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Tag Archives: 1987

Big Black – Peel Session 1987


1. Dead Billy (O:07)

2. Ugly American (4:41)

3. Newman Generator (6:23)

4. L Dopa (8:59)



Lydia Lunch & Thurston Moore – The Crumb

Apparently, this was ‘Structured, Cut Up And Puked Out’ in New York, 1987. Similar in feel to Lydia’s work with Clint Ruin (a.k.a JG Thirlwell, who mixed this); with that same, grimy, sweaty, dank sound that could be heard in that collaboration, as well as in various other artifacts of the No Wave fallout.

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.

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