VAGINA DENTATA ORGAN provoke outrage. But their highly collectable records are serious comments on modern society Freek Kinkelaar reports
Anyone who uses the slogan “The most fanatical band in the world” has some explaining to do. However, Vagina Dentata Organ (VDO) don’t offer explanations. They simply offer us our society as they see it. VDO’s records have been the focus of heated discussion over the years. “We sell blood, sex, life and death – at a price” is another much-cited quote. VDO’s records do indeed sell for extreme prices, but their content is equally extreme and uncompromising. The more conservative press has been keen to use moral statements such as “shocking” and “disgusting” for VDO – the very same words used to describe The Rolling Stones in the early 60s.
VDO is a one-man concept, but certainly not a one-trick pony, centered around Barcelona born Jordi Valls. Moving from Spain to the UK in the late 70s, Valls caught the London punk movement in its prime and, like so many, became enthralled by the ruthless rawness and anarchy of the first generation punk bands. In 1978 he bumped into Throbbing Gristle’s Genesis P-Orridge in the street, resulting in Valls organising several TG gigs in London.
With a keen interest and talent in communication, Valls’ name soon started appearing in articles about TG, Come Organization and Whitehouse in magazines, gig flyers and on radio …
by Freek Kinkelaar
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