Bad Music Seminars, 2014–15

Bad Music Seminar 2 took place on February 8, 2014, at the Showroom, London, during the event ‘Can You Relate? – A Case of Alienation and Closeness. This event was organised by the Lux Associate Artist Programme, 2011-12, to which I was invited to participate by Heather Phillipson, one of the associate artists. The event was edited by Pieternel Vermoortel.

Christian Marclay, Untitled (The Fart Museum), 1996
Practical Wireless magazine, untitled floppy 7″ single, 1967
Frank Zappa/Mothes–Soft Sell Conclusion, 1967
Lou Christie–Painter, 1966
Robert Wyatt–Signed Curtain, 1971
Adriano Celentano–Prisencolinensinainciusol, 1973
Tony Castor Bunch–King Kong, 1975
Mighty Sparrow–Congo Man, 1964
Mighty Spoiler–Bedbug, 1953
Eddie Noack–Psycho, 1968
Rodd Keith–Beat of the Traps, early 1969
Michael Hurley–I Think I’ll Move, 1980
Gary Wilson–Cindy, 1977
Beck–The Devil Gave Me a Taco, Stereopathetic Soul Manure, 1994
Biz Markee–Just A Friend, 1989
Das FX–The Want FX, 1992
Noh Mercy–Caucasian Guilt, 1979
Mykel Board (with Kimberley Davis)–Art Gets Thrown of the Stage while Playing for the Yippies, 1980
The Deadbeats–Kill the Hippies, 1978
Chain Gang–Son of Sam, 1977
Karen Finley–Sacred Meat, 1987
Bongwater (Ann Magnuson)–Obscene and Pornographic Art, 1990
Dwarves–Fuck You Up and Get High, 1990
Television Personalities–Part-Time Punks, around 1980
Petticoats–Normal, 1980
Freshmen–You’ve Never Seen Anything Like It, 1979


Bad Music Seminar 3 (Sex, Death and Politics) took place at Horse Hospital,
London, April 22, 2014, as part of Kitty Finer Presents “Another Night at
the Horse Hospital”.


Songs about murderers and serial killers
Kinky Friedman–The Ballad of Charles Whitman
Child Molesters–(I’m The) Hillside Strangler
Chain Gang–Son of Sam
Charles Manson–Gas Chamber

Songs about sex
Luc Ferrari–Les Emois d’Aphrodite
Baby Blue–Fantasy Man
Blowfly–Track 5
Artless–Beer (Is Better Than Girls Are)
Raped–Raped (Pretty Paedophiles 7″)
Laurice–Wild Sugar
The Sensual Listener–Your Lover
Cherry Vanilla and Man Parrish–Electro Sex

Songs about politics
Glenda Collins–It’s Hard To Believe It, 1966
Cerrone–Je Suis Music, 1978
MDC (Millions of Dead Children)–Chickensquawk, 1984
Allen Ginsberg & Het Mondriaan Quartet–September on Jessore Road, 1972

Song Poems
Kay Weaver–A Life of Pain (Mrs. Norris Onell Johnson) Now Sounds of Today CRH-42
John Muir–Circus Clown (Francis X. Menz) Now Sounds of Today CRH-259

Private Press releases and odd records
Lucia Pamela–Walking On The Moon
Gordon Thomas–Barbara
The Space Lady (Susan Dietrich Schneider)–Synthesize Me
Spaced–Flying Thru the Sky (Michigan Meltdown), 1971?
Modds–Leave My House (Pebbles, Vol. 11)
Lucio Battisti–Insieme A Te Sto Bene
Charlotte Leslie–Les Filles C’Est Fait Pour Faire L’Amour
Harry Merry–Pin Up Pup (or Mother Candy Stuff?)
Vinny Roma–Ah, Music


Bad Music Seminar 4 (Song Poems) took place at The Horse Hospital, June 2014

The song-poem industry, now more than 100 years old and continuing strong, has always depended on gullible individuals who can be convinced that their lyrics are exceptional, lyrics that deserve just a little bit more investment to get the process going that will propel their writers to songwriting fame. Give us your lyrics and seed money and our talented musicians and engineers and our industry contacts will work wonders for your song, the song-poem companies would promise. In the 70s, payment was between $200-400, a lot for poorer people. Layaway, where a lot of smaller payments are spread out over time was also an option. Some of the labels involved were Brite Star, Columbine, Chapel, Century 21, Cowtown, Fable, Film City, Five Star, Globe, Hit Records International, Hyperbolic Records, Inner-Glo Records, Nu-Sound, Silver Star, Star-Crest, Star-X…


Bad Music Seminar 5 (Becoming-Animal) took place at The Horse Hospital, December 19, 2014


Tom Heidlebaugh–Coup Stick Dream (The Laughing Bear)
Elizabeth Waldo–The Serpent And The Eagle
Michael Hurley–Old Black Crow
Michael McClure–Lion Poem (Dial-A-Poem Poets, John Giorno)
Roky Erickson–interview and The Creature With The Atomic Brain
The Corillions
(Marlin Wallace)–Abominable Snow Creature
Diagram Brothers–We Are All Animals, 1980
Subhumans–Evolution, 1983
Spoiler–Cat Brain
Lord Melody–The Beast
Johan Dalgas Frisch–(Symphony of the Birds) Emperor Waltz


Bad Music Seminar 6 (War) took place at Ohio State University, March 2015

Cornelius Cardew–Revolution Is The Main Trend In The World Today
Leonard Nimoy–A Visit To A Sad Planet
Troubled–Countdown To Revolution
Fred De Moss–Richard Nixon Is The Man
Huynh Minh Sieng–We Will Liberate The South (Vietnam Will Win)
The Corillions (Marlin Wallace)–This Is War
Discharge–Two Monstrous Nuclear Stock-piles
Inno Della Rivolta, c. 1894–Revolutionary Anthem, anonymous music, lyrics by Luigi Molinari (1866-1918)
Tommy Marshall–Peacepipe or Tomahawk
The Portsmouth Sinfonia–Apache (Gavin Bryars)
Tom Heidlebaugh–The Battle Of Little Big Horn (Laughing Bear)