Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Human Switchboard
"Distemper"

My friend Elizabeth was/is a big fan of neo garage wavers The Human Switchboard, and I ended up buying their lone studio LP, Who's Landing in My Hangar?, partly 'cause o' her evil influence. Thank goodness it's a great record; I would've hated having to kill her.

One day, I was shopping at Yesterday and Today Records, when they were still a brick'n'mortar operation, and stumbled upon a 7" record by The Human Switchboard. I had no idea such a thing existed! As it turned out, they released three of the suckers before the LP mentioned above. Today's song is the second song from side one of their first little record.

In addition to the LP and three 7"s, there were also two live albums. The first was an authorized bootleg LP, Live, released by fans frustrated by the lack of a Human Switchboard album proper. It was limited to 1,000 copies, and getting a copy was a bitch! I kept getting outbid on eBay at the last minute by the same person! How many darn copies did he need? The other live release was a cassette, Coffee Break!, released by ROIR. To this day, it remains one of the few ROIR releases never reissued on CD, and that's a shame.

2 biased opinions:

Devil Dick said...

finally something i actually own!

Biki said...

neat! nice song!