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This CD collects the first Smegma long-player, Glamour Girl 1941, originally released on the LAFMS label in 1979, the Pigface Chant 7" released that same year and recorded five years earlier, and even adds in four bonus recordings from that same era. These early recordings of this long-running group of noise anarchists show an extremely primitive but non-conformist take on the musical world, even more so than, say, the Krautrock band Faust, as Smegma adds a messier element of chaos to its sound. Like other LAFMS groups Le Forte Four and the Doo-Dooettes, Smegma offers a drug-damaged, free-form take on extreme outsider non-commercial music. The Glamour Girl tracks veer from proto-no wave psychedelic rhythmic tracks like "I Am Not Artist," "Half a Billion," and the ten-and-a-half-minute live bonus track "Flashback 79" to more abstract improvisations and a couple pieces where the whole group is making weird vocal chanting. On top of guitar and percussions, there is a liberal use of tape effects, loops, and primitive plunderphonics. The Pigface Chant tracks take an even weirder turn, with the group, consisting of about a dozen people, chanting and making more strange vocal noises, while the bonus track from this session, "The End," adds some minimal bass, guitar, and flute to similar proceedings. This is excellent stuff for those who prefer their music to be free and creative rather than pretty and coherent.

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Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Smegma's roots lie in the Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS) scene of the mid-'70s, and yet this long-running avant-rock collective are one of the few groups from that era that are still active today. With the musicians hidden behind ridiculous pseudonyms, Smegma offered a strange psychedelic improvisational music, throwing in all sorts of odd instruments as well as tapes, and turntables. The group began in Pasadena, CA in 1973 as a reaction to the bloated fusion rock of the day. They were unaware...
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