Back in 1979 in crappy little towns south of LA such as Torrance and Hawthorne a cassette-trading, noise-embracing, non-musician-friendly band was formed and the darned thing still exists today under the same name, after going through over 100 members in its 30 years of operation. Indeed, BCO celebrates this milestone in January 2010 in San Francisco, so look into that if you're in town. In the meantime, let's celebrate with two blogs featuring rare and unavailable audio material by the venerated group.
This being part one of two, we present this week a couple of Beatlerape rarities and an unrelated Shatner-centric cut.
There Will Come Soft Rains is an old cassette-only track of theirs which was featured on several unique radio shows as well, it features Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner on main vocals (from two different sources) and of course the Fab Ones on backing.
The cut Beatlerape Stars on 45 is a recently-made rehash of Beatlerape fragments which come from an unreleased 10th Anniversary Beatlerape cd, and it sports some moments which were not on the original cd at all, as well as completely new mixes of the bits featured in it. Merely some throwaway candy. A bit of stocking-stuffing as it were.
And our third chunk this week is the soundtrack music (tastefully re-edited) from an old Christmas BCO show where "William Shatner" appeared and treated the audience to an interpretive dance based on his life story, and also a rendition of Hugo Ball's Karawane, with Bill leading them through the poem. The music later appeared (in VERY limited release) as Post No Bills, on the cd of the same name.
I'll meet you here on January 23rd at this same time for an even bigger and better haul of BCO goodies.