May 2, 2007 Playlist


"Ratfucker" by Armand Schaubroeck Steals (1978)
Armand Schaubroeck Steals "Ratfucker"  1978 (USA)
Armand Schaubroeck is certainly one of the strangest characters to poke his head out of the musical underground.  He called his band "Armand Schaubroeck Steals" because he did spend a year or so in a juvenile prison for stealing, a predicament exhaustively documented on his triple-album debut entitled "A Lot Of People Would Like To See Armand Schaubroeck . . . DEAD" from 1975.  He went on to independently release 4 more albums in the later 70's:  two more concept albums, a fake live double album, and a record that may have been a very warped  attempt to cash in on the disco craze!  The "Ratfucker" song cycle is certainly his most extreme statement -- my own theory is that he was inspired by reports of Lou Reed's return to filthy subject matter in late 1977, and he cranked this sucker out just in time to compete with Lou's perverse "Street Hassle" set.  I have to say Armand's album is a lot more filthy and disturbing!  Little is known about Schaubroeck and the method of his madness, though he's not hard to find -- he's the proprieter of House of Guitars in Rochester, NY -- which is quite possibly also where all of his albums were recorded.

"Heroes and Heroines of the Underground"
Armand Schaubroeck  Patti Smith  The Shaggs: Betty, Dorothy and Hellen Wiggin  
Maureen "Moe" Tucker  Suicide:  Martin Rev & Alan Vega  Zolar X
Crime, the band  
Red Transistor:  VON LMO & Rudolph Grey
Artist Song Album Year Country
The Mothers of Invention (Frank Zappa) Return of the Son of Monster Magnet Freak Out 1966 USA
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Pena / Well Trout Mask Replica 1969 USA
The Shaggs Philosophy of the World Philosophy of the World 1969 USA
Butthole Surfers Lady Sniff Psychic, Powerless . . . Another Man's Sac 1984 USA
Zolar X Recitation / Rocket Roll Timeless rec. circa 1975 USA
Simply Saucer Here Come the Cyborgs (part two) Cyborgs Revisited rec. 1975 Canada
Chrome Abstract Nympho Half Machine Lip Moves 1979 USA
VON LMO Leave Your Body Cosmic Interception rec. circa 1980 USA
Red Transistor (VON LMO & Rudolph Grey) Not Bite A-side 7" single (released 1991)
rec. 1977 USA
Crime Rockin' Weird San Francisco's Doomed rec. circa 1979 USA
Patti Smith (with Tom Verlaine) Hey Joe (based on the traditional garage rock song) A-side 7" single 1974 USA
The Neon Boys (Richard Hell & Tom Verlaine) That's All I Know (Right Now) 7" single (released 1980) rec. 1973 USA
Rocket From The Tombs (future members of Pere Ubu & Dead Boys) What Love Is The Day The Earth Met The Rocket From The Tombs rec. 1975 USA
Pere Ubu Nonalignment Pact The Modern Dance 1978 USA
The Fall It's The New Thing Early Fall rec. circa 1978 UK
Suicide Harlem (live version) Suicide / CD reissue bonus disc - Live at CBGB's rec. 1977 USA
Nina Hagen Born in Xixax Nunsexmonkrock 1982 Germany
Shonen Knife Kappa Ex Pretty Little Baka Guy  1986 Japan
Moe Tucker (with Lou Reed, John Cale & Sterling Morrison) I'm Not I Spent A Week There The Other Night 1993 USA
Armand Schaubroeck Steals Father Michael Loves Sister Jennifer I Came To Visit But Decided To Stay 1977 USA
Armand Schaubroeck Steals God Damn You  Live at the Holiday Inn
1977 USA
Armand Schaubroeck Steals The Queen Hitter Ratfucker
1978 USA
Vermonster The Lions (Bent Wind cover) Spirit of Yma 1990 USA
Anal Magic featuring the Reverend Dwight Frizzell Get It Out Of Your System Beyond The Black Crack 1976 USA
The Residents Satisfaction (Rolling Stones cover) A-side 7" single / Third Reich and Roll CD reissue bonus track 1976 USA
The Hampton Grease Band Hendon Music To Eat 1971 USA
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