Thursday, February 21, 2008

28.Jandek - I Give You Me (Shadow of Leaves,2004)

Everybody knows one thing about Jandek, that nobody knows anything about Jandek.

How to describe the music of Jandek? Like most amateur rock critics, start by comparing him to the Beatles. Then strip away melody, catchy hooks, rhythm, and harmony. Next toss out vocal and instrumental ability, along with any trace of human feeling other than dull, lingering pain. Aside from these deficiencies, he's exactly like the Fab Four.

Jandek, alone with a guitar and a microphone, sounds like a muttering sleepwalker aimlessly plucking amplified bicycle spokes. His music is dark and gloomy; but it won't make you sad-it will make you tense and uncomfortable. Here is the Ultimate Disconnect. You love it or hate it-and for every one of the former, there are one million of the latter. A sampling of his song titles: "Painted My Teeth," "Twelve Minutes Since February 32'nd" [sic], and "Janitor's Dead." Jandek accompanies himself on acoustic or electric guitar, but for the incoherence of his zombie-like strumming, his hands might as well be accidentally brushing against the strings. His occasional wheezing harmonica approximates early Dylan having an asthma attack. Sometimes Jandek is backed by a drummer who seems unfamiliar with the kit, and who pounds away relentlessly with no ground beat.
If the above seems too flattering a portrait of Jandek's cave-dweller primitivism, imagine a subterranean microphone wired down to a month-old tomb, capturing the sound of maggots nibbling on a decaying corpse and the agonized howls of a departed soul desperate to escape tortuous decomposition and eternal boredom. That's Burt Bacharach compared to Jandek.

Jandek is a recluse named Sterling R. Smith, and he's holed up somewhere near Houston, Texas. Since 1978 Smith has issued, mostly on 12" vinyl, 28 full-length albums-no 7" or 12" singles, no remixes, cassettes, or videos. A few of his cryptic album titles: Staring at the Cellophane, Telegraph Melts, Blue Corpse, Chair Beside a Window. He didn't begin issuing CDs until the early 1990s. His album covers are devoid of any information. He has never issued a press kit, and never performed in public. He rejects all requests for interviews. They found the Unabomber, but so far, no Jandek. Seth Tisue, curator of a Jandek website, notes, "His consistency in this regard far surpasses that of other legendary reclusives such as Thomas Pynchon and J.D. Salinger." Jandek's records rarely turn up in stores-even second-hand shops.

This article was adapted from 'Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music', to be published by A Cappella Books in Spring 2000.

I Give You Me

I don’t want to go to Las Vegas
I like better Carson City
I’m like a dog for you
I just wanna be with you
I got my casino all wrapped around me
I just acknowledged the presence
Of you eternally
I give you me
What more could you want here
I am and I will be here
When you need a friend
Or you’re ready to take my direction
I’m leading you here
Please take my bait
I want to eat you up and drink you down
I want you in me as I course through your body
I took your mind as I roamed about through you
I’m still here
It weren’t for a moment
You’ll never get away
You won’t want to
You’re mine
You don’t have a life
You live in me, I am you
I’m saved by that rainbow
Colors, grand scheme of things

28.Freddy K. and the Breeze - An Appeal to Heaven/Different Shade Of Love (Random Enforcement,1988)

Freddy K. is a musician who has a unique perspective on different aspects of life, death and the eternal conflicts of spirit and man.He boldly touches on love, crime, drugs, prison, alcohol, homelessness, spiritual and physical warfare from a unique angle and first-hand experience.He hopes to promote a thoughtful, caring process to transpire within his listeners towards the true inner peace we all desire and need.For the past twelve years, Freddy K has been involved in the Christian Action Fellowship prison program witnessing to inmates through song and shared experience.Though all of the songs on album "Random Enforcement" were recorded prior to his sojourn in P-town the story the album tells aptly illustrates the portable quality of Freddy's universe. Arriving upon his shoulders, surveying the scene, and like all the great Rock-n-Roll albums of our time seamlessly transmuting itself into a more personal metaphor for the listener.There's an unmistakable sincerity in his lyrics, a lack of pretention that enables the music to walk the line between the insanity of a lonely individual and that of a world gone mad. Freddy channels the energy of a lost generation and with self-deprecating flippancy exorcises the demons which have left him and many like him feeling "ineligible for life". (The cover art is a double exposure of perpendicular images of a mace wielding Freddy juxtaposed with Linda Blair.This recording has the unusual quality of honesty of intent, and can be taken at face value or delved into deeply. But the overwhelming sense of Freddy's emotional state is neither sensational, nor affected. The title track muses with anti-establiushment overtones: "They've got a random Enforcement, Thank God they don't take us all away.I really don't think they've got a big enough cage." He alternately swings with ease between the realms of a Jimmy Buffet Party Animal (Sittin On The Corner, Old Hippies) to a tragic Syd Barret-esque Paranoic (Public Enemy #2)
-In" Appeal To Heaven", Freddy addresses the spirits he truly believed he was visited by while he slept who begged him to take his own life that he might represent them before God.He eases us down with the pulsatingand and remarkably touching sensitivity " Different Shade of Love"

FREDDY K. and the Breeze - An Appeal to Heaven
FREDDY K. And The Breeze - Different Shade Of Love

29.Gang of Four - Damaged Goods (Entertainment! ,1979)

Along with London Calling and Unknown Pleasures Gang of Four's startling debut, ironical titled Entertainment!, is one of the very best British albums of the late seventies.With this 79 release, they bring their unique brand of politics to the plate, delivered by a very sterile, alienating sound.The sound of the album is "funk punk" with guitar anti-solos that sound like they've been through a wood chipper before they made their way onto record, funky basslines, and a whole load of British defiance and sarcasm.There's plenty of bass lines that never fall short of amazing. Every track is infectiously funky, and several of them will drill inside your brain and not leave for weeks. "Damaged Goods" is the standout for me, due to its addictive groove alone. "Damaged Goods" is a despairing tale of love commercialised and this is one of the most thrilling pieces of music ever created with its relentless pulse and melodic spurts.

Damaged Goods

The change will do you good
I always knew it would
Sometimes I'm thinking that I love you
But I know it's only lust
Your kiss so sweet
Your sweat so sour

Your kiss so sweet
Your sweat so sour
Sometimes I'm thinking that I love you
But I know it's only lust
The sins of the flesh
Are simply sins of lust
Sweat's running down your back
Sweat's running down your neck
Heated couplings in the sun
(Or is that untrue?)
Colder couplings in the night
(Never saw your body)
Your kiss so sweet
Your sweat so sour
Sometimes I'm thinking that I love you
But I know it's only lust
The change will do you good
I always knew it would
You know the change will do you good
You know the change will do you good

Damaged goods
Send them back
I can't work
I can't achieve
Send me back
Open the till
Give me the change
You said would do me good
Refund the cost
You said you're cheap but you're too much
Your kiss so sweet
Your sweat so sour
Sometimes I'm thinking that I love you
But I know it's only lust
The change will do you good
I always knew it would
You know the change will do you good
You know the change will do you good

I'm kissing you goodbye
(Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye)
I'm kissing you goodbye
(Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye)
I'm kissing you goodbye
(Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye)
I'm kissing you goodbye
(Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye)
I'm kissing you goodbye
(Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye)
I'm kissing you goodbye
(Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye)
(Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye)
(Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye)
(Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye)
(Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye)

29.The Jam - That's Entertainment (Sound Affects,1980)

This is The Jam at their best.Sound Affects is The Jam's fifth studio album, released at a time (1980) when they were just about the biggest thing musically in the UK. From their early pop-rock musings through their 'evolution' as artists, they thieved from musicians better than they almost relentlessly.Sound Affects is the album pumping through your head, It's the album of a culture and scene that exists just as well outside of those parameters as it does within them. The different style of songs on this record make it sound incohesive, but it still works because most of songs are strong.The dry humour of “That’s Entertainment” blended selected urban imagery with an insistent acoustic strum to create one of the Jam’s signature tunes.This is a true classic, inverted escapism and a direct look in the eye!
That's Entertainment....One of the greatest songs of all time!


A police car and a screaming siren -
A pnuematic drill and ripped up concrete -
A baby waiting and stray dog howling -
The screech of brakes and lamplights blinking -
that's entertainment.

A smash of glass and the rumble of boots -
An electric train and a ripped up 'phone booth -
Paint splattered walls and the cry of a tomcat -
Lights going out and a kick in the balls -

that's entertainment.

Days of speed and slow time Mondays -
Pissing down with rain on a boring Wednesday -
Watching the news and not eating your tea -
A freezing cold flat and damp on the walls -

that's entertainment.

Waking up at 6 a.m. on a cool warm morning -
Opening the windows and breathing in petrol -
An amateur band rehearsing in a nearby yard -
Watching the tele and thinking about your holidays -

that's entertainment.
Waking up from bad dreams and smoking cigarettes -
Cuddling a warm girl and smelling stale perfume -
A hot summers' day and sticky black tarmac -
Feeding ducks in the park and wishing you were faraway -

that's entertainment.

Two lovers kissing amongst the scream of midnight -
Two lovers missing the tranquility of solitude -
Getting a cab and travelling on buses -
Reading the grafitti about slashed seat affairs -

that's entertainment.

30.An Emotional Fish - Celebrate (An Emotional Fish,1990)

Irish band who first recorded for U2's Mother label.The first album is the one that contains "Lace Virginia",a remarkable song available in many formats and alternate versions.A great debut album from a band that never again reached such heights. Perhaps a testament to its quality is how incredibly hard to find An Emotional Fish is, meaning fans are unwilling to part with it.


She insists that she's a lunatic, closer to the bone
She hardly ever visits upstairs, ride the telephone
Well I guess beauty does what beauty does best
It's beautiful

See that's the trouble with reality, it's taken far too seriously
I do hope God is good to me and Santa Claus to the children

This party's over
I'm going home
This party's over
I'm going home

His essential complications are hung up and confused
It's a planet full of traffic lights and traffic light abusers
But that's no stranger than strange
Or any other stranger

He claims it's dangerous to be innocent 'cause you're the victim every time
Histories of insanity intruding on the sane

This party's over
I'm going home
This party's over
I'm going home

Histories of insanity intruding on the sane
Even if your problem is the problem do we have to play those games?
But all this is enough
For anyone to shoulder

See that's the trouble with reality, it's taken far too seriously
I do hope God is good to me and Santa Claus to the children

This party's over
I'm going home
This party's over
I'm going home
This party's over
I'm going home
This party's over
I'm going home

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

31.R.E.M. - The One I Love (Live At McCabe`s Guitar Shop,1987)

Simply a classic fave of all late '80s indie discos. And why not, as Barry Norman would say were he to enter my body and take control of mind and eye lids.A stellar ironical twisted love song from an amazing place in Michael Stipe's psyche, and great Byrdslike guitars jangle ... and some people still think it's a love song...
This is a live version from a great soundboard show recorded May 24, 1987, at McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, featuring R.E.M., Steve Wynn, Natalie Merchant & Opal.

The One I Love

This one goes out to the one I love
This one goes out to the one I've left behind
A simple prop to occupy my time
This one goes out to the one I love

Fire (she's comin' down on her own, now)

This one goes out to the one I love
This one goes out to the one I've left behind
Another prop has occupied my time
This one goes out to the one I love

Fire, fire, fire, fire...

32.Nosferatu - Crysania (The Hellhound EP,1991)

The British band Nosferatu formed in the late '80s by guitarist Damien DeVille, the group debuted on vinyl in 1990 on a compilation with a track called "Bloodlust." In 1991, they recorded an EP titled The Hellhound featuring vocalist Louis De Wray and bassist Vlad Janicek. At the end of 1992, Cleopatra sent the Sex Gang Children's Dave Roberts to try and sway the band to release a compilation of their singles on the label. Instead, they agreed to release Nosferatu's new album, 1993's full-length debut Rise, after which Niall Murphy replaced De Wray in time for their Halloween shows. 1994 saw the release of Legend, a collection of early recordings.On "The Hellhound" EP, the songwriting is perfect, and the vocals are hauntingly beautiful, best witnessed in the most emotional track "Crysania".


In the cruel wind
In what happened in here
In the darkness
She thought she knew the world
In my cell on my floor It broke her apart And we pushed it
inside Till she fell
In the sound of submission Of little decisions And some futile
search For solution

And I still see tomorrow
And I still understand
Why I chose to believe
But you're so far away

Crysania believe in me

Don't you see how it works
The men kill their children So they never grow old
And I still have the strength To reach out for you But you're
wrong again.
And I still have the strength To reach out for you But you're
wrong again

Crysania believe in me

And I still believe to my heart
In your love of the dark your life
And your need for my blood
We can never return to the child in your picture
But still it's believing In something of yours

Crysania believe in me

I see stars I see angels I see living on earth And falling

Crysania believe in me

32.Xmal Deutschland - Drowned You (Devils,1989)

Sounding like howling witches burning at the stake, the ghoulish shrieks of Xmal Deutschland's 1982 debut single "Incubus Succubus" immediately won the approval of goth rock connoisseurs. The German band wasn't able to maintain its black-clad sound, selling out to pop before the inevitable breakup, but Xmal Deutschland competed with Siouxsie & the Banshees for goth royalty. Xmals songs typically stride along with beautiful bass driven melodies and slices of icy guitar, only to suddenly change direction for a chorus or ending half of a song, becoming the most chilling, surreal, and powerful music I've ever heard. The unique guitar textures, the evil vocals and the hypnotic bass on song ''Drowned You'', all intertwine to make best goth-blues ever !

Drowned You

Silent the rain falls
Kissing my skin
I count my fingers
While watching the waves
I walk down the river
Facing the water
That swallowed my dream
Oh, here I am

Drowned you in the river
Drowned you in the river
Drowned you in the river memories are gone
Drowned you in the river
Drowned you in the river
Drowned you in the river memories are gone

I threw away things you gave me
Into the river
Sink fast like stone
Oh, join the reign

Drowned you in the river
Drowned you in the river
Drowned you in the river memories are gone
Drowned you in the river
Drowned you in the river
Drowned you in the river memories are gone
Drowned you in the river
Drowned you in the river
Drowned you in the river memories are gone
Drowned you in the river
Drowned you in the river
Drowned you in the river memories are gone

33.Judas Priest - Diamonds and Rust (Unleashed in the East - Live in Japan,1979)

This is Judas Priest, the good old rock 'n' roll band from early 70's that dressed in suites and bell bottom pants, like youve never yet seen them or heard them before. This was Judas Priest's milestone.Easily the most influential and essential live metal album ever, this masterpiece was recorded on February 10th & February 15th , 1979 in front of a energetic Japanese audience. Judas Priest's Unleashed in the East is beyond classic, it goes right up there with the rest of the list marked "Greatest Live Albums" along with KISS' ALIVE! and Deep Purple's Made in Japan. The flash point from this set is the molten trio of "The Green Manalishi", "Diamonds & Rust" and "Victim Of Changes".Diamonds and Rust,Joan Baez cover (DESTROYS all other recordings of it) a great song of longin' and losin'out on love have the honest emotions more than ever before from great vocalist Rob Halford.

Diamonds and Rust

Well I'll be damned
Here comes your ghost again
But that's not unusual
It's just that the moon is full
And you happened to call
And here I sit
Hand on the telephone
Hearing a voice I'd known
A couple of light years ago
Heading straight for a fall

As I remember your eyes
Were bluer than robin's eggs
My poetry was lousy you said
Where are you calling from?
A booth in the midwest
Ten years ago
I bought you some cufflinks
You brought me something
We both know what memories can bring
They bring diamonds and rust

Well you burst on the scene
Already a legend
The unwashed phenomenon
The original vagabond
You strayed into my arms
And there you stayed
Temporarily lost at sea
The Madonna was yours for free
Yes the girl on the half-shell
Would keep you unharmed

Now I see you standing
With brown leaves falling around
And snow in your hair
Now you're smiling out the window
Of that crummy hotel
Over Washington Square
Our breath comes out white clouds
Mingles and hangs in the air
Speaking strictly for me
We both could have died then and there

Now you're telling me
You're not nostalgic
Then give me another word for it
You who are so good with words
And at keeping things vague
Because I need some of that vagueness now
It's all come back too clearly
Yes I loved you dearly
And if you're offering me diamonds and rust
I've already paid

Joan Baez

33.Scorpions - In Trance (In Trance,1975)

Known best for their 1984 anthem "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and the 1990 ballad "Wind of Change," the German rockers the Scorpions have sold over 22-million records, making them one of the most successful rock bands to ever come out of Continental Europe. The Scorpions' third release, In Trance, continues to display their high-energy music, which is impossible to ignore. With the eyebrow-lifting "Dark Lady" as the opening track, the album immediately captures the listener's attention and keeps it all the way until the end. The interesting title track is clearly the best song of the album with excellent singing and powerful emotions.

In Trance

I wake up in the morning
And the sun begins to shine
The day did sneak up on the night
I see your face and I see myself
And I get a little taste of life
I try to stand it for a while

But Im in a trance
Hey baby tell me cant you hear me calling
Im in a trance
I take too much in the saturday night
Hey... hey
Hey baby tell me cant you hear me calling
Im in a trance
I wanna try to stop this life

I feel so sad Im feeling down
On the radio the music plays
Im in love with her and I feel fine
I close my eyes
I think today is getting better with a sip of wine
And I can stand it for a while

When Im in a trance
Hey baby tell me cant you hear me calling
Im in a trance
I take too much in the saturday night
Hey... hey
Hey baby tell me cant you hear me calling
Im in a trance
I wanna try to stop this life

Im in a trance
Hey baby tell me cant you hear me caling
Im in a trance
I take too much in the saturday night
Hey baby tell me cant you hear me calling
Im in a trance
I wanna try to stop this life

34.Fallen Angels - Signed D. C.(Psychedelic Moods - Part Two,1987)

It’s true that that of the few people I know have heard this , the word ‘brilliant‘ is their comment .Operating out of Washington D.C. this band was formed in 1965 when Wally Cook and Ned Davis of the Young Rabbits teamed up with Jack Bryant and Charlie Jones. Their first album has a nice paisley cover and consists of competent rock with some pleasant psychedelic interludes. The second album carried on from where the first had ended. In 1998, The Fallen Angels returned with a new CD Rain Of Fire. Every Time I Fall In Love and Everything Would Be Fine are updated and accompanied by eleven new tunes (all bar one by Jack Bryant). Purists who expect a time-warp back to their garage and psych sounds of 1967/8 will be disappointed; but for those without such unrealistic preconceptions, this is accomplished and mature rock with blues, folk and country influences (just the odd spot of rust in the vocals department).Compilation coverage has included: Have You Ever Lost A Love? on Mindrocker, Vol. 10 (Dble LP) whilst their decent cover of Arthur Lee's Signed D.C. resurfaced on Psychedelic Moods - Part Two (LP & CD).This song being full of melodic guitar work, climbing keyboards and sensitive vocals.

Signed D. C

Sometimes I feel so lonely
My comedown I'm scared to face
I've pierced my skin again, Lord
No one cares
For me

My soul belongs to the dealer
He keeps my mind as well
I play the part of the leecher
No one cares
For me, cares for me

Look out Joe, I'm fallin'
I can't unfold my arms
I've got one foot in the graveyard
No one cares
For me, cares for me

35.Ellis - El Doomo (Riding on the Crest of a Slump,1972)

Steve Ellis was / is one of the UK's great vocalists. In the 60s, he scored several top ten hits with the Love Affair, and his soulful voice saw positive comparisons to those other great Brit vocal 'Steves' of the time - messrs Marriott and Winwood. Ellis were a combo that he put together with Zoot Money in the early 70s. Their first album - 'Riding On The Crest Of A Slump' -was produced by none other than The Who's Roger Daltrey, and it is a cracker. It features the brilliantly moody rock ballad 'El Doomo' - played a lot on Radio 1 at the time, and should've been a hit.This is one of my favourite tracks of all time, when I checked out " Riding on the Crest of a Slump" this track it blew me away! the sound of the twelve string guitar is fantastic, with roger chapman on backing vocals who could ask for more!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

36.Far East Family Band - Nipponjin (Nipponjin/ Join Our Mental Phase Sound,1975)

Regarded by many as the first Japanese progressive rock group, the Far East Family Band featured the keyboardist and future new age composer, Kitaro. A keyboard-dominated space rock band, the Far East Family Band played extended compositions that brought comparisons to Tangerine Dream and early Pink Floyd. The group's first album was released under the band name of Far Out. After changing their name, the band released The Cave Down to Earth in 1975. Their first European release, Nipponjin — Join Our Mental Phase Sound (1975), featured re-recorded versions of material from the previous record and the album attributed to Far Out.Klaus Schulze did produce the album, but did not play on it, and the album was recorded in Japan. The album starts off with the title track " Nipponjin", which sounds exactly like the original, but with added on synthesizers and Mellotron (and if you ever heard the Far Out original, you'll noticed how effective that song is without the synths and Mellotron). The music starts of with spacy electronic effects, synthesizers, and electric sitar. Mellotron is used as well, then the music kicks in to a wonderful ballad, with drug oriented lyrics. After a few minutes, the ballad is over, and kicks in to a wonderful guitar jam. After a couple minutes, the music slows down once again, with the electric sitar once again. Then the song ends with chanting in "Om", with some chanting in Japanese as well.Phantastic song for journeys through the mind-try and fly!!!

37.T.V.Smith - The Lion & The Lamb (March of the Giants,1992)

With TV Smith's Explorers having imploded in late 1981 and the success of the Adverts receding further into the past, TV Smith launched his solo career in early 1982.Predominantly acoustic but full—blooded regardless, March of the Giants not only—retains the raw shock of Smith's. past, it enlarges and colorizes it. Before, the graphic violence of his music numbed the shock of Smith's lyrics. This time he's operating without anesthetic. You can only thank God that his knife isn't blunt. Rock 'n' roll with the lens cap off.
This is a live version recorded for WFMU radio session.

The Lion & The Lamb

I see you sparkle in the mud
Like a little diamond in the rough
Ready for the cut, ready for the cut
And you could either way
Potentially twoBoth sides battling for a place

Stand and say
I am the lion and the lamb
I am part of the plan
I am the lion and the lamb

And your glamour fades so quick
Soars up like a rocket
Down like a stick, down like a stick
Well, be strong when they want it
Be weak when they want it
If you Want to fit

Stand and say
I am the lion and the lamb
I am part of the plan
I am the lion and the lamb

Now you sparkle in the mud
Diamond in the rough
Ready for the cut
Some stay dull
Some stay blunt
But you will shine

And say
I am the lion and the lamb
I am part of the plan
I am the lion and the lamb.

38.Uriah Heep - Come Away Melinda (...Very 'eavy...Very 'umble,1970)

Uriah Heep's debut is a fine piece of early heavy metal history. Head-banging, organ-driving monster "Gypsy" is one of the more well-known songs, but "Walking in Your Shadow", "I'll Keep on Trying", "Real Turned On", "Dreammare" and "Bird of Prey" rock hard and heavy as well with theatrical and proggy touches. While I admit to finding Uriah Heep to be a bit overrated for the most part, they do certainly have their moments and their debut is a collection of some of the finest."Very ‘Eavy ... Very ‘Umble” consists one of my favorite song “Come away Melinda”. Some people can say that this song doesn’t fit the whole album (and this band in general) but I really like this soft, melodic and dreamy ballad. Acoustic guitar and mellotron waves are beautiful here. And delicate Byron’s vocals, too. Pure melancholy.

Come Away Melinda

Daddy, daddy, come and look
See what I have found
A little ways away from here
While digging in the ground

Come away melinda
Come in and close the door
Its nothing, just a picture-book
They had before the war

Daddy, daddy, come and see
Daddy, come and look
Why, there's four or five
Little melinda girls
Inside my picture book

Come away melinda
Come in and close the door
There were lots of little girls like you
Before they had the war

Oh daddy, daddy, come and see
Daddy, hurry do
Why, there's someone
In a pretty dress
Shes all grown up like you
Wont you tell me why

Come away melinda
Come in and close the door
That someone is your mummy
You had before the war

Daddy, daddy, tell me if you can
Why can't things be
The way they were
Before the war began

Come away melinda
Come in and close the door
The answer lies in yesterday
Before they had the war

38.UFO - Melinda (UFO 1,1971)

A not too impressive debut, of what later in time would become, one of the best UK rock bands. But this album does not contain hard rock, but a lot of covers, and the rest are self written songs of a band struggling to find it´s musical direction. On the other hand, an interesting album, because it contains the first musical attempts of this (would be) great band.The first album has a few good tunes such as ''Melinda".

39.Aranos - In My Flower Oils (Live from Brainwashed podcast)

Aranos (pronounced aranyosh) was born in Bohemia (now a part of Czech Republic). He has performed as a singer and instrumentalist since the age of 8 in folk ensembles, jazz bands, rock groups, gypsy bands, ceilidh bands and as a solo artist. Written and composed in various styles from classical music to rock.

He has performed and composed in dissident theatres in former Czechoslovakia. Aranos sings and plays violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, piano, keyboards, banjo, Chinese and Japanese flutes, santoor, drums, percussion, etc.

Aranos has recorded Traditional Irish, East European, gypsy and folk albums and CDs. Recently concentrating on experimental electro acoustic music mostly recorded in his own 24 track recording studio and released in Great Britain and France.

Aranos has written soundtracks to videos and fllms as well as theatre e.g. Spell of the Megamall: a multimedia production with Theatre Omnibus and Disabled People of Clare and Spirit: an experimental electro acoustic tone poem mini opera in collaboration with a renown writer and poet Max Hafler.

In live shows Aranos plays violin and sings with a backing he recorded himself, performing East European gypsy music and song and compositions from his recent CDs.
Aranos collaborates on a regular basis with Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound, David Tibet and Current 93, and has recorded albums with Jon Mueller and Chris Rosenau of Pele/Collections of Colonies of Bees and Crouton and El Monte (Nick Mott of Volcano the Bear).

40.Kitchen Cynics - Life Is Getting Sweeter (Parallel Dog Days,2003)

Now, who is Kitchen Cynics ? Many will agree he's a poetic genius. Musically every song becomes like a coloured miniature. All the guitar fingerpicking steps gently into the story's' tremblings. Surreal musical toy-like accompaniment finishes off the mood. Alan personally found some relative similar empathy with Pearls Before Swine's and Tom Rapp's kind of approach to music. But Alan's music is not from the 70's, but still, the acid folk gentleness of the gems, has survived. He is not afraid to use a rhythm box a few times, subtle and carefully enough mixed, a bit more to the back. The poetic approach is that much more inspiring to me, that each time when I hear a new couple of songs by him, no matter after how much time has elapsed, any writer's block dissolves, and I start to feel inspired to writing again. I consider the Kitchen Cynics as having created a psych folk genre on its own. It's all home-made, but well recorded. For new listeners this can work as the 'Alice in Wonderland' for the private life.Before this release came out I had a dream about a new KC release in the form of a small labyrinth cardboard-game with a tiny ball, with the plate full of pictures. There actually is another -card board- game with funny pictures in the inner side of the sleeve. I feel this similarity as another proof and aspect of how I feel the K.C. stimulate various connections with a parallel (dream-)world of experiences, which you can expect as a poetic picture, a funny shadow, all from another, perhaps cynic side of reality.

40.Troy Lukkarila - My Friends (Don't Sit on Tables,2001)

Troy is awesome! He is a complete and total psychopath and probably for more reasons that are inherently obvious on this album. His lyrics are astonishing at times and sometimes they’re funny and even biting at times.Outside the lines and hard to define like Woody Allen in Zelig, Lukkarila morphs into the material. He is not a pretty singer, but neither was Roger Waters. The arrangements on this album are imaginative, foreign and amazingly acoustic as opposed to samples, patches and electronics. There's a Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill style of composition that comes straight from the 1920's avant-garde scene in Berlin. This album may disturb the shit out of you, but it's so very nice to listen to. And the stories – a nasty encounter with an octogenerian hooker, a necrophiliac's ponderings, pyromania set to a beautiful acoustic guitar with an abrasive downbeat and ghostly vocal wailings. Dangerous stuff. Only for lovers of pure music and art.

My Friends

My friends all want to thank you.
My friends enjoy the food you supply.
My friends have grown immune to the poison.
My friends are watching you to die.
You've taken it all
But it won't be long
You'll be looking for it
But it will be gone.
My friends aren't easy to catch.
My friends are prepared to run.
My friends don't die easily.
My friends outnumber you a million to one a billion to one.
You know we're around
We like your race
We like this town
We'll crawl on your face.
My friends like your little wars.
My friends like all the decay.
My friends know you're only short-timers.
My friends know we're here to stay.
You think we're simple.
You think we're dumb.
But watch us work together
While you're worrying number one.
We're the chosen ones!
We're the chosen ones!
By God!
How does it feel to be all alone without any common goals?
It will be gone... one day.

41.Victoria Williams - Crazy Mary (Loose,1994)

Victoria Williams has a voice that is`nt going to impress everyone.Too quirky,some say trippy,or too shrill.Diagnosed with MS in the early `90s,Victoria found herself in deep in money problems.Some help by her musical friends recorded her songs on a benefit album called Sweet Relief in 1993 which featured artists like Lou Reed,The Jayhawks,Giant Sand,Michelle Shocked,Pearl Jam,etc.
This album from not long after that features some of her past songs and new ones."Century Plant","You R Loved",the jazzy "Harry Went To Heaven",a duet with her husband Mark Olson on "When We Sing Together","Waterfall",and her classic(and problably best song ever)"Crazy Mary".Victoria is not loud enough for indie rock fans and not pop enough or too unusual for the Lilith crowd so she`s in a category by herself.

Crazy Mary

She lived on curve in a road
in old tar paper shack,on the southside of town
on the wrong side of the tracks
sometimes on the wayinto town
we´d say mamma can stop and give her a ride
sometimes we did,but her hands flew from her side
wild eye,crazy Mary

down long dirt road
past the parson´s place
had a old blue car,we used to race
little coutry store
with a sinng tracked to the
said no L.o.i.t.e.r.i.n.g allowed
undernith that sing always congregated
quiet and crowd


take a bottle,drink it down,pass it around 3X

on night thunder cracked,mercy backed outside
her window still dreamed i was flying
high above the trees over the hills
looked into the house of mary
unbracable newpaper covered walls
and Mary risingup above it all...all

this moning on the way into town
i saw some skid mrks and followed
themaroud,over the curve throught
the fields into the house of Mary
that what you fear the most
cold meet you halfway 2x

take a bottle,drinkit down pass it around