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Julian Cope est un musicien de rock anglais, écrivain, antiquaire, critique musical et poète. Il s'est fait connaître en 1978 comme chanteur et parolier du groupe post-punk de Liverpool The Teardrop Explodes. Il a depuis réalisé de nombreux albums solo et est un membre fondateur des groupes Queen Elizabeth et Brain Donor. Il a écrit quatre livres documentaires : Krautrocksampler (1995) (une référence sur le Krautrock), The Modern Antiquarian (1998), The Megalithic European (2004) et Japrocksampler (2007), ainsi que deux volumes d'autobiographie : Head-On (1994) et Repossessed (1999). Le label Faber & Faber présente cette superbe compilation en triple CD et en tirage limité qui nous fait voyager à travers la fin des sixties, le début des seventies et les eighties. Pop Psychédelic, Rock, Hard Rock, Post Punk, Grunge tels sont les ingrédients de ce triple cd. Avec, entre autres : Lord Buckley, Blue Cheer, Armand Schaubroeck, Chrome, Simply Saucers, Monoshock, The New Lou Reeds...
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Disc 1 actually opens with a bit of comedy by Lord Buckley, who was a sort of a poet/comedian associated with the original beat scene (you know, the group including Burroughs, Kerouac, etc.). Why start with a comedy bit? Well, it's a little rant about "greed-heads," and anyone that's followed Julian knows that's one of his favorite targets, especially since his enlightenment in the late 80's. Could he be suggesting that it's largely due to the greed-heads that we've haven't been able to hear this music? Hmmm. Next we move into an extended, trippy, noise jam by a Swedish group called Parson Sound (no relation to either Parsons Gram or Alan). This will remind you of early Velvet Underground - both bands were around at the same time, but it's unclear if one may have influenced the other. Hey, even I have heard of Blue Cheer, who's up next. I'm not sure this is the song I would've chosen as I like their proto-metal stuff better, but we've all heard their cover of Summertime Blues, so here's something different at least. Next is a lengthy, instrumental jam in the form of a suite by German group A.R. & Machines. It starts off slow and mellow (good music to chill out to, as they say in the parlance of our times), but the musicianship is uniformly excellent, and it all builds to a fairly rollicking conclusion. Next is Cold Sun, which sounds to me sorta like hippy prog rock. That may sound like a slam, but it's actually not. Hippies, like anything else, come in different varieties, and these are definitely the more aggressive, angry, let's-change-the-world-now type, as opposed to the let's-get-high-&-sing-kumbaya-down-by-the-fire type. Not that there's necessarily anything wrong with the latter, but the song rocks a lot more thanks to them belonging to the former camp. Armand Schaubroeck was an interesting character in upstate NY who evidently had some run-ins with the law, but then went on to own the famous House of Guitars in Rochester and became a bit of a regional indie music cult figure. This song is funny, and quite catchy, and will have you singing along with its sarcastic "I'm goin' down the road to hell" lyrics almost immediately. I even found a write-up on this guy in my old Trouser Press music guide that I bought in the mid-80's (and which to this day serves me well as a reference book covering "alternative" music from the late 60's thru the mid 80's). Mirrors - hey, another band I've heard of here. They were part of the early-to-mid 70's Cleveland scene that eventually culminated in Pere Ubu, and this is one of only two bands in this collection by whom I previously had any other music (in the form of one song, "She Smiled Wild," in the Pere Ubu box set - Datapanik in the Year Zero). Julian paints this band as disciples of the Velvets, and the influence is obvious, but my other song of theirs is decidedly more Troggs, so maybe they were just into their own ideal of late-60's garage rock. Helicopter by Sand is another long, trippy jam, but is much more experimental, darker, and harder edged than the previous two thus far. The beginning even kinda sounds like a helicopter - perhaps this is a commentary on the Vietnam War, which was winding down (more like crashing and burning) at the time. An eerie & intense tune. The mood begins to lighten with a bit of classic late-60's-style psychedelia tossed off by Simply Saucer. The tune, as well as the name of the band, evoke Barrett's original incarnation of the Floyd. Awesome guitar sound! Even looser & funnier is Tidal Wave by Electric Eels (not to be confused with Mark Oliver Everett's band Eels, but the recording date should make that obvious). Hey, the third (and final) band here that I've heard of before. Like Mirrors, they were part of the mid-70's Cleveland scene, and they also have a song on the previously mentioned Pere Ubu box set (the cheekily tossed-off, chugga-chugga, Velvets-cum-Stooges-aborted-baby-but-it-lived-anyway "Jaguar Ride"). In this song, we learn that tidal waves are bad, and are to be avoided. Anyway, between Armand Schaubroeck, Mirrors, & Electric Eels, "Rust Belt, USA" is thoroughly represented here! The disc ends with a blistering bit of post-punk by Chrome. Overall, this disc is an interesting exploration of underground music in the late 60's through the late 70's. Even though I was alive at the time, I was too young to be aware of anything like this (I was still firmly in my Beatles phase when most of this was recorded). As such, I really didn't "miss" this the first time around, and so this serves as a nice little bit of musical education. This is also the most stylistically varied of the three discs, although it does little to prepare you for the maelstrom that's about to hit you upside the head in discs 2 & 3. Hey, maybe that's the "tidal wave" that the Electric Eels were trying to warn us about! But they were too damn silly about it - they should've tried harder.
Heh, now the proverbial fecal matter collides with the proverbial rotating, air-circulation device! You might want to crack open a cold one (or three) to help soften the blow a little. The first thing you may notice is that we skip from the late 70's to the mid 90's. Was there nothing in the 80's to warrant inclusion? Oh well, that was Julian's heyday, so maybe he was too immersed in making his own music, not to mention building his awesome toy collection, to care much about what else was going on. Anyway, first up is a raging, careening, all-over-the-place, noise-metal opus by Monoshock, where the "singer" is basically screaming his brains out during a guitar meltdown. And it only gets more intense from there. Talk about noise-metal, VON LMO (pronounced like and originally spelled Von Elmo, but then he dropped the "E" because he felt it was redundant, but I digress) is CRAZY!!! This is some of the most insane, hardcore stuff I've ever encountered. Throughout the song, he just shouts out warnings about the titular mass destruction that's coming, but doesn't describe what specifically is going to destroy us. But, the metal guitar freak-out riding on top of the turbo-charged, ultra repetitive, jack-booted, goose-step, military-march-style drums sounds like the Earth is being invaded by extraterrestrial killer robots who are in the process of annihilating us, War of the Worlds style. But, being robots, our microbes have no affect on them, and so they succeed in destroying all of us. I was actually able to score a couple of discs by VON LMO, and they're both great. Red Resistor (the album off of which this selection was culled) is a true psychotic masterpiece. I had to pay, but it was well worth it. Sadly, it may not be available at any price by the time you read this. We get a bit of a break in the intensity next with the Tight Bro's From Way Back When (best band name EVER!). The music's still loud and fast, but this is more of a pump-your-fist-in-the-air, good-time rocker. But, it's also all too brief, as it's now back into the crazy pit with a selection by Thrones. Turns out this is just one guy, but what he does with a few synthesizers, guitars, and a drum machine is truly unbelievable! Like Mass Destruction, this sounds like the apocalypse is happening RIGHT NOW, except here we're all being massacred by cute, furry, baby animals - especially bunnies, but also puppies, kitties, duckies, etc. It reminds me of that South Park episode where the woodland creatures all turn out to be hardcore Satanists and are trying to bring about the birth of the Antichrist. Like with VON LMO, I liked this so much that I looked to get more, and was fortunate to score Sperm Whale and Day Late, Dollar Short. Both are collections of singles & B-sides, but play like cohesive albums, and are highly recommended. Truly demented and wonderful stuff - like doom metal played by Pixar animated characters. Sunburned Hand of the Man (a best band name honorable mention!) provides us with our first extended, trippy jam since disc 1. This is a very loose, relaxed groove that cruises along nicely and serves as a soothing interlude from the almost unbearable intensity to which you have just been exposed. If you're familiar with Julian's work, to me this has a very similar vibe to his stuff from Peggy Suicide and Jehovahkill. But, this was recorded much later, so hey, maybe Julian influenced these guys? Vibracathedral Orchestra turns the intensity back up a bit with a harder-edged extended jam, but it doesn't peg the insane-o-meter like some of the earlier songs on this disc. This has a similar feel to Sunburned Hand of the Man, as both are cyclical grooves of a sort, but oddly intense in an unusual way. Comets on Fire next provide us with a tantric noise guitar freak-out - nice! Closing out the colossal musical achievement that is disc 2 is, wait for it... The New Lou Reeds??? Huh??? You mean someone actually named their band THAT??? Hilarious! So, on this one disc, we're treated to arguably the best band name of all time (Tight Bro's) and arguably the absolute worst! I mean, dude, Lou Reed's still alive (well, at the time of this writing, even though he's not doing all that well after his much-needed liver transplant). Julian even has fun with this band's name choice in his liner notes, which are all great and yet another reason to get this collection. Anyway, the song is excellent, and is really just a loose, funny, straight-up rocker with, dare I say it, what I would call a radio-friendly sound. It's about an unfortunate incident involving drugs and state troopers while on the way to Mardi Gras from Cleveland (there's that place popping up again - ya just can't get away from Ohio, although everybody tries!). Wow, what a great, but exhausting, collection of tunes on this disc. I recommend NOT going directly to disc 3 and taking a break first. You need to wind down a little & relax. Seriously. You'll end up listening to this so much that the music will almost seem "normal" after a while, but you're not there yet. Upon initial exposure, you'll feel like you've just gotten the crap kicked out of ya. You need to take a walk, smell the flowers, watch the birds splashing about in your bird bath, go find a puppy or kitty and play with it for a while (don't worry, it probably won't actually try to kill you).
Now we come to disc 3. And here I thought the song by Thrones was going to win the Bizarro Award for this collection - heh, not so! That honor goes to The Temple by Haare. I'm not sure if I can really describe this using words, but it'll be fun to try. It's an all-synthesizer ambient-metal dirge that sounds to me like a glacier on fire. I picture a giant glacier moving faster than normal, such that you can hear and feel the rocky ground underneath it being crushed and ground down, and it's glowing in a magical, eternal fire that never melts any of the glacier. I would normally just file this under plain ol' "ambient" music and forget about it, but this is way too intense. Man, some wild, weird stuff! Next is a fairly straight-up, but raw, rocker by Vincent Black Shadow with some great guitar work. Orthodox gives us the longest song in this entire collection with Geryon's Throne - a grand, even monumental, doom-metal uber-dirge. It just builds and builds in intensity over its pounding, throbbing, thudding, roiling, 27-plus minute run time. The word "epic" tends to be criminally overused, but not here. Just amazing. The offering by Crow Tongue feels like a kind of synth-folk, and has an eerie, creepy vibe. The selection by Matt Baldwin is a truly awesome, all-guitar instrumental, and is truly ethereal. You feel like the guitar notes are changing to photons as they flow out of your speakers and are showering you in their light, and lifting you up towards the heavens. Personally, I would have ended the collection here, and put the Gunslingers song as the penultimate number. But, hey, that's just me, and if I feel that strongly about it I guess I can always program in my ideal song order. But, the Gunslingers song is great, and is a hard rock jam that sounds like it might have even been recorded live (maybe live-in-the-studio?). Well, that's all folks! What a collection! Once again, I can't recommend this highly enough. I don't just enjoy listening to this music, I find myself thinking about a lot of these songs and pouring over them in my mind at random times during my day. This has really enriched my life, as all great music should. So, if you're of a musically adventurous bent, and you've been pondering whether or not to take a chance and lay down the cash for this, let me go ahead and push you off of that fence. What I paid for this now seems like a pittance compared to what I got in return. Keep in mind, if you wait long enough, this may go out of print, and then you'll only be able to get it from private sellers who will now want the $100's it's actually worth. And, if you're into good music, and haven't already, be sure to check out Julian's stuff. I've thoroughly enjoyed his music over the years and it has also enriched my life.