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Options May 4, 2021: Tony Coulter Presents Tape Hiss: MMGK, Infant Mortality Rate, Screamin' Popeyes, Fomt [PLEASE NOTE: "Tape Hiss" shows are not archived.]

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Artist Track Album Label Year
The In-Theme  Holger Hiller: Toyshopshoptoy   Options      
 
MMGK  White Africa   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
MMGK  Raise Man Above the Ground   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
MMGK  Alien Comes   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
MMGK  Space Cowboy   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
MMGK  Rain   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
MMGK  Noise Maker   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
MMGK  Major Control   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
MMGK  Meaninglessly Mean   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
MMGK  Instrumental w/ Guitars   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
MMGK  Niko Jam   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
 
MMGK  Operation No 1   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
MMGK  Star Vicinity   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
MMGK  Piano   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
MMGK  Don't Trust a Word   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
MMGK  Detective Story   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
MMGK  Waiting to Be Seated   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
MMGK  UFO Is Waiting   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
MMGK  Monk & Swordsman   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
MMGK  Something Is Not Right   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
MMGK  Jungle Arithmetic   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
MMGK  Wood   Options 4 Headed Adding Machine  no label  198? 
 
Infant Mortality Rate  Tumescence   Options Big Secrets  Mayday Records  1991 
Infant Mortality Rate  Peace Toad   Options Big Secrets  Mayday Records  1991 
Infant Mortality Rate  Conatus   Options Big Secrets  Mayday Records  1991 
Infant Mortality Rate  A Horrible Character   Options Big Secrets  Mayday Records  1991 
 
Infant Mortality Rate  Autoerotic Stimulation of the Cortex   Options Big Secrets  Mayday Records  1991 
Infant Mortality Rate  Corollaria   Options Big Secrets  Mayday Records  1991 
Infant Mortality Rate  Fever Dream   Options Big Secrets  Mayday Records  1991 
Infant Mortality Rate  Search for Pleasure   Options Big Secrets  Mayday Records  1991 
 
Screamin' Popeyes  The Mr Beautiful Contest   Options Curioddity  no label  198? 
 
Screamin' Popeyes  The Stomach That Walks Like a Boy   Options Curioddity  no label  198? 
 
Fomt  Side A (no track titles)   Options Fomt  no label  1984 
 
Fomt  Side B (no track titles)   Options Fomt  no label  1984 
 
The Out-Theme  Gelbart: My Favorite Vacation [part of] + Die Trip Computer Die: Airborn [part of]   Options      


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Listener comments!

Avatar 11:54am Tony Coulter:

Hello, all! Today's mystery LP-under-the-cassettes should be very easy to ID for some of you. Anyone?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm Cmurtha:

Interesting covers today. Hello everyone!
Avatar 12:01pm Tony Coulter:

Hiya, Cmurtha!
Avatar 12:01pm Little Danny:

Hi Tony and yonder psych-forks.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:01pm listener james from westwood:

good Tuesday, Tony and all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm WR:

It has begun with toy play.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Yvang:

What? it's already tape hiss time? Aleluya!
Avatar 12:02pm Sem:

Hello, Tony, Cmurtha, cassette fiends, and all.
And here are WR, ljiw, Yvang, and L'il Danny.
Avatar 12:03pm Tony Coulter:

Hiya, heya, hola, hello, Little Danny, James, WR, Yvang, & Sem!!!
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:04pm David (in London):

Hello Tony and all the prime-quality groovers here assembled.
Avatar 12:05pm Tony Coulter:

Hiya, David!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm Rich in Washington:

helloooooooo
Avatar 12:06pm Tony Coulter:

Riiiiiiiich! Heya!
Avatar 12:10pm Tony Coulter:

No one recognizes today's mystery LP? Where have all the prog fans gone?
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:11pm David (in London):

Semulator, Dr Cmurtha, Danny, james, WR, Yvang, Rich. Greetings one and all.
  12:12pm Danko:

Interview - GG?
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:12pm David (in London):

Is that Gentle Giant Tony?
Avatar 12:13pm Tony Coulter:

Danko!!! Hiya!!
  12:13pm Mark Williams:

A cassette from Norn Iron (N. Ireland). Think that's a first for me. Hey Tony and everyone.
Avatar 12:13pm Tony Coulter:

@ Danko and David: It is indeed Gentle Giant
Avatar 12:14pm Tony Coulter:

Hey, Mark! It's a first for Tape Hiss too, I believe.
  12:15pm Danko:

Tony, this MMGK sounds very interesting. What do you know about them? I can't find anything about them on discogs. Maybe I haven't tried hard enough.
Avatar 12:16pm Tony Coulter:

So, today's mystery LP is Gentle Giant's "Interview": www.discogs.com...
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:16pm David (in London):

And I really like that hand-drawn FOMT logo and address details.
Avatar 12:18pm Tony Coulter:

@ Danko: Truthfully, I know nothing about MMGK except that they were from Reston, Virginia. As you say, there's no info about them online. The band members' names aren't listed on the cassette either.
  12:19pm Mark Williams:

Reston, VA? That's basically a suburb of DC/Northern Virginia. Let me ask around. Must someone know about them.
Avatar 12:20pm Tony Coulter:

The names of the guest musicians *are" mentioned, but they're all obvious pseudonyms.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:20pm David (in London):

MMGK and '4-headed' perhaps suggests initials of band members? Just spit-balling there, though.
  12:22pm Danko:

Possible connection - there is a certain Mr. Mitchell Kato, who runs a company named MMGK, lives in Reston, VA.
  12:23pm Danko:

https://www.facebook.com/mitchell.kato.9
Avatar 12:23pm Tony Coulter:

@ David: That's definitely a good guess. Morty, Manny, George, & Kenny....
Avatar 12:24pm Tony Coulter:

@ Danko: Wow -- that really could be a lead. Thanks! Will investigate post-show.
  12:24pm Mark Williams:

he definitely looks like the guilty party. Philosophy major. Case closed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm Stanley:

Tapey Tony, how's it going?
Avatar 12:27pm Tony Coulter:

Squishy Stanley! Hiya! It's going ... somewhere....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:28pm Stanley:

Somewhere interesting, it seems.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:31pm David (in London):

(Late) afternoon Stanley. How was your walk?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm Stanley:

Hi David. Bracing, you could say. Rained the rest of the day so stayed taking it easy. Just come out of the Suzi Quatro doc. Well worth a viewing. Have you been at the digital coalface today?
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:37pm David (in London):

On the assumption that MMGK didn't have access to oodles of free studio time, I'm impressed by the quality of their recording. I digitised one of my old band demos from 1987 a couple of years ago, and the quality was appalling. It sounded like it was playing through an old woollen sock.

Stanley, yep, slaving away. The weather here hasn't been anything to write home about either.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39pm Little Fyodor:

Digging the MMGK, *especially* the opening piece!!
Avatar 12:40pm Tony Coulter:

@ David: Well, it could be from the early '90s, by which time home-recording equipment had improved. I'm pretty certain it couldn't be any more recent than that.
Avatar 12:40pm Tony Coulter:

Hiya, Fyodor!!!
Avatar 12:41pm Tony Coulter:

The opening piece kinda reminds me of DDAA
Avatar 12:41pm Tony Coulter:

(unlike the rest of the tape)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm WR:

To my ears this is a most bizarre Ian Curtis Joy Division inflected tune.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:43pm David (in London):

I'm Tascam 244 Portastudio 4-track all the way, Tony.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:48pm WR:

To clarify, I was referring to Star Vicinity, where it clicked for me, but hearing the Ian Curtis like vocal on subsequent tunes as well. Since I am working I don't know if I just didn't notice it earlier or what.
Avatar 12:49pm Tony Coulter:

Yeah, I can hear it with Star Vicinity....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:50pm WR:

Yes, not so pronounced on the others, but popped out at me on that one tune.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm Little Fyodor:

I will take your eyeballs out??? Gotta love the aesthetic less traveled!!
Avatar 1:03pm Tony Coulter:

Little known fact: That line was going to be in "All You Need Is Love," but at the last minute the Beatles cut it.
Avatar 1:07pm Nick S.:

Hey, Tony! I'm late. Call me a taxi.
Avatar 1:07pm Tony Coulter:

Hiya, Nick!
Avatar 1:08pm Tony Coulter:

I'm going to start a taxi service called Unter.
Avatar 1:09pm Tony Coulter:

For the Untermensch.
Avatar 1:09pm Nick S.:

Staff it with women only and I'll send my kids on it.
Avatar 1:11pm Nick S.:

Description of your service sounds just like Uber.
Avatar 1:12pm Tony Coulter:

Yes, but their service is for the Ubermensch.
  1:13pm Mark Williams:

What about for the handful of Urmenschen? I'm thinking of applying for this status.
Avatar 1:14pm TDK60:

Hi Tony, what's hissin'? | I knew an unknown newwavepunk band in early '80s called √úbermensch. It was a joke as members were people of color.
Avatar 1:14pm Tony Coulter:

The cassette on now is the one on the lower right in the pic, with naked woman and tombstone.
Avatar 1:16pm Nick S.:

I've definitely been taking the wrong taxi.
Avatar 1:17pm Tony Coulter:

Hey, hey, TDK60!
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 1:32pm David (in London):

Hey TDK.
Avatar 1:43pm TDK60:

Hello David. Been doing chores around the cassette castle.
Avatar 1:45pm Tony Coulter:

A lot of the clips on this cassette are taken from movies (as well as records, obviously), but it would be interesting to reverse the process and make a movie based on this cassette, using all the dialogue.
  1:50pm headcleaner:

fine program today, tony - had a lousy morning, and am finally feeling my head coming together again
Avatar 1:51pm Tony Coulter:

Thanks, headcleaner! (Sorry to hear about the lousy morning.)
  2:00pm Mark Williams:

I like your idea, Tony. Or maybe a play.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 2:17pm Yvang:

Interesting as the song started like the previous cassette to slowly transition to something melodic...but is this still the same song now?
Avatar 2:18pm Tony Coulter:

It is! There are just two side-length tracks.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 2:19pm Yvang:

Oh I see... it's like a longer "cassingle".
Avatar 2:21pm Tony Coulter:

Yeah, the sides are only around 15 minutes each. So, a cassette EP, maybe.
  2:30pm Mark Williams:

i'm liking this one quite a bit.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 2:31pm David (in London):

Yes, me too.
Avatar 2:32pm Tony Coulter:

They ate their spinach.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 2:34pm Yvang:

They Yare what they yare !
Avatar 2:35pm Tony Coulter:

Ha!
Avatar 2:37pm Tony Coulter:

"I yam what I yam." Reminds me of something I still find funny even after living where I am for almost 12 years. The street two streets over from me is called Yamhill.
Avatar 2:37pm Tony Coulter:

I just can't help picturing a hill of yams.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 2:40pm David (in London):

Watch out for the feared Yamhill Gang, Tony...
Avatar 2:41pm Tony Coulter:

I will! Wouldn't want to be pelted with yams.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 2:41pm David (in London):

Christ, the Reverend Ian Paisley. There's a voice I haven't heard in a long, wee while.
Avatar 2:47pm Tony Coulter:

DJ at Fomt of Fomt has a youtube channel with some Fomt stuff: www.youtube.com...
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 2:49pm David (in London):

"Disillusioned when no-one actually GAVE UP ART after the Neoist Art Strike of 1990-93, dj@fomt, a broken man, retreated to a hermetic existence in the bleak Irish hinterland." Ha ha.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:55pm Ike:

Sounds wild!

Wow, were you guys talking about slamming yams over here too?
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 2:56pm David (in London):

Great show today Tony, thanks.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 2:56pm listener james from westwood:

Thanks muchly, Tony!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:56pm WR:

No tracks titles, no traces. Thank you for the sounds!
Avatar 2:56pm Tony Coulter:

Hey, Ike!
Avatar 2:57pm Tony Coulter:

Thanks everyone!! Hope to see you here next week!
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 2:57pm Yvang:

Thanks TC!
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