supplement to 200
AHORA MAZDA LP (PSEUDONYM)
This Dutch psych gem from '70 was 'unoffically' re-released back
in the early 90's, but I was too busy jumping on someones' head
at a Sick Of It All show to pick it up. That might of been a good
move on my part 'cause this time around it comes on hockey puck
like vinyl and sounds quite crisp. SO THERE. These wooden-shoed
motherfuckers have enough rattlers, maracas, shakers, flutes,
lutes, and congo bongo fury to stop a Chemotherapy fan dead in
his/her tracks and with all these elements they sometimes come
off like early 70's Brit spiritual rockers Quintessence with all
their screws unloosened. Polyrythmic grooves unfold into the great
unopened on the tune 'Oranje Vrystaent' where The No Neck Blues
Band, the fore mentioned mighty 'Q' and Coltrane mesh together
in a stormy moment of grace so effortlessly, you'll never see
it coming along (Unless you're a total nerd) Certainly a gem in
the mounds of crap re-issue stuff I get suckered into buying.
Hey, anything else by these guys? Other bands? Solo shit? Just
VARIOUS ARTISTS: I Hate The
Pop Group LP (VERTICAL SLUM)
A more than welcomed 'Killed by Death' styled comp. of late 70s'/early
80s' post punk/post sanity type-a-stuff that features aloota folks
I always heard of, but never hoid. Side one openers Prats (A group
of fifteen year old Scots from '77) sorta beats The Shadow Ring
at their own game without a drop of sweat from their brows (and
not to mention fifteen years or so before the fact). From there
on in you're treated to such twisted treats as Happy Squid recording
artists Brent Wilcoxs' new age music for psychopaths, Noh Mercys'
no-wavesque anthem 'Caucasian Guilt' and The Janet and The Johns'
provide the perfect soundtrack for the next black mass you throw
that breaks out into a conga line. Other gems include AK Process'
electronic waste lay, Orchid Spangorforas' truly fucked and disturbed
tape looping and the beautifully inept Band T Plus Instruments'
Words' which sounds like an out take from ATVs' 'Vibing Up The
Senile Man'. And speaking of which, The Door and The Window are
on here (And belt out quite a nice tantrum I might add) and a
member of that band (Neg) played tambourine on Mark Perrys' highly
fucking excellent solo lp 'Snappy Turns'. If you don't but this
disc just for that reason alone, you won't be invited to my next
THE BABY HUEY STORY: The Living
Legend LP (CURTOM)
This was re-issued (Uh-hum) by the brits awhile back, but luckily
someone here in the U.S. has 're-re-issued' it (Cough, cough,
splutter) as well, so basically that means poor fucks like myself
can now pick this up, minus the huge import price (Ho-freakin'-ray)
Anywhos...Baby Huey was a four hundred pound rhythm and soul monster
who caught the eye of Curtis Mayfield (How could he not catch
Curtis' eye!?! The guy was a house!) Curtis recorded some tunes
wth Baby for Curtom but unfourtunatly, Huey bought the farm before
the tunes were released, This still doesn't explain the record
being titled 'The Living Legend' but, HEY! 'his music lives on'
and all that jazz, and mighty fine music it is...
It says here on the inside
of the gatefold that Huey was down with Hendrix and it sounds
like they shared the same vision of merging Psych-o-Delia with
the heavy monster of soul. Whether Hueys' vision was as astrologically
derived as Jimi's is hard to say. Straight in your face raw shit
like Hueys' rendition of Mayfields' 'Mighty Mighty (Spade and
Whitey)' says ONE thing, but the acidic take on Sam Cooke's 'A
Change Is Going To Come' comes off so damn spacious and baked,
it makes me think Huey might have beat Jimi in alotta drug taking
olympics they held. I can't think of any proper stoner household
being without a copy of this. Some of this might be too much for
the squeamishly caucasian, but fuck them...right?
"Hey You" b/w "Rock 'N' Roll Love Affair"
7" (RADIO X)
This isn't the sorta thing you'd expect form an ex-member of Supercharger,
but, hell, it's what you get. And what is 'it' you ask? Christ....cheeseball
power-pomp stomp rock...and it rules! The A Side twists the riff
of 'Fox On The Run' into something of an even guiltier pleasure
and it comes complete with low cost phasing and dumbo lyrics.
Side B is of equal caliber and sounds like something that would
of spun long into the night at one of the infamous 'Summer Dance
Parties' that were thrown in my hometowns' own 'Stonewall'' club,
City Gardens back in '80. So throw this on and remember those
days when 'boys' used to whip each other with skinny leather ties
and girls would sit around bored.
A YEAR LATER-
Manic Depressive Playlist-
(i.e. top tunes as of 8/20/01)
Humble Pie-''You're So Good For Me'
The Association-'The Nest'
Spirit-'Love Has Found A Way'
Red C-'Pressure's On'
Harpers Bizarre-'I Can Hear The Darkness'
Todd Rundgren-'A Dream Goes On Forever'
Gene Clark-'The French Girl'
Shuggie Otis-'Strawberry Letter 23'
Pezband-'Love Goes Underground'
The Impressions-'Seven Years'
Thin Lizzy-'Romeo and the Lonely Girl'
Raspberries-'I Wanna Be With You'
Dusty Springfield-'All The Kings' Horses'
The Shins-'New Slang'
The Dirtbombs-'Ode To A Black Man'
Tubeway Army-'My Shadow In Vain'
Spooky Tooth-'I Am The Walrus'
Clock DVA-'White Cell'
Accept-'I'm A Rebel'
Beautiful Skin-'Harsh Distractions'
I've listened to all these tunes in one sitting....help.
The top-notch zine 200 LB UNDERGROUND hasn't gone away, editor
Tony Rettman is just using the "lazy bastard" excuse.
I know that's not true, because the guy is doing top-notch work
for this here mag, and did you read his piece on the Vibracathedral
Orchestra for Perfect
Sound Forever? Any other lazy bastards out there with excellent
taste in music write this good?