Back From the Pink Room
Apparently raised on essential punk, from the cream of the crop of 80s HC to the beginnings in Detroit ’69, NYC ’75, London ’77…these Florida punks also blaze the way for the better side of what was coming with this debut long player from ’88. Punk ROCK!
“The Technology of Tears” and Other Music For Dance and Theatre
Avant-garde rhythms from Frith, three pieces commissioned by various dance and theatre companies, most of the sounds created by Frith, with Jim Staley contributing trombone on one cut; John Zorn (sax), Tenko (voice), and Christian Marclay (turntables) assisting with the title track.
The music was obviously inspired by exotic sounds from around the globe, but Frith mixes these influences until they are barely recognizable. He mixes electric guitars and other electronic wizardy with drums and voices, uses multitracking and back tracking to create a mostly frantic sound, cramming a lot of noises into most cuts, some space on a few. It’s a mixed bag, but certainly has highlights for fans of avant garde.
with Camper Van Beethoven
Camper Van Chadbourne
Foundamental Music (Save 46)
Singing out of key to the extreme, out of tune instruments. Not exactly like the Residents, they approach the covers with respect and disregard, celebrating the songs I assume, and at the same time bringing out the absurd qualities in them, and in life in general.
Unlike the Residents, the political commentary is clear on the original material, covers meanwhile likely pointing out influences, King Crimson, Pink Floyd and Zappa.