Philemon Arthur & The Dung

Philemon Arthur & The Dung Discography


SRS 4607 Philemon Arthur And The Dung* Philemon Arthur And The Dung(LP, Album) Silence (3) SRS 4607 Sweden 1972 Sell This Version
SRSK 4705 Philemon Arthur & The Dung Skisser Över 1914 Års Badmössor(Cass) Silence (3) SRSK 4705 Sweden 1987 Sell This Version


Philemon Arthur & The Dung Musikens Historia Del 1 Och 2 (Comp) Silence (3) Sweden 1992 Sell This Version
SRSCD 3627 Philemon Arthur And The Dung* Får Jag Spy I Ditt Paraply? - The Very Pest Of Philemon Arthur & The Dung(CD, Comp) Silence (3) SRSCD 3627 Sweden 2002 Sell This Version


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June 5, 2016
Philemon Arthur & The Dung is hands down the best band to ever come out of Sweden. No I'm completely serious. A lot of people just take these guys as a joke, a fun little mysterious band that made songs with goofy, silly lyrics. But no. Philemon is way more than just that. The music is simple and catchy melodies played on acoustic guitar or accordion with percussion being various objects (radiators, pots and pans, etc.). But the sound is raw, dissonant, and noisy. The vocals are sometimes (intentionally) out-of-tune.
The lyrics are more often than not goofy, silly, stupid and sometimes just complete nonsense. But also in many tunes there is a serious side to it as well underneath the silly surface, songs deal with drug dealers (Min Anteckningsbok), poverty and being homeless (Henning i Sin Presenning), feeling meaningless (Det Femte Hjulet). While more silly subjects concerns picking potatoes (Plocka Päror), going to the vet with a sick camel (Dromedarvisan) and wanting a dried coffeebean for dessert (En Förtorkad Kaffeböna).
But there's something very charming about this mysterious duo and the songwriting is great and the raw homemade quality just adds to charm, these guys were true and genuine, they made music because they loved it and it shows, there is real passion in these songs.
Philemon Arthur & The Dung are and always will be my favorite Swedish band and I hope they still have more unreleased recordings for us. It's been 15 years between each album, 1972 -> 1987 -> 2002, will there be more in 2017? And will we ever find out who they actually are? At least I hope for more music. If they want to stay secret, I don't care.

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