Philip Charles Lithman
Philip Charles Lithman
Дискография Philip Charles Lithman:
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Musician, singer and songwriter. Born in Tooting, South London 1949, died in Linz, Austria, on the European Night tour 1987. Snakefinger, a multi-instrumentalist, left the British Blues scene in 1971 and moved to California, he became a long time friend and collaborator with [a=Residents, The] and his brilliant and distinctive guitar and violin work can be heard on many of their major releases. It is said he was given the name 'Snakefinger' by [a=Residents, The] themselves when they saw his proficiency with the guitar during their first live performance together. Another explanation for the name comes from a story concerning a party in San Francisco, at The Residents' collective, wherein all in attendance watched Lithman's fingers dart snake-like at the neck of his violin. In 1972 Lithman returned to England and formed the pub rock band [a=Chilli Willi And The Red Hot Peppers] with [a=Martin Stone (2)], ex-member of [a=Mighty Baby] and a fellow ex-member of Junior's Blues Band. As a duo, they released the album 'Kings of Robot Rhythm'. In 1974, as a full band and popular live act in Britain, they released 'Bongos Over Balham'. By 1976 Lithman was back in the United States, this time in Los Angeles, seeking a recording contract, shopping his rock-style demos. After a few years, Lithman moved back to San Francisco reconnected with [a=Residents, The], performed and recorded with them. Lithman's first solo records, recorded under the name Snakefinger, were released by their record label [l=Ralph Records], the second album 'Greener Postures', included his first solo compositions as Snakefinger. In 1982 Lithman formed his backing band The Vestal Virgins with former [a=Captain Beefheart] sideman [a=Eric Drew Feldman]. [a=Snakefinger's Vestal Virgins] released 'Manual of Errors' on Ralph in 1982. This was followed by the blues cover album 'Snakefinger's History of the Blues: Live in Europe' in 1984 and a new collection of largely original material in 1986 called 'Night of Desirable Objects'. Snakefinger died from a heart attack during a performance at the Posthof Club in Linz while touring Europe with his band The Vestal Virgins on the same day that a single was released from his "Night Of Desirable Objects" album. It was called "There's No Justice In Life". The Residents were unable to attend his funeral which was held in England and instead performed a wake in his honour. The UWEB CD "The Snakey Wake" contains a studio version of this performance.