That's where the story gets kind of strange: Mr. Heitkotter was apparently institutionalized for some reason I have not been able to uncover very shortly after recording this disc in 1971. So soon after, in fact, that only about 10 copies of this LP even exist. Most of them were sent out to radio stations in California, and probably didn't receive much airplay due to the music contained within.
Upon contacting a knowledgeable source, I was told that Mr. Heitkotter is STILL in the psych ward, and in very bad shape. I was also informed that it would be useless to try and contact him because his family is very against having anything to do with his record, and will not allow it to be re-released (even though offers have been proposed.) All this adds up to a good story, but how is the actual music?
Strange, to say the least. It sounds to me like Mr. Heitkotter's trio consists of two guitars, drums and vocals. He is the drummer, songwriter and vocalist on all tracks, although the two guitarists are unknown (one of them absolutely shreds.) The songs are filled with bizarre rhythms and repeating patterns that imply a certain amount of improvisation--but nobody could have completely improvised shit this intense. The LP is comparable to other releases by troubled musicians (i.e. Skip Spence's idiosyncratic songwriting on "Oar), but literally sounds like nothing else. The vocals provided by Mr. Heitkotter sound to be those of someone who can croon like a motherfucker when he's not completely breaking down.
In other words, despite some disturbing off-key ranting, there are some really interesting melodies here. I dunno; if you like Captain Beefheart or any early 70's experimental stuff, you'll probably get into this.
Get it here. As a bonus, Steve's song from the Roadrunner days is also included.
Or, get the podcast for the entire show.
|Oct 09 - 1:57 AM||The Spoils of War||Now is Made in America||S/T||No||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 1:53 AM||Peter Grudzien||White Trash Hillbilly Trick||The Unicorn||No||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 1:52 AM||Dion McGregor||The Diet||The Night World of Dion McGregor||No||Bizarro Jerry||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 1:47 AM||Randy Holden||Fruit and Iceburgs||Population II||No||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 1:45 AM||Jack Starr||My Love for You is Petrified||Born Petrified||No||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 1:40 AM||The Roadrunners||Pretty Me||45 rpm single||No||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 1:26 AM||Stephen David Heitkotter||Fly Over the Moon||Heitkotter||No||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 1:20 AM||Stephen David Heitkotter||Cadillac Woman||Heitkotter||No||Bizarro Jerry||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 1:15 AM||Stephen David Heitkotter||Quaker, Dog Got Away||Heitkotter||No||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 1:04 AM||Stephen David Heitkotter||I Don't Mind||Heitkotter||No||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 12:58 AM||Stephen David Heitkotter||Hangin' All Night||Heitkotter||No||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 12:52 AM||Mike Rep and the Quotas||Steppin Fetchit is Dead||Stupor Hiatus||No||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 12:50 AM||Bob Jacobs||The Illustrated Man||Songs for a Sideshow of the Mind||No||Bizarro Jerry||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 12:47 AM||Kenneth Higney||Night Rider||Attic Demonstration||No||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 12:44 AM||Bob Log III||bump pow! bump bump bump bump pow!||One Man Band||requestical||Yes||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 12:40 AM||Gary Wilson||Chromium Bitch||You Think You Really Know Me||No||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 12:35 AM||The Strange||Twelve Boats||Souvenir Album||No||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 12:29 AM||Kaplan Brothers||Happy||Nightbird||No||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 12:28 AM||Vyto B||Secret||Automatic Vaudeville||No||Bizarro Jerry||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 12:25 AM||Virgin Insanity||Thursday Matinee Theme Song (I Got Your Love)||The Odometer Suite||No||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 12:21 AM||Bruce Haack||Word Game||The Electric Lucifer||No||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 12:18 AM||Sun City Girls||The Flower||Torch of the Mystics||No||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 12:13 AM||Simply Saucer||Mole Machine||Cyborgs Revisited||No||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 12:09 AM||Thirsty Moon||Rooms Behind Your Mind||S/T||No||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 12:05 AM||Bob Vido High||Speed||Songs in the Key of Z, Vol. 2||No||Bizarro Jerry||e/d|
|Oct 09 - 12:01 AM||Bill Clint||Mama I'm a Baby||The Crying of a Generation||No||e/d|
Next week, I will be ending the inclusion of full-length albums in the show. Instead, I'll be featuring 3-4 cuts off some of my favorite 'Cut-Out Bin Classics.' These are albums that I've purchased from outlet malls or pawn shops for cheap. Often, the same albums will end up in numerous cut-out bins because nobody wants 'em.
Such records include the only LP by the Killer Shrews--a band consisting of one Mekon, one guy from Pere Ubu, and another guy who I can't remember. Another is Yall So Stupid's album "Van Full of Pakistans," an oddball hip hop LP similar to the Pharcyde, but funnier and sloppier. Tune in next Thursday night, midnight til 2 to find out what the first classic will be!