Saturday, December 31, 2022

LORD LUNAR & HERMOONOS GUZANOS - "Surfin' On The Moon" (1990)

Well, I can't think of a better way to end this year than this tape that we did via the mail with Lord Litter back in the 90's. He sent us tracks, and we added our parts, and we sent him tracks, and he added his parts. Sounds like a lot of work, and it was, but it was also a whole lot of fun!
The name of the tape was "Surfin' On The Moon," and we rebranded ourselves as Lord Lunar & Hermoonos Guzanos.

Interestingly enough, this tape has one of the most unique tunes that we ever did on it, and for me, this song just screams Aloysius Snuffleupagus on a night out on the town! So here we go, as Gary always used to say when it was funny, "Happy Nuke Year!"

Monday, December 26, 2022

CONGO BONGO - "Theme For A Last Home Movie" (2022)

John Sanders of Crash-N-Burn, New Power Soul, and Zazerac has just finished another Congo Bongo song, and was kind enough to keep me informed so I can tell you all about it before this year is over. The world's a pretty shitty place these days, so thank goodness there are still guys like John Sanders who can provide us with some good vibes to listen to.
Let's literally end this year on a good note!
 Congo Bongo is John Sanders - Yamaha YPT 310 rhythm settings, Yamaha P-125 Vibes, Ensoniq EPS Mellotron, Crumar Orchestrator strings and clavichord, Juno 6.

Saturday, December 24, 2022

COOL YULE - "And To ALL A Good Night" (1996)

I don't often return to discs or tapes, but this Christmas various artists compilation CD put out by Rich Arithmetic in 1996 is just too solid to ignore, so lucky you on this Christmas Eve, you got an early gift courtesy of Rich and his friends and family! I gave you one song off of this disc two years ago, and now it's time for a completely different kind of Christmas song

This song is fueled by the phenomenal Ray Carmen. There was too much information for me to write, so here's who is doing what!
If you'd like to get your own copy of "Cool Yule," these days it is available through Rich's label
 Don't be a yule fool, buy this CD and be kool instead!
℗1996-2022, Optional Art
 To find out more of what Rich Horton has going on, head on over to......

Friday, December 23, 2022

JOHN BARTLES - "Sedative Amnesiate Antipody"

Well it wouldn't feel like the holidays unless we heard from my good friend John Bartles, so here's a short Christmas song from his "Sedative Amnesiate Antipody" CD that I'm sure will make you all cheery and bright!
Just in case that was too cheerful for you, here's something John dug out of deep hole in his soul just for you.
"Death Alley" was originally on a tape titled "Vanishing Animal," and features the incredible guitar talents of Jack Scheitt.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

HERMANOS GUZANOS - "The Worm People" (1997)

"The Worm People" was released in 1997, and was the last tape Hermanos Guzanos tape ever made together. It was an interesting smorgasbord of crap.
Undoubtedly one of our most fully realized songs was on this tape, and Brian even made a cool video years later to accompany it.

There was plans for one more compilation tape called "Cream Of Worm Soup," using ours, and our friends music. It never did come to fruition, but Gary did make this cool mock up of a soup can. Eat your heart out Andy.

I was very lucky to work with such gifted artistes as Brian James Riedel who was responsible for this "Zomoid" comic.
And here's a sample of some of Gary Wray's comic art from the 1980's.

Here's just a taste of some of the 1000's of sculptures and works of art Gary has sold on eBay over the years. If you've got a couple of hours to waste, and are still looking for the perfect X-mas gift, then go check out the huge array of images on the

Friday, December 16, 2022


If it seems like I'm doing a lot of stuff that has something to do with Don Campau lately, it's true, because I just have a lot of stuff from Don Campau! This tape was one of the earliest I got from Don. It was only a one sided tape, so of course he put one of his "No Pigeonholes" radio shows on the other side.

This tape featured music from Don and his friends and family!
It's a various artists compilation, but many of the tunes have Don singing or playing on them too!

Naturally, there's a ton of good music on here, like the tune by James Hill is a standout, but there's no way you can go wrong with a song about bacon.
This is the original tape this song came off of. I never had a copy of this tape myself, but I was able to find this cover image on Discogs.
Oddly enough, and as fate would have it, I just got an email from Lord Litter letting me know that Don Campau and Greg Gray have a new album out called "Truth and Rumors" that is now now available. Its free on bandcamp (Just enter zero at checkout)
In Don's own words, "This is more or less a 'rock' album, but some funky and loopy bits throughout
After decades of recording together, this is our first long distance collaboration."

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

NICOLA SCHULTZ - "Field of a String" (2022)

What I like more than anything about writing on this blog besides presenting more or less obscure music from the past, is discovering what I myself have missed, and trust me, there's a lot! One of my biggest sources of old and new music are Lord Litter's radio shows that stream forever on the Internet Archive, and that's how I recently came to know about Nicola Schultz, even though she has been recording since the late 80's. Lord Litter also told me that Nicola was a recommended listen to him by Don Campau, so it's yet another layer of the Don Campau trickle down effect!

Nicola is from Australia, and in the early 90's she sang and played Bass in a band named Swirl. Other members of Swirl were Ben Aylward on Guitar and vocals, David Lord on drums. Nicola left Swirl in 1997, and was replaced by Richard Anderson on bass guitar and keyboards and Keira Hodgkison on guitar and vocals. Swirl broke up in 2002 after releasing three albums.

Since those days Nicola has stayed busy working solo, and this year she released this album titled "Field of a String." The sensational song that Lord Litter played on his radio show was from this album and was titled "Sensation," which I just also happened to find on YouTube.
Do yourself a favor and go to Nicola's Website where you can get more details about this wonderful artist!

Saturday, December 3, 2022


A very cool musician named Dan Susnara passed away a couple of weeks ago, and although I never corresponded with, or traded tapes with Dan, I remember seeing his name in the indie publications, and probably heard his music on one of Don Campau's radio programs. I know he will be missed by all his good friends, a lot of whom I wrote to back in the 80's and 90's.
Here's just a random sample of Dan's work that you'll be able to find on Bandcamp because of the work of another of Dan's friends, Dino DiMuro 
To hear hours and hours of awesome music you missed over the last forty years, please go to:
and check it out! You'll be glad you did!
Here's also a link to one of Lord Litter's current radio shows that bid a sad farewell to Dan!

Saturday, November 26, 2022

NO PIGEONHOLES #140 - "Cleaners From Venus" (1989)

This "No Pigeonholes" radio show on radio station KKUP by Don Campau was broadcast on January 8, 1989. We were on this show with a hoard of talented people! Just to show you how much fun we had back then, here's a cool station ID that was made by Lord Litter in Germany!

From the bottom of the bots to the top of the pops, here's Martin Newell, Martin Chapman, Mick Brannan, Kate Cooper, and Paul Ridley Thomas with some music guaranteed to get you dancing!
I did some looking around, and it looks like this song came off of this 1983 cassette by the Cleaners From Venus titled "In The Golden Autumn."
 Just kind of shows you how far the U.S. was behind, when this song only got played on an underground radio station here six years after it was created!  
If you'd like to know a whole lot more about The Cleaners From Venus, here's a link to their bandcamp page, that contains literally tons and tons of music!

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

ALLIGATOR - "Downwind From The Outhouse" 7" EP (1990)

This 7" E.P. was sent to me by John King of Humidifier fame and fortune.

John King isn't in this band, but they are friends of his, and he helped produce this record.
The members of Alligator were John McMahon - Voice and Words, Annie Hayden - Guitar and Voice, Joe Weston - Bass and Backup Voice, and James Wilbur - Drums and Backup Voice.
The front cover artwork was done by Annie Hayden, and the back cover artwork was done by Joe Weston.
Well, they were right about "There may be no tomorrow," so if you're thinking about ordering something, it might very well be a good luck situation, but in the meantime you can enjoy this!

Sunday, November 20, 2022

LITTLE FYODOR - "Beneath The Uber-Putz" (1988)

 In 1988 Little Fyodor released this phenomenal release called "Beneath The Uber-Putz." As I was looking around I found out that he also released this on vinyl, which would be pretty cool to own!

Just in case you somehow don't know who Little Fyodor is, I'll just say that if you could imagine what the illegitimate love child of Jerry Lewis, Tiny Tim and Einstein would be like, then you might get some kind of idea!
This tape is incredible, and if you just take a gander at these song titles, you'll see why!

Besides being incredibly funny, Little Fyodor is also very intelligent and friendly, and I have no idea why he has never risen to the top. He's probably just too nice!

Here's a shot of Fyodor and his long running band mate Babushka who plays keyboards some of the time.
I got this picture off of Little Fyodor's website which I encourage you to visit as soon as possible if you want to bring a little light into your life!
Man, it was difficult to choose only one song off of this tape, but I've always believed this tune really takes it to another level!

Saturday, November 12, 2022

USA GOES POP - "Various Artists" (1989)

"USA Goes Pop" was a compilation tape of various artists that was put together by Don Campau in 1989, and it's a dandy!

18 underground songs, are you kidding me? You have no idea what it took to put together a project like this in the 80's.
No computers, and no internet, it was an entirely manual process!

The tune I've chosen off this tape is by somebody that I never had any contact with myself, and I'll tell you there's a lot of great music on this tape, so it was a tough choice. Straight out of Cleveland, here's Dennis Carleton -"The Other Way Around"
For More information on Denny Carleton and what he's up these days, 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

DAS FREIE ORCHESTER - "Aerosol" (2022)

It was in 1989 that I first heard of DFO. The Berlin Wall had just come down, and before you knew it, Lord Litter was jamming with the guys from the other side. The rest is history! 
DFO and Lord Litter took a break from 1992 to 2019 - those were the years of The Lord Litter Band and Freicore, Didier Leboz's band and many more activities. 
 The current line up of the band is: Didier Leboz (guitars and producing, mixing, Gui Gust (drums), Carsten Spindler (bass, masophon) and Jürgen König, who was the original Soundman of DFO, which was very important for the sound of the early years, and he now plays Keyboards. They now have a new release, and Lord Litter is back playing with them again supplying words and voices. Here's a very cool single from their new full release titled  
"Debuet und Abschied."
Just sit back and unwind with

Saturday, November 5, 2022

SCREAMIN POPEYES PRESENT - "Curioddity" (1989)

I traded quite a few tapes with the Screamin Popeyes over the years, and they were always up to something interesting, This tape called "Curioddity" a was collaboration between the Popeyes and four other artists that included Arttek, Eric Hausmann, Busyditch, and Mike Hovancsek.
The cover art was done by Craig Strong!

I'm guessing on the date since there's none on the tape, but I'm pretty sure 1989 is pretty close!

There's no real information on who is doing what, and as far as I can tell, side one is called "The Mr,. Beautiful Contest," and side two is called "The Stomach That Walks Like A Boy."

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

DAWN TREADER - "Fill My Heart" (1977)

Here's a real exclusive I doubt you're going to find anywhere else, a very cool 1977 single release by Rich Horton and a band he was in called Dawn Treader. 
Rich had been in numerous bands before this, but this 45 was his first recording.
The band was named after the boat in the book "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" in the children's Chronicles of Narnia book series by CS Lewis.

Rich himself calls the music Jesus Rock, and the harmonies are indeed heavenly!

The members of Dawn Treader were Rich Horton aka Rich Arithmetic on lead guitar and vocals, and his pals Jeb Bolan and Bill Beahm playing guitars and singing harmonies.
These two songs were recorded 'live' in concert at Wichita State University.

This is what I call joyous music, and it doesn't matter whether you are religious or not, the sincere belief these guys shared is very obvious.

Rich still has a few of these 45's left, and if you'd like to purchase one, you can contact him at
If you want to know more about Rich and all his projects, then head on over to his website!!

Sometimes if Bill didn't show up, Rich and Jeb would perform as a duo.

Despite doing religious music, they also liked to inject a lot of offbeat humor in between songs that was inspired by The Firesign Theatre and Martin Mull.