke of "Wedding Music", are great examples of their out-of-limits performance). The most remarkable songs are "Prof. Improbable´s Preambule", very experimental and with an acid flavour that sticks it hard in your mind, specially by the metronomic percussive sounds, and the crazy reprise of the first song, "Burn Your Money", which could be the perfect final for the record.

Despite not being a perfect record and having some flaws, the overall result is at a high level and I think it deserves a listen, noy only for the great musicianship displayed, but also because you can discover another side of this versatyle artist named Daevid Allen. I rate it with 4 stars.

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