The Deep Freeze Mice ‎– My Geraniums Are Bulletproof

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freek_kinkelaar

freek_kinkelaar

September 19, 2017
referencing My Geraniums Are Bulletproof, LP, Album, MOLE 1
The Deep Freeze Mice were one of those bands that could have changed the world if more people would have listened. Organized "with a stick" by vocalist/guitarist/dictator Alan Jenkins in Leicester in the mid 70s, the Freezers also featured Sherree Lawrence on Vox Continental organ, Mick Bunnage on bass and Graham Summers (later Pete Gregory) on drums. Convinced of his own genius, Jenkins wrote literally hundreds of songs about animal rights, politics and lettuce all filled with complex chord and time changes, weird tape effects and as many guitar solos as possible. Geraniums, the Mice's debut, prompted a reviewer to note that "the B-side of this album is different to the A-side, in fact it's different to any A-side". The A-side was strange enough with songs about men who looked like UCCA forms and being in love with Margaret Thatcher, but the B-side was, well, something completely different indeed. "The Octagional Rabbit Surplus" is a 26+ minute long collage featuring bits of reciting, weird clangs and bangs, reverbs, fragments of songs, backward tapes, strange edits and general weirdness galore. A truly stunning composition, which everybody (excluding Steve Stapleton of Nurse With Wound who loved the album) hated. Unfortunately unrecognized by the large public and without a single hit in their long career, the Mice distributed this LP from the back of their car, organized their own shows (where hardly anyone turned up) and celebrated their complete independence from the music industry for 10 utterly glorious albums, before they finally succumbed into marriages and journeys into outer space. Original copies of My Geraniums with pasted artwork are almost impossible to locate. Be careful of later pressings with printed artwork advertised as "original copies". However, if you see the album - buy it anyways for the music. As the Mice plea on the cover "please buy this album, we want the money back".
eskeshuus

eskeshuus

September 16, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing My Geraniums Are Bulletproof, LP, Album, MOLE 1
"Please buy them. We want the money back."
'if it's worth doing, it's worth over-doing'

A precious pearl of experimental UK DIY pop/wave.
pirna17

pirna17

March 3, 2015
referencing My Geraniums Are Bulletproof, LP, Album, RE, MOLE 1
I bought this reissue already in December 1982!