In the 1990s, I was very active on the now basically defunct website/chatgroup Within Without: A Website Dedicated to the Music of Mark Hollis and Talk Talk.
Dane Henrik Aakjaer founded and ran it, and he did so with a certain grace. I fondly remember the many discussions we had there about everything post-rock and post-prog (at least what would be called these things).
Lee Harris, Talk Talk’s drummer, even consented to an interview and a chat. In those days, it was still rare for musicians to communicate so openly with fans on the internet.
In the summer of 1998, Brit David Gulvin posted an offer to all readers and participants of Within Without:
|Name: David Gulvin
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
Time: 1998-06-09 12:49:18
Comments: I just thought I’d communicate a word to you about ORDINARY PSYCHO, who with the very kind permission of Henrik who runs this site, have a free promo CD offer tagged to this site. Thanks to everyone who have replied so far, I’ve had well over 80 responses so keep them coming. Sorry for not always being able to reply directly to your e-mails, this is because my e-mail still runs on CCMAIL so each internet reply has to be set up individually. Soon I will set up an email mailing list to keep you updated. A website of their own is being planned now. I’d dearly appreciate all of you who have received CD’s to e-mail me your response, even if you don’t like OP (God forbid!) Piggybacking comparative artists on the web is part of the early promotion for OP so you guys with CD’s are some of the earliest fans. I suggest you hang on to them, and tell your friends now, so that they believe you in a few years time when you say, “I was into OP years ago, when they first started on the Talk Talk Web!” Any suggestions like the one about Roger Waters most welcome. Thanks again to all TT fans supporting OP.
I was still unmarried and living in Montana. I sent Gulvin my address, not expecting much. Happily (still a great feeling), a package arrived in the mail. He’d sent me a copy of his EP, “Ordinary Psycho,” a mixing of three different parts of a forthcoming album: Private Island; Excerpts; and Love By Sin.
I tried to follow the band’s progress, but they never made much of a splash in America, and I lost track of them. Over the last several years, I’ve tried to find out what happened. It appears from what little I can find online that they made one album and disappeared.
This EP, which seemed so unexpected in 1998, has been a little treasure of mine for fifteen years. I’m sorry that Gulvin seems to have gone underground, as so much of the 20 minutes I’ve had the privilege of hearing is quite stunning. It would fit rather nicely (and, I guess, does) in the larger world of third wave prog.
So, David, if you’re out there, please know that you’ve made one soul a very happy one for a decade and a half. And, all simply a gift that arrived unexpectedly one day at the foot of Mount Helena.