Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Years from now or even minutes from now when someone, say a potential employer, does a search on my name in Google or whatever, there’s the distinct possibility that one of the results that will come back will be the one I’m typing presently on the CHILD MOLESTERS. Such is the Faustian bargain that one must strike with the Information Age. I’d like to make it known that I only endorse said band’s name for its potential, probably now past, to shock and confound the bourgeoisie – which I’m certain was its aim when these Los Angeles-based art cretins launched it on the world in the late 70s. Possibly by now you may already have a sense of the band; Forced Exposure magazine brought this punk-era combo new life in the late 80s with a slavishly adulatory series of articles, soon followed in the early 90s by reissues of their work both legitimate and illegitimate. I bought them all. Some aged better than others, but the one track that still slays me is this one from their posthumously released “The Legendary Brown Album” called “Snake-Eyed Donkey, Fish-Eyed Snake”. Chugging Beefheart worship drives this rambunctious bit of mouth-breathing, remedial, low-down dirty blues, and I get the heebie jeebies every time I play it. Likely recorded in the early 80s, as the band ceased production in 1982. This is some real late 20th century black snake moan, and I invite you to hear it or own it by clicking the link below.

Play or Download THE CHILD MOLESTERS – “Snake Eyed Donkey, Fish-Eyed Snake” (from 1994 LP/CD “The Legendary Brown Album”)


Anonymous said...

Haha! YEAH! the CHILD MOLESTERS are very kind, good friends to every 4 yr old on the block. This record wass/is a wonder to behold. Long may it ooze.

I also love that they cover YOKO ONO in fuckin 1982. I mean, here everyone else is yelling "1-2-fuck-you" and doing the circle dance and all, and then the CM's swoop in with a Yoko cover. POSITIVELY GENIUS!

Anonymous said...

"I'm Gonna Punch You in The Face" was their greatest song. Unfortunate band name, to say the least.

Anonymous said...

Agree on the former, disagree on the latter.