Thursday, January 12, 2006
Prehensile Monkeytailed Skink - I am a Gorilla
Prehensile Monkeytailed Skink I am a Gorilla 7" (Blackjack, 1994)
It's a delicate balance, this laughing 'at' or 'with' dilemma. This platter, released at the height of the mainstream punk breakthrough in 1994, with Green Day merrily outselling Abba, the Beatles and Jesus all put together, inspiring a whole new generation of jocks to laboriously master how to fasten their wallet chains to their shorts, surely would've scored a 10 on their squint-meter if it had ever made the rotation at KROC. In this culturally charged atmosphere, the 'Skinks ask "All right, how many of you out there think anarchy is better!? You're stupid! Yeaauh, yer stupid!" Cue Flipper/Nig Heist-ian freakout. This is the true 90's cultural equivalent to an ESP Disk release; it's electric folk music, you can accuse it of elitism, it's got zero commercial appeal, the players and most of the intended audience are probably fucked up in one way or another, and it is unmistakably punk, as surely as the Godz were unequivocal freaks.
There are several different Prehensile Monkey Tailed Skink eps floating around in the netherworld of bargain bins in several countries, and you owe it to someone to rescue them. What, are you stupid? -Ryan W