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The Quarks

by The Quarks

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nharradine When I was a child I never new another person who had these songs on a 7" single never mind 12". Everyone I played these to loved them. Nice to see them being talked about. Perfect songs of their time.
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jdavis6060 Early Martin Ansell under the name President President! Absolutely amazing! Tony Mansfield produced. Favorite track: All Good Men.
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Mia Rischmann Its so cool and quirky :) Favorite track: Drum In The Earth.
Mechanical 03:56
All Good Men 03:23


The Quarks / President President (1981- 1991 Recordings)

Martin Ansell: all voices and lyrics and co-writer of the music
Rod Bowkett: all instruments / programming and co-writer of the music

Rod Bowkett had previously been a member of college favourites Stackridge and had had songwriting success for Diana Ross and Quincy Jones, to name a few - an all round excellent musician, especially on piano and guitar. When they met in 1981, Martin Ansell was working as a session singer for various recording studios and publishers including Rockstar and Intersong. After a couple of meetings their mutual taste for stretching out the creative boundaries of pop led them to write some innovative songs which won them a deal with Magnet records.

'Mechanical' was their first single under the name 'The Quarks '.... a darkly humorous tale of techno paranoia..it failed to ignite the charts due mainly to the labels' lack of understanding how to promote it (however now with the intervention of the internet the record has achieved cult status). There then followed a name change as the German A and R team felt that Quarks was silly as it was a brand of cheese. After weeks of exhaustive lists the decision was made to rename the group 'President President' and to bring on a known successful producer to record their next single 'All Good Men '....another tale of paranoia....this time in the world of private investigation. Once again promotion was poor and the Tony Mansfield produced record sank into oblivion.

However Rod and Martin had written and recorded quite a few songs and although they split the group to get free from Magnet records they had another creative burst at the beginning of the 90's. Songs such as 'Drum In The Earth and 'Executive Suite' seemed too good to leave in an attic and so here are a collection of tracks now available for discernable ears.


released May 18, 2016


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