Thursday, February 11, 2010

Full-lengths, installment 8

Alright, so this album wasn't technically played in its entirety on the program. I actually played a compilation of tunes from this album and the first album by the group. The group in question is Virgin Insanity, a lo-fidelity 1970's project of one Mr. Bob Long out of Texas. He and his wife made the Virgin Insanity recordings with a cheap Radio Shack reel-to-reel and whatever instruments they had lying around. The hope was to get successful musicians to buy the songs from them, but it didn't work out. These recordings are mostly known for how far ahead-of-their-time they are. To say they 'influenced' groups like Guided by Voices, Modest Mouse, the Violent Femmes, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, etc. would be untrue since it's unlikely any of those groups even heard Virgin Insanity's records. However, there are striking similarities. This is the second collection of recordings they did, even more lo-fi and oddball than the first, and is called "Toad Frog and Fish Friends." 


1. Seeking Truth
2. Bright New Golden Day
3. Tarrant County Waterworks
4. In the Eyes
5. Lighter than Air
6. I've Tried
7. Love Is
8. She Ain't Nothin' Like I Dreamed
9. Poor Boy
10. The Ballad of Clifton T.
11. The Sun Reaches Out
12. Coming Home Happy

Numbers 4 and 6 are beyond awesome, and remind me of the angst of early Violent Femmes recordings. Just great music, overall. Tune in tonight for another fabulous edition of the program, midnight to 2.

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