No Great Lost: Songs, 1979-1985
by Kevin Dunn
Released: Jan 1981
Label: Casa Nueva Industries
This eccentric Georgian's overdue anthology is arch and itchy, layering '70s Eno loops and staccato jabbering over robotic "96 Tears"-like plinks, yet it frequently comes off thin and distanced -- not that you'll mind much when he's denying fascism to his mom or sending "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on a satellite ride. By the mid-'80s, Dunn's chug had thickened, sometimes into an off-kilter sort of post-funk; his noise in "Nam" sticks like napalm. Where Dunn really unleashes his berserk menagerie of fuzztone blurts, though, is when turning Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and "Louie Louie" inside out.