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Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel – Lust For Death

Jim Thirlwell parodies Iggy Pop with the insane number from the stellar ‘HOLE’ album (1984). Industrial metal clashing percussion rubs up against a Big-Band/Rockabilly hybrid and a barrage of samples with Thirlwell’s hilariously brilliant lyrics spat all over it.

Devo – Praying Hands + Shrivel up Live 1975

Devo being DOVE (the band of Love) back in 1975; playing some of the hits from their debut album.

Krzysztof Penderecki – Polymorphia

Well, many have been talking about the use of Penderecki in the, frankly, mindblowing 8th episode of ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’. However, Penderecki has been used with devastating effect in film before; most notably when Friedkin used him for ‘The Exorcist’, or when Kubrick did the same for ‘The Shining’. In fact, both of the films mentioned featured this spine tingling masterpiece. This track travels some in it’s 10 minutes; although every corner it takes you too is as terrifying as the last. The piece begins quietly, and after a period of barely heard rumbling the track builds and builds until the listener is in the eye of the skin-crawling storm. Then you get onto the plucking; which stumbles into a section that approaches bombast.

Nurse With Wound – Creakiness

A 16 minute sound collage that beggers belief, Creakiness was one side of an album that was split with the band Spasm.
During the piece you will hear the sound of characters from well known latter day cartoons (this is a truly ‘looney toon’), medieval folk, marching tinmen, and creaking furniture that sounds like moaning monsters.

Steven Stapleton said he was in an effervescent mood when he created this back in 1991; and you can really tell.
An absolute masterpiece from one of the all time greats of true underground music.


  • – Hair, Fur and Twiggs Jameson

  • – Delilah’s Lap

  • – Creakiness

  • – Admirals of the Blim

  • – Electric Fretum Attachment

Talk Talk – I Believe In You

It’s hard to find words for the delicate song forms that Talk Talk conjured on their last 2 albums. This is from the first of the ‘Post Rock era’ of talk Talk, 1988’s ‘Spirit Of Eden’, the busier (if that’s the right term) of the two records. In fact, compared to the bleached, washed out music on follow up ‘Laughing Stock; as well as Hollis’ solo album (the final part of the trilogy?); this is positively anthemic. Beautiful.

Pink Floyd – See Emily Play

Barrett-era Pink Floyd (their initial incarnation) with a Psychedelic pop gem from 1967. This sort of sound was quintessentially British, short lived, and very much of its time. However, it was truly wonderful.

Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel – Satan Place

Imagine if the netherworld was where surfers went to hang ten on rolling waves of lava to a soundtrack to the demon familiars of the Beach Boys. You can’t? Well, this track from the second half of the 1983 album ‘HOLE’ will help you if you’re struggling.

Sleep – Dopesmoker (full album)

Stoner-Rock from the American trio, released in 2003. Flowing whilst still being rough and fuzzy, this isn’t your lumpen metal by any means. After this Matt Pike went on to form High On Fire; whilst Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius went on to become OM. Hit a bong (if that’s your thing) and settle in for the whole album.

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – The Blimp (mousetrapreplica)

One of the many wonderful pieces from the Trout Mask Replica jigsaw; this time with the music actually being played by The Mothers of Invention whilst a Magic Band member delivers the vocals via the medium of telephone. Wonderful stuff.

The Slits – Typical Girls

Angular, scratchy Punky reggae by the best in the business; from their classic 1979 debut ‘Cut’.

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