Obscure Olde Metal, Pt. 4
by Chuck Eddy | January 27, 2014
The "olde"-est tracks in this fourth stack of slipped-through-the-cracks metal (and/or proto-metal) footnotes are anarchist Brit acid-noise tricksters The Deviants' 1967 "I'm Coming Home" and Francophone Quebec psycho-organ sludgers Dionysos' 1970 "La Colere." The most recent, from Oakland stop-and-start-corers Dead and Gone and Swedish death-black thrashers Divine Sin, date back to 1997. The rest fall between: Five more from the '70s; ten '80s cuts; and six more from the '90s.
So let's take 'em one decade at a time, shall we? Some of the stranger combos, as is often the case, hail from the Nixon and Ford years, if not always the same country: Dias De Blues from Argentina and CWT from England deal in a sort of heavy hippie boogie prog, augmented by keyboards and horns, respectively; Germans Curly Curve steer toward the more down-to-earth side of late Krautrock. Playlist opener "Surf City" comes from the excellent small-label 1975 debut LP by brainy and eccentric Middle Atlantic heroes Crack the Sky, though really you could do worse than check out all of their albums, particularly the earlier ones starring John Palumbo. Brit power blooze blokes Dirty Tricks are represented by something manly from 1977.
Cuddly Toys, though also British, debuted on Japanese vinyl in 1979 and everywhere else in the early '80s; like ex-Runaway Cherie Currie and her twin sister Marie in 1980, they were glamsters stuck between two glam-rock eras. Less New Wave but more New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Crucifixion, Dedringer, and somewhat fancier gangs Dark Star and Demon all came out of the early '80s U.K.; Crimson Glory and Damien Thorne were mid-'80s Americans and DBC (aka Dead Brain Cells) mid-'80s Canadians, from that charming period that hadn't quite decided how speed metal was supposed to sound yet. As far as the '80s, that leaves Oregon living garage fossils Dead Moon, whose X-13th Floor Elevators-AC/DC hybrid had just started making its way to wax by '89, though head guy Fred Cole had been recording with other bands since '64.
New York post-core proto-grunge groovesters Das Damen were really more an '80s act too, though their contribution here is a Love cover from 1996. Beer-loving lady ball-breakers Cycle Sluts from Hell, also New Yorkers, put out their only album in 1991. Andy Curran and Carl Dixon both used to be in hair-metal-ish Canadian Content oddballs Coney Hatch, who were highlighted in this playlist series' previous episode. And mid-'90s-ites Crisis and Damn the Machine inch metal unto the self-conscious "extremeness" that headbangers devour to this very day.