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The Pony - Hyper Hyms Compilation & Who's Laughing Now? - Hyper Horror Compilation (HWE022 & HWE023)
Fantastique! Two very high-class tapes form Norway. The Pony is a compilation of some 32 "Hymns, psalms, national anthems, folk songs and general blasphemy". Trigger B, from West Germany, are the first to appear, with a symphonic epic entitled "Heldented" - Wagnerian" my pa called it. Some sweet Norwegian and French songs from Åreknuteknyterne and the sea-shanty "What a Way to Die" from Beerbellies (Norway), then Deleted & No Unauthorised having fun. Also on side 1 is "Royal Blood", an Andy Xport re-mix - one of his best, lyrically and musically; Dead Goldfish Ensemble claim to be playing "The National Anthems of China, Bhutan and Qatar", but hard to check the validity of that. Crippled Hippo do an AIDS song, while a classical extravaganza from Sack and Bill Pritchard - style synth ambience from 48 Cameras (on side 2, too), particulary memorable. As is Lord Litter doing Grieg at the start of side 2, then a monster, anti God-TV piece from White Lord Jesus. Sweet Nicole Campau, historical voices of Z.B.Z., La Marseillaise send-up by Deleted (appropriate this year), our national anthem sung in Norwegian, by Bullwinkle and Simon Parsnip's Scientifical Theatre (sounds better in Norwegian), gentle folk of Political Asylum, watery sound of Åreknuteknyterne - these are the highlights of side 2, of a comp., which is as good as the old ISC ones, and I think that's saying something.
On Who's Laughing Now?, quite a few of the same artists appear. On here is "WSFO 2 Horror Version" by Sack; "Blood Clot Shampoo (Dracula's Best Friend Re-mix)" with Andy Savage and guitar friend revealing what their hobbies really are. Yet more weirdness from him at the start of side 2, subtle Floydian sweetness from Åreknuteknyterne, which breaks out into sinister voices... which leads to Lovely Ivor and his masterpiece (aren't they all?), which is entitled "Contemplation 29" - and why not? Hermanos Guzanos is brilliant in a Texas Chainsaw send-up, and that film closes things, just as "Evil Dead 11" starts off the tape. The end is not for the squemish... I'm still throwing up. Both tapes: NKR 40/£4/$6, sent Airmail.
- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 6, No. 3, Autumn/Winter 1989
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