RUNZELSTIRN & GURGELSTOCK-BEI ABWESSENHEIT JEGLICHER GENUSSEMPFINDUNGEN, ONE-SIDED LP, 1989, SWITZERLAND
Like shit smeared berserkers armed with clown noses, bike horns and yelping chihuahuas, Switzerland's Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock (aka Rudolv Eb.Er assisted on and off by compadres Joke Lanz and Dave Philips) have haunted the margins of post-industrial extremism with their dada damaged and Otto Muehl/AA Kommune-derived antics for some 20-odd years now. Drew Daniel of Matmos penned the penultimate piece on these fringe nutters for the Wire some years back (the article can be found Here ) but one small detail not noted in Daniel's profile is the blatant streak of humor that coursed though their earlier output, a dimension thats been progressively excised from their formulations over time in favor of ramping up the jarring severity of their shock tactic postures, and while I feel an enormous sympathy for their overall aesthetic stance, the initial era of their work as demonstrated on this insane debut document remains hard to top, with hacked/spliced/vivisected fragments of inspired buffoonery, animal sounds and voiding orifices mating with corroded chunks of metal debris, the results wetly flung about Eb.Er's padded chamber in a rather Bladder Flask-like fashion, albeit cut by episodes of pregnant silence that are as integral to their "music" as is the audible portion. More of this crew's sickness will be posted soon.
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