Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Fierce experimental alternative pop
No longer recording. Final release, mettle (1989)
Hugo Largo Wikipedia site
The Raincoats, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Amy Denio, Caveman Shoestore, Mimi's solo work
People who haven't ever heard them might want to check out their first album, Drum. The band is two basses, an electric violin, and female vocals. The music is kind of weirdly dreamy, but heavier than what I would call ethereal. Live there was a real sense of danger and urgency, which never translated to the discs, except perhaps for the song "Second Skin". Part of Drum was produced by Michael Stipe. In fact, at one very large R.E.M. show they actually covered a Hugo Largo song. I think I was the only person in the Cap Center who was really excited about that :) (5/95, neal)
Comments about live performance:
Mimi Goese had her background in performance art, I think at PS 122. It certainly showed live. I saw Hugo Largo twice at the 8X10 Club in Baltimore, and either one of those shows would make it onto my top 10 list of all time best shows I've ever been to (with probably 50 other shows!). It was both compelling and frightening, and seemed genuinely dangerous. (4/98, neal)
Recommended first album:
I like drum better than mettle, but I like Mettle too :). (4/98, neal)
1988—Opal Records/Warner—9 25768-2; reissued 1999 by Thirsty Ear
Mimi Goese, Adam Peacock, Hahn Rowe, Tim Sommer
Michael Stipe (R.E.M.)
Hugo Largo (4 tracks co-produced with Michael Stipe of R.E.M.)
I think Drum is a perfect album. It's so short that I'd love to have more. But it's so wonderful that I'd hate to see anything added that would drag it down. (8/99, neal)
1989—Opal Records/Warner—9 25847-2
Wide on release; now can only be found used
Mimi Goese, Adam Peacock, Hahn Rowe, Timothy Sommer
Hahn Rowe and Hugo Largo
Dreamy yet compelling, strange yet recognizable, not melodic and yet the songs have their own logic. (1/00, Neile)
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