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RED CRAYOLA, THE

Art & Language

Drag City

$34.95

In the '70s, it became not entirely uncommon for groups with particularly Marxist sensibilities to join forces in a sort of musicians' collective. Virgin Records labelmates Henry Cow and Slapp Happy merged this way (although various parties later admitted that the Cow simply wanted to steal singer Dagmar Krause from Slapp Happy), and in 1976, the long-dormant Texas anarchists the Red Krayola hooked up with a British non-musical conceptual art collective known as Art & Language. The two groups appear to have split the duties down the middle, with lyrics and music coming from both sides. Red Krayola leader Mayo Thompson does most of the singing in his usual near-operatic squall, although other members contribute recitations. The wildly complex lyrics are among the most literate and thought-provoking of their time, with a refreshing lack of simplistic sloganeering and an almost Dadaist sense of whimsy. The 20 tracks range from very brief to rather expansive, with musical backing ranging from minimalist piano to what sounds like an oompah band on acid. Clearly, Corrected Slogans is not for everyone, and it's weird even by the Red Krayola's standards, but for those in the right mood, this can be endlessly fascinating.

ITEM DETAILS:
Artist: The Red Crayola
Title: Art & Language
Label: Drag City
Year: 1976
Cat #: DC96
Format: LP

TRACK LISTING:

SIDE A
1. Maharashtra
2. Keep All Your Friends
3. Imagination I & II
4. Coleridge vs Martineau
5. An Exemplification
6. Postscript to SDS's Infiltration
7. War Dance I & II
8. An Harangue
9. Ergastulum
10. The Mistakes of Trotsky Thesmophoriazusae
11. Louis Napoleon

SIDE B
12. Seven Compartments
13. Petrichenko
14. Don't Talk To Sociologists
15. What Are the Inexpensive Things the Panel Most Enjoys?
16. An Interntional
17. History
18. Organisation
19. It's an Illusion
20. Penny
21. Captialists
22. Plekhanov
23. Natura Facis Saltus



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