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February 09, 2008

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TradeMark G. / The Evolution Control Committee

Ah, Severed Heads; how they resonate in the sordid history of my quirky and misguided musical appreciations...

Similarly in the mid-80's I heard my first Severed Heads peeps and was hooked from then on out. Meeting them face-to-face was a pivotal moment. If you want my vinyl of "Clifford Darling", you'll have to pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

Gene

I was fortunate enough to catch Severed Heads live twice. Once, opening for Skinny Puppy back in 1986. I asked Tom Ellard about his collaboration with Skinny Puppy and he said, "We taught them how to use their synthesizers." Oh, snap. I then saw them a few years later in New Orleans. When someone requested a song, Tom and Garry said, "Sorry, we left that floppy in the truck."

Real nice guys, those Severed Heads. Nobody can't have my copy of "Clifford Darling" either. And nothing beats the electro-thud of "Now An Explosive New Movie" or "That That Revolves."

Jonathan Steinke

TRADEMARK G?? SWEET. Very humbled to get a comment from you, sir!! The ECC's got killer joints but "Enriched White Bread" is a personal favorite. Wouldn't you know "Clifford Darling" is also MY favorite Heads recording? And you think they are a misguided musical appreciation...shame, shame, shame (:. No, for real--any SH freak is a pal of mine!!

And thanks to you also, Gene! I kinda figured the synthesizer line is the sort of unwieldy humor Tom Ellard would use. Ah, yes, "That That Revolves" of the "American in Paris" triumvirate. The cool thing about SH was their looping repetition was so bizarre it never seemed to get old or grating after repeated listens.

OK, TradeMark, Gene--I now call this meeting of the Clifford Darling Treehouse Club to order!!

Gene

OK, let the first meeting of the Clifford Darling Treehouse Club come to order. Today's topic: does "That That Revolves" kick more ass than "Adolph a Carrot"?

Steinke, during my college radio DJ days, I used to play three or four Severed Heads loops over the air at once. Talk about wacky hi-jinx! I can only imagine what it did to people in their cars stuck in traffic.

Brandon

Yeah, the Heads meant a lot to me growing up (and still do). They did their thing though and 30 years is good enough.

Clifford Darling

Many, many thanks to Severed Heads. A favorite for decades. Best of happiness and success in all future projects.

Gene

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Jonathan Steinke

Sorry for bein AWOL, guys. BUSY week.

Gene, I would have to punch my vote (literally, too...I don't use some fuckin' ballot puncher, either...that means my miggin FEST!!) for "That That Revolves". I'm not saying "Adolph..." is not kinda tight but I'm really a sucker for their unintelligible speech fragment/incongruous cadence numbers. Brass tacks, they were their OWN genre.

Awrighty, watch yer step there, Brandon...okAY!! Right. Ey, welcome to the "treehouse". Some 411 for you and Gene and tha TRADEMAWWK: You'll all be able to download "Adenoids" for absolutely ZIP when they get it synched up and ready.

We few...we merry band o' Cliffies!

mr.kenneth

sheer delight catching a very rare performance of Tom Ellard/Severed Heads at THIS festival here in Brisbane, Australia. Tom shared the keyboard twiddling with one of the members of Boxcar ... a band who also performed that night. GOLD! a real coup for the event organisers. danced my socks off at the same time awed by Tom's wonderful videos projected VERY large above a very enthusiastic crowd. Maybe "Severed Heads" last stand? Thanks SH ... its been real real ....

Jonathan Steinke

Mr. Kenneth, welcome to the treehouse! Don't forget to shut the door behind ya there. Trade, Gene, Brandon, Cliff...Oreo Cakesters, anybody?

Today's topique ??: Which era, boys...the 1980-1985 experimental era or the (ulp!) "ambient" era?

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