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Tag Archives: Avant-Retard

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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Renaldo & the Loaf – Melvyn’s Repose

Tape loop shenanigans from the Swinging Larvae -era. Check out the loop at the one minute mark; hellish under certain, enhanced circumstances, but to this listener it has a haunting beauty. Portsmouth’s finest!

Renaldo & the Loaf – Lime Jelly Grass

This is where the madness starts! The opening track to the gaggle of lysergic tape-loops, toy drums, and candy-coloured chants that is their 1980 masterpiece ‘Songs For Swinging Larvae’.

Die Trip Computer Die – 7th Beatle

Some wayward Sampledelia and nonsense from ex Homosexuals members. This is from their 2006 album ‘Die Like Rock’.

Black Dice – Snarly Yow

The opener from the bands 2005 album ‘Broken Ear Record’ set out the stall for their new direction post-drummer; which means busted, whacked out Electro on a serious dose of Psilocybin. Wonder at the mashed-ness of it all.

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….

Wolf Eyes – T.O.D.D

Wolf Eyes ordered their noise somewhat on 2015’s brilliant ‘I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces’ (possibly their finest album yet), which honed its power rather than diluting it; the B Movie Horror feel they have always been so good at delivering has just gotten eerier, which ups the tension. Hints of Butthole Surfers and Throbbing Gristle on this track, as well as the rest of the album. This tune gets a great accompanying video that was directed by Paris-based artist/filmmaker Will Benedict, in collaboration with Copenhagen-based artist Steffen Jørgensen.

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.

Black Dice – Wastered (Side B)

Wastered was a split EP between Animal Collective and Black Dice. The Dice side is as monged out as one would expect from the band circa 2004. They were really making peak LSD moment music around this time; all Day-Glo terror and retardation.

People Like Us/Wobbly/Matmos – Chicken Legs

More Plunderphonics from People Like Us, only this time with the help of Matmos and Wobbly. This is from the hilarious 2003 album ‘Wide Open Spaces’. Country and Western for the Avant-Retard generation.

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