NEW YEAR NEWS ROUNDUP

Back when I first created this site, prior to taking everything down and focusing on an Ugly ‘n’ Weird book instead, I used to post the odd bit of ‘news’. I put that in inverted commas because I know I’m not a journalist.

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LIARS

Liars

…I left Australia when I was young, so being anywhere – in America, or Berlin – I feel like an alien.

Angus Andrew, The Quietus, 2010

Formed: New York, USA, 2000

Featured album: They Were Wrong, So We Drowned (2004)

YOU NEVER KNOW quite where you stand with Liars. One minute they’re making you shake your butt and tap your feet with their funky dancepunk; the next they’re freaking you out with experimental concept albums, or creating their most intimate and personal music using synthesisers. It’s part of the appeal of this art-punk trio, for whom restlessness is a perpetual state of being.

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BUTTHOLE SURFERS

Butthole Surfers

We… come from the same place of just hating what we heard, and wanting to make something that was even worse that people would hate even more and somehow get paid for it. That’s what we were trying to do; make the worst records possible.

Paul Leary, Our Band Could Be Your Life, 2001

Formed: 1981, Texas, USA

Featured album: Locust Abortion Technician (1987)

IF IT’S TRUE what French symbolist Arthur Rimbaud said about a systematic derangement of the senses being the source of true creative inspiration, then the Butthole Surfers might just be America’s greatest artistic visionaries. There are few audio-visual experiences as mind-shatteringly disorientating – to band and audience alike – as a Butthole Surfers show.

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MR. BUNGLE

Mr Bungle

The main thing we see when we look into an audience is people laughing at us. It’s perfect…. They just have this look on their faces like they’re watching a cartoon or something.

Trevor Dunn, Sounds interview, 1991

Formed: 1985, California, USA

Featured album: Disco Volante (1995)

LIKE MANY PEOPLE of my age who grew up with Faith No More’s adventurous alt-metal in the nineties, I eventually discovered their singer Mike Patton’s ‘other’ band and promptly had my quaint ideas about music exploded forever. Mr. Bungle gave new meaning to words like ‘eclectic,’ ‘alternative’ and ‘extreme,’ irrevocably corrupting my mind and opening my unsuspecting ears to a new dimension of musical possibilities.

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