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Saturday, August 14, 2010

"If YA WANT OUT - GET OUT AND GET IT ALL" - IN PRAISE OF GRUNT RECORDS

Somebody aimed you when you were young

But nobody ever fired

Now you're just sitting there inside the gun

Bullet, you're getting old and tired



Across the Board, Grace Slick 19F3


I fucking adore this album ("Baron Von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun") - that whole inbetween Airplane / Starship period of the Kantner / Slick Anti-Empire - and this song in particular. If you're looking for a Patti Smith-before-Patti Smith type deal, then Grace Slick's your gal. Passion, fury, fire.



I first bought Sunfighter (71) (another great LP of theirs) in the mid-70s, sold it in the 80s (stupid me!) - bought it again around 2005 and it sounded like it should've come out a year or two earlier; it niched in perfectly with everything that was happening around that time - Stoner.Folk, backwoods pickin', bluesy, but strident PsychRock, Moog space.drones. The Kantner-Slick Red Army Faction feature in my forthcoming Post-SF novella "Episode ∞ : Blows Against The Empire" (they also semi-provided the title) and their daughter China Slick is both a protagonist and an antagonist in the story - a Maoist freedom fighter / double-agent who infiltrates Lucasfilms.

Chris Ethridge - who's part of the seam I've been recently mining both musically and fiction-ally - coincidentally plays on the track Across the Board, so that all dovetails in together nicely in terms of personal.mythos-streams, etc. You really do need to hear this shit on vinyl and cranked up louuud, not on YouTube, Spotify, etc.

Unrepentant hippy and proud of it.

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