Fortran 5

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fortran 5

Consisting of the core members David Baker and Simon Leonard, who previously recorded as I Start Counting, and would go on to record as Komputer, Fortran 5 were an electro-pop band active in the early nineties.

A great example of true English eccentricity, Fortran 5’s first album, 1991’s ‘Blues’ included contributions from Holger Hiller (Can), Kris Weston (The Orb) and legendary  ‘Carry On’ film star, Sid James via the use of a posthumous sample on a cover of Syd Barrett’s “Bike.

The “Sid Sings Syd” theme was resurrected on the bands second LP ‘Bad Head Park’, with celebrated British actor Derek Nimmo unwittingly lending his vocals to a cover of Derek & the Dominos’ “Layla”. The duo went on to release one more LP, the 1995 concept album ‘Avacado Suite’, before re-emerging in 1998 as Komputer.

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