Towering Inferno (band)

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Towering Inferno
GenresExperimental, industrial, electronic, modern classical
Years active1985–1999
LabelsTI, Island
Past membersRichard Wolfson
Andy Saunders

Towering Inferno was an English experimental music duo of Richard Wolfson and Andy Saunders, notable for their sole album Kaddish, which reflected on The Holocaust.[1] Kaddish was released on their own TI Records in 1993, and then globally by Island Records in 1995.[2][3] Wolfson and Saunders composed the music, and Hungarian performance poet Endre Szkárosi contributed the lyrics.[4]

Towering Inferno performed Kaddish in a number of cities between 1994 and 1999, including Vienna, Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest, Moscow and Melbourne.[2][3][4] A London performance of the work in 1995 was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.[2] The Daily Telegraph said that Towering Inferno was "one of the most original and provocative performance-art bands of the 1990s", and described Kaddish as "a shocking and unforgettable piece".[5]

In 1997, they contributed a cover of "Metal" to the Gary Numan tribute album Random.

Wolfson died in February 2005, but Saunders, with Chris Cutler, Jah Wobble, Bob Drake, Dave Kerman, Glyn Perrin, Greg Skerman and others, began working on a second Towering Inferno album that had been started before Wolfson's death.[6]



  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Towering Inferno". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Jones, Peter. "Towering Inferno: Recording Kaddish". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  3. ^ a b Hutchins, Al (September 2007). "The Fire Sermon". Mojo. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  4. ^ a b Gray, Louise (23 September 1995). "Global Music Pulse". Billboard. Nielsen Company. 107 (38): 63. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Richard Wolfson". The Daily Telegraph. 10 February 2005. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Richard Wolfson Obituary". The Times. 16 February 2005. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  7. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Kaddish". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  8. ^ "Kaddish". Discogs. Retrieved 28 December 2011.