Monday, September 18, 2006


By request, again

Simply Saucer - Cyborgs Revisited

Boy is this a great record. For those of you that haven't heard this, SS were a Canadian group of the wasteland period (post-psych, pre-punk). Like a few of the other kick ass bands of the period, they were almost completely unique. And completely invisible.

I've heard this record compared to Syd's Floyd quite a bit. I can dig it, but only if we're talking about the Syd of Vegetable Man and Scream Thy Last Scream. There's no See Emily Play pop structure going on here at all.

I think a more apt comparison is the very earliest of Pere Ubu. The one with Peter Laughner. This has that same damaged sense of song structure - there are very few verse/chorus things going on here. Even the solo sections have a crazy non-standard structure to them. Also like the Ubu, there is that ubiquitous non-musical electronics that really sells it for me.

But unlike Floyd or Ubu, this is a space *rock* band, meaning that the singer is got that garage punky snarl to him. This is the piece that takes this band from being part of a group to being flat out unique.

If you haven't written songs before, it may be hard to truly appreciate how difficult this type of song construction is (don't you hate it when reviewers say this kind of shit...). Most songs are written as groove A (aka verse), groove B (chorus), and maybe C or D (bridge, coda, intro, etc). Each piece needs to fit somewhat, but as long as they are similar keys, it works OK. Simply Saucer might go A, B, C, D, semi-A, C backwards, E, Q, freak-out, B with each part melting into each other, rather than abrupt transitions. Good stuff.

I posted the original album only. There is a CD version that is available, so I'm sort of breaking the house rules by posting this. I'm justifying in a couple ways. One, it's a request. Two, it's rare enough that many folks who would love it haven't heard it. Three, there is a ton of bonus stuff on the CD release, so you'll get something new when you actually buy it (and you will, it's that good).

very good choice! this is really something, thanks.
Thanks a lot for posting my request. I'm downloading it at the moment. I'm really looking forward to hearing it.
Good Lord this is amazing. Yes indeedy come payday I will be buying this for the bonus tracks.
Now when was that first of the month, again?
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