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4.06 | 17 ratings | 3 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Dead Like Us (3:53)
2. Idiot Song (6:30)
3. Teen Devil Worshipper (2:29)
4. Chicken Little (9:07)
5. Twitch (4:47)
6. Drowning (5:00)
7. Motherfucker (7:21)
8. Bach Is Dead (1:47)
9. Diggity Cow And The Dandy Mr. Clyde (3:11)
10. The Straw (10:45)
11. Cheesus (Dance Mix) (1:34)
12. People In Your Neighborhood (4:18)
13. Dead Like Us (Reprise) (0:53)

Total Time: 61:35

Line-up / Musicians

- Gene Jun / guitars, violin, singing, metal hat, talking, fancy dancing pig, walking
- Dan Rathbun bass, cello, thing, trombone, bikehorn, screwdriver, saw, singing, talking, teneroon
- Wes Anderson / drums, percussion, marimba, mailing tube w/latex glove, mouth, singing, talking, bassoon, metal, plunger
- Nils Frykdahl / all sorts of guitars, flute, singing, talking, contrabass, castanets

Guest musicians:
- Matt Embrie / piano (9), synthesizers (11)
- Jindra Dolansky / saxophone (11)
- Mantra Ben Y'akova / voice (6 & 11)
- Stacy Black / voice (11)
- Jab / trumpet (7)
- Tony "El Evil" Gallegos / MC (1 & 9)
- Angela Coon / voice (2)

Releases information

CD Vaccination Records (1997)

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IDIOT FLESH Fancy ratings distribution

(17 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (18%)
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Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Errors and Omissions Team
4 stars Basically, this is 61 minutes long show of drunken like freaks that shouts, produces various noises and are having a lot of fun (apparently). However, when we look behind this charade, we can see narration line, uniting element that holds this album together.

That they are crazy you can see from Lineup/Musicians section, instrument like fancy: dancing pig, screwdriver, walking and talking and as far as I hear, lyrics are typical Zapaesque weird stuff.

Musically we got one of the most eclectic mixes that I ever heard. Heavy Metal, Prog Metal, flute, circus sounds, ambient parts, rattling, psychedelic noises, country and dozens of others. After all, this music is based on doing as much "things" as possible.

Actually it's quite pleasant to listen, at least half of this album is harmonic and melodic (even often using weird melody, still it is melody), but you won't be denied dissonant parts too, thrown together like cats into the pit with one purpose. To fight and see which one will survive. This music is the same case - different musical influences are struggling for attention and which one will be dominant one.

Result is unclear, same as this album.

4(+), but I suppose it is better this way.

Review by TCat
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team
5 stars Having been a Sleepytime Gorilla Museum fan for the last 7 or so years, I just had to check this one out. Idiot Flesh split up almost immediately after this album was released and two of the frontmen from this group (Nils Frykdahl and Dan Rathbun) went on to help form Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. So, discovering that there is a precursor to the excellent music by SGM was like finding a treasure.

This music is everything you would expect from SGM plus more zaniness and completely out of the box music. Think along the lines of SGM without borders....more like Mr. Bungle. I don't understand why when people talk about Mike Patton's style of music, that this band isn't even mentioned. Not that they are a cheap imitation. They are the embodiment of the perfection of schizo-music. This is pure RIO or avant garde music, though somewhat on the heavy side, but maybe not as metal sounding as SGM. You'll understand when you hear pretty much every type of music in some form or another. Yet even though this album runs the gamut of every genre of music known to man, it still comes across as being organized, it's not a mish mash of ideas, these are tight compositions made by a bunch of genius musicians. Pretty much all of the members of the band are multi-instrumentalists, and they use their talents to the extreme here. I think everything including the kitchen sink gets played as an instrument here.

Nils vocals are amazing and if there is a lead singer here, I guess it would be him, but apparently everyone in the band sings. The vocals are very much similar to SGM as you would expect, thick and almost guttural but broken up by the band. And there are many, many times when the whole hellish choir of a band sings together. Because this is more than a concept album. This is an event. And apparently that is true if you have been lucky enough to attend one of their shows.

So, what stands out most of all on this album? Well the 1st track introduces the craziness you are about to hear with a march style song that reminds you of a procession of lunatics, or idiots. Then "Idiot Song" comes along and you know by that song just what you are in for. Just try to explain it or analyze it. You could write a book about everything that is going on here. "Chicken Little" is a 9+ minute rendering of the famous children's story. Just to prove that this isn't just a bunch of strange people making silly music, they use quotations (or bits and pieces) of modern- classical composers throughout this song, namely Bela Bartok (a favorite of Frank Zappa by the way), Pierre Boulez, and Iannis Xenakis who are all credited on the song. The song basically tells the story in it's schizoid kind of way following the traditional story except the sky falls in the end.

Also, "Bach is Dead" is a short cover from none other than The Residents, another band known for it's zaniness and avant garde style. Of course, this is Idiot Flesh's way of paying homage to them. You also get their version of the Sesame Street classic "People in Your Neighborhood" done in their own manner as a skit/song. Another long track is "The Straw" which uses the poetry of "The Hollow Men" from T.S. Elliot. This is a mostly heavy track, but don't expect anything normal here. There is a lot of pulling every instrument involved to it's extreme use.

This is by every means a prog-rock masterpiece, especially as an avant-prog album. The meters are all over the place, constantly changing within songs, but this all works together because these songs are carefully constructed and organized, so if you fear listening to this because of aimlessness or no direction, then let your fears be forgotten. This is good stuff especially for lovers of quirkiness, humor in music, and ingenuity. How is it that this album is pretty much unheard of? This is a 5 star masterpiece and deserves to be placed alongside any of Mike Patton's best.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Interesting if you like Primus, Estradasphere, Nuclear Rabbit and the likes. They have certainly put some effort into packaging and production. The cover art and the fold out cardboard is very interesting indeed and was what caught my eye. The recording quality is decent as well for a project suc ... (read more)

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