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Wednesday, March 26, 2003
IN SEARCH OF: ALCOHOL.....Wondering if any readers have any information on this ultra-bizarre early 80s UK D.I.Y. 45 called, simply, ALCOHOL. A friend bought this years ago & taped it for me; it is some of the weirdest, voice-beyond-the-netherworld "rock" music I've heard, right up there with Wavis O'Shave's "Mauve Shoes Are Awful", the Native Hipsters' "There Goes Concorde Again" or Gerry and the Holograms' "Gerry and the Holograms" in the refreshingly annoying -- but somehow still listenable -- catagory of experimental post-punk art. There is no information whatsoever on the sleeve nor the inner label -- just a crude child's drawing of stick-like figures and a bunch of doodles, and the sole mysterious word "Alcohol". The A-side has a cuckoo Englishman spinning out some stream-of-consciousness iambic pentameter, much of which centers around a discussion of "the pink-buttocked baboon", with some cool loopy electronics in the background. I've never even heard the flip. Who are these people? Why did they do this to us? Any information would be much appreciated.
UPDATE: Mystery solved in record time, and I couldn't have been more wrong. This is PETER BLEGVAD, who is NOT a Brit and is an American. The cover drawing I described was close but quite a bit off in terms of its content. And yet, and YET, the conundrum was quickly solved by one Bryan Zuraw. Your Agony Shorthand loyalty points are in the mail!