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Wiseblood “Motorslug”

Posted in music with tags , , , , on July 13, 2010 by motorslug
Wiseblood "Motorslug"
Wiseblood | Motorslug | Wax Trax! | 1985

What would our re-dedication to this blog be without posting the track that inspired it all? Motorslug by Wiseblood, the alter-ego of Clint Ruin aka JG Thirlwell aka Foetus and Roli Mossiman of Swans [among others]. A classic slab of demented, driving collage of sound run through the industrial-strength food processor that is Foetus’ brain. In his own words, the project was an attempt at “violent macho American music made by non-Americans.” Keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel!

You’ll probably notice that side B of this 12″ is missing from the download below. This is because you can re-create it in the comfort of your own home– simply take the loop that repeats at the end of side A, repeat it for 7 and 1/2 minutes, and BAM! You’ve now re-created “Death Rape 2000”. Fun AND educational!

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Click Click “Is It Real?” & “I Rage I Melt”

Posted in music with tags , , , on June 22, 2009 by cromagnonwoman
Click Click "Is This It?"
Click Click | Bent Massive LP | Play It Again Sam | 1989

Click Click "I Rage I Melt"
Click Click | I Rage I Melt EP | Play It Again Sam | 1987

When one thinks of 80’s-90’s Industrial acts, kids these days might call to mind Skinny Puppy or Ministry but mention Click Click and they’ll probably pretend to know what you’re talking about and then go straight home to ask the internets. I think this is a crying shame.

Click Click were formed in 1982 by Adrian Smith and Derek E. Smith, brothers with an apparently volatile relationship that might possibly have been further hindered by drug use, the over-consumption of tea, and a synthesizer called a WASP. Like those more name-dropped bands, they used tape loops, childrens toys, radio and television manipulation, and other decidedly analog methods to make their signature sound. They cite Cabaret Voltaire, Can, and Captain Beefheart as influences so you do the math.

They are reportedly releasing their back catalog in downloadable formats, but that was in 2008 and a cursory search of the web doesn’t show a lot of Click Click to be had. To remedy this travesty, here are two Click Click tracks for the delight of your ear balls. The first is “Is This It?” from their Bent Massive LP, released in 1989. The second is “I Rage I Melt” from their EP of the same title, from 1987:

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Machines of Loving Grace “All I Really Need”

Posted in music with tags , , , on May 9, 2009 by motorslug
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Machines of Loving Grace | Rite of Shiva 12″ | Mammoth Records | 1993

This b-side, exclusive to this single, shows Machines of Loving Grace at perhaps their most TKK-sounding– the guitars are funky, the beats are thumping, the funeral organs are droning, the background chants are spooky.

The highlight of the song, however, is the heavy amount of sampling going on, mainly of a woman hurling insult after obscene insult at an unknown target. It gets to the point where she almost seems to be doing a duet with Scott Benzel during the chorus– while he sings “all I really need is your love,” she’s constantly screaming “asshole,” “scumbag,” “bastard,” etc. in the background. It’s a great track, and shows the band’s sense of humor. In fact, it was included on their original demo in place of “Lipstick 66.”

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My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult “Cuz It’s Hot (sex until mix)”

Posted in music with tags , , , , on May 2, 2009 by motorslug
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Various Artists | Precision One 12″ | Art of Mix Records | 1991

Ahh, Thrill Kill Kult. Their long and fabulous story has been told many times over, and I’m not going to rehash it here, but needless to say they’ve been carving out their particular niche of leather-clad sex-beat for decades. For industrial DJs, they also provided some of THE best “bathroom songs” of the 1990’s– tracks so long you could cue them up, take a restroom break, get a fresh drink, and still get back with time to spare. The KMFDM vs TKK CDS and “Cuz It’s Hot” CDS were the best of these, with the latter’s title track clocking in at over ten minutes long. Ten minutes!

The song’s epic length was not always a good thing, though, so imagine my excitement when I found this promo 12″ from Art of Mix Records. Exclusive remixes of 808 State, Boxcar, Spectrum, AND TKK?? The best thing about S. Michael Meacham’s “sex until mix” of ‘Cuz It’s Hot is that it’s a little over half as long as the original, about five and a half minutes. There are some dj tricks thrown in, and a sliver of that ubiquitous (for the period) “no! sex! until! marriage!” sample, but the beat pretty much just pummels you the entire time. I understand that TKK re-released this cut via their Kult Konnection fan service, too.

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