Throwback: SPK – Junk Funk
I saw this video first and last on TV in 1984 during the German show Formel Eins, a watercooler-talk inspiring video chart presentation in the 80s. Somewhat later, when we discovered “alternative” music, I learned about about SPK’s earlier work: as an Australian art collective they did industrial punk out of noise, metallic drums and indecipherable vocals. How this went together with Junk Funk* was an intriguing mystery to me that was hardly solvable without the Internet.
Today, of course, it is easy to find out what happened: One SPK member, Graeme Revell, hijacked the band’s name and produced much more accessible music together with his wife Sinan Leong (who does vocals on Junk Funk). Later he went on and became a movie score composer in Hollywood.