Clown Alley Revisited
:: The Lie ::
:: Pet of a Pig ::
Clown Alley might possibly be the lamest band name you’ve ever heard, until you remember there was once an outfit called Limp Bizkit. But put aside the name and the somewhat stale cover art and you’ll find a decent slice of thrash-punk on this, their sole album, from 1986. Formed in San Francisco’s Bay-area, Clown Alley sported Dave Duran, formerly of New Mexico’s Jerryz Kids, on vocals and bassist Lori Black, who is Shirley Temple’s daughter. Go figure. Lori went on to become bassist for The Melvins.
Circus of Chaos was the first release on guitarist/producer Mark Deutrom’s Alchemy Records, which also put out both The Melvins’ and Neurosis’ debut albums, along with releases by Rich Kids on LSD and Poison Idea. Deutrom produced much of The Melvins’ output, and succeeded Lori Black as their bassist after she was given the boot. He’s been touring as bassist for Sun 0))) and recently put out a solo album called Iraq, comprised of layers of recordings of George W. Bush repeatedly saying the word, Iraq. Hmm. That’s available over at Southern Lord, as is, I’ve just learned, a re-mastered reissue of this Clown Alley LP. So if you dig what you hear here, you know, consider a purchase.