Tony Coulter here, ready to share my favorite tracks from four wonderful, if sadly unknown cassettes. On the count of three, let's all fast-forward past the fold....
The cassettes in question, all taken from my personal collection, date from the mid-eighties to 1990. Folks on Fire, from Louisville, KY, were a slightly experimental new wave band with an audible Talking Heads influence, but also a strong identity of their own. One Big Square Foot of Sod hailed from New York City, and had a toe in the Downtown improv scene and slight echoes of No Wave. Triptic of a Pastel Fern -- oddball experimentalists originally from Virginia, but now based in California -- are perhaps the best known of the lot and are still going strong. Wifflefist was a Raleigh, NC collective, and the tape on hand is a compilation of tracks by affiliated bands and projects.
Folks on Fire: Under a Hairy Sun (Hit-A-Note Records, 1985)
One Big Square Foot of Sod: OBSFOS (no label, 1987)
Triptic of a Pastel Fern: Fisty Stealth (Poison Plant, 1989)
Various Artists: A Wifflefist Compilation (Wifflefist, 1990)