(Below is a quick tribute to Bob & his Gimme Tinnitus
Who has received the most posts here in the last two years?A:
It's them Texas acid freaks
-- way, way up at the top of the pile.piouhgd got the first bit of props
; and then last summer Rembrandt
was featured. So it was only a matter of time before their 1987 album
would find its way onto the center of your screen and between yr earz.
One of my favorites in the annals of rock folklore is the one about this band moving near Athens to stalk REM
. The story is perfect-- reminding me of that Southern duality thing, on the level of the Beatles (angelic) & Stones (demonic), sort of. Another story from that period (as reported in It Crawled From The South
and some other members burning their van in Stipe
's front yard. I speculate that this was simply the Surfers' way of showing their love... and jealousy.
Another interesting story is the one where Gibby jokes to Cobain about jumping the wall at rehab
. Combine that one with the long-held rumor that he'd given Daniel Johnston
his first tab of LSD (which he denied in the documentary
But back to Locust
... It's full of interesting twists, from a bare bones Sabbath cover/homage
to the bizzare "Kuntz" (which includes source material, unknown to most fans, but identified by WFMU earlier this year
), to the debut of Gibbytronix...
"an arsenal of effects devices, which redefined the concept of lead vocals. Just like the various musicians and films going on simultaneously during BHS performances, Gibby’s voice was a wordless instrument that entered the dense mix comprising the BHS sound system experience. Without a distinct voice, the album was decidedly non-didactic. It was like jumping punk ship and falling into a hallucinatory dreamscape."
-found here in a much better article on the album than I could ever write
...and who could forget Leary's beautiful Hendrixian lead at the end of "23 Going On 23"? Absolutely brilliant.NOTE:
If any 'a youse out there owns a copy of the 1990 side project The Jackofficers Digital Dump
album, please contact me!Sweat Loaf
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