WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT THEMSELVES!
this good friend of Tom Sheehan's who used to work for another paper,
who reckons that people like Tik and Tok should be lined up against a
wall and flame-throwered to stop them polluting the minds of our innocent
children. I think this may have something to do with people wearing make-up.
Here's the matches, Monty."
Melody Maker review of "Cool Running" Oct.'83.
and Tok are what I'd call alternative, they're brilliant. They're really
unusual people and how they see things is completely different. Yet they're
the loveliest people in the world. If my Mum is struggling with a suitcase,
one of them will be the first one in to help her out. These other people
(Steve Strange etc) would be too busy doing their make-up to bother, and
I hate that. Tik and Tok are the genuinly unusual people that the business
needs mire of. Not people that dress up and say"I'm different",
because they're not. They're not different at all."
Gary Numan - Coaster Fanzine '83."We've
had people hiding under tables and running away from us" Tik confesses.
But actually we're very normal. We do ordinary things just like other
people. At the moment we're teaching our cats robotics." Doesn't
everybody?" No.1 '83.'"One
of my admirers says she's 36-22-34 and she signs her letters "Whippingly
Yours" drools Tik with a wicked glint in his eye." I've written
back saying that if she sends me a photo of her naked, I'll send back
a picture of me in the nude. I'm still waiting for a reply!" Tik
- Record Mirror Dec.'83."Effortlessly
horrendous. That's all I can say" Morrissey
reviewing "Screen Me" in Record Mirror 1984. "It's
important to have a stage name. You don't want people yelling Tim and
Sean in the streets. Who wants to know George O'Dowd as opposed to Boy
George?" Tok- Ms London '84."What
did John Sebastian ever do to them (Tik and Tok) that they should treat
one of his songs like this? The heart bleeds, the ears capitulate."NO
MORE!" cries a lonely voice." Review of "Summer In The
Melody Maker. Sept. '82."You
know how everybody uses girl backing singers" says Tik, "Well
we'd like to use our two cats, but they'd be so uncontrollable. Two cats
on Top Of The Pops would be great. On little leads with tiny microphones."
Somehow I don't think even Tik and Tok would go that far. Or would they?"
Chart Beat 1984."Pretentious
drivel at its most yawn - inducing. A must for insomniacs."
Melody Maker review of "Intolerance" '84."The
masters of tease and sleaze have come up with an album of epic proportions.
'Intolerance' is the next best thing to seeing the little devils live."
Review of "Intolerance" in Record Mirror.
meet the robots again. "I'm Tik" says one, "and this is
Tok". It all smacks of Alice in Wonderland, but they turn out to
be flesh and blood guys who used to be members of music and dance troupe
Shock, but now they specialise in robotic movements and make their own
electronic music. What are they doing on a heavy metal TV special? "Well,
we do have long hair, and we play imaginary synths. We're a bit like 'Mad
Max 2' on ice," says Tok (or Tik)." Smash
Tik and Tok in action and it's hard to tell if you're watching man or
Birmingham Evening Mail '83."The
tension vanished, the spell broke when the androgynous duo sang their
single, Summer In The City, the old John
Sebastian number. It was pleasant but a little wooden after 'robotics'.
Tik, who looks like a fururistic Peter Cook sneered, Tok smiled prettily.Then
they did something unexpected. They sang a song of their own which was
really quite good. It was called Cool Running and went: 'We;ve been seen
in a hundred places, weird clothes, weird faces" Or something like
that. It was the last number, but they could have been on for twice as
long without outstaying their welcome. Their hair, incidentally, was 'free
form' " Evening Advertiser '83."One
would have to be mind-crunchingly myopic, somnambulent or simply thick
not to notice the angular elegance, the long flamingo-thin limbs bedecked
in leather and velvet, the sculptured chalky features belonging to Tik
and Tok, even somewhere as sartorially flash as King's Road, Chelsea."
Video magazine 1983."Average
Giorgio Moroder" NME review of "Cool
electronic disco which'll get the robotic freaks twitching. It's mechanical
and emotionless, fine for those who like that sort of thing, deadly dull
for those of us who don't." No.1 review of
"Cool Running" '83. "We
want to get into body bursting. We want to explode all over the stage."
Tok - Record Mirror '83."If
people say we look stupid, our automatic answer is: 'Yeah, but we get
paid for it and you don't!"
Tik - Record Mirror '83. "Tik
and Tok were surprise hits on The Royal Variety Show even though they
had to make a last - minute chauffeur - driven dash back from their Gary
Numan support in Hemel Hempstead to meet the Queen.After they'd all compared
white gloves, Sir Laurence Olivier told the pair he was a huge fan ( surely
pulling their plonkers) while the Royal Ballet were falling over themselves
to get autographs, phone numbers, inside leg measurements etc." Sounds.'83.
mime artists Tik and Tok - famous for their robot dancing and wearing
metal spikes stuck to their shaven foreheads - say that they are going
to be serious musicians from now on. They have just released a record,
called Cool Running, which is slowly creeping its way into the charts."
really into head adornment at the moment - LEDs will be next!"
Tok - Record Mirror.1982."I
think we're incredibly unfashionable. We're out of time, but at the same
time we're in time 'cos we're out of time!" Errh,sure..."
Tik - Record Mirror.1982.
but effective song with a good catchy vocal melody over an inventive and
completely electronic backing. Could be the one to establish them after
their recent successes in the indie charts."
Music Week review of "Everything Will Change".1984.