The Space Negros Do Generic Ethnic Muzak Versions of All Your Favorite Punk/Psychedelic...

The Space Negros Do Generic Ethnic Muzak Versions of All Your Favorite Punk/Psychedelic...

by The Space NegrosThe Space Negros


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This excellently titled album, released in 1987 but recorded between 1981 and 1985, predates the whole tongue-in-cheek "incredibly strange music" underground of the late '90s by well over a decade. These instrumental versions of songs like Tomorrow's "My White Bicycle" and the 13th Floor Elevators' "Slip Inside This House" are deadpan recreations of the sort of faux-ethnic instrumental music that was so popular in the days of hi-fis and martinis. The parody works on both levels, and there's such obvious affection for the songs and the styles being parodied that the album lacks the sort of obvious "we're so clever" vibe that often capsizes projects like that. The 1995 CD adds on a full half-hour of previously unreleased bonus tracks recorded during the same sessions, including the fragmentary but intriguing "More Generic Ethnic Muzak (11 Short Selections)," which sounds like an audio sketchbook for the album as a whole.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/01/1995
Label: Arf Arf
UPC: 0737835000386
catalogNumber: 38
Rank: 158757

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Space Negros   Primary Artist
Michael Cohen   Drums
Erik Lindgren   Synthesizer,Guitar,Harmonica,Chimes,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Moog Synthesizer,Bells
Steve Adams   Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Boby Bear   Vocals
John Curtis   Dulcimer,Banjo,Mandolin,Autoharp
Richard Hunter   Harmonica
Leon Janikian   Clarinet
G. Andrew Maness   Guitar,Mandolin,Bass Guitar
Gene Roma   Bass,Bongos,Conga,Drums,Tambourine
Joe Scheer   Violin
Martin Swope   Choir, Chorus
Roger Miller   Choir, Chorus
Richard Scott   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Erik Lindgren   Arranger,Producer,Engineer

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