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    • CommentAuthormark barter
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008 edited
    @ Corey R - aw gee, thanks very much for that. Brought back a lot of beautiful memories. You're a gentleman, sir.

    @joncarpenter - there actually is a Hat Fair in Winchester! For years my brother has pleaded off coming up to London for my birthday because he was going to "the Hat Fair" and I thought he was making it up. Bloody hell.
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008 edited
    Horse The Band: A Million Exploding Suns!

    The music isn't as weird as the video.
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008 edited
    Before you watch this I want to tell you that I am not trying to destroy your various headphone and speaker arrangements, so please adjust your volume accordingly:
    MSBR live in liege belgium 1999
    This is an example of what I like to call Noisecore, though I don't really know what its called officially, if any of you do then please let me know. If you like this enough to want to explore more, you can download the Koji Tano 10 disc tribute album Here! absolutely free. I can't imagine that people would pay more than a cover charge for this music, plus the cost of a few dozen drinks to help the "appreciation" of it.
    • CommentAuthorThalia
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008 edited
    It's hard to be objective considering I love most of this stuff, but I thought of a few more (older) oddities while I was at work:
    Captain Beefheart

    Was Not Was

    Tear Garden


    Wesley Willis

    Some internet favorites:
    El Chombo

    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008 edited
    Hee. I love this thread.

    I can't believe no one brought up the Shaggs yet!

    Or Shooby Taylor:

    Barnyard Dadaist composer Adrian Munsey, as blogged on Coilhouse:

    Songs In the Key of Z is a MUST OWN for everyone here.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008 edited
    Fantomas - probably not strange ENOUGH, but it's the closest I've come to weird-ass music.
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    Also... People have CALLED Deep Forest strange... I just think it's beautiful. ^_^
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    @Thalia: Love the Tear Garden! And Almost every Edward Ka-spel project.
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008
    The strangest music I have ever heard was probably a several disc set called "A Storm of Drones" - It is basically what you'd expect - very dark noises, dark and droning and waving. In and of itself it wasn't tremendously strange, though quite unsettling, as I recall. But then I left it in the cd changer and accidentally listened to on acid. Scary as fuck in that circumstance. Don't do drugs, kids.
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
    @Mr. Effbomb

    Is Laibach those guys who do hardcore German covers of Beatles songs?
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    laibach do covers of anyone and anything, their latest being Bach. they have done 8 version of 'sympathy for the devil', the entire beatles 'let it be' album with the exception of 'let it be', queen, opus, daf, marianne faithful, national anthems and a whole lot more. their approach is to keep the vocals and start from the ground up. see their take on status quo's 'in the army now'.

    their approach is similar to the residents covers. and they make the whole cover version thing better for it. Life would be incredibly dull if all covers sounded like the original, no?
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
    I always forget Wesley Willis is dead...
    • CommentAuthorfreontrip
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
    @zoem: Oh, Storm of Drones was just the exclamation point at the end of the entire Drones Trilogy, a collaborative effort by a bunch of high-profile dark ambient artists that was released under Asphodel's Sombient sublabel back in the mid-90s. Throne of Drones (1 disc) was followed by Swarm of Drones (2 discs), and the entire thing was concluded with Storm (3 discs), which made for over seven hours of music that would make most people want to drive off of a cliff. I think it's gorgeous melancholy stuff that flutters into noise fairly regularly. One other notable quality of those discs is that the later two releases are meant to be listened to consecutively, so the CD publishers had a little fun with the Redbook audio standard: if disc one contained tracks 1 - 10, then disc two would contain tracks 11 - 20, which freaked out a lot of early CD players and still doesn't play nice with a number of CD ripping applications, including iTunes.

    As far as the weirdest music I've heard, let's go ahead and slap Terre Thaemlitz's Means From an End up and hope it sticks. The title track's simultaneously haunting and dissonant, and so far I haven't found anyone besides me that enjoys it. :)
    • CommentAuthorMusiM
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
    People have been talking about Laibach and yet no one has posted this:
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    I'm still trying to make it...

    Otherwise, how about Hans Reichel's Shanghaied on Tor Road? The daxophone operetta...
      CommentAuthorJon Wake
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2008
    I'm going to define strange as unexpected. These guys erased my preconceptions of Japanese hip hop.
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2008 edited
    Great to see other guys are fans of The Legendary Stardust Cowboy too. I totally love that Weirdo.

    Talking about interesting Coverswongs by Laibach I really like "War" and "Jesus Christ Superstar".

    saw a Crash Worship Live Performance once:
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    The problem I have with the Re:Search Incredibly Strange Music book and CDs is that most of the music they call "strange music" is only done in a strange context or by strange people. The music itself isn't particularly strange.

    Today's vote is for the Thai Elephant Orchestra
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    The Shaggs,
    The Residents,
    Renaldo and the Loaf,
    Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band
    Mr. Bungle
    Pere Ubu
    Man Man

    One day I shall make an amazing compilation.
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    Oh and Boredoms, of course! Musn't forget them!