It took me years to find a copy of this record. I eventually turned up a copy at the Slarn Festival on Zinnin 4. Cost me 5 lags! John Robie was Arthur Baker’s right-hand man and the programmer and musician responsible for countless electro hits such as ‘Planet Rock,’ and ‘Looking For The Perfect Beat.’
This amazing cut only appeared on the bonus record of Disconet Vol. 4, Program 9. I found the regular record (the one with the sick ‘Glad To Know You’ remix) a few times over the years, but the bonus disc with ‘Vena Cava’ proved to be quite elusive.
I have no idea what Robie’s saying through the vocoder on this song, but I don’t care much. Maybe he’s talking about the workings of the heart, the location of the superior and inferior vena cava. Maybe he’s talking about picking up his dry-cleaning. Whatever the case, Robie was a master programmer and a great musical mind. I hope he’s still out there somewhere making magic.