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Posted 15th April 2009 at 01:33 PM by Sam@Cult Labs
Updated 15th April 2009 at 01:45 PM by Sam@Cult Labs

Hello Readers!

Some of you may have noticed a creepy old man is writing about obscure music.

Clearly, this is me fooling around, making fun of old prog rock and generally attempting to create an alternate fake history of music.

There's a couple of reasons for doing this...

Firstly, having spent years reading Mojo, Shindig and Record Collector, as well as endless music biographies, I felt there was some mileage in taking rock history, throwing it in the air and sticking it back together again the wrong way round, a little like The Beatles did with the tape loops of Circus Organs on the song "For the benefit of Mr.Kite" (nerd fact #1)

The other reason is my general dislike of the approved orthodoxy of accepted rock history, in which the winners take home the spoils and the musical past is presented as a nice, neat timeline from Elvis to Nirvana, with Prog rock being overtaken by punk, The Beatles invented the rock album and major labels profiting from reselling the same tired music endlessly.

Programmes like The Seven Ages of Rock reduce the confusing mess of popular music to a simple story of a handful of groups from the USA and Britain. What about South American Tropicalia, or Japanese 60s "Group Sounds"?*

So, Fakerock is an attempt to send up the excesses of Rock n Roll and poke fun at pop pretentiousness.

I'm going to make with the funnies, but if anyone reading this joined in with creating the imaginary Shameless covers and wants to take a stab and creating album art or even some music, I'm open to it.

Eventually, the random bands I make up will start connecting, hopefully leading to a completely made up world of Rock, with all the "limo in a swimming pool", drug ravaged groupie chasing parodied in fine style.

And Now a Shameless Plug for my real music things...

I make trippy mix tapes, using loops of old psych rock, afro-rock and weird easy listening music, overlaid with crackly radio noises and random snippets of speech.

Together with Dominique (My awesome girlfriend!) we produced these in limited runs of 50 discs, with handmade, numbered, individual sleeves. One was to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Newport's only independent record shop, Diverse Music, we spent a month making booklets from mount board, writing sleeve notes and hand decorating the covers. Any comments about having too much time on my hands have already been dealt with, everyone tells me that.

Here's the links...

Diverse Birthday Mix

Mix Tape for Peche Mignons CLub Night

More to follow...

*Curious readers should hunt down an MP3 of The Golden Cups destroying Hey Joe. It's a joy, sounding like a gang of bratty teens who haven't worked out how to control their fuzz pedals yet.
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    Really digging those mixes, my kinda thing. Which reminds me, was it you who ages ago (back when the shameless forum had just started) put up a post about office naps blog. If so I have to give you a massive thanks, ended up d/loading all the stuff off that blog, and is probably the greatest (and most interesting) collection of music I've ever come across. Hope we get to hear more of your adventures with music.
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    That was me, here's some more great music blogs...

    WFMU Beware of the Blog
    Funky 16 Corners
    Versions Galore

    Thanks for the good feedback!
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    I'm not one to beg, but this is a blog I'd like some comments on. Just some opinions about the music.

    I knock them together using Garageband, a load of weird old records (in the case of the latter) and wobbly trippy downbeat electronic music. Then, I make little interludes myself by laying samples and snatches of oddball dialogue.
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    Posted 21st April 2009 at 05:31 PM by Sam@Cult Labs Sam@Cult Labs is offline
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