Classic American underground compilations are rather thin on the ground,but probably the best of them is the Los Angeles Free Music Society's “Darker Skratcher”.
It starts off with a bang, thanks to Boyd Rice and Daniel Miller (Non and the Normal), and a Rosicrucian Temple record set to a minimal electronic backing track.The Rosicruscian's were a quasi-religious sect who made records to hypnotise our children into good,clean, citizens.The best Boyd Rice track ever,and the second best thing Miller has ever done.(Don't ask what the best track by The Normal was!)
Other highlights are the Monitor track, 45 Grave's ,before they got too “gothy”, dark poppy effort,DennisDuck's Davey the Worm,and the repetitive synth-punk of Human Hands.
Amongst the more accessible material we get the usual bizarre mixed bag of strangeness from the usual LAFMS regulars, and a standard modern primitive outing from Jad fair,of Half Japanese 'fame'.
A hugely entertaining underground Californian variety show,and a great introduction for the uninitiated, into the murky darkly scratchy world of the Los Angeles Free Music Society. Enter at someone else's peril,because you won't regret it.
|A1||– Boyd Rice & Daniel Miller||Cleanliness And Order||2:45|
|A2||– Jad Fair||XXOO||0:30|
|A3||– Vetza||Stale Puppy-Dog Tails||1:30|
|A4||– Rick Potts Band, The||Platform Swimfins||3:00|
|A6||– Doo-Dooettes||Pork Had Better Behave||2:05|
|A7||– 45 Grave||Riboflavin-Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Polyunsaturated Blood||2:37|
|B1||– Foundation Boo||Nap||2:10|
|B2||– Airway||Perpendicular Thrust||3:45|
|B3||– Dennis Duck||Davey The Worm||3:00|
|B4||– Le Forte Four||The Lowest Form Of Music||3:08|
|B5||– Human Hands||I Got Mad||3:00|
|B6||– Bpeople||The Other Thing||2:38|