6.6.09

HARRY PUSSY : In An Emergency You Can Shit On A Peurto Rican Whore

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Harry Pussy exploded out of Miami at the arse-end of that whole, confusing cassette underground brouhaha sometime circa 1992 & were the spearhead of Siltbreeze's first wave of mentalist bands. From where I'm sitting, the current roster of Times New Viking, Eat Skull, Psychedelic Horseshit & the like sounds seriously anaemic in comparison to that earlier vanguard of The Dead C, Strapping Fieldhands, Sandoz Lab Technicians, the Jim Shepard army, Mike Rep & The Quotas, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apts & das Pussy - what do you think? I've still never quite worked out whether Harry Pussy were actually attempting to out-extreme every other mover & shaker of that particular scene (thereby providing it's deservedly undignified denouement, a little bit like The Sex Pistols in relation to Rock & Roll) or if they just made their music as intensely annoying an endurance test as possible to see how many jaded hipsters (i.e. moi) would buy it & dutifully listen to it in it's entirety. A little bit of both maybe? Either way, their records (& there were rather a lot of them) tended to sound like complete shit (in a good way) & come packaged in badly photocopied, hamfisted collages or, in at least one instance, a sleeve fashioned from an old curtain (spraypainted for maximum effect). Essentially a duo, Bill Orcutt (guitar & vocals) & Adris Hoyos (drums, vocals & now happily married to The Shadow Ring's Graham Lambkin!), the ear-blistering racket they managed to rustle up between 'em remains eyewateringly over-the-top, & never more so than on this charmingly titled 1993 debut LP. Lightning Bolt? PAH!! If you can hang onto your rattling dentures long enough you'll make it as far as their fanfuckingtastic cover of Kraftwerk's "Showroom Dummies", which is about as close as they got a "pop" song. Or, indeed, a "song". Ever.

Fuckology

Of course, if they reformed now there'd be slavering journalistic re-evaluation aplenty, a 10-disc boxset to digitally document their every last fart & the inevitable run of lacklustre liveshows at the ICA. Remember 'em this way.

12 comments:

  1. right on ! a friend of mine once screamed at me about how the 'frequencies' were ruining his speakers when i played this lp on his stereo .

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  2. just thought i'd mention that i've recently started a small 'label' to clear out some old stuff & a couple new of 7inches of new stuff . you can check em out here>http://www.greatdividing.com/ if y'wanna
    regards

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  3. Looks interesting, will have a proper peek this eve once w.o.r.k. (bleugh!) is out of the way...

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  4. yeah thanks , no worries i got work commitments too . just thought i'd tell ya that i can send you links to the full mp3 files if y'wanna hear em in glorious no fi

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  5. All looking v.good but I think I need to download a few plug-ins to fully appreciate it - any clues...?

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  6. no i don't think so it should all be pretty straight forward blogger stuff ... i don't know . what seems to be the problem ? text ? graphics ?
    email is probably easier > andrew at greatdividing@gmail.com i'll send you the download links for the 7"s

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  7. Totally cool! Ta for that. I'll attempt to bump up the settings this medieval laptop first though...!

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  8. steve albini said some really great quote that i can't remember about needing noise and...i don't know but it was really good and..thanks.

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  9. Anonymous31.8.09

    Thanks for this. The late 90's would not have been the same without Harry Pussy. Their live shows were epic

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  10. I'm jealous, I was never fortunate enough to see 'em live I'm afraid. If Sex Pistols were the "end" of rock'n'roll, then Harry Pussy were definitely the end of "noise" - they're still the most extreme purveyors of that attitude I've come across...

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  11. martin8.11.11

    This blog is doing a great job of keeping me away from homework. I was always curious about this band, so it's great to see a post. I will forcibly make my self listen to his while I try to write my essay.

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  12. If you like it, check out Bill Orcutt's current solo guitar stuff too...

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