God Says I Can’t Dance (1996)


This is Tipographica’s third album, an instrumental Japanese band strongly inspired by Zappa’s 70’s output. I can also hear some influence from the RIO bands of the early 90’s like 5uu’s and U Totem. Like the better of the avant prog bands, Tipographica usually keep their compositions relatively catchy such that the songs never get too difficult to listen to. Constantly changing rhythms, a wide variety of instruments (sax being prominent and exceptional from a guy who also played a few gigs with Ruins which can be heard on the live portion of Ruins’ excellent Refusal Fossil album) and great production values are a few of the key ingredients. Though Tipographica are sadly no longer together, I view this as one of the best albums from the 90’s.