Grunt - Archive: 90's Tapes

Mammoth collection of Mikko Aspa's work as Grunt. A spectacular revisitation of impossible to find releases and contributions to splits and compilations and a couple of unreleased tracks thrown in for good measure.

Released on Industrial Recollections in 2014.












Butthole Surfers - Double Live

This won't be new to most of you.

If it is, what the hell have you been doing with your life?

Back in the day (as your grandad is fond of saying) there was a spurt of "official bootlegs" that came out. It would be impossible for me to say whether this or Walls Have Ears or Sound Of Impact are the greatest thing ever. Anyway ... 28 tracks of live Butthole glory ... apparently recorded on DAT ... it sounds murky which adds to the Buttholian charm. There is nothing in the booklet that tells you anything about where these recordings came from ... it doesn't matter.

I've not played this for a very long time. Way back when, I thought that it was beautiful ... listening back now, I admire it all the more. Truly unhinged magnificence and perfect in all the wrong ways!!!

Double CD released on Latino Bugger Veil in 1989 (my copy is #4667 btw).




Crash Worship - Live 95

More unwashed psychodervish drums ... this time recorded live in Prague in 1995.

This was released on Fantastic in 1995 and later released as "The Gods Are..." four years later on the same label.

Live 95


Crash Worship ADRV - The Science of Ecstasy

Recorded in 1988 and 1989, released as a cassette in 1989 by the band's Rocco Fresco label. This is, I think, the first release credited to Crash Worship ADRV (Adoración De Rotura Violenta).

Crash Worship ADRV - The Science of Ecstasy


Crash Worship ADRV - ¡Espontaneo!

Anybody in the mood for psychotic samba?

CD released on Mason Jones' Charnel Music in 1991.



This Is The Place!

In the face of barbarism, we give you poetry.


Crash Worship - This

First official Crash Worship tape, recorded in 1986 and released by the band in 1987.

Crash Worship - This


Crash Worship - What So Ever Thy Hand Findeth - Do It With All Thine Might

Once I heard the Butthole Surfers' double drummer line-up my general rule in life became: the more drummers the better! Unless it's a marching band (that's not cool). Here, the lovely Crash Worship people give you three ...

12" jointly released on Rocco Fresco and ¡Alarma! in 1989.

Do It With All Thine Might


Crash Worship - Hit After Hit

Recorded in 1985 & 1986, released as a private-edition cassette for the band's friends in 1986.

Crash Worship - Hit After Hit


Há-Zá-Má - Há-Zá-Má

Lovely music that just drifts away ...

CD reissue of an earlier tape released on Captain Trip Records in 1995.



Há-Zá-Má - Once Upon A Time

Roku, Furukawa, Kaoru O and the legendary Michio Kurihara delivering quality psychrock ...

CD reissue of an earlier tape released on Captain Trip Records in 1999.

Once Upon A Time


Há-Zá-Má - Under The Radioactive Fallout

An unexpected and brief reprise of Há-Zá-Má with only Roku surviving from the original line-up.

C54 released on Sloow Tapes in 2011.

Under The Radioactive Fallout


Devo - Be Stiff

Their first 12" EP, released by the legendary Stiff Records in 1979. Includes early self-produced versions of songs that later appeared on "Q: Are We Not Men?", plus an Eno-produced version of the title track and one additional tune.

Devo - Be Stiff


Taco - タコ Box Vol.1 甘ちゃん

I used to think that Taco never really existed and began to think that they were imagined somewhere in order to torment me with the never to be realised potential that the myth might actually be true.

The increasingly magnificent Super Fuji Discs released this four CD masterpiece in 2012. Apparently there is a Volume 2 as well ... but I can barely manage English never mind navigate their website ... maybe one day I will hear that truth as well ...

And this is pertinent information lifted from elsewhere:

"Taco" means "octopus”, "kite" and even "bunion" in Japanese. Bald men or men with shaven heads, and red-faced, staggering drunks are also referred to as "taco". It’s a word that appears in a lot of slang and sayings. "Taco" is also the name of the 80s music and performance collective whose performances were like nothing before or since.

The Japanese band Taco, formed at the beginning of the 80s, is a loose group/collective of varying members that belongs to the post-punk alternative music movement. The network of members was all friends and acquaintances of Harumi Yamazaki, ex-member of Gaseneta and Taco’s central member. Taco can be described as a band of guerillas who, over the years, continued to connect, collect, interrupt, and scatter while sending out, into the world, music and sounds that can best be described as transient. Taco also performed without Harumi and so it is as though the band is an anonymous group of mercenaries.

Taco’s first album was released in 1983 and had a huge impact on Japan’s underworld music scene as an anomalous and collaborative album involving various participating artists (the stars of Japan’s underground music scene!) and Harumi, who provided the lyrics. Although each track represents a reverberating conglomeration of sounds created by this transient local network, common to all the tracks is Harumi’s expressive lyrics. This has the effect of transforming all the tracks into a single powerful force which in turn spawns an 'incident' which spreads like a giant ripple. However, because of another incident in which the records were recalled due to the scandal caused by some of the lyrics, only a limited number of people actually own a copy of the album.

The following is a description of Taco by one of its members following one of its live performances:

"Taco’s like a project where the indeterminate participants fan each other’s heightened emotions of wanting to wreak personal revenge and retribution. It’s an ecosystem of tangible and intangible mouldy slime which accumulate in order for emotions to be acted out, both indoors in the studio, or outdoors on stage. That’s why the avenger can often end up being the victim."






Taco - タコ

The best way to begin to even begin to describe this is to say that it was released on Pinakotheca.

Truly great music that ranges from inspired insanity to new wave / J-pop to elegiac chaos to punk carnage. Inspired!

LP released on Pinakotheca in 1983.



Taco - 大全

There is a disgruntled comment on Discogs about this release ... I don't believe a word of it! Read it if you want but it's really not worth it. Whilst this reprises some of the original LP ... there are major differences ... nothing is as simple as a baseless opinion it would appear.

This release adds some interesting and entertaining spoken word interludes. There also appears to be a few points where injudicious bleeps are inserted to obscure words in order to appease the mortally offended. These are also missing from the vinyl. Yeah, Discogs can be full of shite.

More fact, non-fact and baseless Bleak Bliss opinion will become clear tomorrow.

CD released on SSE Communications in 1994.



Gaseneta - Sooner Or Later

These are recordings from 1978 by what I think is the core line-up of Harumi Yamazaki, Jun Hamano and Toshiharu Ohsato (although there is an apparently uncredited drummer on these tracks as well). Until 2011, these appeared to be the only surviving recordings of Gaseneta.

CD released on P.S.F. Records in 1991.

Sooner Or Later


Gaseneta - Greatest Hits

Genius ramshackle garage rock and roll punk noise that delightfully collapses around your ears.

Greatest Hits is very tongue in cheek considering that they didn't actually release anything in their lifetime. The majority of these recordings are made between 1977 and 1979 with three tracks from 1985 that have a completely different line up including Asahito Nanjo on bass, Munehiro Narita on guitar and Yuro Ujiie on drums (all of whom were in High Rise).

CD released on Super Fuji Discs in 2011.

Greatest Hits


Devo - Ultracore 1974-1977

Collection of early demos and live stuff, of unknown provenance, assembled by fans and passed around in the usual way. If all you know are the hits, this is unlikely to give you no satisfaction. However, if you expect basement electronics recorded at a time and place when no "scene" or context existed for such a thing, then this is a remarkable document.

Devo - Ultracore 1974-1977


Devo - Hardcore Devo Vol. 4 74-77

Further grey-area collection of homemade synthesizer squelch and teenage hormonal panic by Akron's Fab Five. Definitely not produced by Brian Eno.

Devo - Hardcore Devo Vol. 4 74-77