Captain Maurice Seddon - The Seddon Tapes Volume 1
A wonderfully weird and intriguing record from Paradigm Discs.
These recordings were collected by William English from the floor of Captain Seddon’s cottage shortly after he died and just before the building was demolished. Many other tapes were left behind. The only recordings he made were audio letters, diaries and most prolifically, his phone conversations. The 12 pieces on this LP were recorded between 1968 and 2003 and mainly consist of phone calls, incoming and outgoing; to TV and radio stations, friends, relatives, his dentist and sundry others. That anyone would routinely record their phone conversations on a 2-way system of their own devising is odd enough, but the sheer range and sometimes bizarre nature of these calls turns them into a strange ‘objet trouvé’, and offers a glimpse into the life of a man who undoubtedly left a strong impression on everyone he came into contact with.
Captain Seddon - a living anachronism. A unique combination of eccentricity and military discipline. He also bore the confidence endowed by an elite public school education, but due to a change of family fortune he was left with no money, and eventually, no job. Far from being snobbish he faces the world anew and becomes an inventor of heated clothes, with a tremendous willingness to talk to and meet people from all walks of life, cheerfully maintaining and advocating his own exacting standards, occasionally proclaiming a well measured indignation towards the modern age.
Somehow he manages to stay (most of the time), on the right side of pomposity, by exuding a calm, forgiving good nature and natural charm. Speaking English, but lapsing into German, only adds to the eccentricity.
Comes with an 8 page 12” insert to help explain it all.
Pressed at Optimal in a numbered edition of 500.
Label: Paradigm Discs
Cat No: PD 33
Format: 12" Vinyl LP
Genre: Spoken Word / Monolog
A1. May I Explain My Situation
A2. Ich Möchte Lieber Die Finger Davon Lassen
A3. A Sopping Sponge
A4. Assaulted Physically By Hooligans
A5. My Dear Cecilia
A6. Physical Jerks
A7. Please Turn Over
B1. Dutch TV Boy And The Sword
B2. I'd Better Introduce Myself
B3. The Dental Practice In Langley
B4. My Name Is Seddon
B5. Das Pfeifgeräusch