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Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel – Lust For Death

Jim Thirlwell parodies Iggy Pop with the insane number from the stellar ‘HOLE’ album (1984). Industrial metal clashing percussion rubs up against a Big-Band/Rockabilly hybrid and a barrage of samples with Thirlwell’s hilariously brilliant lyrics spat all over it.

Nurse With Wound – Creakiness

A 16 minute sound collage that beggers belief, Creakiness was one side of an album that was split with the band Spasm.
During the piece you will hear the sound of characters from well known latter day cartoons (this is a truly ‘looney toon’), medieval folk, marching tinmen, and creaking furniture that sounds like moaning monsters.

Steven Stapleton said he was in an effervescent mood when he created this back in 1991; and you can really tell.
An absolute masterpiece from one of the all time greats of true underground music.


  • – Hair, Fur and Twiggs Jameson

  • – Delilah’s Lap

  • – Creakiness

  • – Admirals of the Blim

  • – Electric Fretum Attachment

Talk Talk – I Believe In You

It’s hard to find words for the delicate song forms that Talk Talk conjured on their last 2 albums. This is from the first of the ‘Post Rock era’ of talk Talk, 1988’s ‘Spirit Of Eden’, the busier (if that’s the right term) of the two records. In fact, compared to the bleached, washed out music on follow up ‘Laughing Stock; as well as Hollis’ solo album (the final part of the trilogy?); this is positively anthemic. Beautiful.

Pink Floyd – See Emily Play

Barrett-era Pink Floyd (their initial incarnation) with a Psychedelic pop gem from 1967. This sort of sound was quintessentially British, short lived, and very much of its time. However, it was truly wonderful.

Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel – Satan Place

Imagine if the netherworld was where surfers went to hang ten on rolling waves of lava to a soundtrack to the demon familiars of the Beach Boys. You can’t? Well, this track from the second half of the 1983 album ‘HOLE’ will help you if you’re struggling.

Sleep – Dopesmoker (full album)

Stoner-Rock from the American trio, released in 2003. Flowing whilst still being rough and fuzzy, this isn’t your lumpen metal by any means. After this Matt Pike went on to form High On Fire; whilst Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius went on to become OM. Hit a bong (if that’s your thing) and settle in for the whole album.

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – The Blimp (mousetrapreplica)

One of the many wonderful pieces from the Trout Mask Replica jigsaw; this time with the music actually being played by The Mothers of Invention whilst a Magic Band member delivers the vocals via the medium of telephone. Wonderful stuff.

The Slits – Typical Girls

Angular, scratchy Punky reggae by the best in the business; from their classic 1979 debut ‘Cut’.

Foetus Inc – Free James Brown (So He Can Run Me Down)

When 1990’s ‘Butterfly Potion’ EP came out and there was a song on it called ‘Free James Brown (So He Can Run Me Down)’, one hoped it would become the anthem of the year. After all, it was totally current due to the Godfathers incarceration following a 2 day car chase by the US police force, and the title was perfection. However, two things would stop it being the anthem it deserved. One, it was by Jim ‘Foetus’ thirlwell, and he was far too rooted in the underground for anyone but the hardened to actually notice his latest release. Secondly, the song in question is 4 and a half minutes of uncompromising Noise Rock heavily influenced by LSD. What Jimmy creates on the whole of the ‘Butterfly Potion’ EP (as well as elsewhere), is a vicious, ridiculously aggressive psychedelia. This, the third and final track on the release, is a whirlwind of fuzzed out noise, clattering metal percussion, and Jim’s addled sneering vocals. The middle section with all of the distorted JB samples is to be heard to be believed, and is a great launching pad for the drums and horn samples kicking back in with terrifying style. It’s a shame that an album didn’t come along with more material akin to this EP. In fact, Thirlwell has gone on record as saying that not recording an album on the back of ‘Butterfly Potion’ was one of his biggest regrets.

Monks – I Hate You

The mid 60’s saw the arrival of 5 American GI’s who had decided to become a band. They were a band who had Monk tonsures, and wore cassocks with nooses worn as neckties. They also sounded unlike anyone else.
Walther Niemann and Karl H. Remy were the ‘designers’ behind the band, who saw them as the anti-Beatles.
Doo-Wop, Merseybeat, and Rock ‘n’ Roll were just some of the elements that made up the proto-Punk Garage sound of Monks.
Unfortunately, ‘Black Monk Time’ was their only album; and it will forever be a shame that we didn’t get to hear where this act could have ended up.
Anyway, here is one from the 1965 album, and it’s a belter full of loving spite.

As a sidenote, it’s worth a mention that this track features in the Big Lebowski soundtrack; it’s playing in the background at the bowling alley when Walter pulls out his gun.

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