Saturday, June 04, 2005

cult of the week - Klaus Flouride

artist: Klaus Flouride

title: Cha Cha Cha with Mr Flouride

year: 1985

label: Alternative Tentacles

personnel: Klaus Flouride (all music), Ricky Sludge (piano), D.H. Peligro (drums)

tracklisting: fear most, so it goes, dead prairie dogs, my linda, ghost riders, gruesome stains, mochra

cotw say…

last week we saw an example of how albums from solo members often offer more than the bands they represent. another example this week with Klaus Flouride, whose debut album sounds considerably different from what he had churned out as part of US punk legends The Dead Kennedys.

playing almost everything himself, this short album is a tasteful medley of twangy guitars, rhythm boxes, studio effects and synths, with the riotous boogie-woogie band workout ‘My Linda’ standing as an exception. sometimes the music is reflective (the processed guitars of ‘So it Goes’ and ‘Mochra’, described as a ‘tribute to the Tito Puente/ Gary Numan school of cha-cha’!), but largely it’s humorous (a tongue-in-cheek reading of ‘Ghost Riders’ and the plunderphonics of ‘Gruesome Stains’, which sounds remarkably like a Negativland outtake). it’s true, ‘Cha Cha Cha with Mr Flouride’ is, well, kind of cool. just don’t try and dance to it though.

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