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IDIOT FLESH

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Spawning from the Oakland, California group ACID RAIN, who released a demo album "We Were All Very Worried" in 1987, the members renamed the group IDIOT FLESH prior to the release of their first album "Tales of Instant Knowledge and Sure Death" in 1990. The group is characterized by its use of non-traditional instrumentation, such as screwdrivers, bicycle horns, and other odd or seemingly random objects to create their music. Their live shows featured everything from marching band acts to puppet shows.

The group disbanded in 1998 before completing their fifth album and the various members went off into splinter groups. The most well-known of these groups is SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM. Fans of SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM will probably find much to enjoy with this group as both groups have a somewhat similar approach and musical style.




Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
They have an avant-garde approach to their music, and have many connections to splinter group Sleepytime Gorilla Museum



Discography:
Studio Album, Tales of Instant Knowledge and Sure Death (1990)
Studio Album, The Nothing Show (1994)
EP, Teen Devil/Twitch (1995)
Studio Album, Fancy (1997)

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We Were All Very Worried (Acid Rain)
1987
3.54 | 10 ratings
Tales Of Instant Knowledge And Sure Death
1990
3.46 | 10 ratings
Nothing Show
1994
3.61 | 10 ratings
Fancy
1997

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 Fancy by IDIOT FLESH album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.61 | 10 ratings

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Fancy
Idiot Flesh RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by jilgiljongiljing

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 such as this, with tons of stuff happening all around. Definitely a headphone album with spacial effects and out of phase voices and sounds. The songs as such have good hooks to keep you interested since there isnt much structure otherwise. I wouldnt rate them very high on the sense of humor scale, but overall, it is a fun album.

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 Tales Of Instant Knowledge And Sure Death by IDIOT FLESH album cover Studio Album, 1990
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Tales Of Instant Knowledge And Sure Death
Idiot Flesh RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars Continuing my Idiotic voyage from other two albums, my sails got me to this obscure album. This albums really sounds like debut, when compared to other two, it sounds immature (little bit), bunch of guys (not single girl here) trying to make some fun while doing music (and recording it all). Many things will be the same as in previous reviews, so please read them too.

This debut is also funky a lot, using strong bass line (as showed in Housewife.

For example Heavy Metal Beer means Brian May like guitar solos doing weird melody together with mumbled chantings and Heavy sounds in general.

Sounds here are more aggressive (I suppose), Get Floor would be prime example, but many others too.

But it's not bad album and I quite like it to be honest, not exactly sure why because it's quite straightforward album.

4(-), to be exact.

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 Nothing Show by IDIOT FLESH album cover Studio Album, 1994
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Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

3 stars Continuing my idiotic journey, I arrived to the land of show that shows basically nothing (as title suggests). Their habit of possessing funny sounding instrument is present here too, it is again freak show, but its potential isn't as great as I would like it to be.

First few songs are disappointment, they don't show much and when they do, it's boring and too repetitive. Where "Fancy" was innovative, "Nothing Show" is lazy and greedy to offer something interesting. There is even rapping featured, I'm not sure if it's intended to shock, or it's just there because they felt it's a good thing. I don't like it so I'll pass.

Boring to be honest, even "Fancy" shows repetitive elements too, it uses them more cleverly, in a way it is good to listen.

Second part (roughly, starting after blank Mouth is far better and gives much needed variety, crazy element (not stoned repeating that is supposed to be fun, but it isn't - I'm all for repeating, when it's done in a right way). Weird factor is graduating.

But overall simply isn't as attractive as their last album which I see as their best.

3(+), not as good as their last album, but for some it may be interesting for some.

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 Fancy by IDIOT FLESH album cover Studio Album, 1997
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Review by Marty McFly
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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.

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 Nothing Show by IDIOT FLESH album cover Studio Album, 1994
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Review by Tapfret
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4 stars The 'Nothing' Show...not a show about nothing

I had the pleasure of seeing this band live several times, the core of which later became "Sleepytime Gorilla Museum". Whether you enjoyed their music or not, one could not help but be entertained by the stage show. Much time was spent designing crazy, elaborate customs with huge heads and hands, giving them a sinister cartoonish appearance as they played.

'The Nothing Show' is the only CD I ended up with from these fellows. The musical core was drums, guitar and bass. But all of the members had an additional piece of percussion. And the bass and guitar was played in anything but a conventional manner. Most of the bass was played on a bizarre contraption not copmpletely unlike an acoustic upright, except it sat on a platform and had a quite unique sound. One of the guitars was played with drumsticks. Yes, this was the essence of Rock in Opposition. Aggressive and frequently dissonent, the music never lacks complexity.

The first 5 songs flow together and were originally part of an EP cassette. Ever percussive and interesting, the standout portion is 'Invisible' which sounds like somebody mugged 'We will rock you' and left it for dead in a dark alley (something I would love to do). 'Mouth' is an almost Vaudevillian number. 'Meat' is a staccatto dissonent number. 'Loveride', a heavy metal ode to domestic violence starts with a very eerie Eartha Kitt like rendition of 'Amazing Grace'. 'Black Sand' is hard to describe. Its um...good. 'Blue Head' is perhaps their most traditionally prog sounding song, huge vocal harmony chorus with abrupt stops and changes. "Submit! To the cavernous yield of the Blue Head!"

4.2 stars, highly recommended if you can find it.

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 Tales Of Instant Knowledge And Sure Death by IDIOT FLESH album cover Studio Album, 1990
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Review by ClemofNazareth
Special Collaborator Prog Folk Researcher

3 stars I’m not really sure what to make of these guys. Which is sort of the point, or at least I think it is. Idiot Flesh is the preincarnation of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, and like that band these guys deliver a bizarre and seemingly disjointed mix of sounds, philosophies, theatrics, and assorted nonsense, some of which is actually music.

But much of which is more like a Fred Frith-meets-Art of Noise kind of thing with abrupt and jarring tempo shifts, copious sound effects, and household-implement-as-musical- instrument lineups. I really have a difficult time listening all the way through this thing at one setting, not because it’s necessarily bad, but because it takes too much energy for what it gives back in return. A poor cost/benefit margin, in capitalistic terms.

Some entertainment can be had by trying to figure out where specific tracks, or even snippets of songs, came from. In the opening “Something” for example, there’s some sort of Bowie thing going on there for a while, and the phrase “just give me something, something I can use” could be attributed to Patti Smith’s ‘Easter’ album – or maybe not. The goofy Glockenspiel and percussion on “Artstroking” might be a nod to (or parody of) any number of seventies symphonic bands, or might simply be a flashback to one of the band member’s art-school days. Who knows? There is some guitar work on this one, mixed in with cello, which is quite original and completely opaque as to how it was accomplished. Props for that. And “The Tale” smacks a bit of Talking Heads, maybe more like what Talking Heads would sound like on stimulants and with no particular sense of rhythm.

The highlight of the album, if this album has such a thing, is the lengthy “Housewife”, which manages to lay down a very funky bass line behind vocals that are a mixture of Bowie circa ‘Scary Monsters’; about a hundred of the latter and obscure East L.A. punk bands of the late seventies; maybe a little B-52s, and what appears to be basically a MILF theme. Pretty off-the-wall stuff.

“Heavy Metal Beer” has a very Art of Noise feel to it, with the exception that the guitar is borderline heavy metal at times (to be expected given the title I suppose), and a short passage that appears to be the Civil War-era “Look Away Dixie Land” tune. A few minutes later “The Widening Gyre”, basically an extended drum solo with white noise and industrial sound effects closes the album.

I’m not a big avant-prog fan, and definitely not a Sleepytime Gorilla Museum fan, so this album won’t likely ever make any Best-of lists in my collection. But the artwork is interesting, the general musical concept of the band is worth 15 minutes of fame, and I suppose we need representation at all spectrums of the musical universe to keep things interesting. I’m going to say this is good simply because it is original and well-produced, but it’s certainly not excellent since this style of expression has natural limitations that prevent the band from really growing much (as evidenced by the fact they disbanded a few years after this released). And I wouldn’t recommend it to the general progressive music audience. If you like any of the other artists mentioned here you will probably like these guys; otherwise – you probably won’t.

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