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daevid allen's University of Errors

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September 1998 - September 1999 : Daevid Allen, Josh Pollock, Pat Thomas (Mushroom), Michael Clare, Jay Radford, Erik Pearson (March-August 1999) : Money Doesn't Make It recorded 26th September, 1998
September 1999 - May 2000 : Daevid Allen, Josh Pollock, Michael Clare, Miles Poindexter : e2x10=tenure
July 2000 - April 2002 : Daevid Allen, Josh Pollock, Michael Clare, Jason Mills : Ugly Music for Monica
August 2002 - : Daevid Allen, Josh Pollock, Michael Clare, Warren Huegel


The existence of University of Errors was a fluke. There was never an intention of starting a band, it seems like 'fate' decreed that Daevid needed a new band based in America. His last US-based band being New York Gong in the late 70's, which launched the careers of Bill Laswell and Kramer, pioneering space funk and techno cut-ups - the results of which reverberate through most of todays experimental remixers. University of Errors was formed out of a jam session arranged by Pat Thomas (of San Francisco jazz/psychedelic band Mushroom) and friend Michael Clare as a way to pass a Saturday night with Daevid in San Francisco, before he left for Australia the next day. Along with guitarist Josh Pollock? and multi-instrumentalist Jay Radford, the chemistry of the musicians and the music they made jelled at once and gave birth to the band, and their first album was recorded that very night.

Following that initial spark, the faculty of the University was expanded with full professorships conferred upon drummer Pat Thomas and associate professor/multi-instrumentalist Erik Pearson. This line-up laid down the Errors' first album, Money Doesn't Make It(approve sites) (Innerspace) which was released in America.

Since then there have been successful tours of the States, a second album e2x10=tenure(approve sites) (Innerspace), some settling of personnel and several tours American tours. The end of 2002 saw the release of the band's third album Ugly Music For Monica(approve sites) (recorded in New York), following their first visit to Europe where they supported the Electric Prunes on a UK tour.

University of Errors is a space rock band with more in common with English and German bands of the late 60's early 70's, providing a platform for Daevid's guitar and word exploration, incorporating improvisational techniques, insistent beat, and poetic/lyrical explorations into the cyber-tribal consciousness of the late 90's.

The two very special guitarists (Daevid Allen and Josh Pollock?) are given the space to explore the potentials of their instruments over a tight simple rhythm section of Michael Clare (bass) and Warren Huegel (drums). The band's live set consists of material from their three albums and selections from Daevid's long recording career. Past tours have included versions of Soft Machine's Memories and Why Are We Sleeping?, Gong's Tried So Hard, Fohat Digs Holes In Space, and Pretty Miss Titty, an arrangement of Miles Davis' So What, and others.