Sunday, August 20, 2006


Scared Straight

Armand Schaubroeck - A Lot of People Would Like To See Armand Schaubroeck Dead

This is a sociology thesis disguised as a triple record set. This almost certainly got Armand a PhD in criminology. With honors.

For a lot of you, this record is probably familiar by reputation. If you haven't heard of it, it is a recollection of a mid-60's prison stint for armed robbery. It includes all of the greatest hits of prison life: suicide, homosexual rape, parole, violence, religion, psychiatrists, etc. And not one of them comes off as cliched.

When I first heard this, I was expecting a punk rock sound. This record is earlier than that, though, perhaps as early as '71-'72. The sound is more garage rock than what you'd expect from that date. And very menacing in a way other records from the time were not.

Like William Shatner's album, this is arranged as skit > song. Unlike Shatner, the skits feel serious as a knife to the mid-section. And Schaubroeck has way better hair than Shatner, anyway.

This record is part of a loose group of ones that came out between the end of psychedelia and the beginning of punk. I'd put it with the Dolls, Rocket From the Tombs, Debris, Simply Saucer, etc. Someday, someone smarter than me will come up with a name for this sound. And give it the retrospective it deserves.

I've heard pretty much everything else the guy has put out, and while I like them, none can touch this one. I hope you all enjoy it.

Hello. I grew up in Rochester, NY in the 1970's. AS was a cult figure in the local rock circuit and also owned an incredible music
store named the "House of Guitars"
where I purchased many a memorable
album. Thanks for the blast from
the past! Phil G.
Damn! And here I was, thinking I was the only one who had ever heard of this album. I don't even think I've seen it mentioned in the few AS sites I've found online. It's one of the more bizarre prides of my collection, made all the sweeter because I got my copy for free.

Thanks for the share!
Another great post! got Ratfucker, Shakin' Shakin, & I Came To Visit.. posted over here -->

I'm another lucky one to have the Debut3LP & the Ratfucker LP, but I'm way too lazy to make digital copies of vinyl these days.

Keep up the great work
dude, many many thanks for this. a true genius and visionary, shaoubroeck was. one question though... anybody else have no. 5 quit on you half way through the download??? thanks again, cary
This is a truly classic album! veryvery cool of you to share it ...never heard of this guy before but gonna look out for his stuff now....

btw, had no probs on No5 everything downloaded smoothly...

Thanks for another great one. I found this DJing at CKCU in Ottawa back in 1991 or so. It looked so bizarre, I just to spin a few tracks. I'd forgotten all about it until now, but it sure does hold up. And now I know I know why all the guitars at HoG are behind glass!
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