WRECK: Appendages of the Homosexuals [playlist]
- wReck thiS meSS Radio Patapoe 97.2 Amsterdam
Adventures in UNsound: no. 175 > Appendages of the Homosexuals
Maandag, 18 Maart 2002 (17.05 to 19.00)
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Ants > Die Trip Computer Die 
Bad Weather Circuits > Die Trip Computer Die 
Kitchen > L. Voag 
Toilet > L. Voag 
Living Room > L. Voag 
Bedroom > L. Voag 
The Way Out > L. Voag 
Bloodmilch > Die Trip Computer Die 
The Rusting of Techno-Cop > Die Trip Computer Die 
America's Burning > Die Trip Computer Die 
The Lengthy Pause > L. Voag 
Franco's Prayer > L. Voag 
The Raw End (of the Tits, Bums & Challenge Deal) > L. Voag 
All About Cheap > The Homosexuals 
Anti-Fugue [Theme of the Horn-rimmed Ones > Die Trip Computer Die 
Has Durability Been Sacrificed to Good Looks? > L. Voag 
Planning - Budgeting - Shopping > L. Voag 
Helping the Police With Their Enquiries > L. Voag 
An Irish Airhead Foresees His Death > Plain People of England 
Civil War > Plain People of England 
Battle Train to Clonsilla > Plain People of England 
Fourth Flaw > Die Trip Computer Die 
The Monumental > L. Voag 
Laing T. Wilbamot Version of Holy Holies > L. Voag 
What Architects Dream Of > L. Voag 
My Battle With Irony > Plain People of England 
Beauty Spreads > L. Voag 
Aural terrorism > L. Voag 
We dress up our Ideas to make them seem greater than they really
Are > L. Voag 
According to Freud > L. Voag 
Let's Go to the End of the Party World > L. Voag 
Kiss Wiv Venom > L. Voag 
Eigenwerkuss [Ich Kann Nicht Hexen] > L. Voag 
The Night before the Morning After > Plain People of England 
La Javanaise > Murphy No Geisha 
Summer Evillings > Die Trip Computer Die 
Front Door / Hall > L. Voag 
The Samantha Cycle Part IV > Die Trip Computer Die 
Fourth Flaw > Die Trip Computer Die 
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 "Shorter Circuits vol. 1" on Waste Records [I think]. 2 members
are aberrant offshoot of the Homosexuals: "Amos" and Lepke
Buchwalter. It seems to be an apparent nom de sampler for a band
blaspheming and sampling a mile a minute as if aural collage can
still have an effect on the way we perceive things -- the old
socialist aesthetic of consciousness through creativity. Lots of
dense fun reminding me of the Tape Beatles or Negativland as funneled
through some Pink Soft Machine Cow.
 "We Are Your Friends" on Alcohol Records
<lmc@...>. The band's full name is Die Trip Computer
Die.According to Shyboy, "in the U.K. a 'trip computer' is a computer
in the dashboard of a car that keeps track of trip mileage, etc."
apparently band member Lepke once saw a car on the street with the
grafitti "Die, Trip Computer, Die!" written on the windshield, hence
the inspiration for the band name. The band members are Lepke B., Ted
Barrow, and Xentos Bentos (not their real names). This is incredibly
dense and esoteric work that somehow reminds me of mid-80s industrial
bands getting their hands on samplers, maybe Test Department or early
Nurse with Wound. Mixed with Soft Machine vs Negativland. But it is
also dark, anarcho-humorous, densely and complexly inaccessible
nerve-wracking post-music, which I ended up really admiring...
 "The Way Out" on Alcohol Records This is "Amos" from Die Trip &
other more clandestine sonic ensembles. A very unnerving and yet
amusing pastiche of raw outtakes, basement tapes, wild forays into
exuberant scrambled jazz and topsy turvy takes on the pop world. Some
tunes even sound Flipper-esque [Living Room] in their wide-eyed
notions of enthusiastic cynicism. Meanwhile, "Bedroom" is absolutely
magical, ethereal, like an eccentric angel breaking wind.
 I only have one cut on one old radio show tape. I wonder why.
When listening to it I think it sounds great. Kind of like that cross
between engagé funk ala Rip Rig and Panic, No Wave. This particular
number is dubby like early period Mekons and it also somehow reminds
me of the Fall According to some reliable DJ sources [as I did not
keep up on this aspect of UK music] the Homosexuals were both
brilliant and shrouded in mystery. Didn't play out much, were much
better than their renown would indicate. A common enough pop culture
formula: the better/more provocative the music, the less renowned you
will be. Obscure, that magical lucre of the radio DJ
Daniel Selzer <http://www.geocities.com/danselzer/Homosexuals.html>
"The Homosexuals were the greatest, no, the Homosexuals could've
been, would've been, should've been the greatest band of all time.
Better than the Beach Boys and the Beatles. Better than Elvis or Bo
Diddley. Instead they are one of the greatest mysteries in rock
history, an entire band whose existence best analagises to the
non-record 'Smile.' They came and went, leaving a spattering of
singles, a plethora of pseudonyms, and a great deal of potential. In
his insert for the Homosexuals record, Chris Cutler wrote something
to the effect of "the Homosexuals merged two thoroughly unique forms
of British music." I always took that to mean, the post-psychedelic
progressive art rock that Cutler championed so much (Syd Barrett's
Pink Floyd via Robert Wyatt and the Soft Machine, via Cutler's Henry
Cow) and Punk Rock (Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Buzzcocks, the
Vibrators, and more likely, the post punk of Magazine, Swell Maps,
This Heat [quick note, I've been roasted before for calling This Heat
post-punk. I stand by my statement, Deceit and Health and Efficiency
are Post-Punk] Of course listening to the Homosexuals one also hears
the influence of British folk-rock ala Incredible String Band and
Fairport Convention, as well as strait up Power-Pop. Sometimes you
can hear all these in one song (see "Total Drop") We have, initally
3 members, Bruno, Anton (also known as George Harrassment) and Jim
(also known as L Voag, Xentos Bentos, Amos, and God knows what else.)
They form 1978 in London, part of a political, communal squat
movement, where they meet contemporaries and later collaborators such
as Lepke Bookwater (responsible for Milk from Cheltelhem) members of
This Heat, and This Heat's producer, Flying Lizard David Cunningham.
They come into contact with Chris Grey and Surrey Sound Studios.
Chris Grey would be something like another Homosexual and considering
the amount of studio tinkering on the Homosexuals recordings, his
importance can't be underestimated, though it is unclear what moments
may be Grey's responsibilities, as the rest of the band, particularly
L Voag, were adept tape manipulators themselves. They have a
revolving stable of drummers including Ted Barrows later of the
Orchestra Murphy. Jim leaves to create even more experimental music
under the name L Voag and about a hundred others. The Homosexuals
record their finest material In the mid-80s Bruno takes the original
2" masters, dumps them to cassette and records over them with
something else (what?). Bruno gives those cassettes to Chris Cutler,
who, despite not having the permission of the other members and
despite the deteriorated and unfinished quality of the material,
releases it as the "Homosexuals Record." Bruno is [now]/was [then]
managing a rap artist. Anton/George Harrassment still plays guitar
Chris Grey is 'a little eccentric.' L. Voag continues to be an
important force in experimental music and certain aspects of the
London new music community, most recently crafting unique twisted
digital pop noise with Die, Trip Computer, Die!" Meanwhile, according
to Selzer, the members are all dispersed and not getting along
although I'm not so sure
 "The Gab - Gift or Curse?" One of many obscure and somewhat
recognized mutations of [London's] Murphy Orchestra, or Orchestre
Murphy, Rob Murphy's ongoing project. I always thought it would a
great strategy to change the name of your band with each disc, each
show, each tour. Anyway, this is very interesting askew mutant
morphing pop [pop with warped strands of DNA] that reminds me [again]
somehow of the Mekons, or a mere hint of a shadow of a guess of a
rumor of a band somehow forming a kind of sonic bridge between the
notions of the Situationists and the virtualness of the internet. I
guess. Immensely interesting, insidiously vexing. According to my
sources, Murphy is currently with some of the edgiest musicians in
London like Caroline Kraabel.
 "Murphy No Geisha" is Rob Murphy with Akiko Sato and Tomoko
Minamizaki singing Gainsbourg in Japanese - Kazuko Hohki move over!
Rob Murphy is also in the Plain People and the various incarnations
of the Murphy Orchestra. His CD "Smut" was released by Alcohol
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In the Volkskrant of March 27: In 1980 Dan Quayle [ex US vice-prez]
proposed liquidating anti-nuke prime minister David Lange of New
Zealand because he refused to allow US nuclear subs into New Zeeland
This is an edited version of an email that came to me via reader/'listener' SM:
In George W. Bush's First year in office he:
1. Significantly eased field-testing controls of genetically engineered crops.
2. Cut federal spending on libraries by $39 million.
4. Cut by 50% funding for research into renewable energy sources.
5. Revoked rules that reduced the acceptable levels of arsenic in
6. Blocked rules that would require federal agencies to offer
bilingual assistance to non-English speaking persons.
8. Cut funding by 28% for research into cleaner, more efficient cars
9. Suspended rules that would have strengthened the government's
ability to deny contracts to companies that violated workplace
safety, environmental and other federal laws.
11. Appointed John Negroponte, an un-indicted high-level Iran Contra
criminal to the post of United Nations Ambassador.
12. Abandoned a campaign pledge to invest $100 million for rain
13. Reduced by 86% the Community Access Program for public hospitals,
clinics and providers of care for people without insurance.
14. Rescinded a proposal to increase public access to information
about the potential consequences resulting from chemical plant
18. Pulled out of the 1997 Kyoto Treaty global warming agreement.
19. Cut $200 million of work force training for dislocated workers.
21. Cut a program to provide childcare to low-income families as they
move from welfare to work.
22. Cut a program that provided prescription contraceptive coverage
to federal employees (though it still pays for Viagra).
23. Cut $700 million in capital funds for repairs in public housing.
24. Appointed Otto Reich - an un-indicted high-level Iran Contra
criminal - to Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs.
25. Cut Environmental Protection Agency budget by $500 million.
28. Repealed workplace ergonomic rules designed to improve worker
health and safety.
29. Abandoned campaign pledge to regulate carbon dioxide, the waste
gas that contributes to global warming.
30. Banned federal aid to international family planning programs that
offer abortion counseling with other independent funds.
31. Closed White House Office for Women's Health Initiatives and Outreach.
37. Renegotiating free trade agreement with Jordan to eliminate
worker's rights and safeguards for the environment.
44. Makes sure convicted misdemeanor drug users cannot get financial
aid for college, though convicted murderers can.
47. Proposed a $2 trillion tax cut, of which 43% will go to the
wealthiest 1% of Americans.
48. Signed a bill making it harder for poor and middle-class
Americans to file for bankruptcy, even in the case of daunting
49. Appointed Vice President Dick Cheney who's quoted as saying "If
you want to do something about carbon dioxide emissions, then you
ought to build nuclear power plants."
52. Cut $15.7 million earmarked for states to investigate cases of
child abuse and neglect.
53. Helped kill a law designed to make it tougher for teenagers to
get credit cards.
54. Proposed elimination of the "Reading is Fundamental" program that
gives free books to poor children.
55. Is pushing for development of small nuclear arms to attack deeply
buried targets and weapons, which would violate the Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty.
58. Eliminated funding for the "We the People" education program
which taught School children about the Constitution, the Bill of
Rights and citizenship.
59. Appointed John Bolton - who opposes nonproliferation treaties and the
U. N. - to Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
69. Earmarked $4 million in new federal grant money for HIV and drug
abuse prevention programs to go only to religious groups and not
Carola [formerly of the group Solomonoff & Von Hoffmanstahl who did
an act that somehow fit in somewhere between Suicide and DNA] at On
The QT reacting to my show devoted to String instruments and my
playing of Chicago Transit Authority's first album: "Television was
indeed better than Talking Heads. And re Abbie Hoffman -- just
excavated tapes I have of an interview I did with him in 80. Right
after he resurfaced. How changed he was by then from when I first
encountered him in Yippie days. [Lifestyle] had blunted his ability
to connect with others. Which had been one of his strong points as an
organizer. And here's a story for you -- Richard Poe, who edited
East Village Eye in its last years of the Big 80's, recently told me
of going to a "60's Theme Nite" at what once had been the Filmore
East and running into Abbie at the door. Abbie had been invited but
was turned away by the doorman who'd never heard of him. How fleeting
is fame but also, how awful were the 80's. Richard Poe also
mentioned another editor at the Eye who had long hair and how he
(Poe) was glad to see him because he thought he was a hippie symp.
Which at the time, Poe was too. But he discovered the guy was an
"ironic hippie" and the hair was naught but a fashion statement...
"ironic hippie" - it would make a good name for a group. Or a
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