The Mike Gunn

Profile:
Psychedelic rock quartet from Houston, Texas, USA, active from
1989-1995.
Included Charalambides co-founder Tom Carter, Project Grimm co-founder John Cramer (2), Dunlavy musician Scott Grimm and drummer Curt Mackey. Mike Gunn was a friend of the band, who never actually played in it.
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Albums

ANOMIE 10 The Mike Gunn - Hemp For Victory album art The Mike Gunn Hemp For Victory(LP, Album) Anomie Records ANOMIE 10 US 1991 Sell This Version
DN001LP The Mike Gunn - Durban Poison album art The Mike Gunn Durban Poison(LP, Album) Double Naught DN001LP US 1992 Sell This Version
006 The Mike Gunn - Almaron album art The Mike Gunn Almaron (Album) September Gurls 006 US 1993 Sell This Version
WG002 The Mike Gunn - Coduh A Collection Of Live & Studio Tracks album art The Mike Gunn Coduh A Collection Of Live & Studio Tracks(CD, Album, Ltd, Num) Worship Guitars Records WG002 US 1995 Sell This Version
SG ten-1 The Mike Gunn - A Dream About Jim album art The Mike Gunn A Dream About Jim(10", MiniAlbum, Ltd, Num) September Gurls SG ten-1 Germany 1997 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

DNR-003 The Mike Gunn - Clueless / Alisa album art The Mike Gunn / Smile 69 The Mike Gunn / Smile 69 - Clueless / Alisa(7") Double Naught DNR-003 US 1993 Sell This Version

Compilations

DN001 The Mike Gunn - Durban Poison / Hemp For Victory album art The Mike Gunn Durban Poison / Hemp For Victory(CD, Comp) Double Naught DN001 US 1992 Sell This Version

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daktaricla

daktaricla

January 14, 2021
One of Texas' most revered psych bands, The Mike Gunn spent its 5 years of life keeping the forces that threatened to pull it apart at bay. Finally, with the mysterious disappearance of its beloved drummer, in 1994 the band relented to the inevitable chaos that threatened to consume it for so long.
The band's first major release on Anomie Records, "Hemp for Victory," saw raves and maddened collectors trying to get a hold of the limited run of these silk screened LPs. Co-produced with Scott Ayers of the Pain Teens the LP, it was a mesh of Black Sabbath stupidity, Butthole Surfers madness, and shameless guitar wank of the highest caliber. With this LP the groundwork was laid. The band had left its worst metal-esque tendencies behind it, began experimenting more and found its way to the land of psych-rock: bongs loaded!
The 1992 release of "Durban Poison" found our heroes a bit confused. "What the hell are we doing!" seems to be the theme for this release. Still, some brilliant spots shine through the mess making the CD a worthwhile endeavor for any Mike Gunn fan. Of note is the beautifully trippy "Haji" and the 18 minute mind expanding tribute to Dry Nod "Mesa is Burning" with Tom Carter's finest guitar excursion into the center of your mind.
Released on Dot Dean's beloved Double Naught Records in LP form this was eventually re-issued by Double Naught in CD form. The CD contained both "Durban Poison" and a (we would argue better) remix of "Hemp for Victory."
In 1993 Double Naught released the quintessential Mike Gunn album: Almaron. The CD had it all live jams, studio work, guitar insanity, smart ass John Cramer lyrics, and just a host of fucking great songs. Trippy songs like "Dry Nod" and "Ted" were juxtaposed with goofball trips like "Vaughan is Love" and "All Across America". The guitars shine like never before and the band is at its peak of creativity. The CD was re-issued in double LP gatefold format by Germany's September Gurls records with a 15 minute bonus track "Fly to the Sunn."
After this CD Tom Carter gave his walking papers to devote his time to Charalambides.
The band continued on for one more year and finally collapsed upon the mysterious disappearance of Drummer Curt Mackey (later to turn up 2 years later). Like a beast that would not die, the next two years saw 2 posthumous releases. The limited edition "Coduh: A Collection of Live and Studio Recordings" on our fine label contained the full final live performance of the Mike Gunn and bonus studio tracks. The final scrape of the bottom came with the limited edition release of "A Dream About Jim" (vinyl-EP) on September Gurls. Of the cover, Scott Grimm was reported to have said "I wanted to make the ugliest cover possible and I succeeded beyond my wildest imagination."
Each member has now moved onto other things. Tom Carter is currently in Charalambides with Christina Carter and living in Austin, Texas. Scott Grimm is recording as The Dunlavy with quite a few releases under his belt. John Cramer is performing and recording with the Project Grimm. Curt Mackey is still being Curt Mackey.

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