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Far from beign your average Swedish band, Kräldjursanstalten got together as a trio in 1977 and still was at the time of their disbanding in 1981, although one album and one EP richer since they got together. Michael Maksymenko (drums, vocals) and twin brothers Stefan (guitar) and Thomas Agaton (bass) were the members, and while the line-up seems fairly uninteresting, the music is definitely not. Displaying a fair share of Captain Beefheart-ish song structures combined with the aggression of a punk band and dissonance of Myrbein (another Swedish RIO band) they surely sound chaotic and utterly bizarre, yet entertaining and fun. After disbanding, Maksymenko got together with American experimentalist Henry Kaiser (who also have worked with Fred Frith, Derek Bailey and the likes) forming a new band named Crazy Backwards Alphabet together with Dixie Dregs bassist Andy West and Beefheart drummer John "Drumbo" French. Although Kräldjursanstalten is an acquired taste, they should defintely appeal to any fan of Henry Cow, Beefheart, Myrbein and the likes.

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Voodoo Boogie

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Voodoo Boogie
Kraldjursanstalten RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Guldbamsen
Special Collaborator Retired Admin

3 stars The Reptile Institute

Have you ever thought to yourself: I need a brand new fox, that I can talk to! I want some new hamstrings - with mustard and cubes? Why are there so many lamps? 456 peanuts and what? Why shouldn´t I - they´re round and all?. Jenny Garth from Beverly Hills is really an ok saxophone player - she´s just too involved with fingers and salmon residue - well I only liked her on that Miles Davis album, so whatever... Bazookas in my pocket could clear that cold! Then you - YES YOU!!! You should go get this album!

Take Beefheart, Samla Mammas Manna, Henry Cow, punk attitude mixed with blues rock from a merry go round and some Zappaesque Swedish humour on top of that - pop it in the blender along with some coffee and go faster stripes - and you´re nearly there......well nearly.

These guys sound like patients from your nearest mental institution. They´ve just drunken 20 cups of coffee(which oddly enough is the name of one of the tracks: Tjugo koppar kaffe), put on some flowery dresses and then headed over to the studio for a good jam. Man, this sounds completely absurd!! I dare anyone to listen to this album, without having a good laugh. First time I tried it, I was nearly in tears. I laughed out loud - climbed the walls like a schizophrenic lemur - started talking to plants, and forgot everything around me. Everything just dissolved.

Voodoo Boogie is like a deconstruction of blues and rock n´ roll - paired up with the most outrageous speed. It´s like going too fast in a car, but you´re nowhere near the steering wheel. Sometimes it´s obvious - Oh yeah, there´s the blues chords with the big fat bass going bum bum bum, and then, out of the blue, an insane drum-roll cuts through the music - the guitars start running like some fearful runner out of Kenya - and you´re now far far far away from where you started. Some times the instruments just part ways - See Ya!! each of them off in their own direction, or maybe the song lasts 45 seconds and includes a guy yelling Swedish profanities. There´s even one track that seems to be playing 2 different songs at the same time. Sheer madness!

Just to paint a better picture of this bizarre musical universe, then let me dictate what front man Michael Maksymenko is up to here. First of all, this guy, who also handles the compositions - is in fact sitting behind the drum-kit and sounds like Animal from the Muppet Show. He does the vocals, plays a vacuum-cleaner, and what I find the most ridiculous and sure as eels on the front lawn, made me laugh like a village idiot, is the fact that he´s in charge of the coaching! Trust me, if you´d heard this album, then something like coaching would sound truly bizarre.

Mumbling guitar excursions, toddler in the kitchen, a skilled Syd Vicious on the bass after he´s injected himself with a kilo of instant coffee - and somehow this album works. I like to listen to this while I´m cooking dinner. Dancing like a drunk penguin - throwing myself around the kitchen like an insane person, I must say that Voodoo Boogie suddenly takes on another dimension. One could state, that the more likely you are to go completely mad - and revel in it to boot, the more likely it is, that you´ll appreciate this album.

If you´re interested in hearing the rejected soundtrack to Milos Forman´s masterpiece One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest performed by Swedish mental patients, then by all means - go invest in this piece of pacing insanity. Approach with extreme caution. 3.5 stars.

Thanks to Bj-1 for the artist addition.

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