Bourbonese Qualk's credentials as early and important contributors to the industrial scene is born out by their presence on the seminal Elephant Table compilation from 1983. Up until 1987, they were essentially a collaborative effort of two individuals: Simon Crab and Steven Tanza. In 1987, Crab and Tanza went their separate ways. Tanza's project since then has been called The State. Crab maintained the Bourbonese Qualk name.