We’d envisioned VVB as a pitiless, contiguous bombardment. Fifth Column refused to release it without concessions to bourgeois norms (i.e., providing their audience of portly Fetish Night devotees a quasi-comprehensible, oft-demarcated product), and thus the conceit was dashed on the shoals of hubris.
01 Vedder Vedder Bedwetter (71:16)
Originally released as Fifth Column CD 9868-63189 in 1995, with the following track sequence:
01 5 Seconds Off Your Ass
02 Grams, Paths
03 Pig Off, Ass Full
04 Bucks, Rears and Throws the Rider
05 Dungstar Supervivisect!
06 Throws Cunt a Tear
07 O. Ruddock d. H.S. Mauberly
08 Long-Drawn and Staccato "Lousy Dime"
09 Shits Upon the Debris and Burns
10 Handballed "Viet"-Clasp
11 The The, Which Radiance Overdrenched
12 In Such Wise She Cannot Stir
13 Miff Mole, Witch-Leery Scot
14 Shut the Second She Clawed
15 Rug Trilogy: Christus
16 Like the Two-Part Nod
17 Nigh to the HM Threshold
18 M. Polk, Prop.
19 Cobwebs with "Trap" Primrose
20 Glas Employed an Urn
21 Schwann Death in June Reference
22 "Good Bait" Made Butt of Insult
23 The Sink Mentioned in the Scriptures
24 Rubberist, Unwept
25 The The Perms
26 And Hammer, the Crown of Thorns
27 From Gloss "Polytope" Flexi
28 "A," the Swinging She-River
29 Blind Hole Without a Piss-Eye
30 Ulalume / Fram Decal Split
31 Brother Falling, Twat from Fool
32 Left Bro. at Doors
33 T.C.B. Dropskirt
34 Die, One and Five
Sleeve design by Syd Garon, unfortunately mangled by Fifth Column’s staff buffoon. Naturally, the physical elements of the original artwork -- including the found Polaroid around which the album's "M. Polk" narrative was spun, and a postcard from a Christian gun shop (!) in Alabama sent to me by Boat Of/Method Actors/Beauty Contest stalwart David Gamble -- were never recovered. (Only the Photoshop files exist.) I’ve grown to accept the FCR version, but the intended sleeve was infinitely more arresting.
released May 10, 1995
Recorded at Waterworks, New York; The Studio, Miami; Lounge Ax, Chicago; Zoot’s, Detroit; Local 506, Chapel Hill; The Knitting Factory, New York, and The Green Room, Ypsilanti, December 1994-February 1995 by Greg Tallenfeld, Rat Bastard, and Tom Smith.
Tom Smith - voice, text, edits, tape manipulation, small electronics
Rat Bastard - bass
Ben Wolcott - oscillator and treatments
Bill Orcutt - guitar
Don Fleming - guitar and backing vocals
Ned Hayden - alto sax
Jared Louche - guitar and backing vocals
Nandor Nevai - trombone
Weasel Walter - tenor sax
Music Tom Smith / TLASILA. Lyrics Tom Smith
Mixed and produced by Tom Smith, with thanks to Don Fleming, Marc Weitz, Jared Louche and Greg Tallenfeld.
A fearless cult figure from New England's underground scene, Sawyer's no-fi experiments with everyday objects and body sounds are greatly rewarding to those who have the patience and curiosity to give them a chance. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 20, 2017