Make Yourself a Happening Machine: A Collection

Make Yourself a Happening Machine: A Collection

by Plasticland
     
 

When considering the geographical origins of the paisley underground movement of the early '80s, the Midwest isn't the first place you would think of. During the West Coast uprising of bands like Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, Thin White Rope, …  See more details below

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When considering the geographical origins of the paisley underground movement of the early '80s, the Midwest isn't the first place you would think of. During the West Coast uprising of bands like Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, Thin White Rope, the Three O'Clock, and Green on Red, the Milwaukee-based Plasticland had already been knee-deep in psychedelia due, in part, to the rare record-collecting fetish of founding members Glenn Rehse (vocals, guitar, organ) and John Frankovic (bass). From the get-go, Plasticland bypassed the darker Velvet Underground influence that most bands of the era were paying lip service to. Their goal was to pursue a brighter, more melodic musical approach, thus avoiding pointless jamming behind walls of feedback when lacking inspiration. Instead, they embraced the sights and sounds of early British flower-power pop initiated 15 years earlier by such influences as Tomorrow, Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett, the Smoke, and the Creation. The 30 tracks on Make Yourself a Happening Machine: A Collection gather on CD for the first time the best from their albums, EPs, flexi-discs, and various compilations, some of it having been out of print for years. The sound quality here is uniformly excellent, as are the detailed liner notes by Nigel Cross. As is the case with the Cramps' timeless approach to rockabilly, Plasticland didn't simply ape retro pseudo-psychedelia; they are everlastingly there and you're along for the ride. Only complaint: leaving off "Elongations" and their admirable version of the Pretty Things' "Alexander."

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2006
Label:
Rykodisc
UPC:
0014431085024
catalogNumber:
10850

Tracks

  1. Make Yourself a Happening Machine
  2. Office Skills
  3. Color Appreciation
  4. Too Many Fingers
  5. Pop! Op Drops
  6. Sections
  7. Euphoric Trap Door Shoes
  8. They Wore Sequined Masks
  9. Magic Rocking Horse
  10. Posing for Pictures
  11. Her Decay
  12. Wallflowers
  13. Some Ghost Ship Lollipop
  14. Gloria Night (Knight)
  15. Market Place of Zesty Zeal
  16. The Gingerbread House
  17. Flower Scene
  18. Processes of the Silverness
  19. Grassland of Reeds and Things
  20. Go a Gogo Time
  21. We Can't
  22. It's a Dog's Life
  23. Standing in a Room
  24. A Change in You
  25. The Bunny Bear
  26. You Were Such a Bad Time
  27. I'm Gonna Emphasize
  28. The Mushroom Hill
  29. Iris of the Waterfall
  30. Craved Blue Memorandum

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