BLACK VINYL First EP from Cosmic Psychos, originally out in 1985, reissued and remastered for maximum brawn, booze and boldness. Co-release with Aarght Records in Australia.
START HERE if you like your punk rock as a mix of Stooges, Australian dirt, motor oil, and not much else.
As for first encounters with the Cosmic Psychos beast, Eric said it best:
Sometime in the winter of 1989-90, I wandered into New York City’s
Midnight Records, a store famous for its deep catalog of ’60s garage and
psychedelic music, as well as a strong selection of classic punk rock
and a cantankerous French owner with ridiculous hair. On this visit,
instead of hearing a puny French bootleg of The Standells or the Seeds,
as I opened the door I was enveloped in the massive opening chords to
the first song on the Cosmic Psychos’ then-new album Go the Hack. “She’s
a lost cause / She’s a lost, lost cause!” blasted into the air at
maximum volume. In a perfect cinematic moment, the drums announced my
entry, the bass dictated my walk, the air became thick with guitar fuzz
and wah-wah, and snarled vocals described perfectly a girl’s descent
into a cause which was lost. Instead of record shopping, I felt like I’d
stepped into a biker movie and was motoring down a long, straight
Outback road on a Harley. This was my introduction to the Cosmic
Psychos, and I was hooked.
I loved that a
band could be so powerful, sound so big and unapologetically simple, and
incorporate so much of what I loved about music—well, basically the
attitudes and sounds of The Stooges and Ramones: setting up songs with a
good title or idea, matching it with a massive riff, then running it
out with squeals of wah-wah and manly disregard for cleverness or
adornment. And they called themselves the Cosmic Psychos! They obviously
had no regard for “makin’ it” in those days, when an alternative rock
band at least had a chance to sell some records. I was an instant fan. Earlier
records proved to be the same formula with even less refinement, and
that was definitely a good thing. These were lovably manly Aussies
singing about what they knew best: farm equipment, lusting after Elle
Macpherson, wishing they were in Van Halen (for the ladies), drinking at
the pub, and even more drinking at the pub. Trivia question: In what
indie rock song does the lead singer bellow “I love my tractor!”?
Answer: None! No scarves or looking like Stevie Nicks straight out of
the hairstylist’s for these fellows. They were the real deal before the
deal was dealt. And they couldn’t care less.
Psychos enjoyed a long run through the ’80s and ’90s on such Australian
labels as What Goes On, Mr Spaceman, Survival and Rattlesnake, as well
as American stalwarts Sub Pop and Amphetamine Reptile. Many bands from
that era no longer seem vital today, lost in a murk of crisp drums, loud
guitars, flannel shirts and shallow aspirations. These first Cosmic
Psychos releases are as timeless and necessary as ever—still a bullshit
bulldozer, a blurry loud night at the bar, a rollicking time hanging
with the guys. The time has come for a new generation to be uplifted by
these initial blasts from the Cosmic Psychos. Goner is proud to partner
with Melbourne’s esteemed Aarght! Records to bring these platters of
primal perfection back into a world that definitely needs them. A
full-length documentary film, Blokes You Can Trust, accompanies Cosmic
Psychos as they tour the United States in the Fall of 2013.
This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 08 October, 2013.