Heterophonies with bloody turkey sandwiches (2CD)



Cat Nº: SOMMCD02324




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Double CD containing “Heterophonies” (1975) and “Bloody Turkey Sandwiches” (1974). Although nearly 60 people have played in Pig Rider or its various offshoots over the years, there have only been two ever-present members, Colin Kitchener and John Mayes, who founded the band at Sevenoaks School in Kent, England in the late 60s. They met when they were 12, and not long after began haunting the music rooms at the school to hammer out current three-chord pop songs on pianos.

After a number of other names (including D Jabferg Flossyakkit and Bob Scratch and his Country and South Eastern Spring Blues Band) they settled on ‘The Pig Rider Robinson Heterophony’ to perform under. After an attempt to build a seven-foot robot bassist called Peregrine Robinson to front the band failed the name was finally abbreviated to its current form.

Pig Rider’s music has been described as “joke folk / mock rock” and although they claim that their minds were only altered by lot of beer drinking, there’s a real psychedelic element to it. Also, they should be regarded as pioneers of the DIY movement which would came a few years later. They recorded at home with rudimentary equipment, they used handmade modified instruments (“orgasmatron”, “banjelele”, “torture machine”, “aquaphone”, “swanee bicycle pump”…) and they self-released a series of acetate only albums housed in primitive, handmade sleeves.

“Heterophonies” was originally pressed by the custom label Deroy as a private edition of five acetates in 1975. The music is an amazing mix of psychedelic electric folk, acid folk and twisted pop with funny / bizarre lyrics, tape experimentation, effects and homemade / stoned atmosphere.

Think of Incredible String Band, Bonzo Dog Band, Syd Barrett, R. Stevie Moore…

In 2009, a review of “Heterophonies” appeared on the Galactic Ramble book. Richard Falk said: “…Heavy, lo-fi, electric folk with lots of weird electronic effects and a distinctly psychedelic atmosphere…”. That review was the clue for French collector Alexandre Mansuy to track down the band in 2013: “What I was on the point to discover was way beyond my wildest dreams.” Heterophonies” was only one of their many, many great recordings – 22 in all, including the 45rpm and tapes, complete, and to date unperformed, opera for schools, a song-cycle about Luton, a town they knew nothing about; songs designed to be played backwards, songs which are slightly offensive and others which are too offensive to play at all, anywhere, ever.”

Thanks to Alexandre Mansuy, we present a comprehensive Pig Rider reissue campaign, which started last June with “The Robinson Scratch Theory”, a compilation of their jaw-dropping 80s stuff. And we continue with two of their rarest acetates from the 70s, “Heterophonies” and “Bloody Turkey Sandwiches”.

“Bloody Turkey Sandwiches” is another ultra-rarity: only six copies were originally privately pressed by custom label Deroy in 1974. The music here is much in the same vein as their famous “Heterophonies” album but even more crazed. Some of the tracks bring to mind the more experimental side of Olivia Tremor Control / Black Swan Network or even They Might Be giants …but only 20 years before those bands existed!

Electric acid folk with stoned homemade atmosphere, lo-fi sound, bizarre & funny lyrics, effects, backward bits, surreal humour, psychedelic skiffle and old-timey music hall parodies, brilliant folk-rock-pop and titles like “Interdrive Overstella”, “Be Glad For The Song Has An Ending”, “Pus In Our Time” and “Have you seen your neighbour in the bath”.

Recommended if you like: Incredible String Band, Bonzo Dog Band, Syd Barrett, R. Stevie Moore…

Master tape sound. Booklet with rare photos and lyrics


Disc 1:

Beyond The Pail – The Insect Song – Dracula – Old John Braddleham – Ayleen May – A Tribute To Glenn Miller – Sheepstealer – Head Bashing Song – Being Menaced By A Dinosaur – Busted Bedspring Country Honk – Something Very Nasty – Koprotkin’s Lament – The Solicitor’s Lay – Abbot Wulfrig’s Rotunda – Dirt City ‘Live’

Disc 2:

Concert On The Coast – Shine On – Waltz Of The Homicidal Cabbage – Lonely Loss Adjuster Blues – Which Way To The Exist? – Wombat – South Coast Express – Pus In Our Time – World’s Greatest Lover – Blue Hair And Carrots – Ode To An Aardvark – Have You Seen Your Neighbour In The Bath? – Paeolithic Transport Blues – Be Glad For The Song Has An Ending – Pittsburgh Woman Blues – Interdrive Overstella – Big Joe