1/ I'm Embarassed To Be An American Girl 0.40 2/ Sex Carp 1.58 3/ 24 Handkerchiefs For Roger Trilling 3.56 4/ Smokey Raindrops 1.44 5/ Green Dolphin Sweet 1.21 6/ Corrugated Gems of Woe 1.59 7/ Scabby 1.33 8/ Bleed For the Mind 1.40 9/ Shaken Not Stirred (Pe de Boi w/ M.E. Miller) 1.08 10/ Dance of the Were-Samurai 1.44 11/ Teen Sex Carp 0.37 12/ Where Do We Get the $ To Save Our Children? 3.19 13/ Death Certificate - 14 Dollars 3.21 14/ Citymulch 3.54 15/ Away All Pests 4.19 16/ The Devil May Be Your Santa Claus (studio) 3.03 17/ The Devil May Be Your Santa Claus (live) 2.28 18/ Victimless Crime 2.18 19/ Improvisation 13.32 20/ Improvisation 3.32 21/ Improvisation 1.39 22/ Improvisation 1.41 23/ Improvisation 1.32 24/ Improvisation 3.09 25/ Improvisation 1.29 Track 1 recorded July 18, 1980 at Studio Henry Tracks 2,11 and 12 recorded December 30, 1982 at The Kitchen Tracks 3,15 and 16 recorded by Martin Bisi at OAO Studio Tracks 4-9 recorded by M.E. Miller at Morton St. Track 10 recorded on November 16, 1982 at Danceteria Tracks 13 and 14 recorded March 25, 1983 at ZU Space Tracks 17 and 18 recorded May 7, 1983 at White Colums Gallery Track 19 recorded April 30, 1982 at Morton St. Track 20 recorded January 30, 1981 at MOrton St. Tracks 21-25 recorded April 18, 1980 at Soundscape Live recordings from the archives of Bruce Gallanter Edited, remixed and mastered by Weasel WalterCharles K. Noyes: drums, saw, percussion; Aline Lilly Mayer (1): vocals; Thi-Linh Le (2,10-18): vocals, guitar; Nicky Skopelitis (3,5,16): guitar; Arto Lindsay (2,10-12,17,18): vocals, guitar; Bill Laswell (4-6,8,16); bass; Elliott Sharp (6,8): guitar, bass; Wayne Horvitz (20): keyboards; John Zorn (8,19): alto saxophone, game calls; Pe de Boi Samba Group (9): percussion; Michael Beinhorn (3,16): Fender Rhodes Chroma; Paul Burwell (19): drums, percussion incendiaries; M.E. Miller: drums, vocals, bass, turntables, cocktail shakers, incendiaries.
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Prof. ~.A.~ (courtesy of the Another World of Sound blog)
Thomas Jefferson once said, "Every generation needs a new revolution." Indeed it does. As it may be up to you to put an end to the proliferation of American Idol/High School Musical idiots, lessons of history might just serve you well. As such, The Unlistenable Years, containing found music by the duo Charles K. Noyes and Mark E. Miller—known as Toy Killers—is a great rough draft of the New York No Wave revolution of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
In clubs including Chicago's No Exit, New York's The Kitchen, or Columbus, Ohio's Crazy Mama's, music was being reinvented. Call it punk, no wave, or free improvisation, musicians—and audiences—craved a new sound; actually, an old sound—as a pure experience—such is the primitive nature of the music found on The Unlistenable Years.
The prime movers and shakers of this new century's music can be found in the paths of Miller and Noyes here: Arto Lindsay, John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Wayne Horvitz and Elliott Sharp. But in the early 1980s, these musicians were more iconoclasts than icons. And the music is as rough as the rebellion it spurred.
The disc was edited, remixed and mastered by composer/multi-instrumentalist Weasel Walter, and is organized around two sections. Roughly half are comprised of seven improvisations, and half are compositions. Whereas the improv pieces are seemingly timeless, tracks like "Sex Carp" could easily be the incorrect answer ("what is DNA?") to a Jeopardy game show question. But then, Arto Lindsay's exorcist vocals and torn guitar lines are still amazing. Certainly, fans of Bill Laswell, Elliott Sharp and John Zorn can identify their heroes' sounds here.
Listening to these artists at their musical infancy is not so much a revelation, but a reaffirmation of thoughts, back in the day, that this generation required a revolution. Perhaps some accord and recognition to Miller and Noyes can now be afforded.
Mark Corroto (courtesy of All About Jazz website)