Culturcide ‎– Tacky Souvenirs Of Pre-Revolutionary America

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A1 Star-Spangled Banner
Music By – John Stafford Smith
A2 Bruce
A3 E & I
A4 Michael
A5 Let's Prance
A6 Love Is A Cattle-Prod
A7 The Heart Of R'n'R (Is The Profit)
B1 They Aren't The World
B2 Houston Lawman
B3 Act Like The Rich
B4 Fake Dancing
B5 Industrial Band
B6 California Punks
B7 Color My World With Pigs

Notes

Houston 1983-1986; Selfdescription: "... a cross between Cyndi Lauper and early SPK."

Comes with b&w DIN A-4 lyric sheet (excerpts):
"We realize we're not the first to do this. We won't be the last." "Home-taping is killing the record industry...so keep doing it. Let this record be the master for your cassette edition."

Label notes:
A-Side: 'It doesn't take any talent to do that!'- Fan at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, 3/15/1986
B-Side: 'They completely ruined that song!'- Fan at New Music America, 4/13/1986

Original songs of David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and so on, with weird own sounds and new cynical lyrics. Indicated, cause of the use of original recordings.

Jacket made in Canada.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side): LH 24789
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side): LH 24790

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Bradx

Bradx

September 17, 2015

One of the greatest satirical statements in the history of music, totally annhilating a bunch of no-hoper '80s pop and rock stars.
Word is the band had to go into hiding after releasing this as the FBI put some kind of hit on them.

The sleeve art, although supericially quite prosaic, actually depicts the approaching armageddon with its banal picture of a city main street... and on the reverse a vacuous picture of people browsing some kind of enormo megastore. Read into it what you will.

As noted by other reviewers - the tracks are '80s hits by various pop puppets (not even sampled as such but just played in their entirety) with Culturcide singing their own scurrilous lyrics over the top, smearing loud and distorted guitars occasionally over the wreckage.

Sometime around 1986 I was browsing myself in one of these barn-like music emporiums, along with a pal of mine. He spotted the Culturcide album - it was a £9.99 import - a hefty price in those days. He got to buy it and although I didn't know exactly what it was back then, I knew it was something great, just by the look of it.
To my joy a day or two later my pal said he didn't want the record, he said it was horrible and not only that it had been 'covered in dust' when he opened it. So - I gave him £10 and got myself the record which I still possess and enjoy today. It's a good one to play to Springsteen fans, that's for sure.
Recordwonderland

Recordwonderland

October 15, 2013

Wow - just heard this for the first time. I wish I would have heard it back in the 80s when I couldn't avoid the pop music which is borrowed and enhanced on this record. Succeeds as a critique of mainstream rock/pop culture in a way that equals classics like the Residents Third Reich & Roll or Mekons Rock 'N' Roll, but in style that takes even more direct aim at its targets. Ouch! I can see why the Boss's people might have been upset. Need more than 5 stars for this one. Fantastic.
moogacid

moogacid

July 20, 2013
A fucking brilliiant record
Should be made compulsory listening in schools
denisoliver

denisoliver

January 31, 2003

This legendary album of the band Culturcide from Houston, Texas made a big splash in 86 when they were sued by CBS for it. They dubbed and distorted over a Bruce Springsteen song, which they played directly from CD and sang new lyrics on the top of it. The new lyrics were rather uncomfortable to the Boss and CBS decided to take them to court. There are other victims on the record as well - Stevie Wonder & Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, David Bowie, Pat Benatar, World Aid, Taco, Michael Jackson, all this fucking 80's-Top-40-trash and beside this The Beach Boys and finally the "Star-Spangled Banner". Because of this the record is of course fully illegal and a rare collector's item nowadays.

It is impressive, how much Culturcide preceeded the today so strong discussion about copyrights with this work.