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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Tater Totz - Mono Stereo

Mono Stereo is a groovy grab bag of pop culture references and rock and roll history as consumed and spat back onto record by some of the best from West Coast punk's rich sceneAnother great summertime album, the Tater Totz were a side project from McDonald brothers (Redd Kross) and friends. The line-up also included members of White Flag, Frightwig, Shonen Knife, and Pat Smear from The Germs, Foo Fighters, etc. The Tater Totz released three albums, two studio and one live, before fading away. "Mono Stereo" was, in my opinion, the best of the lot and includes some really strange and even beautiful tracks. Conceptually, I think the idea was to pay tribute to The Beatles, Queen, 60's punk, and especially Yoko Ono.
Among the odd covers and conglomerations on this album are a version of "Instant Karma" with Cherie Currie (The Runaways) on lead vocals, a nice little cover of "1, 2, 3 Red Light" by 1910 Fruitgum Company, a re-creation of the epic "Cambridge 1969" (the famous Lennon/Ono show), an incredible composition that mixes "Bohemian Rhapsody" with "Who Has Seen The Wind", and even a couple of Os Mutantes songs thrown in for good measure. In fact, the Os Mutantes songs are just taken straight from their records and are included as bonus tracks. Strange as that may be, I've heard that this represents the first time any of their stuff was released in America.
An all around toe-tappin' album, "Mono Stereo" is a groovy grab bag of pop culture references and rock and roll history as consumed and spat back onto record by some of the best from West Coast punk's rich scene. Enjoy!

Year of Release: 1989
Label: Positive
Genre: Punk, Garage
Bitrate: 320kbps

Track List:
1. Instant Karma
2. Rock On
3. Rain
4. Who Has Seen The Wind/Bohemian Rhapsody
5. Telephone Piece
6. Strawberry Fields Forever
7. Strawberry Fields Forever (reprise)
8. Record Flip
9. 1, 2, 3 Red Light
10. The Luck Of The Irish
11. Sisters, O Sisters
12. The Lovely Linda
13. Shompton In Babylon
14. Why
15. Two Virgins #9
16. Unlisted Telephone Piece
17. Tomorrow Never Knows (Live)
18. Cambridge 1969 (Live)
19. Unlisted Noise Track
20. Os Mutantes - Panis Et Circensis
21. Os Mutantes - O Relogio

Download: Tate Totz - Mono Stereo
Download Size: 93MB


planckzoo said...

Thanks for posting this lp! I used to have it on a factory cassette, but it is long gone. Funny funny stuff, these californian trash hounds were years ahead of there time. As much as i dislike the Beatles, i love this stuff.

Nazz Nomad said...

sooooooo coooolll

thanks for this!

ulaes said...

Great post. I've been waiting to hear the Tater Totz stuff for years.

KingSizeMong said...

Great album. Excellent post! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

any chance of posting the Steve McDOnald
solo ep ?

Anonymous said...

Happen to have their other studio album, Alien Sleestacks from Brazil? I would love to get an MP3 copy of that one.