When today’s song was first released in 1983 I was a mere toddler, so here I am nearly 40 years on and only just discovering the joys of Blurt. This post-punk band were founded in 1979 by poet, saxophonist and puppeteer Ted Milton along with Milton’s brother Jake (formerly of psychedelic group Quintessence) on drums and Peter Creese on guitar.
Most of Blurt’s compositions consisted of simple, repetitive, minimalistic guitar and/or saxophone phrases which often explored many abstract musical territories, often serving as an atmospheric backdrop for Ted Milton’s existentialist poetry.
Active for close to 40 years Blurt are one of the UK’s all time great acts and have been described as “phenomenal live and on record and supremely underrated” by Glasgow night club and record label, Optimo Music. Blurt mainman Ted Milton is considered a living legend with Optimo Records describing how “even now in his 70’s is more vibrant on stage than most artists 50 years his junior, he is a man of many talents; artist, poet, musician, performer….”
Blurt have performed live at the Optimo club night more than any other band and to celebrate this the label have reissued three Blurt/Ted Milton tracks, including today’s featured track, The Ruminant Plinth. It’s one of those songs that you will try to compare to something, but there really isn’t much out there like this and for its sheer uniqueness I love it! I also appreciate the primal loose structure, trance-inducing beats, raw vocals and flaming sax…Check it out above and grab yourself a copy of Ruminent Violence (which is also available on 12″) from here.