Saturday, August 06, 2011

Smersh mouth

This is another musical item that I bought unheard out of the back of a magazine (possibly the Village Voice) in 1983. Smersh (not the Russian secret agency) was Mike Mangino and Chris Shepard. According to discogs: Beat studio guru Mike Mangino (Pink Noise, Pop-Tarts) and Chris Shepard (Pop-Tarts) formed Smersh as an experimental big-beat techno/industrial project and began releasing cassettes in 1981. Smersh recorded improvised cuts every Monday night, released countless cassettes on their own label, Atlas King, and were featured on more compilations than you can track down. They never played live, never played the same track more than once. This is their second album. (I will post the first when I find it.)

I played at least one track from this cassette-only release ("X, X, X, Going On L") on both WUTK-FM and WUOT-FM (Unradio) more than once.

Smersh - Hothouse Flowers In A Cool Culture (1983)

01 Children's Suspense Theatre

02 X,X,X, Going On L

03 Slugs

04 Don't Go Home Part 2

05 ......Shadow

06 Vertigo

07 Beach

08 The Hustle [yes, it's a cover!]

09 Jungle Bonnie

10 Not Talking Back

11 From A View To A Kill



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