Monday, September 27, 2010

Culturcide - Tacky Souvenirs Of Pre-Revolutionary America (1986)

This legendary album of the band Culturcide from Houston, Texas made a big splash in 86 when they were sued by CBS for it. They dubbed and distorted over a Bruce Springsteen song, which they played directly from CD and sang new lyrics on the top of it. The new lyrics were rather uncomfortable to the Boss and CBS decided to take them to court. There are other victims on the record as well - Stevie Wonder & Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, David Bowie, Pat Benatar, World Aid, Taco, Michael Jackson, all this fucking 80's-Top-40-trash and beside this The Beach Boys and finally the "Star-Spangled Banner". Because of this the record is of course fully illegal and a rare collector's item nowadays.
Houston 1983-1986; Selfdescription: "... a cross between Cyndi Lauper and early SPK." 
Comes with b&w DIN A-4 lyric sheet (excerpt):
"Home-taping is killing the record keep doing it. Let this record be the master for your cassette edition."
Label note: 'It doesn't take any talent to do that!'- Fan at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, 3/15/1986
'They completely ruined that song!'- Fan at New Music America, 4/13/1986
Original songs of David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and so on, with weird own sounds and new cynical lyrics. Indicated, cause of the use of original recordings. 

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