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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Distorted Pony - Instant Winner

Guitarist David U. and bass-player Dora Jahr first played as Distorted Pony in 1986. They later added drummer Theodore Jackson and noise-guitarist Robert Hammer. Steve Albini recorded their two albums of angst-metal, Punishment (1992) and Instant Winner (1994).

Instant Winner put a stamp on the recording career of the resoundingly original Distorted Pony, a groundbreaking band from California in the late '80s and early '90s. Surprisingly, this postmortem collection of songs is the most cohesive of the band's recording career. Highlights include the stirring focus of "Lamb Stink" and "Big Sprawling Corrupt," with a focus on Dora Jahr's wrenching vocals. The band's penchant for dissonance continued, and the feedback and blistering guitars, bass and drums add up to a brilliant and encapsulating wall of sound. Trance Syndicate Records unveiled the band's final creation in 1994.
(Year of Release: 1994)

Track List:
1. Dept. Of Existence
2. Smitten
3. Lamb Stink
4. Big Sprawling Corrupt
5. Dollar Pizza
6. Slow Leak
7. Go Kart
8. Sparkle
9. Cripple
10. Fifty Cent Pizza
11. A Fine View From The Temple

Download: Distorted Pony - Instant Winner (114MB)


herrsatan said...


I own a retail copy of this and thought nobody else had even heard of them!

Do you by-chance have the other album?
I've never heard it, and would like to add it to my 'All Things Albini' collection...


Anonymous said...

I've got "Punishment"... but the CD is "jumping" (I don't know the right word in french) in the middle, on 2 or 3 songs. But I'll see if I can rip it. I'll try.

I was mad about that record at the time ;)

Zer0_II said...

I don't have Punishment at the moment, but I'll do my best to find it, and post it here when I do.

le jeune extreme:
Try ripping your CD using CDex. I once ripped a CD that had been broken completely in half using it.

Anonymous said...

Oh, man, another fantastic album. They remind me of Slug more than anything else, and that could just be an LA thing?
This shit rocks, beautifully sonic, straight forward and solid.

Anonymous said...

Never heard of this band before... lemme give them a try!

ian said...

that's funny, i've just began a music blog this week and "Instant Winner" wa my first blog.
by the way i really like your blog.
thanx for all the stuff you share with us!

herrsatan said...

Does ian have the 2nd album?

herrsatan said...

I've never heard of 'Slug'?
These guys always reminded me of Hitting Birth
(Seattle band, I think)

If you guys dig Distorted Pony; you might like A MINOR FORREST.
It's also recorded by Steve Albini.
If you go here:
and click the 'Steve Albini' cat on the left, it'll come up.

ian said...


yeah I post "Punishment Room" on my blog today


logo said...

link's dead. any chance you could re-up this album, please? cheers!

Zer0_II said...


I have re-upped this file. Hope you enjoy.