Mark Tucker (born 1957-10-11 in Laurel, Maryland, and who legally changed his name in 1991 to T. Storm Hunter) is a musician, and co-founder of Tetrapod Spools.
His debut album, Batstew, which is now collectible, was released in two runs, each of 100 copies. There was also one personalized edition for his girlfriend of the time, Eva Bataszew, whose title was Bataszew. The album was re-released in 1996 as a compact disc, with extra tracks that never made it onto the original LP. It comprises amongst other things recordings of Tucker's car, a 1964 Cadillac which he had nicknamed "The Bat".
After a couple of mental breakdowns, Tucker recorded his second album, In The Sack, in 1982, under the pseudonym "T. Storm Hunter" which he later adopted as his legal name. The music was largely experimental, with tracks including "Everywhere with Sally (Ride)", a pop song recorded backwards.
David Keenan called it “an apocalyptic/dystopian concept album that centered on the American postal system and that sounded something like a cross between a teenage Van Dyke Parks and a slightly less disobedient Half Japanese.” Writing for Acid Archives, Scott Blackerby: said “Apparently Tucker's second release, 1982's In the Sack was recorded after he'd suffered at least a couple of mental breakdowns, pulled himself back together and relocated to Encinitas, California. Self-produced under the pseudonym "T. Storm Hunter", it's largely a one man show with Tucker/Hunter responsible for penning all eleven tracks, as well as handling all of the vocals and most of the instrumentation. With that background you probably won't be shocked to learn that musically this is one mixed up and messed up album. Supposedly a concept piece having to do with karma and the postal system (I have no idea what the plotline is), the album offered up an indescribable mix of spoken word segments, experimentation, instrumentals, and surprisingly commercial numbers. Finding a comparative baseline for this one is pretty tough - perhaps Jonathon Richman had you put him on mood altering drugs for a year. "Everywhere with Sally (Ride)" is a great slice of pop, except for the fact it was recorded backwards. Cool, but typically strange. The snippet "Down the Pipeline" sounds like it was lifted from a video game. A mix of avant garde, tape manipulations and experimental ramblings, "The Importance of Making Molehills One of Specks" could have been mistaken for a slice of musique concrete. The pretty, pseudo-jazzy instrumentals "Shelly" and "Can't Make Love" sound like they were lifted from a Peanuts cartoon. Clearly not for everyone, but there are enough of you out there who are either brave enough, or sufficiently damaged to give this one a shot.”
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