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Topic: The weirdest album you've ever heard
Posted By: Argentinfonico
Subject: The weirdest album you've ever heard
Date Posted: November 16 2021 at 21:47
That's right, here we go. And by "weirdest" I mean a work so outlandish and bizarre that you just couldn't believe what you were hearing at the time. Mine is definitely Area's "Caution Radiation Area".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au6XBZ86tOE

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Posted By: Progmind
Date Posted: November 16 2021 at 21:57
Cardiacs - Sign Of God


Posted By: siLLy puPPy
Date Posted: November 16 2021 at 22:06
Someone made thread about this in the past but always cool to reexplore WEIRD!!!!

I made a list on Rate Your Music of the 70 weirdest albums i could think of at the time.

I think i've discovered weirder since then. Might be time to update and add more!

Oh, that Area album is definitely there!

http://rateyourmusic.com/list/siLLy_puPPy/crazy-dog-magazines-70-weirdest-albums/" rel="nofollow - https://rateyourmusic.com/list/siLLy_puPPy/crazy-dog-magazines-70-weirdest-albums/


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Posted By: Sacro_Porgo
Date Posted: November 16 2021 at 22:37
There was this weird italian prog album someone sent me a link to years ago which featured a straight up opera singer paired with really dissonant pianos and murky production... can't recall the name... ariel something maybe?

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Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: November 16 2021 at 22:55
Hi,

I'm not sure that some things are as weird as we think. In most cases, the stuff is so different and exploratory that to consider it weird, is rather peculiar. 

I don't think, for example, that AD2's material, or Can's for that matter in those days is "weird" ... both those albums listed are prime examples of what IMPROVISATION can help create and a lot of it is really far out and stretches the idea that the Anglo-American music is the only one that can create good things. It might also be noticed that it was thought that those bands did not want to do things with the Anglo-American ideas or concepts ... so it is no surprise that "we" think they are weird.

THEY ARE NOT WEIRD, and I think these lists are way off the top, when (specially) so much of it is played and enjoyed in so many places. Some of the material, played at the right time, in the right place, is NEVER weird next to good material ... what might make it weird is you or I playing something that belongs in the top ten next to it, at which effort I would say that the person playing those things has no taste in music, and is making a bad point about the arts. 

The arts are really about experiments and change and have been for a long time, so us considering things weird simply because they do not conform to something that we think is the right way to do things, is not a very progressive thought whatsoever!

I can not say, that I have EVER, really found a weird album, and I pretty much got "all of them" since the early 70's. I did think that the early material from The Third Ear Band was weird until I realized its context ... it's not weird at all and much more intelligent than we are capable of listening! And the same could be said for many of the early "Harvest" cereal box ingredient bands. The Edgar Broughton Band was not weird. It was one of the most intelligent bands around. Lol Coxhill was not weird. He was experimental. 

Context is every thing ... so someone playing Einsturzende Neubauten right next to a top ten song, would make it seem weird, but that stuff has not been weird for a long time. It's different, but not weird.


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Posted By: Zeph
Date Posted: November 16 2021 at 23:02
Trout Mask Replica

I don't seek out obscure and weird albums, but this one is impossible not to be aware of.


Posted By: cstack3
Date Posted: November 16 2021 at 23:43
Originally posted by siLLy puPPy siLLy puPPy wrote:

Someone made thread about this in the past but always cool to reexplore WEIRD!!!!

I made a list on Rate Your Music of the 70 weirdest albums i could think of at the time.

I think i've discovered weirder since then. Might be time to update and add more!

Oh, that Area album is definitely there!

https://rateyourmusic.com/list/siLLy_puPPy/crazy-dog-magazines-70-weirdest-albums/" rel="nofollow - https://rateyourmusic.com/list/siLLy_puPPy/crazy-dog-magazines-70-weirdest-albums/

Thanks, that was fun to read through!  I need to explore some of that! 


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Posted By: Mirakaze
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 00:43
I'm keeping http://rateyourmusic.com/list/DoomZappo/weird-things/" rel="nofollow - a list of my own on RateYourMusic; probably there's some overlap with Silly Puppy's list. Mine's not really in any kind of order, but at the top spot lies http://www.discogs.com/release/2748371-Feminist-Improvising-Group-Feminist-Improvising-Group" rel="nofollow - the self-titled album by the Feminist Improvising Group , which is the first thing I thought of when reading the thread title.


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Posted By: Lewian
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 03:41
I have listened to so much experimental music through the years that there's not much that seems really weird to me these days. I remember the first BIG music "WTF??" moment in my life was when my grandfather played Stockhausen's Gesang der Juenglinge to me. I think I was 15 or so and I didn't get it at all, but these days I do. (My grandfather was big into classical music and after finding out that I got into rock that was more progressive than what he'd pick up on the radio, and failing to get enthusiasm rather than just respect out of me for Bach and Mozart, he thought he could try Stockhausen Big smile - in the next attempt he scored a proper success with Stravinsky and Bartok.)

Maybe as a consequence of that I wasn't that surprised anymore when I heard, not much later, sides 3 and 4 of Tago Mago, and Kollaps bei Einstuerzende Neubauten (meaning that I accepted that such stuff was around and had a certain fun factor, but it took some more time to seriously appreciate it), and from then on pretty much anything went.

Still I didn't miss the weirdness of Trout Mask Replica and Caution Radiation Area (which means quite something), even though they came to me much later. To many people probably all of Art Zoyd is weird, but I always felt quite at home with them, however they did catch me be surprise doing an album called  "Pure Noise" that sounds just as what it says on the tin.


Posted By: omphaloskepsis
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 04:03
Originally posted by Zeph Zeph wrote:

Trout Mask Replica

I don't seek out obscure and weird albums, but this one is impossible not to be aware of.

I concur ^


Posted By: Manuel
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 05:42
Area Palea. I have two of their albums, and they are certainly in that category.


Posted By: Shadowyzard
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 05:51
The band's name was BERZERKER, and the album was in MP3 format. It was one of my friends' random albums. I have doubts if it was a real official album, or someone did some tricky recording using that band's name. All I can say is that, anyone who listens to it loudly might go berserk. I, for one, cannot dare it.


Posted By: camelisawesome
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 05:57
SizeMy weirdest album would have to be the first time I heard Dark Side of the Moon. I love it now, but when I came home from the store and put it on, it honestly creeped me out a little!


Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 06:14
Originally posted by Zeph Zeph wrote:

Trout Mask Replica

I don't seek out obscure and weird albums, but this one is impossible not to be aware of.

This is an obvious go to for weirdness.

I also offer - Förträngt Hushållsarbete - Offret om att Älska...





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Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 06:25
Originally posted by Mirakaze Mirakaze wrote:

I'm keeping https://rateyourmusic.com/list/DoomZappo/weird-things/" rel="nofollow - a list of my own on RateYourMusic; probably there's some overlap with Silly Puppy's list. Mine's not really in any kind of order, but at the top spot lies https://www.discogs.com/release/2748371-Feminist-Improvising-Group-Feminist-Improvising-Group" rel="nofollow - the self-titled album by the Feminist Improvising Group , which is the first thing I thought of when reading the thread title.

Which of course features two of the members of Henry Cow, the wonderful Lindsay Cooper & Georgie Born.


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Posted By: FXM
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 06:58
The solo album by Demetrio Stratos (the vocalist from the Italian AREA) "Cantare La Voce" was a WTF moment for me!!

"Beauborg" by Vangelis was another odd one. In the late 70's I bought his "Albedo 0.39" and "Spiral" albums and loved them. Then he released "Beauborg" I rushed out to buy it expecting something similar but was in for a shock. At the time I hated it but maybe now I would love it if I still had the album.


Posted By: dwill123
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 07:01


Posted By: Lewian
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 07:20
I found http://192.168.1.103:9000/clixmlbrowser/clicmd=browselibrary+items&library_id=&mode=albums&artist_id=12201&linktitle=Artist%20%28Koenji%20Hyakkei%29/&player=00%3A52%3A06%3A4c%3Add%3A9d" rel="nofollow - Koenji Hyakkei 's http://192.168.1.103:9000/clixmlbrowser/clicmd=browselibrary+items&linktitle=SEARCH&mode=search/index.html?mode=search&player=00%3A52%3A06%3A4c%3Add%3A9d&index=0_Hya.0.0&sess=" rel="nofollow - Angherr Shisspa quite weird for Zeuhl standards, which means something. (MDK, which was the first Zeuhl album I heard, came over as fairly normal in comparison.)


Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 07:27
Originally posted by FXM FXM wrote:


"Beauborg" by Vangelis was another odd one. In the late 70's I bought his "Albedo 0.39" and "Spiral" albums and loved them. Then he released "Beauborg" I rushed out to buy it expecting something similar but was in for a shock. At the time I hated it but maybe now I would love it if I still had the album.

I had the same reaction to Beauborg, I still don't love it.


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Posted By: BaldFriede
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 07:56
This one is extremely weird:




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Posted By: AFlowerKingCrimson
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 08:08
I thought Frank Zappa's Lumpy Gravy was a very strange album. When I first heard it I thought Tangerine Dream's Phaedra was pretty weird but apparently they have weirder ones. Also, believe it or not I thought the vvery first Genesis album From Genesis To Revelation  was rather weird when I first heard it. Side two of Pink Floyd's Ummagumma is another one. I'll have to think about it and list some others later. 

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Posted By: Psychedelic Paul
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 08:17
Current 93 - Nature Unveiled (1984) - a very disturbing, nightmarish album that I never want to hear again. It's the kind of unsettling album you'd play to clear the house of unwanted party guests at the end of a long evening. Evil Smile


Posted By: siLLy puPPy
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 08:19
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Originally posted by Mirakaze Mirakaze wrote:

I'm keeping https://rateyourmusic.com/list/DoomZappo/weird-things/" rel="nofollow - a list of my own on RateYourMusic; probably there's some overlap with Silly Puppy's list. Mine's not really in any kind of order, but at the top spot lies https://www.discogs.com/release/2748371-Feminist-Improvising-Group-Feminist-Improvising-Group" rel="nofollow - the self-titled album by the Feminist Improvising Group , which is the first thing I thought of when reading the thread title.

Which of course features two of the members of Henry Cow, the wonderful Lindsay Cooper & Georgie Born.


Speaking of Henry Cow, all their albums qualify but what's even weirder is Chris Cutler's CASSIBER.

This debut album is quite out there




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Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 08:25
Great band

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Posted By: sidc58
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 08:28
Songs For Swinging Larvae by Renaldo and the Loaf. And anything by The Residents.


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Posted By: siLLy puPPy
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 08:32
Originally posted by sidc58 sidc58 wrote:

Songs For Swinging Larvae by Renaldo and the Loaf. And anything by The Residents.


Indeed. I've concluded that The Residents is the weirdest band ever. They pretty much nailed the weird vibe on every level. Can you imagine playing live in these freaking giant eyeball costumes? LOL






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Posted By: Psychedelic Paul
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 08:41
This is pretty strange too, but I like it, like it, Yes I do! Thumbs Up

Christopher Lee - My Way



Posted By: siLLy puPPy
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 08:53
Here's another couple RYM lists you may find interesting.

The artists presented on this list are weird but mainly for image not necessarily music but there is some of that too.

https://rateyourmusic.com/list/siLLy_puPPy/v_e_r_y_w_e-i_r_d_b_a_n_d-s-m-o_o-m/" rel="nofollow - v.e.r.y...W#E-I~R*D...b+a=n^d-s \m/ o_o \m/


https://rateyourmusic.com/list/siLLy_puPPy/2nd_c_o_m_i_n_g--v_e_r_y_w_e-i_r_d_b_a_n_d-s_2m-o_o-m/" rel="nofollow - 2nD~C=O=M=i=N=G  v.e.r.y...W#E-I~R*D...b+a=n^d-s...2\m/ o_o \m/


The second one won't link for whatever reason

https://rateyourmusic.com/list/siLLy_puPPy/2nd_c_o_m_i_n_g-%EF%A3%BF-v_e_r_y_w_e-i_r_d_b_a_n_d-s_2m-o_o-m/


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Posted By: BrufordFreak
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 10:10
Weird but brilliant: the first time I heard Factor Burzaco.
Weird and a waste of my time: that's how I've always felt about Trout Mask Replica.



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Posted By: progaardvark
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 10:23
What I used to think of weird, seems more normal to my ears these days. 

Anyway, I offer something new in this territory (released this year) that I really enjoyed: Fred Frith and Ikue Mori - A Mountain Doesn't Know It's Tall

Alas, no tracks on YouTube, but if you have access to Spotify...
https://open.spotify.com/album/50WMITuWXncgRaYBg8bd8i" rel="nofollow - https://open.spotify.com/album/50WMITuWXncgRaYBg8bd8i

I normally don't toot my own horn, but I have my own little project that occasionally dives into this territory. I offer you A Thousand Civilities:
https://superluminalpachyderm.bandcamp.com/track/a-thousand-civilities" rel="nofollow - https://superluminalpachyderm.bandcamp.com/track/a-thousand-civilities


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Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 10:36
Originally posted by Lewian Lewian wrote:

I have listened to so much experimental music through the years that there's not much that seems really weird to me these days. I remember the first BIG music "WTF??" moment in my life was when my grandfather played Stockhausen's Gesang der Juenglinge to me. I think I was 15 or so and I didn't get it at all, but these days I do. (My grandfather was big into classical music and after finding out that I got into rock that was more progressive than what he'd pick up on the radio, and failing to get enthusiasm rather than just respect out of me for Bach and Mozart, he thought he could try Stockhausen Big smile - in the next attempt he scored a proper success with Stravinsky and Bartok.)
...

Hi,

I think that this is the same for me, and the main difference. I was already a well versed 18 year old on classical music and had already heard Stockhausen, Heinemann (sp.), and seen some of it on the TV in a couple of movies to the point where it did not seem strange or weird. Heck, for that matter some Bernard Herrmann soundtracks were a bit weirder (the Sci-Fi ones) than the average music, mostly because of his odd selection of instruments and their use!!!! A very different kind of "weird" if we use the term correctly.

My take, still is, and I say it all the time, that the bigger issue for folks here on PA, is their lack of ability to listen and appreciate classical music and see its experimental periods ... all they are talking about is the 5 albums that did not sound like the ones they like, which makes it NOT A MUSIC STORY OR THREAD!

I might have thought this or that was weird, but already I was into theater and film, and pop music (specially) was to me sort of like High School Theater ... compared to the better stuff one level up, College, and then another level up, Professional!

It's just scary to have folks that do not listen to music regularly, create these things ... it is down right sad, and to me, most of those folks are not PROGRESSIVE MUSIC listeners whatsoever.


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Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 10:38
Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

This is pretty strange too, but I like it, like it, Yes I do! Thumbs Up

Christopher Lee - My Way
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Hi,

His reading of many books and stories are really fine and worth having! Only thing missing is Peter Cushing doing the singing!!!

Tongue


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Posted By: Mirakaze
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 10:41
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Originally posted by Mirakaze Mirakaze wrote:

I'm keeping https://rateyourmusic.com/list/DoomZappo/weird-things/" rel="nofollow - a list of my own on RateYourMusic; probably there's some overlap with Silly Puppy's list. Mine's not really in any kind of order, but at the top spot lies https://www.discogs.com/release/2748371-Feminist-Improvising-Group-Feminist-Improvising-Group" rel="nofollow - the self-titled album by the Feminist Improvising Group , which is the first thing I thought of when reading the thread title.

Which of course features two of the members of Henry Cow, the wonderful Lindsay Cooper & Georgie Born.


and Annemarie Roelofs!


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Posted By: Progishness
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 10:42
There is a topic here that you may like to peruse if you've got nothing better to do.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/series/101-weirdest-records-on-spotify" rel="nofollow - https://www.theguardian.com/music/series/101-weirdest-records-on-spotify


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Posted By: BaldFriede
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 11:45
Here a track from the CroMagnon album:




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Posted By: Psychedelic Paul
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 11:48
Originally posted by moshkito moshkito wrote:

Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

This is pretty strange too, but I like it, like it, Yes I do! Thumbs Up

Christopher Lee - My Way
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Hi,

His reading of many books and stories are really fine and worth having! Only thing missing is Peter Cushing doing the singing!!!

Tongue
That would've been even weirder. Smile


Posted By: Cristi
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 11:51
Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

This is pretty strange too, but I like it, like it, Yes I do! Thumbs Up

Christopher Lee - My Way


can you explain what is weird here? 


Posted By: Progressive Enjoyer
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 11:54
Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music". It's really strange how he firstly cared little enough about any fans he may have amassed to just put out such an obnoxious album, & then be able to create something as competent as "Coney Island Baby" just a year later. 

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Posted By: SteveG
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 12:06
Bing Crosby Sings The Blues.

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Posted By: timothy leary
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 13:26
Scott johnson...Rock Paper Scissors


Posted By: Cosmiclawnmower
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 13:42
An Electric Storm - Wikipedia

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Posted By: timothy leary
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 13:49
Scott johnson......Mind out of matter


Posted By: Rednight
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 15:15
The soundtrack album Music From the Body by Roger Waters and Ron Geesin. Weird.

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Posted By: Grumpyprogfan
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 15:45
It will be released in 12112.


Posted By: siLLy puPPy
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 17:35
WEEN's Pure Guava is a must for those seeking out the weirdest of weird!




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Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: November 17 2021 at 22:29
Originally posted by Progressive Enjoyer Progressive Enjoyer wrote:

Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music". It's really strange how he firstly cared little enough about any fans he may have amassed to just put out such an obnoxious album, & then be able to create something as competent as "Coney Island Baby" just a year later. 

Hi,

My understanding was that he made this as an obligation to fulfil some record company, and it was his finger to that company! As such, it was excellent, and weird, would not even apply. It was a matter of doing the worst possible.


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Posted By: Rick1
Date Posted: November 18 2021 at 05:00
I think it all depends on your interpretation of 'weird' when you first encounter it.  Unfortunately, nothing sounds very weird to me now but as a teenager, I can list the albums I did find weird - but grew to love, for example:

Slapp Happy/Henry Cow - 'Desperate Straights' (creepy)
Faust - The Faust Tapes (creepy/out there/ etc.)
Pink Floyd - a 71 European bootleg I bought on a school trip (far out)





Posted By: Earl of Mar
Date Posted: November 18 2021 at 08:11
In my very early teens two albums that my brother had that I found " difficult ".

Tago Mago by Can.

White Light White Heat by Velvrt Underground.





Posted By: siLLy puPPy
Date Posted: November 18 2021 at 08:18
Originally posted by Rick1 Rick1 wrote:

I think it all depends on your interpretation of 'weird' when you first encounter it.  Unfortunately, nothing sounds very weird to me now but as a teenager, I can list the albums I did find weird - but grew to love, for example:

Slapp Happy/Henry Cow - 'Desperate Straights' (creepy)
Faust - The Faust Tapes (creepy/out there/ etc.)
Pink Floyd - a 71 European bootleg I bought on a school trip (far out)





I'm the same. Nothing sounds weird to me now, just different.


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Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: November 18 2021 at 08:55
Originally posted by moshkito moshkito wrote:

Originally posted by Progressive Enjoyer Progressive Enjoyer wrote:

Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music". It's really strange how he firstly cared little enough about any fans he may have amassed to just put out such an obnoxious album, & then be able to create something as competent as "Coney Island Baby" just a year later. 

Hi,

My understanding was that he made this as an obligation to fulfil some record company, and it was his finger to that company! As such, it was excellent, and weird, would not even apply. It was a matter of doing the worst possible.

Mike Oldfield's wonderfully weird but fully listenable Amarok was made for the same reason.


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Posted By: Mascodagama
Date Posted: November 18 2021 at 09:15
Something by Igor Wakhevitch. Probably Les Fous de L'Or or Let's Start. He had a genuinely singular approach to music. 

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Posted By: Mascodagama
Date Posted: November 18 2021 at 09:48
Originally posted by moshkito moshkito wrote:

Originally posted by Progressive Enjoyer Progressive Enjoyer wrote:

Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music". It's really strange how he firstly cared little enough about any fans he may have amassed to just put out such an obnoxious album, & then be able to create something as competent as "Coney Island Baby" just a year later. 

Hi,

My understanding was that he made this as an obligation to fulfil some record company, and it was his finger to that company! As such, it was excellent, and weird, would not even apply. It was a matter of doing the worst possible.
I think his attitude to the work wasn't entirely straightforward, and he also gave different views on it at different times, sometimes dismissive but other times not. Based on some later interviews I've read he was genuinely absorbed in the experimentation that gave rise to the album, and considered it a piece that had its own value and integrity. Of course given the nature of the thing, it could both be that and a raised finger to the record company at the same time.


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Posted By: Rednight
Date Posted: November 18 2021 at 10:31
Originally posted by Grumpyprogfan Grumpyprogfan wrote:

It will be released in 12112.

Geez, that's 10,091 years!

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Posted By: Jeffro
Date Posted: November 18 2021 at 10:32
On first listen (around the time I was 13 or so), I thought Rush's Caress of Steel was pretty damned weird when I got to The Necromancer and then Fountain of Lamneth. 

In more recent times, I was weirded out when I tried Trout Mask Replica. 


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Posted By: Cylli Kat (0fficial)
Date Posted: November 18 2021 at 15:47
Anything Diamanda Galás immediately springs to mind...


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Posted By: Boojieboy
Date Posted: November 18 2021 at 15:47
Fun post / thread. I won't name one as 'most strange', but here are a few up there:

Metal Machine Music (Lou Reed)
A lotta stuff from (Magma)
Wafer of Darkness (Three Day Stubble)
Music, Martinis and Misanthropy (Boyd Rice & Friends)
Philosophy of the World (The Shaggs)


Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: November 20 2021 at 06:26
Originally posted by Earl of Mar Earl of Mar wrote:

In my very early teens two albums that my brother had that I found " difficult ".

Tago Mago by Can.

White Light White Heat by Velvrt Underground.


Hi,

Tago Mago, according to Holger in CAN's website a few years ago, was culled from at least 20 hours of IMPROVISATIONS, and according to him, a lot of it was taken without any look at the music and then just glued together.

There is no doubt in anyone's mind, that the two long cuts are improvisations, specially the kind of improvisations that most musicians are afraid of ... because it is obvious that there is no rhyme, or meter, to go by and everyone is on their own. 

The question is ... is an improvisation weird ... well to me it isn't and it is a factor of each person's ability to do something that normally would not be done, but in the case of CAN, it shows how well they were AWARE, and knew WHAT an "improvisation" was all about and had seen  enough samples on the street (Damo was picked up from busking on the streets!!!) and everywhere else, with many folks doing different things, and only Archie Patterson's EUROCK book is capable of giving us a really personal view of those days in his book, a collection of all the magazines he had put together from his first days. It is amazing that so many folks did this, and we completely IGNORE IT, and are even more afraid to say anything, since it means that what you might want to say has no relation whatsoever to the whole thing. 

In the Krock special, one of the bits that are crazy, but valid, is one of the members of FAUST going around with various sticks hitting some cement drums and machinery ... and calling it music. In the PA sandlotkidgrounds, we are not ready, and likely NEVER will be, to accept that as music and then help define it.

I have not heard the VU album in its entirety yet and am reserving judgement, but in my book, nothing that the VU ever did was weird ... it was very NY, and quite candid about its life, loves, and every thing else, including Andy meant nothing! I may have heard it before but did not "register" it in my mind and I will fix that before saying much about it.  However, I will state that VU is not weird, and probably, more than many, is actually very personal to each member's experience at a time when we were not exactly ready to face the raw nature of many of these comments, and even the literary/artistic side of this movement is very scary and strange for many of us. By comparison, Krock was much more open and really about the improvisations, and it did not concern itself with words for a long time. 

(PS: A book that has a lot of this, is Patti Smith's book about her time and specially Mapplethorpe. Highly recommended, and you can read a different book, almost leaving all that behind in Kin Gordon's book, which is more about the art scene, than it is about her band's music, except how her and her boyfriend/husband made the music.)

(PS2: You can see by the choices that many people here are not comfortable with improvisation at all ... FAUST, CAN and most of the Krock folks, do not fit into a weird thing at all ... they all are very well done extensions of the improvisational scene at the time. Might as well consider a recording of the old drum circles in a Grateful Dead concert, weird ... they were not weird ... they were neat events that brought a lot of folks together to enjoy a communal moment. A lot of Krock is about that, and eventually, AD2 rips into it with their first album!)


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Posted By: Cristi
Date Posted: November 20 2021 at 06:41
Originally posted by Cristi Cristi wrote:

Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

This is pretty strange too, but I like it, like it, Yes I do! Thumbs Up

Christopher Lee - My Way


can you explain what is weird here? 

thank you Paul for never giving a damn for a simple answer. Ouch


Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: November 20 2021 at 06:53
Originally posted by Cristi Cristi wrote:

Originally posted by Cristi Cristi wrote:

Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

This is pretty strange too, but I like it, like it, Yes I do! Thumbs Up

Christopher Lee - My Way

can you explain what is weird here? 

thank you Paul for never giving a damn for a simple answer. Ouch

Hi,

I was thinking that Christopher Lee's screams when Peter Cushing was about to do him in, were always the best guitar solo EVER ... I'm not sure that Paul has imagined that before!


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Posted By: Cristi
Date Posted: November 20 2021 at 06:54
Originally posted by moshkito moshkito wrote:

Originally posted by Cristi Cristi wrote:

Originally posted by Cristi Cristi wrote:

Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

This is pretty strange too, but I like it, like it, Yes I do! Thumbs Up

Christopher Lee - My Way

can you explain what is weird here? 

thank you Paul for never giving a damn for a simple answer. Ouch

Hi,

I was thinking that Christopher Lee's screams when Peter Cushing was about to do him in, were always the best guitar solo EVER ... I'm not sure that Paul has imagined that before!

thank you for the pointless answer Dead


Posted By: David_D
Date Posted: November 20 2021 at 13:19
Originally posted by Argentinfonico Argentinfonico wrote:

by "weirdest" I mean a work so outlandish and bizarre that you just couldn't believe what you were hearing at the time. 

So maybe it would be better with more tolerating word than "weirdest".


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Posted By: David_D
Date Posted: November 20 2021 at 13:25
Originally posted by Cristi Cristi wrote:

Originally posted by Cristi Cristi wrote:

Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

This is pretty strange too, but I like it, like it, Yes I do! Thumbs Up
Christopher Lee - My Way
can you explain what is weird here? 
thank you Paul for never giving a damn for a simple answer. Ouch

Crist, what's the point? Shocked


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Posted By: UMUR
Date Posted: November 20 2021 at 13:42
Well I remember listening to some of Stockhausen´s works, and finding them pretty damn weird.


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Posted By: rushfan4
Date Posted: November 20 2021 at 14:48
For me, it was Fantomas' Delirium Cordia.  

Trout Mask Replica is definitely another candidate.


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Posted By: siLLy puPPy
Date Posted: November 20 2021 at 22:00
Mr Bungle has crafted some of the weirdest music to be heard.

Just check out this track from the über-weird DISCO VOLANTE album.



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Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: November 21 2021 at 07:48
Hi,

I always thought that some of the electronic stuff that was being considered "classical music" and experimental in the 60's was far more weird than just about anything we list here. The hard part of that was that a lot of "classical music" was mired in interpretations that were out of town, and the album covers were ... really out of this planet, and giving us ideas that in my book had nothing to do with the music itself. So someone puts together a requiem, and the album is full of skeletons and little demons and fires and what not, and I'm not sure this is good for any music. Today (TODAY), most bands like to show off that side because it makes them cool with a large segment of the buying public!

In all honesty,, while I did not dislike anything on that era of electronic material, for my tastes much of it was devoid of personality, something that I got to see first hand in the late 70's and early 80's on my days at UCSB, when almost all the music students thought that great composition meant just changing one note here or there so it would not sound conventional ... I don't think they "felt" their music whatsoever, which is usually the main thing that we get attracted to in it!

Some of the albums listed here, are hard to describe and even discuss. The ones I do not care for are the ones that have nothing better to do than turn it all into a song ... that just takes the cake! But there are things that I'm not sure are actually weird, and in a different sort of way it has a "story" that we can sit and follow, and while it may not be preferable or pretty, it is, nevertheless, interesting. I find things like White Noise's great album interesting and very strong, and then hearing Cottonwood Hill later, even more so, and in many ways, Cottonwood Hill is no where near weird, if that state of mind is more common that we give it credit for ... and I think we just think it is weird just because it sounds crazy, but to me, a person's mind is NOT CRAZY ... different maybe, but not crazy. I have played that to two ladies in my time, and they both said that sometimes it was more confused during various times, and even more difficult to express, and one of them said that it was rather far out that someone could actually express some of that, something that even literature has a really hard time to do ... too slow for the events! Sound recordings, are much "faster" and can pick up the events better.

The one thing to remember ... almost 100 years ago, people screamed and left the theater when a gun pointed itself to the camera and shot. A lot of folks did not like it and there were attempts to even shut down some theaters, and the new "this or that" was evil. Guess what we are doing? We're merely saying it is weird, because of this or that ... or maybe we don't understand it, or know about it. But, all in all, for me, the human mind and spirit is not weird, and has been what the ARTS are all about for millennia, thus seeing things like this, regardless of title (some bands love to flatulate themselves in their titles!) is not crazy or stupid ... sometimes it is even silly, and White Noise's album even gives us a few fun songs, and it makes you wonder how this and that go together in the same room ... well, I think we can safely say, it's the same person. Some of them do not compromise, or confuse you, but I wonder about that when the cover of the album has a picture of the band! 


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Posted By: Argentinfonico
Date Posted: November 21 2021 at 09:30
Thank you to all those who are participating. Some have questioned the word "weirdest", as if I were discriminating or minimising the merit of the albums named. I think it is clear that the list that will be put together here will be made with respect for each musician involved and that it is simply about remembering our most curious experience, the one that has taken us completely out of our comfort zone and into lands where even fear appeared in the form of strange and unknown melodies for us. A hug to all of you!


Posted By: AFlowerKingCrimson
Date Posted: November 21 2021 at 10:19
I always thought the band Makkiwhipdies was pretty strange. I wasn't able to upload their music from youtube here(for whatever reason)but you can listen to them on youtube. Their album "his name is nnnnnn"(even the title is stranage) isn't annoyingly weird or disturbing it's more like weird in a fun way but I it's definitely stranger than most bands in that style(instrumental symph prog?).




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Posted By: siLLy puPPy
Date Posted: November 21 2021 at 11:20
Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

I always thought the band Makkiwhipdies was pretty strange. I wasn't able to upload their music from youtube here(for whatever reason)but you can listen to them on youtube. Their album "his name is nnnnnn"(even the title is stranage) isn't annoyingly weird or disturbing it's more like weird in a fun way but I it's definitely stranger than most bands in that style(instrumental symph prog?).




Released on Bandcamp under the name David Cosgrove.
Entire album can be heard here...

http://davidcosgrove.bandcamp.com/album/makki1-makkiwhipdies-musical-extravaganza" rel="nofollow - http://https://davidcosgrove.bandcamp.com/album/makki1-makkiwhipdies-musical-extravaganza

Honestly, it sounds like it was highly influenced by The Residents only with a few more prog workouts


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Posted By: M00NMADNESSyes
Date Posted: March 22 2022 at 15:13
pawn hearts by van der graaf generator is a pretty weird album and also one of my favourites


Posted By: Jacob Schoolcraft
Date Posted: April 04 2022 at 20:41
Gong - You ..is often described as weird. Perhaps the zany bits, the spacey more ambient sections with Gilli Smyth whispering Diana, and the flow of the album with one odd sounding piece into the next affects a number of people in that way.


Ron Geesin- Right Through ...Oddball ideas throughout the album may place it in the "music from the other side of the fence category.


Mort Garson- Black Mass/Lucifer....The music captures the vibe of the dark, mysterious, ritualistic side to the occult brilliantly. Even though it's synthesizer in 1971 ...it moves forward with the on going vibe of the supernatural throughout during the progression of the album's themes.


The Residents- Mark Of The Mole...The story enhanced by the music comes across oddballish..although they have been termed as Avant-garde...it's actually their own formula producing a certain style and sound within certain boundaries of experimental Avant-garde..perhaps not unlike Ron Geesin in a sense.


Jeff Grienke- Timbral Planes...An Electronic artist who was subjected to industrial sounds for years living in Western Pennsylvania and developing the affect of it through Electronic Music..


Throbbing Gristle- In The Shadow Of The Sun...This is from the same swamp in hell as Timbral Planes , but less constructed and more like improvised noise and definitely ritualistic. The guitar sounds like a vacuum cleaner and the keyboards are hellish. It's not musical at all. The voices which moan, weep, chant, and scream provide a 2 second delay /echo ..which causes the voices to sound off in the distance which has amazing similarities to the sound of a cult performing a ritual in the woods




Posted By: Hugh Manatee
Date Posted: April 04 2022 at 21:33
For weird, as well as pure self indulgence nothing fits the bill quite like the first three Lennon "solo" albums, Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins, Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions and  Wedding Album.

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Posted By: judahbenkenobi
Date Posted: April 08 2022 at 10:24
Anything by Samla Mammas Manna


Posted By: BrufordFreak
Date Posted: April 08 2022 at 10:54
Originally posted by Rednight Rednight wrote:

Originally posted by Grumpyprogfan Grumpyprogfan wrote:

It will be released in 12112.

Geez, that's 10,091 years!

…well past the extinction of Homo sapiens sapiens, perhaps into the next version of Earth-based humans!



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Posted By: Sean Trane
Date Posted: April 08 2022 at 12:17
wow, missed this thread during its first life

how weird!! LOL

Originally posted by Argentinfonico Argentinfonico wrote:

That's right, here we go. And by "weirdest" I mean a work so outlandish and bizarre that you just couldn't believe what you were hearing at the time. Mine is definitely Area's "Caution Radiation Area".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au6XBZ86tOE

Zona - Caution Radiation Zona (LP+CD) Cramp | eBay


I guess you've read my review about this album.Wink
It's fully explained and it will not be weird anymore once you've understood my explanations.Evil Smile


Thanks for the substancial  check to come in the mail Big smile

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Posted By: mellotronwave
Date Posted: April 08 2022 at 15:08
FZ 200 Motels
Lou Reed Metal music machine


Posted By: Awesoreno
Date Posted: April 09 2022 at 00:27
Originally posted by Sean Trane Sean Trane wrote:

wow, missed this thread during its first life

how weird!! LOL

Originally posted by Argentinfonico Argentinfonico wrote:

That's right, here we go. And by "weirdest" I mean a work so outlandish and bizarre that you just couldn't believe what you were hearing at the time. Mine is definitely Area's "Caution Radiation Area".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au6XBZ86tOE

Zona - Caution Radiation Zona (LP+CD) Cramp | eBay


I guess you've read my review about this album.Wink
It's fully explained and it will not be weird anymore once you've understood my explanations.Evil Smile


Thanks for the substancial  check to come in the mail Big smile

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Otherwise, from Zappa, only Gravy is "weird", the rest is bizarre or silly.


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I think Civilization Phaze III is pretty weird in the vein of Lumpy Gravy.


Posted By: Hugh Manatee
Date Posted: April 10 2022 at 17:41


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Posted By: mellotronwave
Date Posted: April 11 2022 at 16:38
Try ... Die anarschistische Abendunterhaltung
from belgium


Posted By: siLLy puPPy
Date Posted: April 11 2022 at 17:31
For a musical album, one dedicated to hogs is pretty weird.


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Posted By: Progishness
Date Posted: April 13 2022 at 03:06
Originally posted by siLLy puPPy siLLy puPPy wrote:

Someone made thread about this in the past but always cool to reexplore WEIRD!!!!

I made a list on Rate Your Music of the 70 weirdest albums i could think of at the time.

I think i've discovered weirder since then. Might be time to update and add more!

Oh, that Area album is definitely there!

https://rateyourmusic.com/list/siLLy_puPPy/crazy-dog-magazines-70-weirdest-albums/" rel="nofollow - https://rateyourmusic.com/list/siLLy_puPPy/crazy-dog-magazines-70-weirdest-albums/


Just a minor nit-pick here - that (excellent) recording of Stockhausen's Kontakte dates from 1960, tho it has been re-issued several times since then.


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Posted By: siLLy puPPy
Date Posted: April 13 2022 at 08:05
^ for sure! i added that one because it's the version i personally own


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Posted By: Progishness
Date Posted: April 13 2022 at 09:42
^Understandable

It was the first avant-garde piece I saw performed live (at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester), and I was struck by how it might have inspired the Ummagumma / space rock era of Floyd.

Here's a good live performance of it.... if you can make it through that is!





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