Penguin Cafe Orchestra

As with 'Music From The Penguin Café' this record is the product of lengthy research and collaboration, being, as the sleeve notes state: 'Recorded at the Penguin Café between 1977-1980'.

This eponymous record features the same core musicians as 'Music From The Penguin Café', but with several new players that Simon had met in the late 70's.

The record was made on Tascam 8-track at Hippodrome Place, Simon's new studio. Subsequent recording took place in various studios after pieces were transferred to 24 track tape.

A benchmark for film-makers, TV producers, advertisers and choreographers who share an enthusiasm for the PCO, 'Penguin Café Orchestra' includes 'Telephone and Rubber Band', 'Yodel 1', 'Steady State', 'Numbers 1-4' and other well-exploited pieces.

In 1981 the PCO began to flourish as a concert orchestra, featuring most of the musicians involved in the recording and incorporating many pieces from this record in their repertoire.

It was a very important and successful 'second album'.


  1. Air a Danser
  2. Yodel 1
  3. Telephone and Rubber Band
  4. Cutting Branches For a Temporary Shelter
  5. Pythagoras's Trousers
  6. Numbers 1-4
  7. Yodel 2
  8. Salty Bean Fumble
  9. Paul's Dance
  10. The Ecstasy of Dancing Fleas
  11. Walk Don't Run
  12. Flux
  13. Simon's Dream
  14. Harmonic Necklace
  15. Steady State
  • Released: 1980