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Artist: PIG RIDER
Title: The Robinson Scratch Theory
Format: Double LP
Label: Guerssen
Country: Spain
Price: $35.00
“Bedroom/lo-fi psychedelia by unsung heroes of the 80s DIY cassette culture scene. From outsider synth-pop to Barrett-esque lysergic folk; from lo-fi garage-punk to basement prog: acid-fuzz guitars, cheap keyboards, primitive electronics, homemade vibes, and bizarre, funny lyrics. Pig Riderwere formed in Kent, UK, in the late 60s by John Mayes and Colin Kitchener. With the help from some friends they recorded and self-released a series of acetate-only psych-folk albums in the mid-70s (Heterophonies, Bloody Turkey Sandwiches...), which are prime examples of early DIY psychedelic music, highly sought-after since a review of Heterophoniesappeared in Richard Morton Jacks Galactic Ramblebook. In 2013, collector Alexandre Mansuy (from the influential Somewhere There Is Music blog) found Mayes and Kitchener and was astonished when they told him their story: Heterophonies was only one of their many, many great recordings, 22 in all, including 45s, acetates, and tapes. Thanks to Mansuy, Guerssen is launching a comprehensive Pig Rider reissue campaign, starting with The Robinson Scratch Theory. The compilation includes tracks originally recorded between 1980 and 1986 and released as private cassettes. Pig Riders sound brings to mind obscure DIY bands like The Desperate Bicycles,Instant Automatons, or Beyond the Implode -- if those bands knew how to write catchy and well-crafted songs. But the most amazing thing is that Pig Rider were creating this kind of music for their own amusement without any knowledge of the post-punk or DIY movement. Although they were listening to bands like the Bonzos, Pink Floyd, and The Misunderstood -- "I played their Children of the Sun 45 until the groove was worn out!" says Kitchener -- Pig Rider claim that the main influence on what they played was the availability of instruments and what they could do with them -- not always what they were designed for -- and always pushing their limits. The Robinson Scratch Theory is presented in master tape sound with an insert/booklet containing detailed liner notes and photos. The compilation is released in advance of first-ever reissues of two of Pig Riders ultra-rare 70s acetates, Bloody Turkey Sandwiches (1974) and Heterophonies (1975). Welcome to the twisted world of one of the truly pioneering DIY psychedelic pop bands.” - Guerrssen.

Artist: PIG RIDER
Title: The Robinson Scratch Theory
Format: Double CD
Label: Guerssen
Country: Spain
Price: $25.00
"Bedroom/lo-fi psychedelia by unsung heroes of the 80s DIY cassette culture scene. From outsider synth-pop to Barrett-esque lysergic folk; from lo-fi garage-punk to basement prog: acid-fuzz guitars, cheap keyboards, primitive electronics, homemade vibes, and bizarre, funny lyrics. Pig Rider were formed in Kent, UK, in the late 60s by John Mayes and Colin Kitchener. With the help from some friends they recorded and self-released a series of acetate-only psych-folk albums in the mid-70s (Heterophonies, Bloody Turkey Sandwiches...), which are prime examples of early DIY psychedelic music, highly sought-after since a review of Heterophonies appeared in Richard Morton Jacks Galactic Ramble book. In 2013, collector Alexandre Mansuy (from the influential Somewhere There Is Music blog) found Mayes and Kitchener and was astonished when they told him their story: Heterophonies was only one of their many, many great recordings, 22 in all, including 45s, acetates, and tapes. Thanks to Mansuy, Guerssen is launching a comprehensive Pig Rider reissue campaign, starting with The Robinson Scratch Theory. The compilation includes tracks originally recorded between 1980 and 1986 and released as private cassettes. Pig Riders sound brings to mind obscure DIY bands like The Desperate Bicycles, Instant Automatons, or Beyond the Implode -- if those bands knew how to write catchy and well-crafted songs. But the most amazing thing is that Pig Rider were creating this kind of music for their own amusement without any knowledge of the post-punk or DIY movement. Although they were listening to bands like the Bonzos, Pink Floyd, and The Misunderstood -- "I played their Children of the Sun 45 until the groove was worn out!" says Kitchener -- Pig Rider claim that the main influence on what they played was the availability of instruments and what they could do with them -- not always what they were designed for -- and always pushing their limits. The Robinson Scratch Theory is presented in master tape sound with an insert/booklet containing detailed liner notes and photos. The double CD edition includes four bonus tracks that are also available as a free download via Bandcamp. The compilation is released in advance of first-ever reissues of two of Pig Riders ultra-rare 70s acetates, Bloody Turkey Sandwiches (1974) and Heterophonies (1975). Welcome to the twisted world of one of the truly pioneering DIY psychedelic pop bands." - Guerssen.

Artist: PIG RIDER
Title: Bloody Turkey Sandwiches
Format: LP
Label: Sommor
Country: Spain
Price: $31.00
"Bloody Turkey Sandwiches is another ultra-rarity by British psychedelic folk band Pig Rider; only six copies were originally privately pressed by custom label Deroy Sound Service in 1974. The music here is much in the same vein as their famous Heterophonies album (SOMM 024LP), but even more crazed. Some of the tracks bring to mind the more experimental side of The Olivia Tremor Control/Black Swan Network or even They Might Be Giants -- but 20 years before those bands existed. Electric acid folk with stoned homemade atmosphere, lo-fi sound, bizarre and funny lyrics, effects, backward bits, surreal humor, psychedelic skiffle, old-timey music hall parodies, brilliant folk-rock-pop, and titles like "Interdrive Overstella," "Be Glad for the Song Has an Ending," "Pus In Our Time," and "Have You Seen Your Neighbour in the Bath?" Recommended if you like The Incredible String Band, The Bonzo Dog Band, Syd Barrett, R. Stevie Moore... First ever reissue. Includes insert with photos and lyrics. Master tape sound. Limited to 300 copies." - Sommor.

Artist: PIG RIDER
Title: Heterophonies
Format: LP
Label: Sommor
Country: Spain
Price: $31.00
"Although nearly 60 people have played in Pig Rider or its various offshoots over the years, there have only been two ever-present members, Colin Kitchener and John Mayes, who founded the band at Sevenoaks School in Kent, England, in the late 60s. They met when they were 12, and not long after began haunting the music rooms at the school to hammer out current three-chord pop songs on pianos. They went through a number of other names (including D Jabferg Flossyakkit and Bob Scratch and His Country and South Eastern Spring Blues Band), before deciding to perform as The Pig Rider Robinson Heterophony. After a failed attempt to build a seven-foot robot bassist called Peregrine Robinson to front the band, the name was abbreviated to its current form. Pig Riders music has been described as "joke folk/mock rock," and although they claim that their minds were only altered by beer, theres a real psychedelic element to it, not to mention their pioneering DIY spirit. They recorded at home with rudimentary equipment, used handmade modified instruments, and self-released a series of acetate-only albums housed in primitive, handmade sleeves. Heterophonies was originally pressed by the custom label Deroy Sound Service in a private edition of five acetates in 1975. The music is an amazing mix of psychedelic electric folk, acid folk, and twisted pop with funny and bizarre lyrics, tape experimentation, effects, and a homemade, stoned atmosphere. Think The Incredible String Band,The Bonzo Dog Band, Syd Barrett, R. Stevie Moore... In 2009, a review of Heterophoniesappeared in the Galactic Ramble book. Richard Falkwrote, "Heavy, lo-fi, electric folk with lots of weird electronic effects and a distinctly psychedelic atmosphere." That review incited French collectorAlexandre Mansuy to track down the band in 2013. "What I was on the point to discover was way beyond my wildest dreams. Heterophonies was only one of their many, many great recordings." Thanks to Mansuy, Guerssen and Sommor present a comprehensive Pig Rider reissue campaign, which began with The Robinson Scratch Theory (GUESS 058CD/145LP), a compilation of their jaw-dropping 80s stuff. The series continues with first-ever reissues of two of their rarest acetates from the 70s: this edition of Heterophonies and a reissue of Bloody Turkey Sandwiches (SOMM 023LP). Both acetates are also available as a combined CD reissue (SOMM 023-24CD). Includes insert with photos and lyrics. Master tape sound. Limited to 300 copies." - Sommor.

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