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Tag Archives: 1987

Negativland – Backstage Pass

Another track from the bands 1987 album ‘Escape From Noise’; this time transporting the listener into a virtual zen garden.

Negativland – The Playboy Channel

Fantastic track from their classic 1987 album ‘Escape From Noise’, with guest noisemakers jello Biafra playing ‘flushing toilet’, and Mark Mothersbaugh on various instruments/sounds. Short, sweet, and lovely,

Model 500 – Off To Battle

From the B-Side to 1987’s ‘Sound Of Stereo’, Juan Atkins hands us the classic Detroit Techno blueprint yet again. Digi funk and Hi-Tech Soul right here my brothers and sisters.

John Cale – Memphis

John Cale’s excellent cover of Chuck Berry’s ambiguous track about Marie  really has Cale put his own stamp on it. From 1986’s ‘Even Cowgirls Get The Blues’.

Butthole Surfers – Graveyard

This is the first version of ‘Graveyard’ to be found on 1987’s ‘Locust Abortion Technician’ (the second can also be found on The Sentinel). This track is like Rock music regressing back to its primordial origins, or its Foetal stage. Paul Leary sprays his Evil-Hendrix geetar all over it while Gibby’s vocals ooze like sludge. Classic. This album is 30 years old….

Wiseblood – Someone Drowned In My Pool

Sleazy bar blues parody from Jim ‘Foetus’ Thirlwell and Roli Mosimann under their ‘sick and macho’ Wiseblood moniker. Jim is in full effect as his Clint Ruin persona when Wiseblood laid down the tracks. This is from their only full album, 1987’s ‘Dirtdish’.

Renaldo & The Loaf – A Street Called Straight

The Renaldo & The Loaf that appeared on their 1987 album ‘The Elbow Is Taboo’ were one equipped with drum machines and synthesiser’s; changing the band’s sonics, even though the song form and musical structures were still in keeping with their back catalogue (especially previous album ‘Arabic Yodelling’).  This track is like T-Rex going psych Raga, with an opening incredibly similar to Peter Gabriel’s ‘The Family & The Fishing Net’ from his 1982 album (unofficially titled ‘Security’).

Butthole Surfers – Graveyard

The second track called ‘Graveyard’ on their 1987 beast of an album, beautifully titled ‘Locust Abortion Technician’. This is much livelier than the 1st version; which sounds like it was recorded on Benzodiazepines. However, it is just as damaged; with Paul Leary’s lysergic guitar blistering and peeling all over the track.

Big Black – Bad Penny

Vicious, metallic Post-Hardcore from this infamous Steve Albini-led Chicago trio; from their 1987 album ‘Songs About Fucking’.

Renaldo & The Loaf – The Elbow Is Taboo

This is a track that first surfaced on the ‘Hambu Hodo’ EP; then on the 1987 album of the same name. By this point the bands sound had morphed, partly down to the equipment they started using; namely their heavy use of a drum machine which is relied upon heavily throughout the album. Many, many handclaps pepper this track, recalling the sound of Electro which was waning into the background as House music was making its entrance. However, this is very different music to Electro; and the fact that the drum machines so reminiscent of that electronic music takes a central role in the strange world of Renaldo & The Loaf makes for an even stranger listening experience. There is also a decidedly European (mediterranean?) feel to this music, lending it a touch of the nostalgic and familiar in amongst the oddness. Renaldo M’s vocals on this track reach almost feminine realms, exhibiting an astounding range and demonstrating an ability to deliver beauty, rather than Residents-like shrill insanity. This is a lovely track, and has a sound particular to this band, at this time.

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