Finland - Full Moon 54 - 03/09/01
The Oval Recording
In college there was this band called "The Concrete Jello" who fancied themselves an
art-punk group. Always hoping to get sued by those responsible for "Jell-O" and having
to change their name to Concrete Inferior Gellatin Product. Basically they were a sludgy
de-tuned rock trio with all three moaning "ahhhh..." through an echo-plex. Scared the hell
out of the people in the little river town they played.
My friend Johnny played (destroyed) guitar for them and has since become "212: International
Master of Noise" or, just simply, The 212.
"Music is dead-I killed your music."
He's still living in that little river town, is married and has a beautiful daughter named
Caitlin. Late at night, when everybody's asleep he's down in the basement fiddling with The
Boyle-O-Tron and making loops of feedback and found sounds. Surrounded by folks who just don't
get it and I think he kinda likes it that way. 212 just released Sergeant Attention Deficit
Disorder's Lonely Hearts Club Sandbox (Very Weird
Records). It's a 10 CD set and comes in a 3-ring notebook. My favorite one so far is Part
Time Cop, Full Time Nazi, No I Don't Mean You, Dave but Donny Osmond = Genius is
pretty good too.
It's strange, absolutely insane, and indescribably beautiful.
A few years ago the multi-national inferior electronic product corporation Panasonic did sue
Finnish noise duo Panasonic. The Finns simply took the "a" out, became "Pan sonic" and the big
boys backed off. Now, joining Mika and Ilpo, is Bruce from the English art-punk group Wire. The
resulting moniker is IBM, and though it does really stand for their first names, the reproduced
and trademarked company logo on the front cover of their new record should have the suits
knocking in no time time.
It's strange, absolutely insane, indescribably beautiful, and at $17.98 for a lovely gatefold
LP w/7" it's quite a bargain.
The 212 is asking $1000...
Copyright © 2001 Alice Kenner