The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of Public Performance #1

On June 1, 1968, two days before the attempted assassination of Andy Warhol in New York, five days before the successful assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles, The Fugs took to the stage at the Fillmore East . . . site of more live recordings than half the joints in America combined . . . and delivered of themselves this performance, released more than a year later as an LP on the Reprise label as Golden Filth.

1. Slum Goddess
2. Coca-Cola Douche
3. How Sweet I Roamed
4. I Couldn't Get High
5. Saran Wrap
6. I Want to Know
7. Home Made
8. Nothing
9. Supergirl


Vanwall said...

One of the great albulms of all time. The whole Lesbian Dwarves intro was like something from another planet at that time, and the Fugs reached a level of basic raunch not approached by any other group, ever.

"Do not tell me
I am the source of your knock-up.
The mud elephant,
wading through the sea,
leaves no tracks."

Filthy Haiku Contest Winner, Tuli Kupferberg


LJH said...

Supergirl is by far one of the best songs ever written. I've never heard this album though. I'll have a listen.