More ‘Where are they now?’: World Domination Enterprises
If everything is available whenever you want it in this digital age, where the hell do you go for the World Domination Enterprises album? On demand? I don’t think so.
I can imagine this lot being somewhere at the back of the queue for the 80s revival, though they deserve the glory far more than most. Formed out of the Ladbroke Grove scene that had earlier nurtured Hawkwind and the Clash (and you really should read this excellent essay on the squat republic of Frestonia) WDE were so of their time – the squatting, arty, hippyish, punky dread, pre-rave warehouse party subculture that people like William Gibson were dreaming about – that you’d expect that it would sound terribly dated. But music this strange and potent doesn’t really have any markers to tie it down and it still sounds absolutely fresh to me. I would like to pretend I’d been at those Mutoid Waste Company parties they played at, though I did see them support Husker Du in 1987; the first band on were the Shamen, in their pre-rave incarnation, but probably moving in the same free party circuits as WDE. ‘Asbestos Lead Asbestos’ was also the first track on one of the best mixtapes I’ve ever been given. Once heard, never forgotten. Even finer now I know it was aimed at Shirley Porter, the Tory leader of Westminster Council whose policy dumped homeless families into flats containing dangerous forms of asbestos… as well as so much more.
I can only say that you are in for a treat… dub basslines, tight drumming, white noise guitar, and passionate but funny sloganeering. Those parties must have been something else.
‘Asbestos Lead Asbestos‘ – World Domination Enterprises
‘I Can’t Live Without My Radio‘ – World Domination Enterprises
‘That Woman‘ – World Domination Enterprises
You can’t buy this, as far as I know, because the internet is not the magic teat you think it is. No MySpace either. There’s vinyl and stuff, plus some YouTube footage – oh go on then: