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Foetus Inc – Free James Brown (So He Can Run Me Down)

When 1990’s ‘Butterfly Potion’ EP came out and there was a song on it called ‘Free James Brown (So He Can Run Me Down)’, one hoped it would become the anthem of the year. After all, it was totally current due to the Godfathers incarceration following a 2 day car chase by the US police force, and the title was perfection. However, two things would stop it being the anthem it deserved. One, it was by Jim ‘Foetus’ thirlwell, and he was far too rooted in the underground for anyone but the hardened to actually notice his latest release. Secondly, the song in question is 4 and a half minutes of uncompromising Noise Rock heavily influenced by LSD. What Jimmy creates on the whole of the ‘Butterfly Potion’ EP (as well as elsewhere), is a vicious, ridiculously aggressive psychedelia. This, the third and final track on the release, is a whirlwind of fuzzed out noise, clattering metal percussion, and Jim’s addled sneering vocals. The middle section with all of the distorted JB samples is to be heard to be believed, and is a great launching pad for the drums and horn samples kicking back in with terrifying style. It’s a shame that an album didn’t come along with more material akin to this EP. In fact, Thirlwell has gone on record as saying that not recording an album on the back of ‘Butterfly Potion’ was one of his biggest regrets.


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