"Beautiful reissue of the 1977 debut solo LP by Alvaro -- the Chilean with the Singing Nose. Alvaro Peña-Rojas was an advertising exec who ended up living in a squat in London when he chucked his professional career to fulfill his dream of being a musician. Rooming with he-who-would-become Joe Strummer, Alvaro was a founding member of the squat's pub-rock band, The 101ers. After the Pistols opened for The 101ers at the Nashville Rooms, Strummer felt like he was destined to become a punk, and founded The Clash. Alvaro took his own trio into the studio (along with singer Cathy Williams, then in Red Balune with her boyfriend, Geoff Leigh) and used his savings to record Drinkin My Own Sperm, which he then had pressed up on his own Squeaky Shoes label. The music is a mad mélange -- like Andean lounge music in parts, like berserk early Eno in others, and filled with the strange joy of Alvaro's keyboard inventions throughout. The album's title-track -- which Alvaro has long claimed was an ode to his lonely existence in London -- strikes us more like the move of a canny marketer. Because of its title, the record was banned on the BBC and often noted in contemporary mainstream journals as yet another sign of the disgrace that was punk. Of course, we leave the ultimate decision to you, but one has to wonder. This new release has both the lyric insert that accompanied the second pressing back in '78, as well as an historical booklet penned by Brian Turner (of WFMU) and Byron Coley. 800 copies were pressed." --Byron Coley, 2015
a collection of 7 rather lengthy incursions into a lo-fi Latin Andean folk fragment-rock-avant garde implosion-dorky ingenuity-cheery party tune-foggy introspection vortex remarkable for it's sheer audacity. For seekers of the unusual and overlooked, this could be considered at the verge of outsider music. Apart from Alvaro's lyrics, singing and enfant terrible piano chops, Antonio Narvaez and Cathy Williams back up on a bombo julero, stones, laughs, rrrrrrrs, piano, assorted percussion, pinquillo, double flute, bass and whistle. The drinkin' sperm thing is about a Buddhist masturbatory technique involving lifting your legs up the wall while laying on the ground. Right on! Mutant Sounds
Recorded and mixed November 1977 - Issued with a double-sided lyric sheet / promotional flyer.
This was the first UK LP by Alvaro, The Chilean with the Singing Nose, released on his own private press label based in London SW8.