Thinking Fellers Union Local 282: S & D, C or D...

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Hello...I only know the Strangers From the Universe album, which I quite like, I hear they were(are?) prolific?...

james e l, Tuesday, 15 May 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Very. My good friend Brian raves about them and has for years -- I'll hit him up for some recommendations.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 15 May 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Oh, yes, yes, yes!

From what I've heard of them, the one disc of theirs you MIGHT destroy (if you must) would be _Strangers..._.

They've a new album on Communion. Really long, annoying title. Their previous album (_I Hope It Lands_) is my favorite. Similar to stuff like "Cup of Dreams", "Noble Experiment", "The Piston & The Shaft".

And their older Matador releases (_Lonelyville_, _Mother of All Saints_) are snazzy, too. I've heard their BEST release is the _Admonishing the Bishops_ EP (also on Matador).

But you can't go wrong.

David Raposa, Tuesday, 15 May 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

its really quite a long time since i played the thinking fellers. but i remember Mother of All Saints being one of my favourite records for quite a long time. but some of it is irritating and you have to skip past some of the skitty bits.

Strangers From The Universe has some good stuff on, and some mediocre too.

Where's Officer Tuba, which strangely came out on one of t'local labels (Hemiola of leeds) is a good starting point, but its probably out of print.

there was a compilation album, Soluble Fish with about 25 bands on. the thinking fellers track is great, but ALL the other bands are rubbish!

Tangle is good too.

thinking fellers had (have?) a real pop sensibility but are simulataneously obtuse and often irritating. but they were definitely a very good band, and i think i'll dig out their records this week. thanks for reminding me of them

gareth, Wednesday, 16 May 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

No matter how hard I listen, this band just makes no impact on me. I had Mother Of All Saints for quite a while, and I loved that "Tell Me" song, but the rest of it just slid past. I still have Lovelyville, have probably listened to it a half-dozen times, and couldn't tell you what it sounds like. I do have a good 7-inch where they cover "A Fistfull Of Dollas," that I like.

Mark, Wednesday, 16 May 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

nine months pass...
I just picked up Strangers From the Universe and I like it a lot. And then I listened to Lovelyville for the first time in a long while and that sounded good, too. I think I might be starting to "get" the Thinking Fellers. What's next?

Mark, Sunday, 17 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

You pretty much can't wrong with any of them, though oddly enough, I find "Mother of All Saints" the worst introduction to them... (doodly doodly doodly) "Mother of All Saints" was my first one, and it took me a while to get another rekkid of theirs that really got me salivating for more...

The latest one, "Celebrity Avalanche, etc. etc." would be the best introduction, then work backwards from there..

Yeah, the combo of "Admonishing The Bishops" and "The Funeral Pudding" EPs from 1993 would comprise of the best of their work, IMHO

But alas, "Lovelyville" is their best one, me thinks. For "More Glee" alone. (though "Tangle" comes close)

Brian MacDonald, Friday, 22 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
bump

adaml (adaml), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 18:42 (seventeen years ago) link

One of the saddest aspects of the TFUL282 story is that these motherfuckers were one of the best live bands on the planet in their day. They appear to have recorded recently, but gave up touring long ago. A terrible loss.

I agree with the point of view that elevates "Lovelyville" and the EPs, and recommends "Mother of All Saints" for later down the road. I think "Strangers from The Universe" is excellent as well.

southern lights (southern lights), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 18:58 (seventeen years ago) link

I've been listening to Mother of All Saints again. It's a very strange album, but the brilliant tracks on it are just really brilliant. Almost everything on the first side of the first lp (I bought it on vinyl my senior year of high school, whee).

Blood and sparkles (bloodandsparkles), Wednesday, 8 October 2003 19:23 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, TFUL282 were great live. Truly it's a shame that they have pretty much stopped touring. The last time I saw them was at the old Cooler in NYC - I guess that was probably around 1997. They were awesome to behold in that small space. Before that, I saw them twice when I was living in the SF Bay Area, and both times they were also amazing. Lovelyville is my favorite of their albums - it's a shame the sound is rather murky, although I guess that could be considered part of its charm. I also like Wormed By Leonard, Mother of All Saints, Strangers in the Universe, and the Funeral Pudding EP quite a bit.

o. nate (onate), Thursday, 9 October 2003 18:53 (seventeen years ago) link

RFI; Thinking Feller's Union Local 282

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 9 October 2003 19:15 (seventeen years ago) link

four months pass...
they just announced that they will be playing 2 shows this year, one in SF and one in Portland. more details to follow.

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 20:50 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, the combo of "Admonishing The Bishops" and "The Funeral Pudding" EPs from 1993 would comprise of the best of their work, IMHO

seconding brian's comment here, especially if "Strangers" is your favorite (mine too). every album has at least a few indelible pop moments though. and live, they were (& probably remain) untouchable, one of the best things about living in the bay area in the 90's.

I remember seeing them open for Negativland in 87 at Gilman Street.

(Jon L), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 20:58 (sixteen years ago) link

hmmmmm

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 20:59 (sixteen years ago) link

I have only heard "Strangers", "Mother of All Saints", and "Bob Dinners..." but all are really enjoyable. Strangers (my favorite) has a really lovely feel to it and the artwork is so neat.

Adm Mhel (adam michel), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 21:34 (sixteen years ago) link

eight months pass...
Which of their songs sounds quite a bit like Can's "Future Days"?

gygax! (gygax!), Friday, 19 November 2004 20:38 (sixteen years ago) link

but with a banjo/plucked viola.

gygax! (gygax!), Friday, 19 November 2004 20:38 (sixteen years ago) link

"Cup of Dreams"? "The Piston And The Shaft"? Try anything off Strangers From The Universe, I guess.

donut christ (donut), Friday, 19 November 2004 20:45 (sixteen years ago) link

I think you are on to something. Will listen when I get home.

gygax! (gygax!), Friday, 19 November 2004 20:48 (sixteen years ago) link

COME BACK THINKING FELLERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

briania (briania), Friday, 19 November 2004 20:57 (sixteen years ago) link

>>one of the best live bands on the planet in their day

Saw 'em at CBGBs in 1990 or 1991 - they were touring behind Tangle. My friend and I were standing by the pool table talking as their set began (they were about the third band on a bill of about eight, and they weren't who we were there to see). We weren't paying much attention, but about three songs in we both stopped talking and looked at each other like, "What the fuck is that band doing?" and headed stageward, and were enraptured for the rest of their set. My friend bought Tangle and a T-shirt afterward. Instant win-over. I bought Lovelyville when it came out, but kinda lost track of them after that.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Friday, 19 November 2004 21:11 (sixteen years ago) link

I saw them this past year! For their two show tour. Portland and SF. Saw the Portland one. They did "More Glee". I can die happy now.

donut christ (donut), Friday, 19 November 2004 21:38 (sixteen years ago) link

I was a live show convert, too, and experienced a similar WTF!?!? reaction.

briania (briania), Friday, 19 November 2004 21:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Wow, I'm actually kinda amazed Jel started this thread, actually! Nothing against him of course. :-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 19 November 2004 21:44 (sixteen years ago) link

Back to my original question (sounds like "Future Days"), it's either "Piston And The Shaft" or something else that I can't think of.

Yes, great band! I saw them about 10 times, the most memorable was the "un-guitar" clinic they put on at the Great American Music Hall in SF with Polvo and The Fucking Champs.

gygax! (gygax!), Saturday, 20 November 2004 01:26 (sixteen years ago) link

I saw them a bunch, in NYC and cleveland. They did a version of the theme to Rosemary's Baby that was awesome. At the end of one great show I turned to my friend Andy and said "that was great, the only thing that would've made it better is if they played more of the poppy songs that I know, like Narlus Spectre"

...which started playing 2 seconds later as the encore.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Saturday, 20 November 2004 01:29 (sixteen years ago) link

I first saw them in 1992 (-gax!) with the Sun City Girls at the Lounge Ax in Chicago. God what a great tour that was, eh? I saw 'em at least two more times that I can remember: once in Madison, WI and another time at Lounge Ax, where they encored with the version of Morricone's "Fistful of Dollars" that they later released on that 7" (this was before that 7" had come out though.) There may have been another show in there somewhere that I'm forgetting; alcohol has ravaged a lot of my memory. Yeah, great great band.

Stormy Davis (diamond), Saturday, 20 November 2004 01:35 (sixteen years ago) link

I seen 'em 3 times live, and each one was better than the last. I'm still pissed that they don't tour anymore.

J (Jay), Saturday, 20 November 2004 01:43 (sixteen years ago) link

they toured the west coast in 95 with the boredoms, that was an excellent tour with both bands collaborating on some inspired, improvised jams for encores.

gygax! (gygax!), Saturday, 20 November 2004 01:51 (sixteen years ago) link

in 1995 maybe, I was visiting my sister in New Orleans and specificly chose the weekend that TFUL was playing. Then they cancelled. It was pretty soon after that they stopped touring, right? I never saw them and very very sad.

o well.

Magic City (ano ano), Saturday, 20 November 2004 02:52 (sixteen years ago) link

they'll play again. They're like comets now, though. Or solar eclipses. You just have to be there at the right time, and possibly be willing to travel.. being on the West Coast increases your chances.

Best show was an unannounced art shack show in Oakland just underneath a BART station in December of 1999. They went all over the place. So did some of the audience members.. sans clothes. It was a revelry.

(This is where I drunkenly introduced myself to a guy named Bob and slapped him on the shoulder and just made a lot of drunk talk with him, without him talking much back and seeming a bit scared, and only found out later that it was Bob of *Shellac* that I gave the noogie to. oops.)

donut christ (donut), Saturday, 20 November 2004 03:07 (sixteen years ago) link

I was at that show at Heco's. The floor nearly gave way.once things got going from the dancing and hopping. At one point I ran down to the corner store on the first floor to buy water, couldn't get their attention because they were both whitefaced and staring at the ceiling, so I looked up and saw the impossible BULGE dipping on every downbeat...

(Jon L), Saturday, 20 November 2004 05:10 (sixteen years ago) link

two months pass...
Looks like JOS found some of the OOP VHS tapes...

http://www.japan-overseas.com/eng/release-e/JO96-19vE.html

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 18:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Four years after my original post I have to say this is a very interesting band. Definitely a grower. They also strike me as very relevant to what's happening in indie/underground rock right now, too. Be a good time for some reissues.

Mark (MarkR), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 18:37 (fifteen years ago) link

Anne Eickelberg lives here in Portland now. She's a real estate agent.

When I put "2x4s" on my MP3 blog a few months ago, it got a lot of "holy crap, who's THAT?!?" responses.

Douglas (Douglas), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 23:13 (fifteen years ago) link

C'mon, "best American band of the '90s," in the band division. Saw them a couple dozen times and only fainted once.

ihttp://www.tful282.com/images/mpc1.html

Douglas excellently summarized the Fellers in the last Trouser Press book:

Read up: http://www.trouserpress.com/entry.php?a=thinking_fellers_union_local_282

And search the following:

THINKING FELLERS UNION LOCAL 282 
Wormed by Leonard [tape] (Thwart) 1988 [CD] (Thwart) 1995
Tangle (Thwart) 1989 (Can. Scratch) 1994
The Natural Finger EP7 (Ajax) 1991
Lovelvville (Matador) 1991
Mother of All Saints (Matador) 1992
Where's Officer Tuba? (UK Hemiola) 1993
Admonishing the Bishops EP (Matador) 1993
The Funeral Pudding EP (Ajax) 1994
Strangers From the Universe (Matador) 1994
Porcelain Entertainments (Ger. Return to Sender/Normal) 1995
TFUL282 (Japan. Japan Overseas) 1995
I Hope It Lands (Communion) 1996
Bob Dinners and Larry Noodles Present Tubby Turdner's Celebrity Avalanche (Communion) 2001
WHITE SHARK
Muggy Bog EP10 (Nuf Sed) 1994
MR. HAGEMAN
Twin Smooth Snouts (Starlight Future Company) 1995
VARIOUS ARTISTS
Not All That Terrifies Harms [tape] (Nuf Sed) 1990
Not All That Terrifies Harms EP7 (Ajax) 1991
Step, Step, Steppin' on Satan's Foot (Tedium House) 1994


Ian Christe (Ian Christe), Thursday, 17 February 2005 00:34 (fifteen years ago) link

was checking out that Brian Hageman solo album again recently... it's super nice. came out between Strangers and I Hope It Lands, home studio messes, but the few songs towards the end really pull the whole thing together.

(Jon L), Thursday, 17 February 2005 01:20 (fifteen years ago) link

The family of related bands is also huge, including US Saucer, Three Doctors Band, Caroliner, and Horny Genius, but to get into all that would diffuse the impact of the Fellers in this thread much the same as happened in reality.

Ian Christe (Ian Christe), Thursday, 17 February 2005 01:27 (fifteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
was checking out that Brian Hageman solo album again recently

Oh yeah, the slap key guitar stuff was great. And there was an earlier 7" by him of tape loopy delay recordings under the name Brown Supper (or Brown Food?)

Ian Christe (Ian Christe), Saturday, 5 March 2005 23:46 (fifteen years ago) link

brown supper, i have that 7"

charltonlido (gareth), Sunday, 6 March 2005 20:03 (fifteen years ago) link

five months pass...
Listening to Lovelyville for the first time in a while -- forgot how atmospheric and fun "Nail in the Head" is.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 18 August 2005 14:14 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh yeah, definitely. "Green Eyed Lady" is one of my favorite cover versions of all time too.

o. nate (onate), Thursday, 18 August 2005 14:31 (fifteen years ago) link

tres classique. "star trek" is one of my fave instrumentals o.a.t.

Zack Richardson (teenagequiet), Thursday, 18 August 2005 14:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, that's a great tune. The first 5 or 6 on Mother of All Saints are huge.

o. nate (onate), Thursday, 18 August 2005 15:16 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, select portions of "Saints" are pretty great when they avoid that low-fi crap.

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Thursday, 18 August 2005 16:52 (fifteen years ago) link

52 minute all killer "mother of all saints" courtesy of pseudopodium.org:

# 2 - Gentleman's Lament
# 3 - Catcher
# 4 - Hornet's Heart
# 5 - Star Trek
# 6 - Tell Me
# 8 - Hive
# 9 - Hummingbird In a Cube of Ice
# 11 - Wide Forehead
# 12 - Infection
# 18 - 1" Tall*
# 19 - Raymond H.
# 21 - Cistern
# 22 - El Cerrito**

dan (dan), Thursday, 18 August 2005 17:07 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...

So classic. I have most of the albums, but I'm always drawn back to Strangers From the Universe. ...and Funeral Pudding. Never had the chance to see them live, except in 1996 and I blew it. Listened more recently to some live shows from earlier in the 90s and was amazing at how loud they could be and how quickly they could shift gears, even mid-song. Why in the world are their Matador albums out of print?

city worker, Monday, 30 June 2008 17:36 (twelve years ago) link

Crazy. People just aren't in the mood for 90s music right now, myself included.

cecelia, Monday, 30 June 2008 18:09 (twelve years ago) link

Listened more recently to some live shows from earlier in the 90s and was amazing at how loud they could be and how quickly they could shift gears, even mid-song.

I saw them live in 1994. Easily the best show I saw that year in a year of pretty decent live shows.

Bill in Chicago, Monday, 30 June 2008 18:13 (twelve years ago) link

it's on Wormed By Leonard iirc, also on the 4-song "best of" 7" sampler from that album that Ajax put out in like '92 (The Natural Finger).

I was thinking a little bit more today about those "difficult" pieces on MOAS. Although I appreciate the pared-down song-oriented tracklist someone posted in this (or the other) thread, the spacing of those tracks really helps with the sequencing and overall epic flow of the record.. I think that at the time there was some criticism of teh "practice room" pieces in the press but it was also kind of a statement of purpose by the band. At any rate, "Tuning Notes" has perversely become one of my fave tracks from that record as the years have gone by. It's just such a perfect window into their world, a distillation of the practice room experience.

sleeve, Saturday, 11 June 2011 18:40 (nine years ago) link

eight months pass...

Awww man, my favorite radio station is rocking "The Operation" right now. Doubly sweet that it was preceded by Wire's "Mercy". TFUL282 rules so hard, happy Friday to me!

grandavis, Friday, 2 March 2012 18:26 (eight years ago) link

"The Operation" rules so hard

fully formed adult banaka unit (sleeve), Friday, 2 March 2012 21:38 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, so so good.

grandavis, Friday, 2 March 2012 21:40 (eight years ago) link

three years pass...

amazing full show from 1994:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBfO4FRA6ps

sleeve, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 04:58 (five years ago) link

I really love some of TFUL282's lyrics. Really evocative and intriguing at times. I mean, what the heck is "The Operation" about?

Duane Barry, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 11:21 (five years ago) link

I can't find it above, but probably said on another thread. They had some of the best lyrics of any band ever, full stop. It's annoying, because they present, historically, as some cute slightly eccentric indie rock band of the 90s. I rarely care about words, but was floored when I started reading the lyric sheets for their albums. It's like suddenly discovering that The Archers of Loaf were up there with Dylan Thomas. Or whatever.

"You can fizz out the top or settle to the bottom or stand still inside a liquid life.
You can float away or melt into the ground, but scientists can watch you through the glass and measure forces pulling you, and measure forces pushing you, until you stand still and make the shadows stop.
Vaporize, solidify. Hummingbird in a cube of ice."

dlp9001, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 16:52 (five years ago) link

I really love some of TFUL282's lyrics. Really evocative and intriguing at times. I mean, what the heck is "The Operation" about?

― Duane Barry, Tuesday, June 23, 2015 7:21 AM (5 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

alien abduction, no?

mizzell, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:17 (five years ago) link

this thread has reminded me that I have misplaced my "Hope It Lands" CD

sarahell, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:18 (five years ago) link

I had forgotten/did not know that they did a 2011 ATP gig. There's a disappointing practice version of "Piston And The Shaft" on Youtube:

httpx://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afiMfHjQMKI

(change x to s)

but it contains this fabulous comment:

As the fifth viewer of this clip, and a citizen of the United States of America, I say that the Thinking Fellers Union is a national treasure, and should be granted immunity from any and all need to work for a living; they should be given a large practice space underneath the national mall in DC, located, say, under the Washington Monument, with instruments made of gold, and free electricity and infinite credit at the local supermarket.

sleeve, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:19 (five years ago) link

my favorite lyrics are the piston and the shaft like

When the car parks in the garage
When the beauty receives her beau
There's a border taut and bold
That's a feeling we'll never know

You're the hard spot on my seat
I'm the drooling bitch in heat
I'm your gravy baster gun
You're my creamy squishy bun
We got a funny situation, you and me
We're the beaver and the hog
But who's biting what and what's eating whom
We're a dripping marsh full of frogs

mizzell, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:22 (five years ago) link

I've always been in love with this song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czp3wGZ9XUM

Evan, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:23 (five years ago) link

always loved "Heavy Head":

You sleep so you won't notice the weight upon your breast
You drift on winds you can't feel, flowing so your dreams won't end
What have you done to manufacture your own fear?
It could last forever - no one can see you in there

Black and rusted handcuffs chain you to your bed
Struggling exhausts you - rest your heavy head
Stop the dream while you can
Lose your mind

You beat yourself unconscious with heavy words and sighs
You lose your focus and your breath and you close your eyes

sleeve, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:29 (five years ago) link

Why is it that the 90s seem to have the most inventive chord progressions in the dissonant-yet-melodic category?

Evan, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:30 (five years ago) link

Never listened to this lot. How do they compare to Cheer-Accident?

the spieth hole-ease impresseth us (imago), Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:34 (five years ago) link

they are of a similar era, and share fans, and members of one have played with members of the other

Hope It Lands is my favorite

sarahell, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:35 (five years ago) link

xp check out the show I linked! you won't regret it.

sleeve, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:51 (five years ago) link

Hope It Lands is on Spotify, which is nice

Will listen to the show and the album, cool

the spieth hole-ease impresseth us (imago), Tuesday, 23 June 2015 18:13 (five years ago) link

I like this band but I've been very slow in getting their discography. I Hope it Lands is the next one for me I think.

They weren't really anything like Cheer-Accident though, more like if Polvo were collectively recovering from head injuries.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkwGzl1I42g Heavy Head is their best song!

JacobSanders, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 22:52 (five years ago) link

I listened to I Hope it Lands; it was amazing. Heard about 25m of the gig too. Lovely.

Then listened to all of Enduring The American Dream by Cheer-Accident and that was even better, but the two bands are both clearly wonderful

the spieth hole-ease impresseth us (imago), Tuesday, 23 June 2015 23:05 (five years ago) link

alien abduction, no?

I guess so! It's a bit ironic that never occurred to me, given the bloody username I chose for this place.

Happy to see the love for "I Hope It Lands" here, it seems to be their least-mentioned album but it's actually my favourite of the two "pop" TFUL albums (the other being "Strangers").

Duane Barry, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 23:42 (five years ago) link

three years pass...

2019 resolutions: increase public awareness of this band, find another set of the stickers I bought from them in the mid-90s.

sleeve, Saturday, 15 December 2018 20:31 (two years ago) link

weird that I never posted on this thread, I have about eight of their records. favourite song is probably a tie between heavy head and narlus spectre?

my name is leee john, for we are many (NickB), Saturday, 15 December 2018 20:57 (two years ago) link

As someone who spent quite a bit of time studying/playing a lot of Sundanese-style gamelan in the pelog (7-tone) scale, "Hundreds Of Years" lead guitar is definitely the most melodically gamelan-ish rock song I can think of (even moreso than a lot of late-period OOIOO).

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 15 December 2018 21:06 (two years ago) link

Guitar on the bottom:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5S3EW_euij4

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 15 December 2018 21:20 (two years ago) link

for reference:

http://tful282.com/

sleeve, Saturday, 15 December 2018 21:47 (two years ago) link

great solo release from Mark Davies that came out a few years back and was way under the radar even for me:

https://thewhiteshark.bandcamp.com/album/the-beastly-hymnal

sleeve, Sunday, 23 December 2018 23:13 (two years ago) link

cool! sounds nice. the song lost in a spacesuit is beautiful. i still have the white shark 10” from the 90s.
i would like another Mr. Hageman record ( i think i decided he is my fave feller, but i couldn’t always tell who was who).

mizzell, Monday, 24 December 2018 02:11 (two years ago) link

doctors claim there's nothing wrong with me

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 24 December 2018 19:48 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

pretty nuts that this is standard tuning...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEk_krUPh54

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 20 April 2020 06:22 (nine months ago) link

phew, thread not bumped for death ... I had forgotten how great I Hope It Lands is .

sarahell, Monday, 20 April 2020 15:29 (nine months ago) link

i can't taste or smell and i can hardly see!

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 20 April 2020 16:04 (nine months ago) link

That YouTube playthrough channel is '90s freak-rock/art-rock/math-rock gold

Cysteine Chapo (Craig D.), Monday, 20 April 2020 18:45 (nine months ago) link

haha, yeah, I originally found him by looking up Ash Bowie's tuning on Polvo's "My Kimono" (open Bsus4) and noticed he had a lot of TFUL282 as well!

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 20 April 2020 19:07 (nine months ago) link

I feel like I haven't spent enough time on this thread talking about how staggeringly great this band was, I miss them. I put together a fan compilation of all the odds and ends, and I'm posting here so the thread will nag me into completion/upload, it's all done.

I wish the stuff would get reissued, or something. If the "Eavesdrop" section in the band website link above is for real and not a joke, there may be some conflict? I dunno.

Just so endlessly inventive and good-humored, also a mirror of my life in the 90s, I had been following them since '89 when a friend put "Sister Hell" on a mixtape, when they did the reunion shows in 2000/2004 and wrote "'91 Dodge Van" I was touched. At the last Portland reunion gig (? the one at Berbati's), some guy got up on stage and hugged each band member individually near the end of their (fantastic) set.

zoomer death circus (sleeve), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 00:46 (nine months ago) link

I put together a fan compilation of all the odds and ends, and I'm posting here so the thread will nag me into completion/upload, it's all done.

Did you use this as a starting point? iirc the band chose the tracklist for this one:

https://www.discogs.com/Thinking-Fellers-Union-Local-282-TFUL282/release/1722045

(...although that one omits "Father" which is my absolute #1 favorite song of theirs)

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 01:14 (nine months ago) link

01 Nipper
02 2x4's (7" version)
03 Horrible Hour
04 Outhouse Of The Pryeeee
05 I Am Beautiful, I Am Good
06 Heaven For Real Idiots
07 Strolling Big Butter
08 282 Years
09 Hugh Swarts - Theme From Sunset On Hair Mountain.flac
10 Paul Bergmann - Where Are You Going & Where Have You Been_.flac
11 Jay Paget - Birthday Stew.flac
12 Anne Eickelberg - Sick Of You.flac
13 Brian Hageman - Fruity Fantasies.flac
14 Ed Sullivan.flac
15 Holiday For String
16 The Electrocutioner
17 Electric Chair.flac
18 Everyday
19 Fistful Of Dollars
20 The Kids Are In The Mud
21 Broken Bones
22 Wally and the Ghost.flac
23 Blank Eyed Devil.flac
24 Shiny Pig.flac
25 Entoloma.flac
26 Who Are Parents

zoomer death circus (sleeve), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 01:48 (nine months ago) link

(all non-LP stuff, singles, comp tracks, etc._

zoomer death circus (sleeve), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 01:49 (nine months ago) link

notes:

1. This song has been vehemently disowned by the band, and they refused to include it on the 2LP/CD reissue of “Wormed By Leonard”, but it was on the original cassette release. If you want to make a CD of these tracks, just delete this one and you’ll have enough room!

2-3. Their first 7” release, different & earlier version of “2x4’s”

4. split single w/Sun City Girls that has never been reissued in any form

5-8. alternate versions and one outtake from Mother Of All Saints - from the “Where’s Officer Tuba?” EP

9-13. solo tracks from each band member, from a Bananafish compilation CD

14. from the compilation series “Lyrics By Ernest Noyes Brookings”

15. from a rare cassette compilation on an obscure Olympia WA label, I’m sure this is a cover but don’t know who wrote it.

16. Residents cover from the “Eyesore” compilation CD

17. compilation track from the “Sidereal Rest” CD on Scratch Records

18-19. 7” released on Amarillo, 19 is an Ennio Morricone piece

20-21. 7” released on Japan Overseas

22. from the CD, this volume of the 7” series was never released as vinyl

23. from a CD compilation included with Badaboom Gramaphone #4 magazine

24. from a CD compilation included with Sound Collector #6 magazine

25. from the “Hangin’ From The Devil’s Tree” compilation CD

26. Shaggs cover!! from the “Better Than The Beatles” compilation CD

zoomer death circus (sleeve), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 01:50 (nine months ago) link

links soon

zoomer death circus (sleeve), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 02:02 (nine months ago) link

hey that would be awesome thanks

Evan, Tuesday, 21 April 2020 02:17 (nine months ago) link

missed the "odds & ends" part of your OP lol, well done!

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 02:28 (nine months ago) link

I have an almost-as-great CDs worth of otherwise-unreleased live trax, but it needs work

zoomer death circus (sleeve), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 02:29 (nine months ago) link

http://sunshinesmilefactory.blogspot.com/2010/02/thinking-fellers-union-local-282-duck.html?m=1

I bought the discs for this comp from the Yahoo group way back when and was wondering if I could find my CD drive to upload 'em--thought I'd do a search first. Links appear to still be good.

Torei, Tuesday, 21 April 2020 04:37 (nine months ago) link

wow, thanks!

zoomer death circus (sleeve), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 04:46 (nine months ago) link

eight months pass...

Reprinted TFUL282 bootleg shirts (now with the bands blessing) Now in BLACK so you look extra TUFF at your DJ night when dive bars open back up. All profits go to @TRPistas
PURCHASE HERE, https://t.co/gis9Q9spKQ ships immediately

— Ryley walker (@ryleywalker) January 13, 2021

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 21:17 (two weeks ago) link

very nice too

kites aren't fun (NickB), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 23:30 (two weeks ago) link

just got one, thanks for the reminder - it had been on my list for a while

Überschadenfreude (sleeve), Friday, 15 January 2021 22:21 (one week ago) link


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