One of Norwich's few "Supergroups", Basti was formed in the late 1980s by members of The Herman Herd and Eva Valve. The two bands used to share a rehearsal space and were both very active in the Norwich Venue Campaign at around that time. Most of the members were also involved in The Waterfront. When Basti split up in 1993, four of the members went on to form Globo.
From the sleeve notes of the DVD ‘Basti, Norwich, England’:
Like some kind of hideous mythical creature bred in the wild flatlands of Norfolk, Basti emerged into the underground pop scene of the late 1980s like a virulent pox of straight-edge, vegetarian, party-spoiling motherfuckers. Pleasant bands with jangly guitars ruled the roost back then, but Basti, with their fierce punk stomp, sampled chainsaw noise and bad attitude, didn’t fit in.
The band was an unwieldy seven-piece. They had two drummers - a form of madness not witnessed since the Glitter Band in 1974 - two guitarists, two singers, one of whom played sax, while the other hit a sampler with his fists, and a bass player. They made a truly head-splitting racket that harnessed a frantic celluloid-inspired faux rage, with songs inspired in part by their favourite films, the rest a by-product of living together in an isolated bungalow on the outskirts of Norwich where they rehearsed, wrote songs, made films and lifted weights.
This weird art school/redneck isolation led to songs like New York Seltzer, which would become their first, self-financed, release. Its mangled hard-boiled Peter Gunn riff gave more than one critic the idea that Basti was a product of the ghettos of America. The song was actually about a brand of fizzy drink then being marketed in the UK.
Paul Thompson (vocals and samples)
Karin Abram (vocals and saxophone)
Steve Appleton (guitar)
Mark Howe (guitar)
Mark Wernham (bass)
Ian McGregor (drums)
Dave Clark (drums)
Basti Is Fantastic
12 Inch - UK - Submerge - 1992
4 Track Incl A Tribute To Norwich City Fc Pic Sleeve (SUB01TS)
Way Cool Records - Way 7 - Vinyl, 12" - 1990
B Anytime (Submerge Mix)
Remix - DJ Checks , Paulo Apollo
Bleach / Basti - Wipe It Away / Man At C.I.A.
Way Cool Records - Way 12 - Vinyl, 7", Single, Limited Edition - 1991
A Bleach - Wipe It Away (Demo Version)
B Basti - Man At C.I.A.
Way Cool records UK 1991. WAY009LP
15 track CD
Way Cool Records UK 1991
New York Seltzer
Basti Records 1989:
New York Seltzer:
Cop Cars & Insects:
Have Found X-Ray Machine
Backs - BA 001 - 4 track EP