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Bad Mood Guy

by Severed Heads

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woodub The original is nice...but the edit is the "ish"! Favorite track: Contempt (Robert's Edit).
Andrew Lagowski
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Andrew Lagowski There are so many great ideas here, it’s impossible for me to find a favourite. Have the CD and vinyl but there are extras here and digital will be the way forward for homebound and nomadic alike. So let’s continue to support Tom and all like him.
Nicholas de Lioncourt (real)
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Nicholas de Lioncourt (real) Favorite: 'Goodbye Tonsils' from Bulkhead

Discovered Severed Heads in mid-1980 when I followed Tom Ellard's name from Skinny Puppy's "Assimilate (R-23)". My copies are the CDs with Steven Gilmore's art (who also created classic Skinny Puppy covers - 1987 CFAM the best). The track "Hot With Fleas" has nostalgic value.

Since I own the CDs, why buy these again? Simply to support the band... Favorite track: Hot With Fleas (original).
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Canine 05:07
Nature 10 03:13
Contempt 03:06
Bad Mood Guy 02:44


Bad Mood Guy was written during, and soon following, a flawed world tour in 1986 which was often soul destroying and in some cases career ruining. Despite the adverse situation, I was desperate to exit the IDM scene and to try to make music that was at odds with the growing cliches of 'electronica'. And the Volition label wanted to try to lift the band out of the home recording ghetto into a real studio. All of this ended up in a frightful mess.

In trying to avoid cliches, I was not able to find a better replacement - e.g. real drums didn't sound better than drum machines - and two days in a real studio wasn't better than a long time in a home studio. Racic's remix of Hot With Fleas brought the band straight back to IDM but at least it was a clear direction in the muddle. Almost immediately the band announced a version 2 of the LP, which was worked on in fits and starts over the years, then lost in a chewed DAT tape. The sevcom re-issue joins live recordings and demo versions to create what the album was trying to achieve before the confusion - it's a marked improvement! Still many people in America are fond of this album, perhaps due to a melancholy air.


released October 1, 1987

Mixed 1987 at CBS studios by Ellard and Racic.


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