:: Tragic Mulatto - St. OK ::
Here's another piece of vinyl that's been sitting in my collection untouched for a number of years, and for good reason. Hailing from San Francisco, band members Fluffy, Blossom, Flossy, Sweetums, and A Piece of Eczema introduced their bizarre musical stylings to the world with this Klaus Flouride-produced debut on Alternative Tentacles, "Judo for the Blind" (featuring one of the more gross album covers I've seen in my time; points for that). They come across mostly as a jazz combo made up of bumbling mental patients with farty horns and nonsense lyrics which are loudly read to us. Yeah, I get it - it's humorous and sarcastic; I just can't get into it for very long. Other times they've got a dark and sinister feel, like this instrumental, "St. OK," coming as a relief at the end of side one, because it spares us from more of Flossy's vocal prowess.