The Blue Humans

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The Blue Humans is the name used by experimental guitarist Rudolph Grey for the improvised performances he leads with a variety of other musicians. Grey first came to notice in the late-1970s New York City post punk and art scene which also produced Sonic Youth and Swans, and played in the influential no wave band Mars. Since then, he has released solo material as well as several Blue Humans records, the latter mostly live recordings. Blue Humans members and collaborators have included Tom Surgal, Arthur Doyle,[1] Beaver Harris, Alan Licht,[2] Charles Gayle,[2] and Thurston Moore.

Blue Humans lineups are often trios,[3] sometimes two guitars and drums, sometimes guitar-sax-drums. Their sound is fast-moving, noisy, and aggressively atonal, although on longer pieces such as the 20-minute title track of Clear to Higher Time, they can produce a precisely-controlled build of tension.


Date Album Notes Label
Clear to Higher Time
Studio recording 1991, produced by Thurston Moore
New Alliance Records
To Higher Time
Live CBGB 1990
New Alliance Records
CBGB opening for Sonic Youth
Live NY 1980
with Arthur Doyle and Beaver Harris
Audible Hiss
Live in London 1994
Blast First


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