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January 22, 2021: Incredibly Strange Music Vol. 2 - Chapter 1: Jello Biafra pt. 26 - Religious, Cult and Occult Recordings pt. 2 (+ Drug Records)
Episode painting by Michael Brunelle.
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|Artist||Track||Album||Comments||Images||Approx. start time|
|Hansadutta Swami||The Vision||The Vision||"...born Hans Carey in West Germany 1941...It's attempted celestial folk music but he is so off key that he sound like a more wasted Skip Spence instead..." - Jello||0:00:00 (Pop‑up)|
|Alexander Spence (aka Skip Spence)||Fountain||AndOarAgain||(A track that reminds me of Hansadutta a bit) - Your DJ||0:04:41 (Pop‑up)|
|(Bonus Track) Hansadutta Swami||Most Weird Abode||Nothing to Lose But All to Gain (Hansa Associates Production 1978)||"I took a session gig for $85 to play guitar for some crazy swami guy in 79. Pretty sure it was this record. There was no rehearsal. This guy was wild- promised the record would be a hit and we’d all get rich" - Youtube comment by "Daniel" from a year ago.||0:05:10 (Pop‑up)|
|Mollie Thompson||The Cockeyed Ballad||From Worlds Afar||"This DIY record came out on Asteroid Records in the early 60's: a woman in England singing to space aliens in her back yard!" - Jello||0:16:01 (Pop‑up)|
|Jonathan Round||Sympathy For the Devil||Jonathan Round||...complete with a round cover! He does a growly-voiced hellfire-and-brimstone version of "Sympathy for the Devil..." - Jello||0:18:15 (Pop‑up)|
|Salem, Mass||Witch Burning||Witch Burning||"...(from a tiny rural town in Idaho, of all places) put out a strange Magma-sounding album with a burning witch on the cover." - Jello||0:24:13 (Pop‑up)|
|Magma||Hortz Fur Dëhn Stekëhn West||Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh||0:34:11 (Pop‑up)|
|Salem, Mass||My Sweet Jane||Witch Burning||My favorite track from this LP - Your DJ||0:37:32 (Pop‑up)|
|David Koresh||Madman in Waco||The Music And The Message||"There are a lot of tapes tied up in litigation...He did release one single, ironically titled "Mad Man in Waco" - about his predecessor (the guy he got into a shooting match with, who was even nuttier than he was and is now in a mental hospital. He tried to prove he could wake the dead better than Koresh could by digging up graves, bringing the corpses into the compound and trying to bring them to life). - Jello||0:42:01 (Pop‑up)|
|Merrill Womach||I Believe In Miracles||I Believe In Miracles||Merrill Womach was an undertaker in Spokane, Washington who was badly burned in a plane crash. He made all these records thanking Jesus for sparing his life (and his operatically-trained voice) and he flaunts his burn scars on the cover of every record! - Jello (Merrill's first album after the plane crash, with a cover depicting the accident. - Your DJ)||0:45:13 (Pop‑up)|
|Merrill Womach||Echoes of Yesterday||Happy Again ("He Restoreth My Soul" Soundtrack)||"His liner notes say it best: "Despite horrible burns covering most of his body, he remained conscious - in fact, he started to sing as they headed toward the hospital, as the attendants peeled his charred clothing from his body, he continued to sing... The flames had practically devoured his face - swollen, within hours, to the size of a basket ball, his face was a charred mass. There were at first no openings for his eyes, so great was the swelling." - Jello||0:47:59 (Pop‑up)|
|Merrill Womach||He Restoreth My Soul||Film Audio||"He sang while they rushed him to surgery, and sang when he recovered" - that would make a pretty out-there movie, wouldn't it? Well, Merrill thought of that, too, and he made a soundtrack album as well: Happy Again (the movie is titled "He Restoreth My Soul")"- Jello||0:50:25 (Pop‑up)|
|Merrill Womack Accompanied By Dean Kincaid||My Song||My Song||"I found an album, "My Song- The One Man Chorus," that came out before the plane crash, and it had 42 pictures of his face (count 'em) on the front cover." - Jello||1:18:44 (Pop‑up)|
|(Bonus Track) Merrill Womach||Reach Out To Jesus||Merrill Womach in Quartet||My personal fave of the Womach album covers. - Your DJ||1:23:22 (Pop‑up)|
|Willard Cantelon||Side 1||LSD Battle For the Mind||1:25:45 (Pop‑up)|
|Merrill Womach||Lord Take Control Of Me||Happy Again ("He Restoreth My Soul" Soundtrack)||(Notes: Inner Gatefold Photo included on the bottom of pg. 39) "Open up the gatefold and it says, "Nearly 50 surgeries! God's ways are best!" ...There's a close-up of his head made-up to look charred, and if that picture were used on a heavy-metal or rap album, Tipper and Hillary would jump on that in no time, especially with the caption next to it: "It looked as if someone had taken a marshmellow and left it in the fire too long." - Jello||1:42:07 (Pop‑up)|
|(Gatefold photo pt. 2)||1:47:18 (Pop‑up)|
|Joe Lee Kirkpatrick||Introductions||Turning Point Testimony of Joe Lee Kirkpatrick Former Heroin Addict||1:47:20 (Pop‑up)|