The Red Krayola

God Bless The Red Krayola And All Who Sail With It is one of my favourite albums for reasons that are really hard to explain. At the risk of sounding ostentatious, it’s like trying to make sense of a baffling dream. It’s also unapologetically free and very spontaneous feeling. I’d almost say it’s more daring and just as forward thinking as what The Velvet Underground were doing at the time.


I only just learned that Lizzie Borden is coming for a screening of Born in Flames and basically it’s going to be another few weeks of me singing this to express my growing excitement.

One of the most important & longest-lived underground avant-rock groups , the Red Krayola lasted through the birth pangs of psychedelia past the death throes of post-punk. The one constant in its ever-shifting lineup was principal singer/songwriter/visionary Mayo Thompson, who seemed as concerned with deconstructing the language of “rock” music as with actually expressing himself within it. That made the Red Krayola’s catalog challenging, often difficult listening. Its saving grace was the quirky charm of thompson’s songs and vocals, with a whimsical humor and open-mindedness rather atypical of avant rock.

The Red Krayola, initially spelled Red Crayola, was formed in Houston as a trio in 1966. The International Artists label, which was building a roster of Texas psychedelic bands, signed the group after watching one of their performances in a shopping mall, of all places. The company was convinced that if the musicians could entertain a crowd without anything in the way of conventional command of their instruments, they must be onto something. indicated a spacy folk-rock bent. But although some of the material was reprised on their debut, the parable of arable land, by this time the group was taking a more confrontational, experimental approach in the studio. With “war sucks!” chants and layers of “free-form freak-out”[ features Roky Erickson/13th Floor Elevators] noise threatening to smother the songs underneath, it’s been hailed as a precursor to the assault of industrial rockThe Red Krayola was unexpectedly resurrected in the late ‘70s, however.Thompson had moved to England, where he found that the old Red Krayola recordings enjoyed a cult among hip listeners. mayo was never a champion of hippie ideals, and he was able to make the transition into the punk era effectively by forming new incarnations of the Red Krayola with such musicians as Gina Birch[raincoats] Epic Soundtracks [swell maps] Lora Logic[x-ray spex]. The Red Krayola’s releases on underground European labels like Rough Trade and Recommended presented an ensemble that dove into the heart of post-punk, with skronky guitars and horns, and disjointed, arty song structures.

Mayo Thompson joined pere ubu for a while in the early '80s. He always kept the Red Krayola going, however, although most of their releases went all but unheard in the U.S., as they were only available as obscure European indie imports.

Where I Was Before the Fall

a mix that is both figurative and literal

tracklist as follows;

  1. Broken Social Scene - Sol Luna
  2. Slowdive - Slomo
  3. Frank Ocean - Provider
  4. Makthaverskan - In My Dreams
  5. The Red Krayola - Victory Garden
  6. Cornelius - If You’re Here
  7. Lindsey Buckingham - Trouble
  8. Broken Social Scene - Stay Happy
  9. Helium - Lucy
  10. CAN - Shikako Maru Ten
  11. LCD Soundsystem - american dream
  12. Roberta Flack - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  13. NxWorries - Kutless
  14. Pete La Roca - Bliss
  15. Grizzly Bear - Sky Took Hold
  16. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - Echoing Green
  17. Yves Tumor - Limerence
  18. Do Make Say Think - As Far as the Eye Can See
  19. Frank Ocean - End

garage punk / freakbeat sound of the 1960s! #1;; (listenhere is my mix of forgotten garage pieces from all over the world! recorded in the 1960s, most of these songs failed on the charts or haven’t published at the time – mostly because of bad management and lack of publicity efforts of the record companies. but some of the musicians, luckily happened to be today’s legends. but to me, this genre/definitions are still somewhat underrated.
originally, the sound of garage rock was influenced by british beat, surf rock, early rock ‘n’ roll and r&b. the term founded in america, with the realization of many young groups formed and rehearsed in their family’s garages. it was a respond to the british invasion; and the purpose was breaking chains of beat music and making the sound rougher and interesting. after that, the freakbeat sound emerged in the whole europe when bands started to experiment with their instruments and find different sounds – while holding the r&b style. not showing many clear differences at first and putting the same “attitude” on stage, essentially both of these “sounds of future” founded, developed and linked under the garage rock. the music first embraced by 'mods’ but when bands started perform louder and crazier, they drew attention to all of the young people and everyone immediately liked garage bands. (1965/66)
but in a very short time, “freakbeat” fully adopted experimenting and became psychedelic rock while the term “garage” faded quickly and hard rock & protopunk took it’s place. after all, both of these genres strongly impacted and blended with lots of other subgenres including progressive rock, glam rock, psychobilly and of course, punk rock. you can easily define garage punk/freakbeat music by hearing fuzzy and wild guitars, sometimes steady but loud/strong rhythm section with careless, out-of-control lead vocals. repetitive choruses and short guitar solos are also very common.  i hope you this mix as much as i do~

01. the ox // the who 02. leaving here // the birds  03. i want, need, love you // black diamonds 04. blue girl // the bad roads  05. feel it // it’s all meat 06. jack the ripper // one way streets  07. i keep tryin’ // the jay-jays 08. coffee, tea or me // fink muncx xi 09. hurricane fighter plane // the red krayola 10. can’t tame me // the benders 11. so what!! // the lyrics 12. shadows in the night // the quests 13. where to run // the haigs 14. rosalyn // the pretty things 15. cuttin’ out // the pirates 16. pyscho // the sonics 17 i love you // the worlocks 18. train-kept-a-rollin // the cynics 19. psychotic reaction // the count five


THE RED KRAYOLA- “Hurricane Fighter Plane”

Expect this to show up on my radio show tomorrow.