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KAREL FIALKA BIOGRAPHY

Karel Fialka was born in Bengal, India to a Scottish father and Czechoslavakian mother. After returning to the United Kingdom, Karel started performing on stage and as a street performer. The changes impacting pop music in his native UK in the late 70s fit well with this poet/street artist so in addition to his poetry and acting, he started venturing into music as well. In 1980 he had a minor electronic hit entitled "Eyes Have It" which has been featured on many new wave and electronica collections. The follow up full-length LP, Still Life, didn't fare as well and it was almost eight years before his next record, though he was an active songwriter during that time and numerous artists have covered his songs.

Karel Fialka's debut LP, STILL LIFE, on Pye Records Karel Fialka's debut LP, released in 1980 on Pye Records.

1988 brought Karel his biggest hit ever, the catchy "Hey Matthew" on IRS. The follow up album HUMAN ANIMAL contained more of the same quirky glimpses of life from Mr. Fialka's unique point of view. Karel is still recording and doing session work for other bands and artists and has been at work on his third album for some time.


KAREL FIALKA I.R.S. DISCOGRAPHY

This discography will cover only KAREL FIALKA's recordings for I.R.S. Records. Recordings for other labels, other recordings, solo recordings and guest appearances, may be mentioned in the biography or discography, but details can be found by visiting some of the cool links for KAREL FIALKA, below...

Albums & EPs

42252 HUMAN ANIMAL
IRS 42252 (Released 1988)

Vinyl, Cassette and CD.


Produced by Karel Fialka (cut #2 with Nick Magnus, cuts #6-8 & 11 with Dean Klevatt)
Engineered by Matthew Fisher
Recorded & mixed at The Old Barn
Art Direction by The Leisure Process
Photography by Laurie Lewis
Thanks to My friends for their support. Iain Adan, Henri Padovani and Luc Vergier & the European Connection. Those at IRS who helped, especially Nick Battle who was instrumental and kept the faith.
This album is for my unborn child, whichever sex the wind blows.
L'etoile D'or is for Gil Evans.

Musicians:
Karel Fialka vocals & keyboards
Robin Landridge keyboards & backing vocals
Nick Magnus & Dean Klevatt keyboards and programming
Steve Bird & Clem Clemson electric guitars
Matthew Fisher Steinberg programming
Clive Latham MC500 synth programming
Gary Barnacle & Ranald McDonold saxaphones
Colin Blunstone, Debi Doss, Noel McCalla, Suzi Noel and Linda Page backing vocals
Arun G Shendurnikar percussion
Matthew The child
Debbie Whittaker The waitress

Track Listing:

  1. Sun In My Eyes (Fialka) 3:16
  2. Hey Matthew (Fialka) 3:34
  3. You Be The Judge (Fialka) 4:29
  4. Ready For It Now (Fialka) 3:36
  5. Undercurrents (Fialka) 3:05
  6. This City (Fialka) 3:49
  7. The Eyes Have It (Fialka) 3:28
  8. Eat, Drink, Dance, Relax (Fialka/Klevatt) 3:37
  9. Human Animal (Fialka) 3:34
  10. L'etoile D'or (Fialka) 3:26
  11. Eat, Drink, Dance, Relax Too (Fialka/Klevatt) 3:36
  12. The Eyes Have It II (Fialka) 3:23
  13. Undercurrents (Liquid Mix) (Fialka) 3:02

Review Coming Soon!


Singles

IRS 53427 "Hey Matthew"/"The Things I Saw"
IRS 53427 (Released 1988)

Produced by Karel Fialka & Nick Magnus




Review Coming Soon!


Compilations & Soundtracks

CONFESSIONS OF AN IRS GROUPIE (IRS-SOUNDS [no #]): features "Hey Matthew"


KAREL FIALKA LINKS & OTHER COOL STUFF

At the present time there are not a lot of links to websites pertaining to Mr Fialka. Here's what is out there though:



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