Any One Recall Local Band APES OF GOD from late 70's?
- If anyone remembers the brilliant WT Koltek and his mid-late 70's
Pittsburgh radio show on a then newly minted WYEP-FM, please help
with this if you are able: He often, or often enough, played a band
called The Apes of God (after the Wyndham Lewis novel). The song I
recall is titled "The East Is Red." If memory serves, it was, in
part, quotations from the little red book of Chairman Mao. Better
the "Little Red Book" of Bert Bacharach and Arthur Lee, say I, but
despite the apparent(?) - and unfortunate - verbal upraised fist
salute to a bloated totalitarian monster-thug (but then again, maybe
that wasn't the intention; maybe they were aiming at satire)
something about this song has haunted me for years. Despite the
militant affectations, this song, as I'm remembering it, was weirdly
avant all the same. It had a sort of metronome/ windshield wiper time
signature; it crept up on you and then crawled all over you like
ants. The closest I can come to what it resembled in like manner was
the RESIDENTS' Tourniquet of Roses.
I believe they were a local group; I believe the song was from a
single (I'd love to know the B side)...and somehow I've come to
recall that Reid Paley was involved. Or was it that what followed was
a song by The Five and that's why I came up with that association.
Tommorow never knows -- but maybe Tom does?