The first album having mixed results, the Co Kla Coma team regrouped, argued, and came up with an wild array of incompatable notions. Maximus is a shotgun blast of 'tone holders' - ranging from easy listening ("Cowboy Vibes Remix") to feasts of noise ("Once Were Sinners").
While the two Americans served up a seemingly endless supply of DAT tapes with guitar sounds and odd snippets of speech and radio noise, Ellard passed a few of the tracks to a young German DJ to turn the recordings into something that might get club play. If the radio wouldn't send out tone then maybe the dance parties would.
Arguments about what should and should not be included led to a comparatively small but intense recording. Some of the dumped tracks were shaved off and used on the Severed Heads Haul Ass album but many would have to wait 'til the next release. (The Americans were particularly upset about Ellard replacing 'Jesus' with a computer voice saying 'Banana' on the first track.) In general the second album was no more popular than the first.
The 'Fifth Way Milita' split camp after Max was produced - Lou Ball moving to California. But we agreed to try at least one more time.
The last Co Kla Coma album is in many ways a continuation of the previous Co Klo Max. Once Ellard and Lou Ball met up in California we realised that there was an enormous amount of material from Max still to be shaped into a release. But sorting the pile of sound into something coherent was taking too much time.
That's when we discovered the Chihuahua stickers at a local pizza outlet. Each sticker had a dog on it with a message written in Spanish and English. We decided to use these stickers in the way Eno had used his 'oblique strategy' cards - follow the oracle as best you can.
Many of the track titles are the messages on the stickers. But what we made of them is sometimes hard to fathom in retrospect. Instead of labouring over each track in pieces we mostly performed them in Lou's lounge room and then edited together the best bits.
Elliot denounced the process as contrary to the initial group aims, but being over in Tulsa didn't have much say in the recording. It was the end of Co Kla Coma - there was some talk of Ellard and VooVa making a recording called Number 96, but legal disputes over who owned the reigious technology put an end to that.
Many years later Lou Ball and Tom Ellard are part of a new venture called Cymaticsouth.
released 01 January 1998
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