Palais Schaumburg

If there was any justice in the music industry world, Palais Schaumburg should have been massive superstars, as their percussive new wave was so vibrant and beyond-its-time and their aesthetic was so fresh that their relative obscurity is almost impossible to believe. If you’re an enthusiast of the period, consider tracing their records a matter of urgency (especially the first two).

Die Partei

Die Partei is a project of one of the most prolific electro-art-pop artists of the decade, Tom Dokoupil. In Die Partei, Dokoupil takes the strange noise/ found sound work of his other band The Wirtschaftswunder and combines it with electro disco.

The Passage

The Passage from Manchester was as close as dark wave came to a conceptual experimental project, composing new-wave influenced by John Cage theories... A first listen reminds of Joy Division, but the harmonies and structures underneath are actually far more abstract.

Patrick D Martin

Patrick D. Martin was the minimal-electro anomaly in the catalogue of garage-leaning American label IRS. He only released one album, but his simple, repetitive electropop is wildly catchy.

Patrick Portella & Joseph Racaille

A bizarre collaboration by two French avant-composers, this release consists of 30 bizarre chancons that float around relentless chordal changes.

Paul reekie

Such minimal DIY music with empty productions that were almost embarrassing for the listener and home-felt never existed in quite the same way as the early 80s. This is a great such example.

Pension Stammheim

A very obscure band from the NDW era, which only released a mini LP and some songs in various compilations of the time. A nice mix of minimal electro, disco touches, and found-sound art ala-Flying Lizards.

People In Control

People In Control are a completely obscure project released by Crammed Discs and possibly involving Charles Bullen from This Heat and Martin Frederix of Family Fodder. Tribal wave!

Permutative Distorsion

Bizarre DIY cassette minimal industrial oddity from Switzerland.

Phew

Phew is a Japanese experimental vocalist who in 1981 released her only nu/no-wave leaning record. Through her career she has collaborated with a plethora of geniuses including Ryuichi Sakamoto and members of Can.

The Philosophic Collage

The Philosophic Collage were a hugely underrated and unknown band from Saint Louis in the US. They mixed the usual rhythmic complexity of post-punk, electronic noises and bizarre lyrics.

Phonophobia

Phonophobia is an alias for experimental sound artist Harald Falkenhagen from Bremen, who released only a 7" single in the early 80s and a collection of obscure recordings 20 years later.

Picky Picnic

One of the most bizarre music projects of the time, Japanese Picky Picnic sound like the Residents made for very disturbed children. They released one record and a few independent tapes, which are massively inventive, though admittedly very hard to listen to from beginning to end (Residents fans excluded).

The Pink Chunk

What sort of band would proudly claim in their cover that “absolutely no synthesisers were used” and then go on to record a messthetics nonsense cover of Chuck Berry’s Louie Louie? Well, clearly, the Pink Chunk. (You can’t possibly expect me to be able to find any info on them…)

Pink Industry

Pink Industry was the second name of the band that was put together after Pink Military took a more dancy direction. Their tunes are like a catchier version of Danielle Dax, however they were not particularly successful.

Pink Section

Another great but obscure band from the post-punk days of San Francisco. Hysterical screamy but funny vocals on angular guitars and an abstract white/pink cover combine into an unknown gem of the art-punk period.

Der Plan

One of the most enigmatic bands to come out of Germany, Der Plan could do anything from totally noisy experimentalisms to quirky pop, but always with an absurd Monty-Python-esque sense of humour. They scored a couple of novelty hits in Germany, but their material is largely unknown.

Plastics

This Japanese band might as well have been the inspiration and starting point for this whole website. Their 1979 single “Copy/Robot” sounds still fresh today and not surprisingly Plastics have been very frequently mentioned as an influence. This is post-pop perfection.

Plebs

A post-avant jazzcore meets minimal pop group from California that was in the rota of the label of the Minutemen.

Plus Instruments

+Instruments created an interesting mixture of remnants of the krautrock period with a quirkier/edgier post-punk sound. In one of their record sleeves, it is mentioned that Lee Ranaldo (presumably of Sonic Youth fame?) is involved, though unclear how.

P-Model

Led by Susumu Hirasawa - Not quite an obscurity in Japan, but largely unknown outside, P-Model is for the fans of quirky Devo-ish type of stuff, sometimes experimental but ultimately fun!

Polyphonic Size

Brilliant minimal-synth-noiz pop band from Belgium, produced by the Stranglers’ JJ Burnel. Rejoined in 2010 for a few concerts in Brussels, their hometown.

Polyrock

Polyrock are a great example of how fresh-sounding angular post-punk can sound still today. Philip Glass played keyboards in their first two records.

The Pop Group

And a pop group for sure they weren’t! One of the most dissonant and bizarre bands to come out of the post-punk era, The Pop Group produced music that would make the Residents sound like easy-listening disco. Proceed with caution.

Populäre Mechanik

Industrial funk can only come from early 80s Germany. Populäre Mechanik is a project of Wolfgnag Seidel of 70s art rock band Ton Steine Scherben.

Porno Pop Moon Family

7" single one-off band from Sweden that shared some members with Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons, they had to be featured here, if not for anything else then for their hilarious name.

Portion Control

Experimental minimal-synth / industrial band from the early 80s, Portion Control were much more influential than they were ever known at the time, despite the fact that they supported Depeche Mode in 1984. they reformed and make electronic music again since 2004.

PragVec

The strangely-named PragVEC are an obscure but somewhat legendary post-punk band from London, which could be proud to have influenced a lot of acts in the 80s and 90s indie scene.

Prima Alkoholika

About as obscure as it gets, this is a strange cut from a german home-industrial tape. No info whatsoever to be found!

Proper Little Madams

Something like an early 80s femme-feminist Puppini Sisters, Proper Little Madams create quirky sing-along folk songs with sweet lyrics and simple instrumentations.

Pseudo Code

Belgian minimal-synth art band from the late 70s / early 80s, they also formed Insane Music, one of the the first undeground tape labels in Europe. In their own words: "We play potlatch music which is emotional music, or more accurately emotional sounds, because we are not musicians"

Psycho

Psycho were a legend in the Athens new wave underground of the 80s, but remain totally unknown outside of Greece. What was particularly interesting about them was the vocal mix; a male new-wave semi-spoken prose was accompanied by operatic female arias.

Psyclones

Experimental music industrial band started in 1980. Psyclones are a long standing band with a diverse sound, ranging from punk/post-rock/synth-pop to electronic industrial/ambient music.

Ptôse

What at first appears as minimal electro, blooms into a circus of crazy vocals and cabaret-esque synth themes. The band quotes nursery rhymes and Nino Rota amongst their main influences!

The Public Servants

"When the Public Servants were formed, sometime in 1979, the planets seemed perfectly lined up. New York was in the throes of a movement, coming out of the more conformist early punk years, where scat-yodeling, or playing (sort of) jazz arrangements from charts, was suddenly OK" - Wire

Pulsallama

Pulsallama were an all-girl East Village, NY oddity from the post-punk days. With multiple members, wildly performative shows, dada-(anti)-fashion looks and one of the most interesting hysterical-funk sound around, they should have been massive.

Punishment of Luxury

Punishment of Luxury – or PuniLux as they were also known – are one of British punk’s most theatrical groups, not surprisingly formed by actors who were working on performance fringe. If the idea of a cabaret-punk sounds like your cup, they will blow your socks.

Pyrolator

A member of bands Der Plan and DAF, Kurt Dahlke aka Pyrolator is an important figure in German electronic underground music. His music fuses found-sounds and loops in a way that anticipates IDM.