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Mon Feb 26, 2018, 11:32 AM

Post your favorite atonal rock songs!

Here's mine:

My Pal Foot Foot by The Shaggs (1968)



I double dog dare you to listen to the entire track. Turn up the volume!


The band is primarily notable today for their perceived ineptitude at playing conventional rock music; the band was described in one Rolling Stone article as "sounding like lobotomized Trapp Family singers."


On the topic of the album, Cub Koda wrote, "There's an innocence to these songs and their performances that's both charming and unsettling. Hacked-at drumbeats, whacked-around chords, songs that seem to have little or no meter to them ... being played on out-of-tune, pawn-shop-quality guitars all converge, creating dissonance and beauty, chaos and tranquility, causing any listener coming to this music to rearrange any pre-existing notions about the relationships between talent, originality, and ability. There is no album you might own that sounds remotely like this one."


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Reply Post your favorite atonal rock songs! (Original post)
FSogol Feb 2018 OP
lunasun Feb 2018 #1
geardaddy Feb 2018 #11
DBoon Feb 2018 #2
FSogol Feb 2018 #5
DBoon Feb 2018 #7
DBoon Feb 2018 #3
FSogol Feb 2018 #4
GWC58 Feb 2018 #6
hurl Feb 2018 #8
hurl Feb 2018 #9
hurl Feb 2018 #10
geardaddy Feb 2018 #12
geardaddy Feb 2018 #13
FSogol Feb 2018 #17
hurl Feb 2018 #14
Tikki Feb 2018 #15
fleur-de-lisa Feb 2018 #16
FSogol Feb 2018 #18
robbob Feb 2018 #19
robbob Feb 2018 #20
Number9Dream Feb 2018 #21
Number9Dream Feb 2018 #22
yesphan Feb 2018 #23
hurl Feb 2018 #24
DFW Feb 2018 #25
BlueTsunami2018 Feb 2018 #26
Le Gaucher Feb 2018 #27
hurl Feb 2018 #28
Ptah Feb 2018 #29
jpak Feb 2018 #30
ornotna Feb 2018 #31
hurl Feb 2018 #32
ornotna Feb 2018 #33
EarnestPutz Feb 2018 #34
jmowreader Feb 2018 #36
FSogol Feb 2018 #38
jmowreader Feb 2018 #35
trusty elf Feb 2018 #37
LudwigPastorius Feb 2018 #39

Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 26, 2018, 11:36 AM

1. The Shaggs ! Bringing a smiley to my face!

My seasonal favorite

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Response to lunasun (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 26, 2018, 07:11 PM

11. Beat me to it!

I love this one!

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 26, 2018, 12:06 PM

2. does this count as atonal?

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Response to DBoon (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 26, 2018, 12:34 PM

5. Love the girls hyperventilating at 4:12. I'd still prefer to listen to this than the Grateful Dead.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 26, 2018, 01:23 PM

7. There may be an interesting story behind that hyerventilation

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/30-most-embarrassing-rock-star-arrests-20140227/frank-zappa-0314974

Quote:
In March 1965, a used-car salesman approached Frank Zappa, then a 24-year-old struggling musician and composer, and offered him $100 to produce a sex tape for a party. A gig being a gig, Zappa and a go-go dancer friend spent an evening recording fake squeals, grunts and bedspring squeaks onto a cassette.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 26, 2018, 12:25 PM

3. here is one!!

Lou Reed's FU to his record label

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Response to DBoon (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 26, 2018, 12:31 PM

4. LOL, I still remember the Trouser Press review of that record.

The Trouser Press Record Guide referred to it as "four sides of unlistenable oscillator noise", parenthetically calling that assessment "a description, not a value judgment".

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 26, 2018, 12:48 PM

6. I will say every song on the album/CD

“Dark side of the Moon.” I know that’s not the correct answer but, hey, sure is great!

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 26, 2018, 03:47 PM

8. You Yesyesyesyesyesyes You - The Residents

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 26, 2018, 06:48 PM

9. Hand Me Down All Stories - Robin Holcomb

Not completely atonal, but I think it still qualifies.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 26, 2018, 07:00 PM

10. Pork Soda - Primus

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 26, 2018, 07:11 PM

12. More Shaggs

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 26, 2018, 07:20 PM

13. I absolutely love The Shaggs!

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #13)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 11:56 AM

17. When I started this thread, I never realized that the Shaggs had fans or that there was

so much atonal music out there. I learn something everyday here.

While not a fan of the Shaggs, we do play them from time to time at BBQs and home gatherings. Most people can't believe it.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 26, 2018, 07:33 PM

14. Birds of Fire - Mahavishnu Orchestra

I think this counts. Sort of anyway.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 11:49 AM

15. You and I.......Silver Apples (1969)








Tikki

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 11:53 AM

16. "pawn-shop-quality guitars"?

There was a guitar? Sounded more like someone banging on a trash can with their feet.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Reply #16)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 11:57 AM

18. LOL, like the quality of the guitar would have made much difference.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 12:19 PM

19. That was surreal and amazing!

Make me want to listen to it on lsd! Hearkens to some early Floyd albums or maybe Sid Barret’s solo work.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 12:23 PM

20. Some high brow atonal noise:




In the Wiki article on The Shaggs their music is actually compared to the free jazz compositions of Ornette Coleman!

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 02:21 PM

21. Zappa / Mothers - Prelude to the Afternoon of a Sexually Aroused Gas Mask

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 02:26 PM

22. Zappa / Mothers - The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 03:31 PM

23. Here's some

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 04:19 PM

24. The Prestidigitator - Naked City

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 05:52 PM

25. Mind Gardens

By the Byrds (this one was all David Crosby) on their album Younger Than Yesterday (their best, in my opinion)

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 05:55 PM

26. Happy Flowers - Ive got the Picnic Disease Again

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 07:53 PM

27. Nothing will EVER beat this .. by the great PAT METHENY

 

I paid good money to buy this CD .. and was left scratching my head.

Pat Metheny has created some of the most beautiful music that I have heard .. but this was something totally different.

Rumor has it that he had one recording left to finish his contract with Geffen.



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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 08:10 PM

28. Jizzlobber - Faith No More

I think a great way to keep things interesting is to drift in and out of tonality... Provide some musical mooring for listeners but also allow an occasional escape from tonal tyranny.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 08:14 PM

29. Subterranean Homesick Blues

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 09:06 PM

30. Gang of Four Guns Before Butter

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 09:16 PM

31. Battles - The Yabba

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Response to ornotna (Reply #31)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 09:23 PM

32. LOVE Battles!

Here's another:



Found them through my favorite band ever Don Caballero because of a shared member.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 09:36 PM

33. Henry Cow - Beautiful as the Moon

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Feb 27, 2018, 11:52 PM

34. Good lord, you win.

If someone can come uo with something worse
than the Shaggs, I really don't want to hear it.

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Response to EarnestPutz (Reply #34)

Wed Feb 28, 2018, 12:21 AM

36. Don't google GG Allin, then

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #36)

Wed Feb 28, 2018, 09:10 AM

38. GG Allin put Charles Mason's poetry to music.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed Feb 28, 2018, 12:20 AM

35. This should be a crowd favorite

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed Feb 28, 2018, 08:40 AM

37. "The Jewels of the Madonna " by the Red Krayola

song starts at 32:12

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed Feb 28, 2018, 12:39 PM

39. The Decoding Society

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