Saturday, 31 January 2009

Tacky Souvenirs of Pre-Revolutionary America

Or Now How Can You Call That Music #2

One of the highlights of 1987 for me, was driving around madly in my nice new van, blasting out Culturcide's album - Tacky Souvenirs of Pre-Revolutionary America.

The whole thing consisted of err, 'modified', or more accurately - graffiti'd versions of popular mainstream tunes, with incisive & less than flattering lyrics tacked over the top, some excessive fuzz guitar, and other 'subtle' embellishments. Not 'covers', more a case of playing the original tracks & adding their own observations (Vandalism, if you like). I thought it was funny as hell & played it (and laughed) a great deal.

I don't have the vinyl myself, and tracking down mp3's ain't easy, but unlike some late 80's stuff I loved... it is possible. So, in even poorer quality than the original LP - I give you choice tracks from Culturecide. Thanks to Kill Your Pet Puppy for providing some useable material.

Bruce - Culturcide (Dancing in the Dark-Bruce Springsteen)
If you don't laugh when the added vocals/fuzz guitar come in; just stop, you won't enjoy the rest.

Industrial Band - Culturcide (We're an American Band - Grand Funk Railroad)

They Aren't the World - Culturcide (We are the World - Band Aid)

Star Spangled Banner - Culturcide

E & I - Culturcide (Ebony & Ivory)

There are other gems, even if overall, it's hardly easy listening - Love Is a Cattle-Prod, The Heart of Rock n Roll is the Profit, Let's Prance - you can guess the originals, I'm sure.

Culturcide Fansite | Houston Press article about their 1998 'comeback'.

I do now have the whole thing as individual mp3's - ask nicely...
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