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Simply Saucer - Bullet Proof Nothing 7" (Mammoth Cave)


"Simply Saucer is one of the great Canadian cult rock ‘n’ roll groups. Parallel to the activities of Rocket from the Tombs, the Electric Eels and the Styrenes in Cleveland, this band of outsiders cranked out their own unhinged, electro-damaged proto-punk in Hamilton, Ontario’s hardscrabble east end. The band’s 1974-75 line-up featured singer/fretboard shredder Edgar Breau, bassist/backbone Kevin Christoff, drummer/cymbal destroyer Neil DeMerchant, and, perhaps most crucially, Edgar’s foster brother John “Ping Romany” LaPlante on Minimoog, tape loops, and other metalloid machines purposefully designed to freak out the squares.

Saucer’s sole studio recordings from this era took place in the basement bunker of Bob Lanois, brother of Daniel, who would famously go on to work with the likes of Eno, U2, and other musical bigwigs. The Master Sound Studio sessions were a raw, off-the-floor shamble, with several songs captured in a single take, and lyrics (influenced by sci-fi, comic books, countercultural writers and Breau’s first-hand experiences with the east side streetlife) written in a Beat-style stream of unconsciousness.

The fact that these recordings wouldn’t see the light of day until the 1989 release of the now legendary Cyborgs Revisited LP merely raised their mythic status. Up until that point, Saucer’s only recorded legacy was the “She’s A Dog” 7”, a nutty live fave in the tradition of the Kinks’ “Apeman” or the Primitives’ “Do The Ostrich.” When the sonic offerings of the band’s original incarnation (alongside a blitzkrieg live set on the b-side) were unearthed after more than a decade, they were heralded by the heads as a subterranean classic.

“Bullet Proof Nothing” is an anthem for the used, abused and confused, a sarcastic love song from the mind of a sadomasochist, and the eternally ear-catching single that should have been. It’s also an interesting outlier in the Saucer catalog, with lyrics written by drummer DeMerchant, the final verse contributed by Breau, and the enigmatic title provided by Ping. This live version from the band’s late ’77-79 line-up provides a glimpse at Saucer’s under-documented evolution, with some additional guitar wrangling in the space of the original’s trademark dropouts. The song’s classic refrain, “Treat me like dirt”, was used as the title for Liz Worth’s 2010 Toronto/Hamilton punk tome, and it’s finally been given the 7” treatment it deserves from the fine folks at Mammoth Cave. Time to lose your mind all over again." - MAMMOTH CAVE RECORDING CO

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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 13 March, 2014.

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