On tour in 1990, Severed Heads arrived in Tulsa Oklahoma. In the parking lot outside the venue were two people that offered up a very strange idea. They claimed to be 'The Fifth Way Militia' and to have invented a religious technology in the form of a very low frequency signal, that in their words 'brings deep sleep followed by spiritual rebirth'. They needed some way to distribute this tone and the advent of compact disc was one way to get it out.
The idea was that Severed Heads would hide the tone on CDs which would then be broadcast. After some discussion it was decided that a new group called Co Kla Coma (said like Oklahoma) would distribute the tone.
The agreement was in trouble almost immediately. Tom Ellard went back to Australia and recorded a track for a compilation as Co Kla Coma. The others complained that it didn't include the tone and didn't include their ideas. So slowly and carefully an album was crafted from ideas and sounds sent down from Tulsa and approved track by track. Only when all were reasonably happy was the tone added into the mix.
The Co Klo Pop album was first released by Decibel Records in the USA in 1996. It wasn't widely distributed, and limitations of the recording equipment meant the tone didn't have the desired effect. But it turned out to be a curious album...
released 01 October 1996
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