August 11, 2015

Bob Chance - It's Broken!, 1980


Like no other. Scuzzed out leftfield basement oddity. DJ Shadow famously called this "hairy forearm disco," and while I'm not sure how much of that has to do with the album cover, it definitely fits the warped, wonderful, pervy weirdness that Jonny Trunk calls "walking a strange line between the asylum and the dance floor." Ranging from the relentless, ten minute long title track of gnarly, psych-streaked lo-fi disco, to my favorite "I See Her," which could easily pass for a forgotten Pet Sounds demo, to the closing five minutes of meandering slo-mo-funk and bird screech on "Jungle Talk," this record has earned its cult following. Apparently this was a favorite of Doctor Demento. Big ups to the excellent Trunk Records for making this heavily sought-after record available to the masses.


7 comments:

  1. Brilliant stuff, this one has been sitting in my amazon wish list for about a year ever since encountering the title track on YouTube. Must get round to it!
    Trunk really do get hold of some weird and wonderful records. Couldn't believe they'd also managed to reissue Palmer Rockey's album!

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    1. still working through their catalogue -- so big and so out there ! cheers :)

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  2. Oh man, this is amazing. I was trying to buy it but I keep being told that it's not available in my iTunes region (presumably Trunk's US distribution deals are messed up right now...?)

    I've been hooked on "It's Broken" for a few months now, but the other cuts on here are pretty good too. The Van Man has excellent musical sensibilities (though it is pretty creepy in subject matter), and Jungle Talk's synth breakdown is pretty interesting.

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  3. Any chance of a re-up? Currently linked to Seaside Lovers...

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    1. link fixed, thanks for letting us know !!

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    2. this looks intruiging but unfortunately the link isn't working - it just d/l's an empty folder
      What a fine site you have created for lovers of great music, thankyou

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    3. link fixed, thanks for letting me know!

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