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Blind Idiot God: Live At The VFW#18 in KC, MO 10-23-84

January 10th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Gabe Katz (Blind Idiot God): This one’s for all the pussies down in the bar that won’t come up and hear us. (shouting) You know we drove 250 miles to do this!

Unimpressed gentleman in the audience: That ain’t shit.

Recorded the same night as the ill-fated Dr. Know set which I posted earlier, this was the first time I was able to hear Blind Idot God. At the time all I knew about them was that their demo tape had been mentioned in MRR#14/given a “top twenty” listing by Pushead, and that there was some strong local chatter concerning them in KC. Still I guess I had no real idea what to expect.

MRR #14 St. Louis Scene Report
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MRR #14 Pushead's Top 20
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People who know what they became 3 or 4 years later and have heard their SST and Zorn related output might be a bit surprised at the more single minded hardcore/metal/punk/noise type blasts that dominate this recording, but if you listen closely to the many “Title Unknown” tracks here you’ll be able to find snippets of riffs and ideas that would later get stitched into much longer pieces. This being 1984 there’s nary a hint of Dub to be found, but the “Avant” underpinnings are still very much in evidence — it’s really too bad their set got cut short. Then again I guess the “pussies down in the bar” (and there were more than a few) probably felt differently about that, eh?

Blind Idiot God Live at the VFW#18 in KC, MO 10-23-84
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Blind Idiot God: Live At The VFW#18 in KC, MO 10-23-84 (192 kbps)
01 Track 01 – Title Unknown (2:43)
02 Track 02 – Title Unknown (1:16)
03 Track 03 – Title Unknown (2:14)
04 Blasting Off (1:38)
05 Track 05 – Title Unknown (1:19)
06 Track 06 – Title Unknown (3:01)
07 Sawtooth (2:25)
08 Track 08 – Title Unknown (1:29)
09 Shifting Sand (3:49)
10 Track 10 – Title Unknown (2:03)
11 Track 11 – Title Unknown (2:19)
12 Track 12 – Title Unknown (2:51)
13 Easing Back (2:11)
14 Track 14 – Title Unknown (0:24)
15 The Police Are Outside/Club Noise (1:23)

  1. January 12th, 2009 at 02:14 | #1

    This is really great! Thanks for this…

  2. Jason
    January 12th, 2009 at 02:30 | #2

    My pleasure, sir. I’m doubly happy to be able to give something back to a guy who has hipped me to miles and miles of awesome sounds via his excellent blog. Very cool.

  3. January 13th, 2009 at 06:51 | #3

    Did you by chance see the Gun Club in KC in maybe 83? was a disastrous show…but awesome none the less.

  4. Jason
    January 13th, 2009 at 11:47 | #4

    No! I wish I had, but it was a couple of years after ’83 that I first I caught them (in relation to which I seem to remember Mr. Jeffrey Lee Pierce hanging around Lawrence for an extended spell.)

    I know that they played a December ’82 show (w/ the Micronotz) at the Lawrence Opera House as well. I’m guessing that would have been a damn good time too but it sadly dates from before my day.

  5. mick
    April 27th, 2010 at 18:53 | #5

    awesome. tim jamison of wsy and ultraman made shirts with the flyer from that offenders show and the news article screened on them.. good stuff.

  1. January 10th, 2009 at 18:00 | #1
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