a brief history of GEORGIO VALENTINO
Independent American singer Georgio Valentino plied a certain trade in the years between 2007 and 2017. He produced seven DIY records and dozens of pamphlets of essays and free verse. He performed hundreds of live shows across four continents, and collaborated with post-punk pioneers Blaine L. Reininger and Steven Brown (Tuxedomoon), Mick Harvey (the Birthday Party/PJ Harvey), David McClymont (Orange Juice) and Vic Godard (Subway Sect). His career took him from Detroit to Brussels to Luxembourg. Then he disbanded his live group, La Société des Mélancoliques, and disappeared back to the wilds of his native Florida. GV's final word was a cryptic, semi-autobiographical 17" vinyl box set. The Future Lasts a Long Time sings the (few) joys and (many) dangers of a life lived in Pop—a theme encapsulated in this couplet from Valentino's loose translation of Piero Ciampi's "Sobborghi":
Everything I know I learned from records
(Though I often misheard the words).
True to form, the tracks were recorded around the world—in Melbourne, in Athens, in Luxembourg and in Los Angeles—with an army of international collaborators. Less than 100 copies were pressed. They disappeared almost as quickly as the man himself.