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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.

Kalahari Surfers – Maid’s Day OFf

Back in 1987, in an interview in the short-lived UK ‘Underground’ magazine, the Surfer’s head honcho Wrecked Sony cited the Residents, Henry Cow,and Beefheart as a huge influence on his music, . One can certainly hear all three on this anti-apartheid number from the bands 1987 album ‘Sleep Armed’.

Armando – Land Of Confusion

If there is any confusion about the term ‘Acid House’, one can always come back to the Chicago masters such as Armando to get clarification. There was a magical era in the Uk during the late 80’s, but that didn’t mean that every dance tune people were jackin’ to was Acid House. The sound is pure, and minimal in its aesthetic; and can be perfectly demonstrated with this track from 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’.

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