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Bold Chicken - A Fellow's Lament (Vinyl/Record)

Bold Chicken - A Fellow's Lament (Vinyl/Record)

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Formed in 1970 in Akron, Ohio by future Rubber City Rebels leader, Buzz Clic, the band began gigging around north east Ohio playing the standard cover band repertoire, but snuck their own crude original tunes amongst the usual top 40 fodder, which must have truly bummed out the rust belt bar denizens looking for a good time, swaying and singing along to “Smoke on the Water”. 

Bold Chicken went into the studios in 1972 and recorded an ultra-crude demo of 4 depraved songs which LSD presents on this 7 inch disc that deal exclusively with the seedier side of fornication, including the misunderstood homosexual in “A Fellows Lament”, the teenage sexual frustration of not sealing the deal in “Gears and Tears”, an amorous ode to a lady of the night in “Streekwalkin’ Queen”, and ending the set up with a song about contracting VD (natch!) titled “Oh Doctor Please.”  

The tunes have a sound that Todd Killings of Victim of Time described as “a top-notch find in the vastly unpopular world of Midwest bad glam-punk in a pre-Ramones America. Not as art-bent as Debris' and not as straightjacket-worthy as the nearby Electric Eels, this is more a quality studio recording of a 'far-out' drunken quaalude party, (complete with obviously fake, limp-wristed backup vocals) that you weren't supposed to know about. It can definitely stand on it's own with anyone else hitting their stride in '72, as it's heavy, but not metal, crazed, but not psychedelic, punk but not prog, and even dumber than the Stooges. This is a limited fully licensed limited edition of 350 directly mastered from the original tapes.

Forty years after the recordings were made, this exciting find for collectors and fans of Midwest proto-punk stupidity, and no band did it dumber and sleazier than Akron, Ohio’s own Bold Chicken!

This is such a bluesy ride, it throws me for a loop. Then those nasty choruses kick in and singer Buzz Clic (ooh!) puts forth those massive whoops, hollers, and rants and I totally get why this session, recorded in Ohio in 1972-73, needed to see the light of day again. 

The production is bound to be a bone of contention for treble-obsessed psych folk, and that’s exactly the reason I dig its guttural hound’s tooth growl. There’s an interesting push-pull from Side A to B. The front-side flares up with more standard rock fare, albeit delivered with just enough muscle to justify revisiting, “Gears & Tears” even doing a weird Elvis thang.

The flip, a superior product, was created with a more Captain Beefheart-ish singer at the helm, a strategy I fully respect. Not sure which dude delivers the nasty duo of songs on Side B, but it’s a whole new band when he’s bringing the fucking house down. “Oh Doctor Please” is particularly explosive, a Van Vliet-style freakout (though the Captain hated the term “freak”) stretching out overtop a very un-Beefheart backbone (a.k.a. a straight-up, angular one) that gains a shitload of momentum as soulful backup vox and a hearty beat head the charge.

It’s quite a quasi-funky ruckus, tight and nasty like a dolphin-flog. When you’re a small band jamming out somewhere, moments like this make you think you’re going to be a star. And maybe Bold Chicken shoulda been, you know?

Original Release:  1972/1973.
Catalog No:  TSP 102079.
Size:  7" Single Record.