TIP OF THE TONGUE 17 AUGUST 2014


Hollywood Autopsy
s/t
Little Big Chief Records LBCR-012
LP
£16.99

Officially licensed edition of 500 copies reissue of this lost art punk gem from Wisconsin: coming out of an early 80s hardcore obsessed scene Hollywood Autopsy come over like “Hurricane Fighter Plane”-era Red Krayola play King Uszniewicz’s “Surfin’ School” after having their garage re-tooled by Pere Ubu. Imagine if the 70s void that birthed the whole post-Velvets Simply Saucer school and the goofball American hobbyist LAFMS cabal had somehow infected suburban hardcore with a freeform freakout agenda then cross-breed that with ultra-keen UK DIY optimism and glee-in-creation and you’re close to the kind of spiked suburbia these guys were coming out of. They also get into the kind of slow-spinning euphoric jangle pop minimalism of their Kiwi kin, marrying implied motorik rhythms and endless chorus/reverb guitars to downer mumbled vocals in a way that will have you scratching your head and thinking, what, Kiwi Animal? Josef K eviscerated by The Spies? The Clean play Department Store Santas? Public Image Ltd w/The Cowboy Song as the central touchstone? Right there, you get a feel for the range of this wild, profoundly out-of-time side that exists somewhere upwind of 70s wasteland sounds of classic no-counts like Victoria Vein, Debris et al while sounding approximately *something* like them. A great, puzzling, triumphantly out side of fully infected art punk excess, beautifully rendered, highly recommended!



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