1/ It's a Holiday - Material (BL,MB,FM,Hendryx,Drayton) 6.58 2/ Things Fall Apart - Cristina (Cristina,Was,Was) 4.28 Track 1 produced by Material Track 2 produced by the Was Brothers(1) Michael Beinhorn: synthesizers, pianos, clarinet, percussion, tapes; Bill Laswell: 4 & 6 string basses; Fred Maher: guitar, drums, rhythm box, percussion; Cliff Cultreri: guitar.
1981 - Ze Records/Island (USA), IPR 2052 (Split 12" Promo)
The 1981 “It’s A Holiday” is one of the earliest collaborations between Nona Hendryx and Material. The two would also collaborate on the brilliant dance-floor classic “Busting Out” as well as One Down album staples “Take A Chance” and a riveting cover of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Let Me Have It All.”
Here, Nona Hendryx is joined by Michael Beinhorn on synthesizers, pianos, clarinet, percussion, tapes; Bill Laswell on 4 & 6 string basses; Fred Maher on guitar, drums, rhythm box, percussion; and Cliff Cultreri on guitar. It’s an absolutely scintillating performance by all involved.
Shame on Madonna for either ripping this off or dumbing it down a few years later.
Doug Payne (courtesy of the Sound Insights website)