The Country of Blinds

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For the H. G. Wells short story, see The Country of the Blind. For the Christopher Brookmyre novel, see Country of the Blind. For the Michael Flynn novel, see Michael F. Flynn.
The Country of Blinds
Studio album by Skeleton Crew
Released 1986 (1986)
Recorded December 1985 to January 1986
Kirchberg, Switzerland
Length 39:25
Label Rift (US)
Producer Tim Hodgkinson
Skeleton Crew chronology
Learn to Talk
The Country of Blinds
Learn to Talk / Country of Blinds
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Country of Blinds is a studio album by United States experimental rock and jazz band Skeleton Crew, recorded at Sunrise Studio, Kirchberg, Switzerland, December 1985 and January 1986. It was their second and final album and was released in 1986.

Skeleton Crew had become the trio of Fred Frith, Tom Cora and Zeena Parkins when this album was made. The music here is richer, more rhythmical and the songs more developed than on their first album, and this ultimately led to the band's break-up. Frith explained that "we actually started to sound like a normal rock and roll band so it seemed kind of pointless to go on at that point."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side A

  1. "The Country of Blinds" (Cora) – 4:10
  2. "Money Crack" (Skeleton Crew) – 0:58
  3. "The Border" (Hemenway) – 3:28
  4. "The Hand that Bites" (Frith) – 5:32
  5. "Dead Sheep" (Cora/Frith) – 3:22
  6. "Bingo" (Frith) – 3:34

Side B

  1. "Man or Monkey" (Cutler) – 2:27
  2. "Foot in Hole" (Skeleton Crew) – 3:08
  3. "Hot Field" (Skeleton Crew) – 2:36
  4. "The Birds of Japan" (Frith) – 4:00
  5. "You May Find a Bed" (Frith/Sharp) – 6:10

Track notes[edit]

  • "Money Crack", "Hot Field" and the last section of "You May Find a Bed" were recorded live in Reykjavík, Iceland, 4 November 1985.


  • Tom Cora – Cello, bass, accordion, drums, contraptions, singing
  • Fred Frith – Guitar, 6-string bass, violin, home-mades, drums, singing
  • Zeena Parkins – Organ, electric harp, accordion, drums, singing

Sound and art work[edit]

CD reissues[edit]

In 1990 RecRec Music re-issued The Country of Blinds together with Skeleton Crew's previous album Learn to Talk on a single compilation CD, Learn to Talk / Country of Blinds, omitting "Money Crack" from The Country of Blinds, and "Los Colitos" and "Life At The Top" from Learn to Talk.

In 2005 Fred Records re-issued Learn to Talk / Country of Blinds on a double compilation CD, omitting only "Money Crack" from The Country of Blinds, and adding ten extra tracks.


  1. ^ Mills, Ted. "The Country of Blinds". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  2. ^ Wolff, Sander R. "Defining The Edge: The Musical World Of Fred Frith". The Long Beach Union Newspaper. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 

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