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Sunday, June 05, 2011

The Nuclear Beauty Parlor/Awake split 7" (1983-320Kpbs)

Nuclear Beauty Parlor..."Want to look good for the arms race? At the Nuclear Beauty Parlor you can curl up & dye. Have an MX perm with B1 curls. You can be the envy of all the girls." This is some avant-garde weirdness from the early 80s that needs to be heard. It seems most appropriately at home at Digital Meltd0wn.

In the early 80s in San Francisco there were a group of art fags acting in performance art troupes like Monster Girls or Nuclear Beauty Parlor. This single is the second release from NBP. Both sides were written basically by Vicki Krohn. Re Styles of The Tubes fame sings the A-side while Vicki & some friends do the B-side. There are some other now famous musicians on this gem: Larry Batiste; Clayton (aka Claytoven) Richardson; & Will Kennedy. The cover illustration & design was done by Sub-Genii Paul Mavrides.

Year of Release: 1983
Label: NBP Records TFS 0002
Genre: Abstract, Industrial, Avantgarde, Minimal

Tracklist:
Side A...Re Styles & the Final Rinse - The Nuclear Beauty Parlor
Side B...V.K. & SCI-FI - Awake

Download: The Nuclear Beauty Parlor/ Awake split 7"
Download Size: 19.5MB

5 comments:

Audiozobe said...

You know, I feel there's a piece of history that goes along with this 7". I'm glad you shared that! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Correction: The Nuclear Beauty Parlor were women, not 'fags'.

said...

to anonymous,
art fag does not designate gender...same as if I call you douche bag.

from The Urban Dictionary:
"Art fag - That girl from your Art History 101 class who wears hobo-chic apparel (large-framed glasses are a must), has Anna Karina bangs, worships Tracey Emin and/or Andy Warhol, frequents the local art house to catch the latest Harmony Korine film, frequents independent art galleries (ie, White Box and The James Fuentes Gallery in NYC) to view the latest New Ukrainian Painting installation, and reads Adorno for "fun" whilst sipping red tea, black coffee, box wine, and/or PBR. Probably listens to a lot of Serge Gainsbourg as well. Fits in very well in the designated hipster area of town."

Anonymous said...

Correction: this was the first and only recording by NBP.

Zer0_II said...

I've been wanting to hear this for a while. I failed to grab it the first time around for whatever reason. I'm thankful you re-uploaded it.