Chris Cutler

Also known as C. Cutler, C.C., CC, CCutler, China Butler, Chris, Chris Butler, Cutler
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Discography of Chris Cutler:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Jouer. Spielen. To Play 9 Audio 1994 Materiali Sonori
2 Just Woke Up 15 Audio 1996 ReR Megacorp
3 Hangman's Hill 13 Audio 1998 ReR Megacorp
4 Domestic Stories 13 Audio 1992
5 Blame The Messenger 9 Audio 1987 Rough Trade
6 Telectu Cutler Berrocal 3 Audio 1995
7 Steel Water Light 8 Audio 2001 ReR Megacorp
8 Just Woke Up 15 Audio 1996 East Side Digital
9 Three Suite Piece 25 Audio 1996 ReR Megacorp
10 Twice Around The Earth - An Experiment In Listening 82 Audio 2004 ReR Megacorp
11 Shark! 3 Audio 1996 ReR Megacorp
12 L'Arpa E L'Asino 20 Audio 1997 ReR Megacorp
13 Solo 5 Audio 2002 ReR Megacorp
14 Golden State 4 Audio 2010 ReR Megacorp
15 Brickolage 3 Audio 2003-06-00 Tu M'p3
16 There And Back Again 2 Audio 2006 ReR Megacorp
17 Domestic Stories 13 Audio 1992
18 Réel Meeting 15 Audio 2008-09-00

Chris Cutler has led a varied and surprising career as a drummer, record label executive, hard line socialist, and ethnomusicologist, among other labels, spanning over three decades of work and close to 100 records. Born in Washington, D.C., on January 4, 1947, but raised in England, Cutler began drumming in beat and psychedelic groups around 1966. His first group, Louise, played the clubs in London's psychedelic scene until disbanding three years later. With then-keyboardist of the band Egg, Dave Stewart, Cutler formed the 26-piece Ottawa Music Company, which played seven gigs in all, highlighting the music of composers that they knew or had met. Henry Cow was formed in 1971 after Cutler placed an ad in the paper, and for seven long years they recorded and toured, by themselves or in collaboration with members of Slapp Happy. Cutler also played with progressive band Gong and the London Philharmonic and the Berlin Radio Orchestra. Politics were always important to Cutler and to Henry Cow who were looking for radical social change. Such drive is seen in his lyrics for Henry Cow and for subsequent Cow and Slapp Happy related bands, such as [a=Art Bears], News From Babel, and other collaborations with [a=Lindsay Cooper] and [a=Peter Blegvad]. Cutler's lyrics often tell metaphorical political tales using imagery from medieval English texts. Henry Cow broke up in 1978, just after the setting up of Rock in Opposition, a collective of similar thinking musicians. Since then he has formed several groups for one or two albums apiece, including [a=Cassiber], the (EC) Nudes, and P53, and collaborated with a long list of progressive and experimental musicians, such as the [a=Residents, The], [a=Pere Ubu], Hail, [a=Biota], [a=Telectu], and many, many more. Cutler also founded and runs [l=ReR Megacorp], which releases a majority of the work he either initiates or performs on. In 1984, he published "File Under Popular" a series of essays about experimental musicians and the theories of creating music against the mainstream.

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