Thursday, November 11, 2010

TVD's Obscure Alternatives

It's our Thursday flashback, culled from the rare and ultra-obscure (and often bizarre) crates of 80’s vinyl, curated by our pal Gil:

The Dark Bob - Uncontrollable Love
There’s no real category of artist which fully describes this offbeat, obscure group known as The Dark Bob. The group was essentially the work of one man who had his roots as a painter. With no real musical talent, this eccentric dude embarked on a career as a performance artist and added the musical elements on the way. He performed at such venues as the Portland Center for Visual Arts and the Lhasa Club, Hollywood.

Let’s share some quotes from various reviews of this quirked out artsy showman:

“A compelling performer whose presentation style blends the history of protest art in our time from the beats to the punks.”

“His performance is loaded with anthems and the feel of pageant in the power of the sound, his presence, volume and audacity.”

"One of the first instances of the art of the eighties...Intensely personal at the same time it is intensely political. The Dark Bob is a model actor, a producer, a fledgling saint, a sybarite, a framaturge and a clown."

You have to have an open mind listening to this indie platter, but there are some interesting points within these strange alternative compositions. How about art new wave folk rock...try it...

The Dark Bob - I'd Better Do Better (Mp3)
The Dark Bob - King Of The Darkness Ring (Mp3)
The Dark Bob - Uncontrollable Love (Mp3)

For more obscure and unknown titles, check out Vinyl Obscurity.

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