Hardcover book, 140 pages, fully illustrated
Hidden but not forgotten, hinted at through piecemeal reference after the fact, the creative efforts of the members of this West-Coast-centric cadre of art mutants first took shape in the early 1980s in Chico, California, home to a state university infamous for its alcohol-embracing student body. Twenty-five years later, in 2009 to be exact, they released Induced Music Spasticity, a 4xLP boxset of home-made unheard four-track recordings of tape experiments, electronic improv, spoken word, live recordings, punk and psychedelic rock, and general WTF, all of which revealed a thriving artistic community determined to create an alternate if fleeting reality apart from the vacuous meatballs making national headlines with their scandalous Hellenic buffoonery. That boxset launched the BuFMS label and so intrigued Bruce Russell (of The Dead C / A Handful of Dust) that he wrote a full-page think-piece about it in UK porn magazine The Wire. Since then, there have been 70 releases, plus or minus, a combination of new recordings and original material from the 1980s on the BuFMS imprint as well as on other labels domestic and international (Siltbreeze, Chocolate Monk, What The...?, Coherent States, Training Bra, My Dance The Skull, I Dischi Del Barone, VHF, Very Friendly, Ultra Eczema, Dinzu Artifacts, Independent Woman, Beartown, and Starlight Furniture Co.)
In this hard-cover Encyclopedia Spastica, authored by Fen Addison with S. Glass of Bananafish, the progenitors of all of the above discuss their beginnings and pre-history; more significantly, the book goes into detail about work not represented by Induced Musical Spasticity, of which there’s plenty — film and video; radio shows and radio plays; guerilla theater; stand-up comedy; art installations; literary efforts; collage and poetry zines; television shows; yet more recordings of music and ahem “music." Every page is adorned with at least one or two examples of supporting visuals in the form of unseen flyers and posters; paintings and drawings; newspaper clippings; photos; stills from film, television and video productions; prints; personal correspondence; interview transcriptions; autobiography excerpts — a minute fraction of which has likely ever been seen by anyone not present at or directly associated with its creation. By no means complete or definitive, it is nevertheless an exhaustive, in-depth chronicle of the creative and artistic endeavors of self-motivated freaks and culturally aware weirdos at a time in a place that existed beyond the scrutiny and attention of flat-footed mainstreamers.
“This book excites me in a way that I haven’t experienced or expected in years.” —Johann Ganesh
“It captures the dust devil that was swirling around.” —Steve Marquis
“Am deeply traumatized and sweaty.” —The Viper
“I’ve really got an Abe Lincoln in my crematorium! I’d just gotten my teats frosted (professionally) and now this.” —Worf
“Total brain burner” —Chocolate Monk
“The book credits Larry Crane with a poster I made for Vomit Launch. It’s okay. We’re all gonna die someday.” —John McKinley
“It is pretty swell.” —S-S Records
“Why is it I get the feeling that when I finish this book I will know less about BUFMS than I ever did?” —Ace Farren Ford
“It might not make sense at first. Then it does. Doesn’t.” —Simongarfunkle
“To be honest, this is a ‘just come over book’. Let’s leave it at that.” —Tulip Street Librarian
“A masterful piece of work.” —Bruce Russell
“We’re going to pass for now.” —Stranded
This perfect-bound paperback book is a 76pp account of the August 2018 tour that took S. Glass with and without the Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble to Los Angeles, Canada, Seattle, and Portland.
Illustrated in color throughout with images from Lucian Tielens’s archive of objects and documents donated to and/or abandoned at the public library, photos and video stills shot along the way by The City Councilman, the book contains informal Qs-and-As with many of the artists with whom the BLE shared stages (including Pulsating Cyst, Verge Bliss of Dendera Bloodbath, Rick Potts of Dinosaurs With Horns, Dinzu Artefacts recording artist Jack Taylor, Ace Farren-Ford of Hangar Quartet, Josh Stevenson of Magneticring, Joe Peg of Red Panda Death March, Jackie Stewart of The Tenses, and David Weinberg of Sic), along with kindred spirits Doug Harvey of Mannlicher Carcano and F, Bill Chen of Baby Huey and KSPC, Jesse Dewlow of People Skills, Stanley Zappa of Manzap, former editor / publisher of The Ongoing Dialogue Blossom Ahmad, and Barbara Manning.
Ask your doctor if What’s Going To Happen To Us? is right for you. Side effects include: nausea; fever; mass transportation dread; vulgar dining options; attempted murder; exploitation flicks; nightmare-inducing bedtime stories; weird fuckers doing strange shit; bio-mechanical warfare; radio interviews; vile lodgings; neurological issues; hostile environments; face-palms; hallucinatory companions; shopping sprees; celebrity touchstones; bizarre acts of customer service; and the restroom-ification of public space.
As a follow-up to If You Can’t Be Good, Be Reasonable (Chocolate Monk 2018), it’s exponentially more paranoid, delusional, cryptic, bleak, over-the-edge, and disgusting. You’ll love it. Cover by Stanley Zappa.
Available now from tediumhouse.com
Steve Marquis, Lacie Pound, Malcy Duff, Lawrence Crane, The Affable Chap, Vel Swisher, Gnarlos, Matt Mumper, Lindsey Thrasher, Maria Estevez, Cruel Duane, Joan of Art, The Conduits, Montana Swisher, Toni Lee Smith, Lily McBilly, Lucy N., 28th Day, Idler Arms. 32pp, full color.
Toni Lee Smith and Mike Byrne, Barbara Manning, Cruel Duane, Clark Brown, Maria Estevez, Lucian Tielens, Cole Marquis, Joan Of Art, Lacie Pound, Tim Smyth, Ace Farren Ford, Lily McBilly, Manolis Pappas, S. Glass, Raoul Tinybear, Montana Swisher, Dylan Nyoukis, Steve Marquis. 32pp, full color
Dylan Nyoukis, Joan of Art, Ted Trager, Glands of External Secretion, Steve Marquis, Lily McBilly, S. Glass, Lucian Tielens, Richard Streeter, Mari Kono, The In-Crowd, Bren't Lewiis, Toni Lee Smith, EL&C, Hazel’s ’lectric Washouse, Barbara Manning, Lenore, Ratbox 2021, Orificial Surgery, Cruel Duane, The Viper, Thomas Editson, The Dome, Gnarlos. 32pp, full color.
Michael Schlussler, Lala Lu, This Is Yvonne Lovejoy, Manolis Pappas, Bren't Lewiis, Kate McRae, Prof. Dino Nuggie, Lucian Tielens, Dylan Nyoukis, Cruel Duane, The In-Crowd, Joan of Art, Steve Marquis, Industrial BBQ 2021, Moira McInnes, Tim Smyth, Glands of External Secretion, Richard Streeter, Last Will, Wentz Market 2021, S. Glass, Todd Hall. 32pp, full color.
Lenore, Doug Roberts, Cody Brant, The Viper, Veronica Lovejoy, The Marques, Fenwick Addison, Joan of Art, Genki Teddy, Maria Estevez, S. Glass, Lymphoma, Ace Farren Ford, Cruel Duane, Aldo Chob, Stormycedar, Dylan Nyoukis. 32 pp, full color
The Viper, Bren’t Lewiis, Silvia Kastel, Gnarlos, Steve Marquis, Carrie Christopher, Tim Smyth, Lucian Tielens, Stumpo Hairball, Gibbs Chapman, Ambivalent Dosage, Lily McBilly, S. Glass, Barbara Manning, Joan of Art, Lindy Lettuce, Doug Roberts, C.F. Calderwood, Veronica Lovejoy, Vomit Launch. 32 pp, full color
This Is Yvonne Lovejoy, La Comida, Charles Nielsen, Lucian Tielens, Dylan Nyoukis, Joan of Art, Gnarlos, The Conduits, The Viper, Tim Thompson, Felix Mace, Bren’t Lewiis, Maria Estevez, Art/Thrash, Under Glass, Musclebutt, Steve Marquis, The Hectics, Tim Smyth, and Spike Perry. 32 pp, full color
Steve Marquis, Maria Estevez, Joan of Art, Experimental Artists, Idiot (The), Scud Mandrill, Vomit Launch, S. Glass, Sidney Africa, Musclebutt, Serious Problmz, Bicycle Ballet, Ziplok, Brian Tipping, Lucian Tielens, The Viper, Under Glass, The M Unit, Veronica Lovejoy, Festergirl, Bren’t Lewiis. 32 pp, full color
Lucian Tielens, Steve Marquis, Joan of Art, Doug Roberts, The Conduits, The Viper, Ziplok, Man Overboard, Tim Thompson, Gnarlos, Fuzzy, Brian Tipping, Maria Estevez, S. Glass, Bruce Russell, Tim Smyth, Charles Nielsen. 32 pp, full color
The first and only issue of the 1980s art zine assembled and edited by Steve Marquis (to which subsequent issues are tributes), with contributions from Brian Tipping, Toni Smith, Joan of Art, Felix Mace, Carrie Christopher, Matt Mumper, Gnarlos, Joe Fixico, John Shin, and Marquis's father. Collages, paintings, drawings, writings. 22 pp, B&W photocopy
9 x 12 poster
12 x 9 poster
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12 x 9 poster
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3.5 x 5. Artwork by Karen Constance
White ink on black, 100% cotton
52 minutes, all otherwise unavailable material, including a cover of Bobby Sherman's "Free Now To Roam"
Released in 2009. Contains four LPs, one CD, four double-sided color inserts, and poster.
Unique 5.25 x 4.625 objet constructed of printshop defects and old album covers, with affixed screen and glow-in-the-dark paint. Stamped and numbered
White and magenta ink on black, 100% cotton