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Various Artists — Acid Ranch 2000
(Uncle Buzz UBR05, 1997, CD)

by Steve Robey, Published 1998-02-01

Acid Ranch 2000 Cover art

For all of you who are trying to one-up your friends by having the weirdest music in your collections, buy this and win big points. Though each track on this compilation wields a very different style, they all share a fondness for iconoclastic, wacked-out psychedelia. Even the name of the CD's label suggests altered states of consciousness... So anyway, I doubt if there are any bands on this compilation who will be familiar to the average listener, but that doesn't matter. Any one of them could be the NEXT BIG THING. Ladies and gentlemen... are you ready for... this year's rock sensation... Menudocide! Or how about any one of these classic band names: Boxcar Satan, 101 Theremins, or Bubba's Space Station? Seriously, though, this is pretty good stuff. Ranging from dreamily ambient to almost hardcore, the music on this compilation packs a lot of treats. 101 Theremins pays homage to Hawkwind (one of the original gonzoid bands) in an adaptation of "Psonik Attahk" (note the Magma spelling — a nice touch!). Just one of the many uniquely weird moments on the disc. So next time you have a dinner party and suavely ease over to the CD player to put on a little dinner music, and your friend asks you, "Ooh! What are you putting on now?" wouldn't it be great to be able to tell him, "Oh, just a new release by the band Prismatic Otter." It's moments like these that make life fun.


Filed under: Archives, Issue 14, 1997 releases

Related artist(s): Pink Filth, Various Artists

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