TK95CD093 Caveman Hughscore
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Released on 1995
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H ugh Hopper, that knit-cap conquistador of cosmic glue, and Caveman Shoestore, a trio of strange young Oreguns, teamed up on the latter’s label (Tim Kerr Records) as the one-off Caveman Hughscore. The whole thing started when His Hughness sent the band songscores which they recorded and sent back, paving the way for an actual recording session together in Oregon. As might be expected, much strangeness ensues: the busy basses of Hopper and Fred Chalenor fuzzed out, sped up and bonding into complex structures; Elaine diFranco’s Vegan (as in Suzanne) vocals and free-spirited accordion/Rhodes playing; Henry Franzoni’s wry observations and awry rhythms. While this ad-hoc outfit clicks some of the time (“A Rabbit Or A Lemon,” “Dee Dum,” “Oregon Transplant”), a lot of Caveman Hughscore sounds like sub-Zappa/Keneally strangeness. The pedigree here is in the basswork of Hopper and Chalenor, and to a lesser extent in diFranco’s smartly placed keyboard meanderings. The vocals are otherwise distracting and bury some of the goodness underneath (honestly, William Burroughs and Zappa are the only two people I know who can get away with talking over avant-garde jazz and still make it interesting). Hopper fans may recognize the old Softies tune “Dedicated To You…” and an Isotope track, “Edorian,” but otherwise this is newly minted nonsense for avant/jazz/noise aficionados. Of course, Hugh-genauts expect the unexpected by now, and this album is in many ways an unexpected application of Hopper’s fuzz/fusion vision, just as it seems an inevitable encounter after you hear it. Worth checking out at the end is “Panic,” which is some of the coolest didjeridu music I’ve ever heard (admittedly, it’s a small field, but still). Obviously the meeting struck a chord with the maestro/machinist, who recorded two more albums with Chalenor and diFranco as the abbreviated Hughscore.

TRACK LISTING

  1. A RABBIT OR A LEMON    6:34
  2. MORE THAN NOTHING    7:00
  3. MAJA RAJA    1:14
  4. DEE DUM    4:34
  5. SCOOTER TRASH    3:20
  6. DUST MY MIND    3:12
  7. SPLINTER CAT/EDORIAN    2:32
  8. A SMALL SEED    5:32
  9. DEDICATED TO YOU, BUT YOU WEREN'T LISTENING    1:14
  10. VIRTUAL CATS    3:23
  11. OREGON TRANSPLANT    2:37
  12. FREAK CONTROL    2:19
  13. EXTRA LUNG    3:42
  14. SASQUATCH ELEVATOR    1:13
  15. PANIC    7:15

    Composed by Hugh Hopper. Arranged by Hugh Hopper & Caveman Hughscore.

CREDITS

FRED CHALENOR -- basses, double speed bass, pro one
ELAINE diFALCO -- vocals, accordion, Fender Rhodes, piano, fuzz-wah, wah Rhodes, pro one
HENRY FRANZONI -- drums, voice
HUGH HOPPER -- fuzz bass, bass, double speed bass, wah feedback bass, cats
Jen Harrison -- French horn
Michael Stirling -- didjeridu (15)
Nick Kellogg -- engineer, mixing
Steven Birch -- design & layout
Marc Trunz -- photos

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US 1995 Tim Kerr Records CD TK95CD093  

 

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