THE FLYING LIZARDS (1980)

Flying Lizards (album)

Artist: The Flying Lizards
Label: Virgin Records
Producer: David Cunningham
Cover art: Laurie Rae Chamberlain
Length: 44:05

RECORDED FOR THE princely sum of £6.50, The Flying Lizards’ breakthrough single “Money” may not prove that the ‘the best things in life are free’, but it suggests that they need not be expensive. The modest production values and absurd humour of this insanely catchy song and its predecessor “Summertime Blues” set the tone for the group’s debut album, which finds homespun fun in the avant-garde.

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LOCUST ABORTION TECHNICIAN (1987)

Locust Abortion Technician

Artist: Butthole Surfers
Label: Touch & Go
Producer: Butthole Surfers
Cover art: Arthur Sarnoff
Length: 32:34

‘KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD,’ says the slogan on t-shirts and bumper stickers in the Texas capital, an attempt by local businesses to promote the city’s quirky charms. But in 1987, there was something far stranger brewing in a house on the northern border of Austin than the city’s citizens could ever have imagined. Locust Abortion Technician is an album of such singular peculiarity that its mere existence has made the entire world, let alone Austin, a much stranger place.

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ORGASM/CAVE ROCK (1969)

Orgasm_Cave Rock

Artist: Cromagnon
Label: ESP-Disk
Producer: Austin Grasmere, Brian Elliot
Cover art: Howard Bernstein
Length: 41:33

ORGASM/CAVE ROCK is the holy grail of lost freakout classics, a violently original work from 1969 that was so far ahead of its time, it was ancient. Like the mysterious monolith in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey released the year before, it’s an artefact that transcends time, having a strange effect on all who come into contact with it.

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DISCO VOLANTE (1995)

Disco Volante

Artist: Mr. Bungle
Label:
Warner Bros.
Producer:
Mr Bungle
Cover art: Arthur Hertz/Wometco Enterprises
Length: 68:45

NAMED THE WORST album of all time by the NME, who gave it zero out of five stars, there are no half-measures with Mr. Bungle’s sophomore effort. People either love or hate Disco Volante, an uncompromising album that makes the band’s debut sound like the funky pabulum of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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