Dig Archaeology 1980-1990

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The first in what became a three-volume series, Dig Archaeology collects hard-to-locate gems from Erik Lindgren's long and varied career, along with a handful of previously unreleased tracks. As the owner of Arf Arf records, Lindgren has a steady outlet for even his most experimental or wacky ideas (no Arf Arf compilation is complete without a couple of Lindgren tracks). However, Lindgren also seems to have a pretty good quality control judgment, so there's nothing too terribly self-indulgent or dull here. Most of this 23-track, 76-minute CD compiles tracks from a series of 7" singles and EPs, including the entirety of 1980's The Space Negros Go Commercial, a set of eight...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The first in what became a three-volume series, Dig Archaeology collects hard-to-locate gems from Erik Lindgren's long and varied career, along with a handful of previously unreleased tracks. As the owner of Arf Arf records, Lindgren has a steady outlet for even his most experimental or wacky ideas (no Arf Arf compilation is complete without a couple of Lindgren tracks). However, Lindgren also seems to have a pretty good quality control judgment, so there's nothing too terribly self-indulgent or dull here. Most of this 23-track, 76-minute CD compiles tracks from a series of 7" singles and EPs, including the entirety of 1980's The Space Negros Go Commercial, a set of eight 30-second songs that predates the Residents' conceptually similar The Commercial Album, and several songs related to Lindgren's obsession with reworking '60s pop classics, from the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" to Graham Gouldman's "Heart Full of Soul." Other highlights include "Go Dorothy Go (Do the Bible)," a celebration of a real-life Ohio woman who hand-copied the King James Bible; a mutation of a 1954 field recording of a Batwa Pygmy chorus; and the Space Negros' wacked-out version of Flipper's "Sex Bomb," specially recorded for a marathon on the Cambridge college radio station WMBR, which, in 1983, played nothing but versions of that song for a full week. Dig Archaeology doesn't have the conceptual unity of other Space Negros albums, but it's a fun time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1995
  • Label: Arf Arf
  • UPC: 737835000355
  • Catalog Number: 35
  • Sales rank: 379,507

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Space Negros Primary Artist
Ginger Baker Drums
Michael Cohen Percussion, Drums
Erik Lindgren Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, scratching, Trumpet, Keyboards, Maracas, Marimbas, Electric Piano, Theremin, Tom-Tom, Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, Bells, Shaker, oberheim, Wood Block, Memory Moog, Casio MT-30
Steve Adams Tenor Saxophone
Hal Blaine Drums
Boby Bear Drums, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jim Bettencourt Trumpet
Carl Biancucci Bass Guitar
John Bonham Drums
Linda Brown Percussion, Vocals
Ron Bushy Drums
Bryn Carlson Drums
Kevin Crudder Cello
David Greenberger Bass Guitar
Aram Heller Guitar
Richard Hunter Harmonica
Leon Janikian Clarinet
G. Andrew Maness Guitar, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar, 5-string Bass
Barry Marshall Choir, Chorus
Ellie Marshall Choir, Chorus
Eric Rose Guitar
Deb Roth Percussion, Vocals
Russell Smith Bass Guitar
Bob Suber Tenor Saxophone
John Doelp Bass Guitar
Ric Haddad Drums
Russ Smith Bass Guitar
Kathy Chapman Choir, Chorus
Lee Fesman Choir, Chorus
Kevin Marshall Choir, Chorus
Paul Carter Bass Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Buck Owens Composer
Iggy Pop Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Erik Lindgren Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Contributor
Ron Asheton Composer
Scott Asheton Composer
Boby Bear Contributor
W. Pierce Composer
Dave Alexander Composer
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