Lora Logic tonight. A name synonymous with the Punk/New-Wave scene of the late 70s/early 80s. Her unique and distinctive sax playing, was prevalent in the early days of X-Ray Spex, a band she was a founding member of, yet left just prior to the release of their debut album, Germfree Adolescents. Her sax arrangements were used in the album, yet were uncredited. She went on to form her own band, Essential Logic as well as making guest appearances on a number of albums. Essential Logic lasted through one ep and four singles before disbanding. Logic went on to work with Red Krayola, Boy George, Swell Maps, The Raincoats and The Stranglers.
A key figure in the Punk and New Wave movements, Lora Logic has become essentially overlooked in the grand scheme of all things Punk. Her contribution has been inestimable and her sound is a dead-giveaway on numerous tracks from the period.
This session for John Peel comes between the period just after the breakup of Essential Logic and her solo effort, which produced Pedigree Charm, recorded shortly after this session.
As the story goes – Logic became disillusioned with the Music business and left to join the Hare Krishna movement, moving to India and spending most of the 80s there. She returned in 1995 and reunited with X-Ray Spex,though the reunion had been short-lived. Much of her early solo material as well as the material with Essential Logic had been reissued in 2003.
If you were keeping abreast of the goings-on in the UK during this formative period of the mid/late-70s and early 80s, you no doubt know who Lora Logic is and what her contributions had been. If, for some reason you aren’t familiar, here is an excellent sampler of what is her trademark work.
Brilliant artist for whom the early days of Punk in the UK owe a big debt of gratitude for her groundbreaking work.