All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling

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All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling is claimed to be the earliest release from Canadian experimental musical collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor.[1][2] According to a 1998 interview with the band, the album was published on cassette in December 1994 and limited to 33 copies.[3] At this point, the group consisted only of Efrim Menuck, Mauro Pezzente, and Mike Moya.[4] According to Nashville Scene, "the tapes were as quickly sold as they were lost; there are no reported copies aside from what their label, Constellation Records, preserved", and Constellation has never reissued it.[5] FACT remarks that the release has been "thought to be lost forever by the band's fans".[6]

When asked about the subject in a 2010 interview, Efrim Menuck stated that All Lights is a vocal rock album that bears little relation to the band's later work, and that he "keep[s] expecting it's gonna pop up [on the internet] but it never does".[7] In another interview, Menuck stated that the album was a 4-track recording.[8]

In 2013, a Reddit user, who claimed to have purchased a copy of the tape in Moncton, New Brunswick,[9] uploaded photographs of the cassette cover and "audio files of tracks purporting to be the final two songs on the A-side".[10] The user's Reddit account was deleted shortly afterwards, leading some news outlets to suggest the alleged rediscovery could be another hoax.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Godspeed You! Black Emperor". Constellation Records. Constellation Records. Archived from the original on May 27, 2000. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (May 27, 2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958. Retrieved July 14, 2020 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Interview, The Wire, September 1998.
  4. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. p. 433. ISBN 9781843531050. Retrieved July 14, 2020 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Fox, Matt (October 11, 2012). "How Godspeed You! Black Emperor's ambiguity evolved from a building block to a selling point". Nashville Scene. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  6. ^ "Reddit user claims to have unearthed Godspeed You! Black Emperor's long-lost debut cassette All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling". FACT. September 16, 2013.
  7. ^ "Interview: Efrim Menuck of A Silver Mt. Zion". The 405. Archived from the original on March 10, 2016.
  8. ^ Zahora, George. "Interview with Efrim Menuck". Splendid E-Zine. Archived from the original on August 1, 2009.
  9. ^ Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s long-lost debut, the limited-to-33 cassette All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling, reportedly surfaces on… Reddit. Tiny Mix Tapes, September 16, 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Long-Lost Godspeed You! Black Emperor Cassette Allegedly Emerges Online". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on October 14, 2014., September 16, 2013.