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Snakefinger’s Vestal Virgins – Sawney Bean/Sawney’s Death Dance

Snakefinger and co deliver a song about the fiendish cannibal clan that are infamous in Scottish history. The first section has Snakey reciting the tale with a background of wind, before the whole band kick in with some Medieval folky doings. This was the closing track(s) from their 1987 album ‘Night of Desirable Objects’.


Tuxedomoon – Roman P

The 80’s is strong on this opener from the San Fransisco Art Rock darlings 1987 album ‘You’. A kind of alternative idea of what 80’s Pop could have been.

Einstürzende Neubauten – Keine Schoenheit Ohne Gefahr

A beautifully moving track from the band’s 1987 album ‘Fünf Auf Der Nach Oben Offenen Richterskala’, where they continued from the added light and shade that they started applying to their music on previous album,  ‘Halber Mensch’.

Butthole Surfers – Boiled Dove

Cracking Butthole’s tune from the essential 1987 compilation ‘Smack My Crack’. Stomping psych garage with Gibby on top form. It was wicked ass.

Negativland – Yellow Black and Rectangular

The insanity of repetition used perfectly from the US outfit on their classic 1987 album ‘Escape From Noise’.

Tuxedomoon – The Train (You version)

The Frisco acts snazzy cocktail-Pop number from ‘Ship Of Fools’ (1986) get’s a revamp on their 1987 album ‘You’. This version could also be found as the B-Side to the ‘Boxman’ single.

Einstürzende Neubauten – Morning Dew

A stunning cover of a folk song originally written and performed by Canadian singer-songwriter Bonnie Dobson. The track has been covered by a number of artists such as Lee Hazlewood, Devo, Nazareth; among many, many others. The most famous was perhaps the Grateful Dead. However, the most effective is probably this version from ‘Fünf Auf Der Nach Oben Offenen Richterskala’.

Butthole Surfers – The O-Men

Demented Noise Rock from the Texans 1987 magnum opus, ‘Locust Abortion Technician’.

Butthole Surfers – Human Cannonball

Well, the one anomaly on 1987’s ‘Locust Abortion Technician’ was this track. A melodic hardcore anthem (with a nod to hair metal with Gibby’s “are you ready to rock?” intro) really did stick out amongst the misshapen, mutated Psych rock of the rest of the album. Cracking track though.

Butthole Surfers – Sweat Loaf

It’s probably safe to say that everyone can remember the first time they saw the moniker of this Texan band. The sound of their music lived up to the lurid name; with the outfit delivering fratboy Psychedelia that was raw, funny, juvenile, slapstick, and usually quite frightening.
Here they opened their ‘Locust Abortion Technician’ (1986) album with an irreverent cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Sweet Leaf’. The intro to this track became famous in itself, and was sampled by Orbital on their track ‘Satan’, which, if I’m honest, doesn’t stand the test of time and sounds as awful as something that the Chemical Brothers would have produced. This track on the other hand, still does it. Raw, raucous, blood-splattered Rawk peppered with maniacal vocals courtesy of “Gibbytronix”; interspersed with sections of blissful, psychedelia that propels you among the clouds, before the next descend into loony toon hell.

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