THIN WHITE ROPE: “Moonhead” limited coloured LP.

THIN WHITE ROPE: “Moonhead” limited coloured LP.


THIN WHITE ROPE: “Moonhead” limited coloured LP.

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THIN WHITE ROPE: “Moonhead” limited coloured LP.

*unspecified colour, either white or blue, we think*

Frontier have finally announced reissues of the 5 albums by one of the greatest forgotten bands of all time. Hailing from Davis in California in the mid 80s, Thin White Rope were simply unlike anybody else, which possibly accounts for their inability to be conveniently pigeon-holed into any one particular scene.

Generally, “acid-crazed desert-rock” would mostly cover it, but they touched on scorched country-rock and psychedelia too. Generally underpinned by a Krautrock- rhythm section, with a twin guitar attack (occasionally reminiscent of Television), howls of feedback acting as an extra instrument in itself, and all accompanied by Guy Kyser’s unearthly guttural growl of a voice. Songs about serial killers, post-apocalyptic landscapes, cats, fish, aliens and clowns all added to their wilfully divisive reputation. The British music press (particularly Melody Maker) loved them, John Peel apparently hated them.

Their first album, Exploring the Axis, set the tone but it was their next two albums that really rank as forgotten classics.

Moonhead is as good an alternative-rock album as you’ll ever hear. The title track is a slow-building classic, but pretty much every song is just immense: Take it Home, and Wet Heart will give you the best idea.

In the Spanish Cave then followed, which somehow surpassed even Moonhead. It’s OK is pretty much the most growling feedback-drenched arse-quake of a song ever, Ahr Skidahr a rare beautiful solo acoustic Guy thing (about an alien, or not), Red Sun is as conventional a nearly-hit as they got (though with mariachi trumpets), Elsie Crashed the Party was about a dead vulture (I seem to remember), then the final three songs of Astronomy, Wand and July are all just sublime.

Their final two albums, Sackful of Silver and Hidden Lands are both perhaps patchier but each contain plenty of hidden gems.

They finished up with a live album “The One that got away” that captured their final ever gig (in Ghent, Belgium, 1992) which SHOULD rank high on any list of the greatest live albums of all time.

A1 Not Your Fault
A2 Wire Animals
A3 Take It Home
A4 Thing
A5 Moonhead
B1 Wet Heart
B2 Mother
B3 Come Around
B4 If Those Tears
B5 Crawl Piss Freeze

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