Last updated July 8th 2019
The Tahiti Syndrome
first appeared in the lively and flourishing music scene of post-punk London
in the late 1970s. Right from the beginning, it was clear that this was no
ordinary band jumping on many of the bandwagons that were making their way
through the clubs and pubs of trend-crazed London. Initially confining their
mind-bending live performances to the 23rd of every month and/or full moons,
this band borrowed more from the future than the past or the present. A remarkable
blend of rock, psychedelia, world-music, ambient, reggae and dub, techno,
and postmodern juxtapositions of TV and movie themes with pseudo-political
and outer-space samples, Remipeds never quite let the listener know what
was going on by making sure the band didn't either.
burned brightly for around two years. Their meteoric rise to fame,
coupled with an incredible creative output in the form of songs, interpretive
dances, children's stories, multi-media events, bodily noises, and more,
took London and indeed most of England by storm. Their influence can
be said to have penetrated every nook and cranny of popular music today.
Yet despite this, most people have never heard of them. This is one of
the profound injustices our research team at Pimlico University has set
out to remedy. Along with what has come to be known in the literature as
"The Cover-Up," we will also trace how the band was boycotted by major
record companies following the "EMI Xmas Caper," in which the lads found
that record company executives are singularly lacking in sense of humor when
it pertains to their own persons. Living constantly at the temperature of
their own destruction, and sometimes exceeding it by quite a bit, the at
times overheated Remipeds came to epitomize the power of Creativity, Freedom,
and Independent Music, proudly recording on their own Banana Records as
a statement against the corruption so rampant in the music industry.
the complex challenge of reconciling order and disorder within the
band's profoundly pluralistic and admittedly ample bosom simply proved
too much. After a couple of years, the centripetal force created by
Remipeds expelled the band members one after the other. The band disbanded
in the early 80s, but not before leaving behind an astonishing body of
work. Slowly but surely, we hope to present this body of work on this web
site. We want to bring to the attention of today's listeners a band that
was so ahead of its time, it was once humorously speculated they were in
fact time travellers. In a disturbing twist, and proving that many a true
word is often spoken in jest, we shall see that this bizarre conjecture
may not be as outlandish as it might seem. The fate of the members is
documented, of course, in Harry J. Clarke's classic tale of the road, "Me
Wanta Rainbow Remiped: In Search of the Band that Changed the Music."
website will contain all the information available to us at present. It was
compiled by the Ethno-Musicology department at Pimlico University by a team
headed by Prof. Clifford Llewellyn. We will focus on presenting to the public
a wide collection of artefacts, ranging from sound-samples to video-clips
to historical segments, to published and unpublished interviews, found objects,
reviews, merchandise, scholarly treatises and analyses, explorations
of musical sources and influences and colleagues, drug paraphernalia,
and other "Remipediana." Stay tuned, and feel free to drop us a line if
you want to ask us anything, or if you have any information about the Remipeds.
We are particularly interested in contacting people who saw, worked with,
or were intimate with the band.
have any memories of the Remipeds or if you have any photos or recordings
of the band, then please contact us at the e-mail address below.