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The Mad Excitement, The Barbaric Pulsations, The Incomparable Rh
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smegma - The Mad Excitement, The Barbaric Pulsations, The Incomparable Rh
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smegma

The Mad Excitement, The Barbaric Pulsations, The Incomparable Rh

€ 25.00

LABEL: Tim/Kerr Records
GENRE: Rock | FORMAT: Vinyl LP | CATALOG N. TK9512119 | YEAR. (1996)

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Smegma has been around, in one form or another, since 1973, issuing an average of a record a year out of odd tape-loops and jarring-yet-ambient original instrumentation long before electronic sampling was even a glimmer in Mr. and Mrs. Casio's eyes. They achieved a small degree of noteriety in the '80s as one of that proud elite of North American new-music acts hiply obscure enough to have European-only record deals. They're also known among the anti-pop sound exchangers of the international cassette underground. They're near-impossible to describe in rock-critic jargon, since their repertoire doesn't really incorporate melodies, lyrics, or star personalities. I can report my first-ever makeout session was performed to the background of a Smegma tape; this LP is a finely-sequenced suite of nine improvisational mood pieces that don't reject traditional tunes and scales so much as ignore them, in favor of setting their own tonal environment of loud disgust and low-key sly bemusement.


Notes   Tracklisting
Most recorded 11/94 & 11/95 at Smegma World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon. "The Boss" recorded 2/91. "I'm Pooped" recorded live at The X-ray 2/94. Packaged in letter press jacket printed at Indepdent Project Press, Sedona, AZ. and includes 4-color inner sleeve with artwork and release details. Pressed on marbled grey vinyl.
A1   Stereo Action (2:40)
    Keyboards [Optigon] - Ju Suk*
  Performer [Vibraband] - Stan Wood
  Trumpet - John Jensen
  Turntables [Record Player] - Oblivia (3)
A2   Creswell (3:55)
    Drums - Burned Mind
  Effects [Tape Echo], Bass [Acoustic], Zither, Performer [Mussette] - Ju Suk*
  Keyboards - Amazon Bambi
  Performer [Promars] - Dr. Id
  Performer [Sycophant] - Rob Roy
  Turntables [Record Player] - Oblivia (3)
A3   The Boss (3:33)
    Drums - Burned Mind
  Guitar, Performer [Promars] - Ju Suk*
  Performer [Jen] - Amazon Bambi
  Performer [Walkie-talkie], Bass - Samek Cosmano
  Tape [Loops] - Dr. Id
  Turntables [Record Player] - Arsene Zara
  Turntables [Record Player], Performer [Remco] - Oblivia (3)
A4   Babylon 2000 (6:45)
    Harmonica, Percussion - Charles Nims
  Keyboards [Optigon], Percussion, Clarinet - Amazon Bambi
  Keyboards, Performer [Toys], Effects - Dr. Id
  Percussion, Zither, Performer [Mussette], Trumpet - Ju Suk*
  Performer [Popular, Humming Bee], Percussion, Drums - Burned Mind
  Performer [Sycophant] - Rob Roy
  Turntables [Record Player], Bells - Arsene Zara
  Turntables [Record Player], Percussion, Performer [Toys], Bells - Oblivia (3)
A5   Old Scratch (5:00)
    Bass [Acoustic] - Ju Suk*
  Performer [Popular, Stuff] - Burned Mind
  Theremin, Synthesizer [Moog] - Josh Mong
  Turntables [Record Player] - Oblivia (3)
  Violin [Even-bridge] - Lee Rocky*
B1   Pillaloo (3:20)
    Bass [Acoustic], Trombone - Ju Suk*
  Clarinet - Amazon Bambi
  Performer [Popular, Stuff], Trombone - Burned Mind
  Sampler - Dr. Id
  Theremin, Synthesizer [Moog] - Josh Mong
  Turntables [Record Player] - Oblivia (3)
  Violin [Even-bridge] - Lee Rocky*
B2   X-Zilla (6:22)
    Drums - Burned Mind
  Guitar [Slide], Performer [Radio] - Ju Suk*
  Percussion, Performer [Scissors] - Charles Nims
  Performer [Sycophant] - Rob Roy
  Performer [Toys], Percussion - Amazon Bambi , Arsene Zara
  Performer [Toys], Turntables [Record Player] - Oblivia (3)
  Sampler - Dr. Id
B3   F&V (2:04)
    Keyboards [Optigon] - Dr. Id
  Turntables [Record Player] - Amazon Bambi , Arsene Zara , Burned Mind , Ju Suk* , Oblivia (3)
B4   I'm Pooped (9:38)
    Bass - Charles Nims
  Drums - Burned Mind
  Guitar - Amazon Bambi
  Guitar [Slide] - Ju Suk*
  Sampler - Dr. Id
  Turntables [Record Player] - Oblivia (3)