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The Residents – Flight of the Bumble Roach

Garbled vocals abound as the anonymous Louisiana Pop combo perform a ritual to summon up the infamous Bumble Roach. The track is wayward and haphazard, with the familiar weirdo chants discordant horns. One from the ‘Babyfingers’ EP (1979); which was the discarded 3rd side of their abandoned 3-sided LP ‘Tourniquet of Roses’. The other 2 sides were, of course, utilised for the ‘Fingerprince’ LP (1976). Recorded in 76, released in 79.


The Residents – Shorty’s Lament

It was the band’s first live tour, which turned out to be an expensive disaster for them all. However, in true residents fashion, they threw themselves into it 100%, and not only did they develop their studio-bound sound for live performance (with a huge helping hand from the brand spanking new Emulators), they also recorded music to be played during the concerts intermission (yep! No bands open for the Residents, they play a long show with a break). The tracks recorded for the intermission get their own release on the 1982 EP/Mini-Album, simply titled ‘Intermission’. This is a firm favourite among Rez heads, and is a classic in its own right. Again the emulator plays a large part on these recordings, as it was the fab fours favourite toy at the time. The tracks on side B of the release definitley have a Moles and Chubs theme (for those familiar with The Mole Show), but side A appears to be different. This track alludes to recent shifts within the band “bye Jay….bye”, and one can only wonder who shorty is. The rolling sampled drums and synthetic mariachi horns are forever remembered once heard, and I hope those who are hearing this for the first time enjoy it as much as those that came before.

Butthole Surfers – Day of the Dying Alive

This is a different version of the 1st half of the track titled ‘Jimi’, which is from the Texan bands 1988 album ‘Hairway to Steven’. A track that is Moronic Evil in sludge rock form, and sees the Buttholes at their best.

Derrick May – Strings of the Stings of Life

This is May’s remix of his classic 1987 track ‘Strings of Life’. This remix was released in 1996, and one can guess it was done anywhere between 93 and 96. The original is a classic which had a huge impact on the scene, yet this version sounds a lot less dated, as dance music was moving so quickly back then. This still has Detroit worn on its sleeve in bold letters, and is a really beautiful piece of Hi Tech Soul music.

B12 – Hall of Mirrors

Detroit-inspired UK Techno, with that classic early 90’s Warp sound. From the acts 1993 album ‘Electro-Soma’.

Foetus Interruptus – Don’t Hide It, Provide It

By 1988, Jim Thirlwell’s Foetus project had become all-consumed by his evil alter-ego, Clint Ruin. Ruin was a vile misanthrope, and the worst kind of person you would ever want to meet, and it is him that sings on these songs; songs full of hate and bile, on an album called ‘THAW’, set to a grimy Industrial that has been imitated by many; imitated poorly in many circumstances. This is the opening track from the album, and Ruin sets his stall out early with this maniacal Garage track from hell; all clanking, thumping metal drums and a guitar (?) riff that is a descent into Acid mayhem. Lovely!

Frank Zappa – Honey, Don’t You Want A Man Like Me ?

A new (1984) version of a track that previously featured on the 1976 live album ‘Zappa In New York’*. This version is also live, and the clip you’re seeing was from the video ‘Does Humour Belong In Music?’, a gig played at The Pier in New York City on the 26th of August, 1984. The wonderful Ike Willis and Bobby Martin are part of this band, whose enthusiasm and 80’s get up are a joy to watch.

*Can anyone shed any light on whether there was ever a studio version of this track?

The Fall – New Face In Hell

MES in full effect, with sloppy riffs and breakbeats bolstering his wonderful rantings. From the wonderful 1980 album ‘Grotesque (After the Gramme)’.

Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead

This Post Punk anthem was a classic Goth favourite, and yet it had a real skank to it. Music really is a wonderful thing. 1982.

Frank Zappa – Stick it Out

Robot fetish sex on this track from Zappa’s 1979 album ‘Joe’s Garage Acts II & III’.

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