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Posted 13th April 2009 at 05:23 PM by FakeRock
Updated 14th April 2009 at 09:07 PM by Sam@Cult Labs

Lesbian Horse

When the psychic fall out of the 60s trip finally settled, the jaded and burned out music scene was looking for a brave new voice as the flower power vibes faded and the harsh new reality of the 70s took over.

That musical and karmic void was filled by The Lesbian Horse, a band that were both a brave, fresh aural experience and an exciting, profitable religious cult.

Formed by "The Aquarian Pastor" in 1971, from the ashes of his former beat boom pop band "Banana Banana", the ten piece combo reached out into the cosmos for inspiration, resulting in such masterpieces of Prog-Drone-Jug-Music as the 18 minute conceptual mood piece "Effluent Fromage" and the award winning stage production "Condition Stable"

As the decade rolled on, lead singer and second coming "The Aquarian Pastor" took the band into ever more cult like directions, causing alienation among his fellow band members. Those players who cited musical differences soon fell by the wayside, resulting in ugly rumours, as various artists affiliated to the group starting turning up dead in mysterious circumstances.

Alto Sax player Melton Iris was trampled under foot during the Arlo Guthrie Memorial Steeple Chase at Ascot in 1976, while Bassist and occasional lyricist Wilsden Fillings was beheaded by a sharpened 50 pence piece, thrown from the audience at a Hammersmith Odeon gig during 1978's "World Indoctrination" tour.

Things came to a head during the recording of 1982's "Excuse Me... I'm Feeling Unwell", when the CIA opened fire on The Lesbian Horse's Recording Bunker, after reports of underage marriage, bestiality and tax irregularities forced the band and it's inner circle of Horsite extremists to barricade themselves inside.

Sentenced to 15 years in a maximum security stockade, "The Aquarian Pastor" was released in 1997 and has been recording under the LH name as a solo artist, bringing his unique brand of mass hypnosis, bank account emptying religious fervour and minimal rock experimentalism to a whole new audience.

Selected Discography

Banana Banana

1964 - Surfin' Banana
1965 - Big Bop Banana
1967 - Bananajuana!
1968 - Astral Fruit
1969 - Maximum Mould
1970 - Bye Bye Bananas

The Lesbian Horse

1971 - Fetlock Rock
1972 - Effluent Fromage & other tales from the Lesbian Horse
1972 - Live Horse
1973 - They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
1974 - Acid Horse Acid
1975 - Condition Stable
1975 - Lesbian Horse Electronic Laboratory
1976 - Join Us (Recorded in Hypo-indoctrorama Stereo)
1977 - Virginal Foals
1978 - Horse Spit
1979 - 8 Sided Horse (Quadruple Live album)
1980 - Sheep Have No Souls
1981 - Wise old Stallion

1997 - Arise, My Sweet Foal
1998 - Tech Saddle
2000 - Kneel Before The Aquarian Pastor
2001 - Beards
2003 - Mane Line
2005 - Venting 'n' Repenting
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    Almar@Cult Labs's Avatar
    We should open a trade section on the site for Lesbian Horse albums - I'll never complete my collection waiting for iTunes to get their act together.
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    Posted 13th April 2009 at 07:23 PM by Almar@Cult Labs Almar@Cult Labs is offline
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    Sam@Cult Labs's Avatar
    There's a thriving bootleg market for live recordings on eBay.

    Their 1972 set in which the band attempted to harness enough psychic energy to levitate the Isle of Wight is a real winner!
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    Posted 13th April 2009 at 07:51 PM by Sam@Cult Labs Sam@Cult Labs is offline
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    The labyrinthine recording history of this fine band throws up many interesting grey market albums.

    Brave fans with a couple of hundred pounds to spare can invest in the 30 LP box set "Howling Frenzy". It's compiled with out-takes from the wildly experimental 1974 "Acid Horse Acid" sessions.

    Locked in the studio by their band leader from 4 months, with inadequate food, contaminated water and no facilities for basic hygiene, the group were forced by hired goons to jam on pain of torture. Improvised grooves sometimes lasted for 36 hours, as musicians played until they collapsed, only to be shot up with industrial grade uppers by teams of corrupt doctors. 100s of the decades finest psychedelic musicians died, became insane or suffered a lifetime of ill health because of the project, which went on to win an Ivor Novello award*, an Oscar for best soundtrack and the condemnation of Amnesty International.

    * Beating the favourite, "Streets of London" by Ralph McTell

    ** Several Lesbian Horse tracks were used in Mexican Auteur El Pene Duro's 1975 masterpiece of hedonism and loose morals "Cuentos del Rampantness"
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    Posted 13th April 2009 at 08:17 PM by FakeRock FakeRock is offline
    Updated 27th April 2009 at 12:06 AM by Sam@Cult Labs
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    Sam@Cult Labs's Avatar
    Too much for my pocket I'm afraid, although I did fork out 46.77 for a rare solo 7 inch by The Aquarian Pastor, recorded under his Space Floozy Alias. The one sided, 23 second effort came out on the More Cranium imprint. Beige vinyl too!
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    Posted 13th April 2009 at 08:35 PM by Sam@Cult Labs Sam@Cult Labs is offline
    Updated 14th April 2009 at 08:40 AM by FakeRock
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    That one's eluded me for years.

    The German bootleg label Das Schweingrippe Records has recently unearthed some tape loop and jug experiments from the summer between the end of Banana Banana and the formation of Lesbian Horse.

    After sacking his entire band following a particularly good batch of Che Guevara Acid Blotters, Rod Fulsome (Born Todd Hunter), teen heart throb and 1966 pipe smoker of the year, changed his name to The Aquarian Pastor and recorded briefly as Vibrational Headband, combining distorted tape manipulations and honking jug sounds.

    Only truly committed fans/acolytes will be able to stand the high pitched whining, slurred acid ramble lyrics and queasy jug band stomp on these "lost" recordings, typified by the 8 minute hallucinogenic opus, "Lollypop Fairground Pixie Color Wheel"
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    Posted 13th April 2009 at 08:53 PM by FakeRock FakeRock is offline
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    Sam@Cult Labs's Avatar
    I just ripped that 7 inch single to MP3 and hosted it on Divshare If anyone wants to hear it. Apologies for the scratched and battered condition and the needle skipping halfway through, it's old and in poor shape...
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    Posted 14th April 2009 at 09:03 AM by Sam@Cult Labs Sam@Cult Labs is offline
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