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PPP,V4: Radiant Fuzzbox Wigout!

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Plasticland  Mink Dress  buy on itunes
Color Appreciation  buy on itunes
Pop! Op Drops  buy on itunes
Euphoric Trapdoor Shoes  buy on itunes
Rattail Comb  buy on itunes
Alexander  buy on itunes
No Shine For Shoes  buy on itunes
Gloria Night  buy on itunes
Non-Stop Kitchen  buy on itunes
A Grassland of Reeds and Things  buy on itunes
Gloria Night (Reprise)  buy on itunes
Wonder Wonderful Wonderland  buy on itunes
Go A Go-Go Time  buy on itunes
We Can't  buy on itunes
Reserving the Right to Change My Mind  buy on itunes
Don't Antagonize Me  buy on itunes
Craved Blue Memorandum  buy on itunes
High School Nurse  buy on itunes
Radiant Fuzzbox Wig  buy on itunes
Probing  buy on itunes
Let's Play Pollyanna  buy on itunes
Cookies With The Vaudeville Glaze  buy on itunes
The Lady Is No Lady  buy on itunes
Some Ghost Ship Lollipop  buy on itunes
Headlice Rags and Arrogance  buy on itunes
The Mushroom Hill  buy on itunes

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The Psychedelic Psavant Pseries, V4: Radiant Fuzzbox Wigout!
"It is without dispute that Plasticland was the 1980s' finest pop psych band, and one could argue for their position as the best pop psych outfit of all time." -Timothy Gassen, Knights of Fuzz
Age and experience vs. youthful exuberance and naivete.
For the primary driving forces of Plasticland-John Frankovic and Glenn Rehse, having been around for the first onslaught of psychedelia, these two had the advantage of actual experience of the music they preferred to make unlike the majority of their peers working the same vein in the '80s.
Plasticland, whose name derives from "a modernized version of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland"2, began in 1980 from their predecessor bands: Willie the Conqueror, (progressive rock), and Arousing Polaris, (krautrock).
Releasing a series of 45s beginning with 1980's "Mink Dress" (b/w "Office Skills"), which overtly recalls Pink Floyd's "Arnold Layne" in its subject matter, the band "were not out revive the Creation; we were out to write songs as good as those of the bands we'd fallen in love with..."2
After releasing the Pop! Op Drops ep in 1982 the band were signed to the Lolita label from France and produced their first full-length LP-Color Appreciation,in 1984. (The same LP was released in the US-on new label, Enigma, and the UK-on Bam Caruso, as Plasticland, in 1984 and 1985, respectively.)
For their next release, Wonder Wonderful Wonderland, Enigma insisted the band work with Dream Syndicate guitarist Paul Cutler as producer. Called both "upbeat and lusher"2 as well as "guitar dominated"1, the band was less than happy with the results.
1987 saw the band release what is, through the luxury of hindsight, their last cohesive studio LP-Salon. A mutating blend of psychedelic grooves and Motown soul revealing their Midwestern roots,of which Rehse said:"..rhythm and blues and soul music had a hell of a lot to do with our attitude and life."2 Enigma dropped the band when the label's demand they tour "at least one hundred fifty nights a year"2 was met with disagreement from the band.
The band basically dissolved, though it wouldn't be the end.
Approached by German label, Repulsion Records, the band began work on Dapper Snappings. produced in start-and-fits as repulsion tried to scrape up the funds necessary to complete the project, the LP comes off as a disjointed, though still vital, effort. (And full of brilliant singles, imho. ) By the time it was released in 1994 the band had split up again.
Finally, in 1995, Mink dress and Other Cats was released, containing some of the early and unreleased rare tracks. The release failed to produce anything resembling renewed interest in the band and certainly didn't generate enough momentum for reformation. Glenn Rehse has released under the name the Fabulon Tripometer (big wink and a nod to Curtis Burns!) and John Frankovic has just released a new disc as of this writing. In closing I leave you with this quote from Jim DeRogatis, writing in his book Kaleidoscope Eyes, as he discussed the era:
"But the hotbed of the revival were inarguably New York and Los Angeles. In retrospect, fashion was indeed the prime concern on the East Coast, and only a handful of albums are worth seeking out (Lysergic Emanations by the Fuzztones, Outta the Nest by the Vipers, and Dorothy's dream by the Mod Fun.) This is a short list compared to the efforts by the L.A. bands, or the entire discography of Milwaukee's remarkable Plasticland.(-emphasis added.)"
Put on your Radiant Fuzzbox Wig and give me another Cookie with the Vaudeville Glaze!
1 - Timothy Gassen, Knights of Fuzz
2 - Jim DeRogatis, Kaleidoscope Eyes
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Thomas_Mohr
Date: 7/1/2004
Holy shmoe, I NEVER EVER heard about these guys . . . but, as you well know, I'm eager to learn, so gimme some, baybee, gimme some . . .
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Rob Conroy
Date: 7/1/2004
I don't know these folks, but I'm certainly interested.
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Nicholas Vegas
Date: 7/1/2004
oO0( think Think Think )

There was something in the 80 , i remember , but there is still a big Fog around my mind / i just recognized the Cover Image / i think i have this LP somewhere under the roof.

It was a great time

NV
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Moe
Date: 7/1/2004
Don't know much about these guys either, but I hope that I'm overly familiar with them before the end of the summer (hint hint).
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12vman
Date: 7/1/2004
We want Plasticland! We want Plasticland!
That chant was heard to reverberate throughtout the land, from the Black Forest to the wilds of Italia to the Arctic Circle and halfway around the Sun, only to turn left at Mercury and resonate straight on 'til morning.
Or so said the Chesire Cat's smile...
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gobi
Date: 7/1/2004
wow. well I've had to check them out after this and can report back that their web-site isn't the quickest and Amazon UK have discontinued stocking them. Guess that means, 'are you up for a trade?'
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Siobhan
Date: 7/1/2004
Like some others here, I'm very, very intrigued! I enjoyed reading your notes - it's always nice to see a really good explanation like that.
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McDonald12
Date: 7/1/2004
Great work, as ever, V. I don't know anything about this band, but your liner notes have whetted my appetite muchly.
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lo-fi jr.
Date: 7/1/2004
Haven't thought about these cats in awhile, but fuck! What a band. First neo-psych/garage band I recall seeing or hearing. Lucky enough to have caught them with the Rain Parade once. This will certainly motivate me to finish up my end of our last swap.
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g.a.b. l@bs
Date: 7/1/2004
Like several posts below...no direct experience with this band; but I'm sure it's a fine addition to the PPP !
[wig-on]
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chumchudchug
Date: 7/2/2004
Fresh vines for this these plush vibes...

Indeed, I also have limited exposure to this monolithic collective...but have read of and heard (a couple albums) why the comparisons are as such!

As always, might need to hook-up the attachment on the "Got-ta-get" tractor!
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Muzag
Date: 7/2/2004
Another Valis Enlightener. Plonk me in with the ignorant, but those excellent liner notes have me interested. Great work,as ever, Valis :)
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sr71
Date: 7/2/2004
Unlike some of their paisley underground peers, Plasticland made music that was instantly dated. Fortunately, it sounds dated from a period almost twenty years prior to its release. Both a guilty pleasure to psychpop fans as well as a prescient look at where the Dukes/XTC would soon be at. Essential listening; the songs actually live up to the titles.
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p the swede
Date: 7/2/2004
how could I missed this ???, another fine settlement from Valis, Psychking or is that Gerry ;)
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Sean Lally
Date: 7/2/2004
Great great great great great great!!! Great band and an awesome addition to the series - funny, I was just listening to Sundial yesterday. Viva la Valis!
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Curtis_Burns
Date: 7/3/2004
WTF! This is splendiforous! Salacioulating! Stupendifying! Uhm, in other words, another scholarly excursion from the universe(ity) of Valis. I think I'm in love. On the pile please.And a nod, wink and high-five back at ya!
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Jeb Nagel1
Date: 7/3/2004
Way too cool! I will be expecting a copy of this CD(another in your long run of consistently great offerings). The research and attention to detail is staggering.
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Saaf
Date: 7/6/2004
Psuper Pstuff, Pslick!
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Nicholas Vegas
Date: 7/12/2004
... im actually only on Rank 14 in Italy. But maybe with a little help ...maybe
ONE DAY
( on ABC-Alphabet City )

NV
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Lancelot Link IV1
Date: 7/22/2004
Just caught up with this mix. What a winner! Seeing some of these titles (like "Euphoric Trapdoor Shoes" and "Pop! Op Drops") puts these songs instantly back in my head. Gotta go dust off some vinyl...
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stooge_at
Date: 5/20/2007
Being a big PLASTICLAND-fan & would be very interested in that mix! Can offer some live shows by PLASTICLAND for trade...please contact me - thanks! Markus, Vienna/Austria

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