This will be the place to get new NoMen recordings, videos and downloads. There will also be an archive of past recordings! This site will be updated regularly (?)
This is the most recent NoMen recording; a version of Can’s Krautrock classic “Yoo Doo Right.” It was recorded on Monday January 24th 2011 with the current NoMen line-up of Jamie NoMan on Drums, George NoMan on guitar/vocals and Allan NoMan on bass. (Brian NoMan was otherwise engaged and was replaced by a look-a-like on Kaossilator and keyboards).
The video was shot the same night and transported back to 1970s Top of the Pops.
“Is Vic There?” was recorded by Allan, Brian, Jamie and George NoMan on 5th January 2011. The original song is by Department ‘S’ from about 1980. This video features Peter Wyngarde from the ‘real’ Department ‘S’ and a bunch of dancing ladies from Germany.
The NoMen tend to knock out their music and videos quickly but sometimes they slow down and take their time over a project! The music for this video started as a loose jam on January 5th with Brian playing drums and Jamie on guitar. Alan and George NoMan were on bass and guitar as usual. They realised there was something worth keeping and after a hearty meal of chicken adobo they re-recorded the track with George playing a Michael Rother (Neu) influenced riff over Jamie and Allan’s rhythm with Brian filling in the space with Kaossilator. Listening back it sounded good but it needed tightening up so Allan redid some of the bass parts and added some dub effects to the mix. For some bizarre reason somebody had mentioned robots while recording this track, so when it came to making a video, Robot costumes were made and an unlikely homage to Kubrik’s 2001 A Space Odyssey was created!
The Plot: Way back in the past the Topplers recording studio is being set up for a session. Strange messages come through the desk warning of a future Robot Attack. Studio engineers Jamie and George are not impressed but Allan NoMan is in a panic! A quick time splice and we are bang up to date. The Robots march towards the studio and burst into the control room. Lewis NoMan is in charge of the production but is unaware the Robots are attacking. Frantic messages are sent from the control room but it is too late; the robots have attacked. He is dead!
Allan NoMan is still frantically trying to summon help but the robots are in charge. He too dies a horrible death!
George NoMan has picked up the distress signal and is taking readings with his Geiger counter. Just as he realises that the earth is under attack he too is destroyed by a deadly robot ray!
The robots are now in charge and do their victory dance… Why did they invade the earth? Why attack Topplers studio? One robot show us why… they just wanted to play drums!!!
Another time splice and we are back in the past. A black hole sucks time into reverse and the robots leave! In a final scene reminiscent of John Fords classic film ‘The Searchers’, the door slams shut on our robot invaders and the Earth is safe… or is it?
The trailer for ‘Hal 2011’.
The video was filmed entirely on an iPhone using the 8mm Vintage Camera app! Costumes were purchesed from Poundland and Wilkinsons. Total budget approx £7.