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Studio album by Motherhead Bug
Released October 15, 1993 (1993-10-15)
Recorded 1992 (1992) – 1993 (1993)
Studio BC Studio
(Brooklyn, NY)
Genre Art rock, dark cabaret
Length 46:55
Label Pow Wow
Producer Martin Bisi

Zambodia is the only studio album by the American experimental music ensemble Motherhead Bug, released on October 15, 1993 by Pow Wow Records.[1] The record is dedicated to Masami Shinoda, a Japanese alto-saxophonist and composer who died the year prior to its release.


After the release of Consumer Revolt and its coinciding tour, David Ouimet left Cop Shoot Cop to pursue his own musical ambitions. He formed Motherhead Bug along with Railroad Jerk bassist Tony Lee sometime during 1989. As the band developed and more musicians joined they began to release vinyl EPs. Their first official release Raised By Insects...Bugview was issued in 1991, featuring production by J. G. Thirlwell and an early version of the song "My Sweet Milstar". The next year the band released Age of Drawfs on PCP Entertainment, which contained "Bleating Heart Incident".


Motherhead Bug was known to incorporate elements of cabaret, big band, marching band, nursery rhymes, gypsy jazz, music hall, and even New York noise rock music into their work. Zambodia has been described as having a worldly and anarchistic sound, comparable to the French music group Les Négresses Vertes.[2] David Ouimet has attributed his background in classical as well as his work in the New York underground as being influential to his music. Martin Bisi, who produced the album, has discussed the bands importance as the first rock ensemble to fully incorporate eastern European influences into their music, preceding bands such as Gogol Bordello.[3]

Release and reception[edit]

The album is currently out of print, however it can be purchased in mp3 form from online stores such as

One Trouser Press critic described the album as follows: "The instrumentation and Ouimet's theatrical vocals lend a decadent grandeur to Weill-esque numbers like 'Demon Erection' and 'My Sweet Milstar.' It may be burlesque, but it's still pretty scary stuff." [4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David Ouimet.

No. Title Length
1. "My Sweet Milstar" 5:04
2. "Tiny Bones" 3:17
3. "Demon Erection" 6:32
4. "Piñola" 4:00
5. "Bleating Heart Incident" 6:06
6. "Zambodia" 5:18
7. "Leader = Dealer" 2:19
8. "Shabooba" 4:13
9. "The Sauce Carousel" 2:55
10. "Blister" 4:44
11. "Off With Their Little Heads!" 2:27


Adapted from the Zambodia liner notes.[5]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States 1993 Pow Wow CD, CS PWD 7443


  1. ^ "Motherhead Bug: Zambodia > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ Verna, Paul; Morris, Chris; Morris, Edward. "Motherhead Bug". Billboard. February 1994. pg. 70, cited June 8, 2010
  3. ^ E. Levins, Devon. Martin Bisi Interview. Retrieved on April 20, 2010.
  4. ^ Black, Art/Sprague, David. "Cop Shoot Cop: Motherhead Bug". Retrieved on April 19, 2010.
  5. ^ Zambodia (booklet). Motherhead Bug. New York City, New York: Pow Wow Records. 1993. 

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