By: Tommy Walzer
Here’s our wall of vinyl at the KCOU station. Each week, one of our music staffers will listen to a random album off this wall and tell us a little about it.
The band’s name was enough for me to want to know what this album was all about. That coupled with the slightly disturbing image of the band’s heads suspended in glass jars is what made me pull Lubricated Goat’s Psychadelicatessen from the shelf. Later that week, on a Sunday night, I sat down with the rest of the blog staff to listen to and talk about this obscure choice cut. Here are our obscure thoughts on each track:
Me: The main riff sounds like the first half of a concluding rock riff.
The predictable pattern of the melody does not follow the rules on this track. This band doesn’t follow any rules either, as we would soon discover.
- “Eternal Loser”
Emily: This is very unsettling. Like, I don’t feel calm.
Pierce: Ok, so I’m wearing only white briefs, and I’m high on PCP. I’m on a rampage through a Chicago suburb, like where Tommy lives, and I’m just punching people on the way home. It’s basically Ferris Bueller, but add no clothes and PCP.
- “New Kind of Animal”
Me: Alright so this is how I see myself in the music video for this song. I see myself in a POV video. I’m holding a camera walking through a nightclub, and I’m wearing sunglasses just having the time of my life. And everyone around me thinks I’m nuts, but I’m having the time of my life.
- “Give Chance a Piece”
Pierce: The vocalist sounds like Skeletor from He-Man.
Me: I’m a big fan of the bassline. Very groovy.
Pierce: All their guitar riffs are like three notes, but very infectious.
Me: Their style reminds me of Primus, kind of funny sounding, with wacky riffs, but still very fun.
Emily: (observes back cover) Looking at their picture, they don’t seem to have a very close relationship
“I Saw It”
Me: I keep hearing farts and wacky samples
Pierce: This sounds like you had a nightmare where you were on Letterman and this was the intro music.
Emily: But you never even got to go on the show because this was playing, and then you wake up.
Pierce: The drums sound like the home run bat in Smash Bros.
Me: Their music is definitely a mix between Anthrax and Primus.
Pierce: This is definitely an 80s teen movie where they break out in dance but they don’t have enough money to get the rights to a song so they made this song.
- “Spoil the Atmosphere”
*KCOU’S Evan Campbell walks in*
Me: Evan what are your first impressions of this?
Evan: It’s loud.
Pierce: In 1990 (year of release) would there be groupies for this?
Me: I don’t think I’ve ever heard this good of a guitar solo that repeats itself so much.
- “Never Know What Hit You”
Pierce: I would lift weights to this.
Me: You even lift bro?
Pierce: Only on Muscle Beach, outside, in front of a lot of people.
Emily: This music has inspired me to do whatever I want.
10. “You’re Fading Out”
Emily: Oops I was wrong, I thought this was the last song.
Me: Emily, you’re fading out.
For the most part this was an album that we didn’t really know what to make of. The Australian noise rock duo capitalizes on their wackiness with their instrument playing, lyrics, and overall image. Stylistically, it’s 70s hard rock reimagined for the most avant-garde portion of the 80s. Bold, noisy, and at times downright goofy, Psychadelicatessen should be a staple in any rock and roll weirdo’s collection.