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Category Archives: Avant-Rock

Brian Eno & David Byrne – Mea Culpa

Wonderful 2nd track from the duo’s classic 1981 album ‘My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts’, where samples of an excited radio caller and the stuttering responses overlay a fantastic ethno-forgery that pre-dated Muslimgauze.


Glenn Branca – Lesson No. 2

RIP Glenn Branca.

Einstürzende Neubauten – Ich bin’s

A track from the German acts 1987 album ‘Fünf Auf Der Nach Oben Offenen Richterskala’. Nasty, short and brutish; like life.

Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel – Hot Horse

A track that sounds like Neubauten accompanying a Hillbilly’s soliloquy about his dating rituals, with the Glitter band laying down some expansive guitar riffs at the latter section. This is from Slim Jim’s classic 1984 album “HOLE”.

Electrelane – Blue Straggler

Brighton 4 piece Electrelane conjure up the spirits of fallen mods on this typically moody piece from their 2001 debut ‘Rock It To The Moon’.

Sun City Girls – Tell Me Something Good

Wanna hear a raucous, absurd Rock cover of a Rufus and Chaka Khan song? Well look no further than this cover from Sun City Girls 1986 LP/Cassette ‘Midnight Cowboys From Ipanema’.

Kalahari Surfers – Free State Fence

The 80s saw the arrival of an avant-garde outfit operating out of a South Africa which was still under Apartheid.
Warrick Sony, using various aliases to give the illusion that the Surfers were a collective, brought influences such as The Residents, Henry Cow, Can, Faust, and This Heat together with some real African touches. Their early stuff was great, especially the first two albums ‘Own Affairs’ and ‘Living In The Heart Of The Beast’.
This track is the opener from ‘Own Affairs’ (1983).

The Hair & Skin Trading Company – Amine

Avant-rock and Dub rub up against each other in this gorgeous track from the bands 1993 EP ‘Go Round’. The track slowly rotates around drums and bass whilst guitars, vocals, and other ephemera, melts and drifts into the ether.

The Residents – The Coming of the Crow

Fred Frith and Chris Cutler guest on the track from The Residents 1980 classic ‘The Commercial Album’. This was around the time that Cutler and Frith were making music together, along with Dagmar Krause, under the moniker of Art Bears; and this track pretty much sounds like an instrumental piece by that band.

Cupol – Kluba Cupol

Wire’s Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis with a one off project (Dome was more enduring) from 1980. This was the B side from ‘Like This For Ages’, where Side A had a 45rpm speed, whilst this side was at 33rpm (though many played it at 45). Like a bunch of industrialists making marching music for sand dunes.

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