Really Odd “New Muzik”

Really Odd
“New Muzik”
1986 Oddly Real (US)

01 The Madness Begins
02 Stream Of Consciousness
03 South Of The Border
04 Interlude 1
05 Now She Is Gone
06 No One Is To Blame
07 Almost A Love Song/Hanging Plants
08 Let’s Go Dancing!
09 Interlude 2
10 Someone Is To Blame
11 Really Odd
12 The Gong Show
13 People/Lust/Life
14 Fooled Ya

Really Odd Celebrates 25 Years In Obscurity

(Philadelphia, PA) The primitive recordings that comprise the “New Muzik” album channel the boredom and inspirations of longtime friends Todd Ernst and Chris Martin. Using found sounds derived from common household objects, Really Odd practiced musique concrète, albeit unknowingly and quite poorly.

Ripping off popular influences of their day—including Bruce Springsteen, Billy Idol, Howard Jones, and A Flock Of Seagulls—the boys co-opted familiar styles into laughable cacophony. Their regurgitation of Ho Jo’s “No One Is To Blame” fails to achieve even karaoke mediocrity; elsewhere, listeners will undoubtedly catch lines lifted from U2, Duran Duran, Men Without Hats, and others.

Todd Ernst & Chris Martin

The improvisational nature of the album is painfully evident. On “Stream Of Consciousness”, Todd simply reads a section from that day’s newspaper, and also refers to the band as ‘Very Odd’ (the name Really Odd was apparently decided upon later). Chris recycles several phrases across multiple tracks and never settles on a consistent vocal style, switching between a faux British accent and a lounge lizard persona. Between deeply disturbed rants and non sequitur silliness, the duo balance their mindless banter with equally bad instrumentals.

Really Odd never achieved more than a limited cult following among their peers. Unfortunately, their output has now been digitally preserved to confuse and annoy a new generation of wasted youth.

download: NEW MUZIK

Posted on April 1, 2011, in Really Odd, SHELF. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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