Discussion via the Last FM Regressive listenersâ€™ group has turned up some hitherto un-discussed examples of music with either a direct or tangential relationship to the Regressive Manifesto. Concisely, the criteria for â€˜Regressivenessâ€™ are deemed to be satire (more so than straight parody), sloppy musicianship and noisiness, non-verbal vocal utterances (including distortion of how singers normally are expected to sing), and rejection of â€˜empireâ€™ (in its many forms). Aside from DUPOBS, The Residents, Violent Onsen Geisha, and Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft (circa Die Kleinen Und Die Bosen) are all thought to meet a majority of these criteria. A possible addition to this list is Jun Togawa, a subversive â€˜idolâ€™ singer. Her superb remake of Patti Smithâ€™s Because the Night indicates an affinity for Regressive ideals. The following video, although having very little or nothing to do with Regressive music, provides a sense of Togawaâ€™s stage presence:
Other artists with either a clear or contentious connection to Regressive music include Gary Wilson, Happy Flowers, Dean Milan, and Sun City Girls. (See the Regressive connections page.) Additionally, it seems that Psilodump — while not a Regressive artist — has produced at least one track (Virtuoso) that fits Regressive criteria. If you have any other Regressive nominations, be sure to let us know. As we compile lists, weâ€™ll share them here. And in other newsâ€¦ be sure to check back during the month of September for a MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT.