Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Chud - Mirage (Ger 1989, Neo-Psych Garage)

The Chud - Mirage (Ger 1989, LSD 110466)

Berlin's finest Neo-Psych/Garage group!!!

2nd Album Line-Up (1988-89):
* Vic Count: voc, guitars, prod.
* Rick Zontar: organ & piano
* Gary P. Alexander: bass guitar
* Eddie Fletcher: drums, perc

01. November Rain02. Gonzales!
03. Some Other Lifetime
04. Just In Time
05. Teenage Frustration
06. (Don't Seem To) Move
07. Walking Home Alone
08. Under The Green Sun
09. Garden Of Love

About The Chud The legendary Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, or -as they are better known - THE CHUD, existed from 1985 - 1992.
In 1985 they released their debut 45 rpm single "Don't call me Batman b/w Rumble At The Love-In", which became an indie chart success.
Legendary radio DJs John Peel (UK) and Rodney Bingenheimer (USA) both were fans, playing both sides of the 45 repeatedly, and Bingenheimer listed "Rumble at the Love-In" as one of his favourite tracks of 1985.
In 1986, 20 years ago now, they released their debut album "Silhouettes Of Sound".
After a few line-up changes, the band released "Mirage", their 2nd longplayer in 1989 on vinyl and CD."November Rain" was the single off of that album, and it appeared two months before the LP, on a 12" Maxi Single, with 3 otherwise unavailable songs on the B side.November Rain should not be confused with the Guns'n'Roses song of the same name, which it predated about half a year. In 1991 recordings for a third album began, but were never completed, when -after excessive touring and an unhealthy rock'n'roll lifestyle- the band 'faded out' in 1992.
In 2006, 20 years after their debut, they were back, for ONE NIGHT ONLY, in the original line-up: celebrating the anniversary with a single show at Berlin's new BASSY club on Dec. 9, 2006.

Both above line-ups have appeared at the Dec 9 2006, Berlin show!Further line-up changes included the following members: Robert Lehmann / Chrizza Larsen/Ginger Napoli/Tobi Natri and others
Influences ..The CHUD were heavily influenced by B-Movies (hence their name: The Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers), the first album's cover-design cited many old Roger Corman films and the songs' titles and production were very descriptive (e.g. "Rumble At The Love-In ", "Leather Room" etc.).Equally influential was their shared interest in garage bands like The Seeds, 13th Floor Elevators, the CA Quintet and all things Pebbles & Nuggets, which was not a common thing in 1985 (at the height of post-new romantic electro schlock).Their literary influences were wide ranging: from pulp novels like "Dr. Morton" or "Zontar - The thing from Venus" to beatnik authors like W.S.Burroughs, Kerouac and Herbert Huncke. Their live sets featured oil projections and soap bubble machines, thus evoking late 60s California, while the lyrics were more Velvet-Underground-New York than Sunshine Westcoast Hippiedom.
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