Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Destroy All Monsters 1974-1976


"Music is eternal; it is ahistorical. So says the polliwog. Music in time is Muzak: floating strains, the meaningless pap that provides the background soundtrack for other peoples lives. It lies behind those that have history, who are old. Like embarrassing cartoon music, this mush shows its age and, in an amusing way, provokes disgusted looks on the enfeebled listeners who are familiar with it, who once thought that it was impervious to cooption. How pathetic . . . to hear these once "hot" sounds demoted to punctuation for children's entertainments, to be made present again . . . but only for the pre-adolescent. This is what happened to Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" when applied to Bugs Bunny, when Cab Calloway crooned along with Betty Boop, and even now when Jimi Hendrix, in his death, supplies the soundtrack for today's "adult toy" car commercial." - From Mike Kelly's liner notes

Destroy All Monsters 1974-1976 chronicles the early era of the group when they were self-professed "anti-rock". Untrained musicians unable to play a proper gig without audience unrest they intead played "guerilla style", plugging in and crashing parties. They never even released a proper album, this is private music for private protest. Sounds like some dirty detroit punkers wandered into delia derbyshire's studio and trashed the place. This three cd compilation was released in 1995 on ecstatic peace...probably the best accomplishment of Thurston Moore to date. Thirty-five years down the line, "Lust for Life" is in a car commercial and DAM still doesn't make any sense...love it. DAM=BESTDETROITBAND

"...a strange combination of film-noir, monster movies, psychedelia, thrift-shop values and the relentless drone of a crazed popular culture." - Cary Loren


GOSPEL CRUSADE

CRYING IN BED

TO THE THRONE OF CHAOS WHERE THIN FLUTES PIPE MINDLESSLY

17 comments:

  1. 2nd and 3rd link seem to be identical, just for you to know.

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  2. thank you so much

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  3. thsnks, this is amazing music!

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  4. can you pls reupload the 3rd cd?

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  5. Hey the third link isn't working for me either. Could re-up?

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    1. link 3 doesn't work for me either... thanks for the other 2 though!!

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    2. DAMN! I checked last week and it worked. but now mediafire denies it b/c "Mom's And Dad's Pussy (Explicit)" is on the Gummo soundtrack, which IS available for digital download. LAME.

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  6. So... no disk 3?

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  7. Thank you! This was so hard to find. All three links working here.

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  8. thanks very much for the post - helps me catch up with an important past ...

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