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08/07/1998 random listening

Listening to Tim Berne's Paraphrase again, as well as Patti Smith's Horses.

And one of the Great Lost Bands of the 80s and 90s, the Volcano Suns. Drummer/Vocalist Peter Prescott went on to play guitar and sing in the now-defunct Kustomized and now Peer Group (no web page yet, sorry). Bassist Robert Weston is now in Shellac.

One of the best shows I'd seen in, oh, 90-91 or something, was the Volcano Suns in Pittsburgh, Easter weekend. I've seen interviews with Robert Weston, once he was in Shellac, alluding to him being happy "as long as he doesn't have to wear a bunny suit." This was the show they were talking about. This was the tour in support of their fine recording Thing of Beauty, which I quickly bought. It's punk that ages like wine or cheese, just getting increasingly better. There's a bunch of songs on this CD that by all rights should have been hits: "Barricade," "No Place," "Soft Hit," "Man Outstanding," "How to Breathe," "Arm and a Leg," "Fill the Void," "Noodle on the Couch," the cover of Brian Eno's "Needles in the Camel's Eye," the covers of the MC5's "Kick out the Jams" and Devo's "Red Eye Express," and I could go on. Anyway, that's what I'm listening to.

In the course of looking up this information, I came across Roger Miller's Mission of Burma page. He's now in Binary System. And I found another article on Mission of Burma in the Worcester Phoenix.