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Tag Archives: Psych Garage

Butthole Surfers – Boiled Dove

Cracking Butthole’s tune from the essential 1987 compilation ‘Smack My Crack’. Stomping psych garage with Gibby on top form. It was wicked ass.


Butthole Surfers – 100 Million People Dead

The original version of this track, which appeared on the 1984 Hardcore Punk compilation ‘P.E.A.C.E./WAR’, is a lot more ramshackle than the one that ended up on the ‘Humpty Dumpty LSD’ album. Still, the Butthole’s day-glo, frat-boy psych is plain to see/hear. Strange how they kept getting lumped in with the Hardcore scene back in the early to mid 80’s, but it just seemed no one knew where to put them.

Amon Düül – Bitterlings Verwandlung

The closing track to the band’s debut album, 1969’s ‘Psychedelic Underground’ sums up this ramshackle, brutal, direct Krautrock collective perfectly. After a sample snippet the caveman Kraut kicks into full effect. Wonderful, wonderful stuff and the essence of the slew of German Avant-Rock that was to follow. Tough as old boots.

Módulo 1000 – Turpe Est Sine Crine Caput

Heavy Brazilian Psyche from Modulo 1000. This is off of their only album, 1970’s ‘Não Fale Com Paredes’. This track goes way beyond the better known Os Mutantes, who are also fellow Brazilians; and sounds like West Coast Psychedelia that is actually under the influence of psychedelics. Great track.

Warmduscher – Lady Eggs

How to describe this? Slapstick noise rock perhaps? Saul Adamczewski and co seem to be channeling some Butthole Surfers with their gonzoid Warmduscher project. This is from their 2015 album ‘Khaki Tears’.

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.

The Human Beinz – Nobody But Me

Cool Garage Rock from the Ohio acts debut album from 1967; also titled ‘Nobody But Me’. Rez heads will know this from ‘Meet The Residents’, where the phenomenal Pop combo plundered it for the start of ‘N-ER-GEE (Crisis Blues)’. Dig.

Warmduscher – Yolk Buns U.S.A

Excellent trash from 2015 from the UK’s hopefully-soon-to-be-big(ish) Warmduscher.

Chrome – Abstract Nympho

It’s sometimes hard to believe how great early Chrome were. Imagine the drive and attitude of The Stooges and Velvets coupled with the fuzzed out mania of bands like Faust, and bingo! This becomes a driving Garage Punk tune until it folds back into the ether it emanated from. This is from 1979’s ‘Half Machine Lip Moves’.

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