Casino Shanghai "Film" LP [MEC009]

Casino Shanghai "Film" LP [MEC009]

Mecanica Records

  • €18.00


A1. Hollow Bodies
A2. If You Dance
A3. Breathless
A4. Sexy Bodies
A5. Lip To Lip

B1. Switch On The Lights
B2. Hommage
B3. Strangling Me With Your Love
7 B4. Le Tombeau De E.A.Poe (Haunted Version)
B5. Cuerpos Huecos



Casino Shanghai was a Mexican “techno-pop” band started in Mexico City by Ulalume, Carlos Robledo & Walter Schmidt when they worked on a set of tunes for a farewell party for Ulalume at a club called Club 9. Humberto Alvarez joined the band shortly after and they signed a record deal to release the debut "Film" in December of 1985. An album considered today a masterpiece and cult status.

Casino Shanghai were part of a great cultural change in Mexico and its music scene. The band made various controversial appearances on TV when a band without a drummer or guitarist was unheard of. All members had been in different notorious bands in the local scene. Ulalume was the lead singer for The Casuals (Punk-New Wave) and DenseUndergrowth (Avant-garde). Carlos and Walter were part of Size (Post-punk) and have been playing together for many years in Decibel (Experimental). Humberto played with MCC (Prog Rock) and is currently a well-known musician and multi-instrumentist.

After Humberto Alvarez left the band and before Ulalume, Carlos & Walter split-up, two more songs were recorded in 1986, “Le Tombeau d' Edgar Poe” and “L’Action Minimal”, as part of a solo EP for Ulalume but later incorporated on the repertoire of Casino Shanghai. These tracks were released last year on 12” by the Mannequin Records.

“Film” has been restored and remastered for this new edition including the ten original tracks plus two bonus: “Le Tombeau d' Edgar Poe (Haunted Version)” and “Cuerpos Huecos” (Spanish version of “Hollow Bodies” included only on a promotional 7”). Limited to 350 copies on white vinyl with a new artwork and printed inner sleeve with photos and song lyrics.

Released on 2017 by Mecanica.

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