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Mystery Friday Number Six: How Many Fridays?

Mystery Friday Number Six: How Many Fridays?

Welcome to another edition of Mystery Friday, when I reach into the Box Of Unknown, pull out an unmarked cassette, play it, and attempt to describe it. Some of these tapes haven’t been played in more than 1,500 Fridays; who knows what’s on ’em? Not me, pal. Not me.

Tonight’s subject is a Sony HF 60 Type I Normal Bias cassette. As was customary, bits of Scotch™ tape cover each recording tab. I could record over this sucker right now. But no, I will listen to it instead. Here we go!

Side A
1. This is Tang S’Dang unplugged, rehearsing harmonies “Rear View”. The version on our Bigger & Harder CD was the only track I ever made money from, in the form of two BMI royalty checks totaling $69, for Australian radio airplay.

2. A sweet song I wrote that I had forgotten about until just now. Dunno the title; let’s call it “Private Eye”. We’re working on harmonies again. Just the opening, though, not the full song.

3. “Long Run”. A good Ricky song that we never properly recorded. Again with the harmonies.

4. “The Lovin’ Kind”. After more harmony work, Ricky tosses off a nice lead vocal on this great tune, which (surprise!) we never released.


OK this is the shit we recorded over. Moderately Gothic Mid-1980s Modern Rock, and all that implies. Hope this doesn’t last too lon


g. Big band jazz?!? “Tickle Toe” by Illinois Jacquet & His Big Band, says Shazam, just befo


re we’re back to the Brooding Modern Rockers. Shazam has no clue who this is, but this track is alright. Evidently I didn’t like it so much back in the ’80s, or I wouldn’t have taped over it. What’s that? Oh come on, get over it. What else was I supposed to do, throw it out? I’ve done that too, and it feels better to tape over, lemme tell ya.

Seems like this side is over. I wonder what’s on…

Side B

1. Eh, it’s this band again. Everything is so BIG in this mix. It’s THAT BIG ROCK SOUND. Not BIG AND TOUGH, no, BIG AND FLUFFY. Proggy bits in here, too. It’s like Mötorhead mushed with Rush, Love And Rockets, and whoever’s playing at McO’Spoonie’s this Wednesday night, mixed by the sound man at The Ritz circa 1988.


3. No. I’m going to spare us all Side B. There is no Side B. Side B never happened.

Mystery Friday #6

Oliver Squash: Wastecoat, 1992

Oliver Squash: Wastecoat, 1992

All Pieces by Oliver Squash
©1992 Oliver Squash


Side 1
Catatonic Bliss
Sweet China
The Pebble
Wasted Journey

Side 2
the Clowns
tasteless daze

What can I say about Oliver Squash? Honestly, words fail me at this moment. This 1992 cassette, one of two I received that year (stay tuned for Spaced) is…um…hell, where’s my thesaurus? Odd. Peculiar. Strange. Weird. Way-Out. Extraordinary.

Oliver Squash: Wastecoat,1992

The Bran Flakes: I Remember When I Break Down, 1996

The Bran Flakes: I Remember When I Break Down, 1996

The Bran Flakes are a Product of M.O.M. The MoFo Outreach Ministry Performed by Rev. Otis “FUN” Odder


Side 1
Call Me Patches
Feeling Merry
Mutual Admiration And Love
Think Big
Let It Be A Nightmare
(I Give Myself) That Girl
Homicidal UFO
Flight Of The Hindenburg
Magically Inside Of Me
Calling “Bob”
Blow Your Brains Out
Side By Side
I Killed Henry

Side 2
I Had A Hamburger Dream
Welcome To The Human Race
Subliminal Solice
The Intoxicating Reverberasia Lot
Face Another Day (2148)
Hollerin’ Linguistics
Throw It Away And Do Be Careful
Put A Hump In Your Back
Tender Sweet Young Thing
I’m Angry

Along with other bands such as Negativland and Evolution Control Committee, the Bran Flakes make extensive use of sampling, recontextualizing the samples into new works. The group scours thrift shops for obscure and quirky LPs; some of their songs also make use of recognizably famous bass lines, television shows, and soundtracks from video games. The unauthorized nature of much of their work has prevented the band’s work from wide commercial release. — Wikipedia

I’m superhappy The Bran Flakes are still blowing minds, 20 years after the release of this ribbon, in all formats, on four micro-indies: Disaster Relief, Ovenguard Music, Comfort Stand — and M8BR, which label issued the cassette I hold here. Key members Otis Fodder and Mildred Pitt are prolific, gifted assemblers of funky, twisted sound collages that unfurl like dreams, disconnected yet of a piece.

Be forewarned: These are Schedule I mixes. Dance until your face melts. Melt until your face dances. You never gave me your money, Patches!

The Bran Flakes: I Remember When I Break Down, 1996