Richard F. Hay, Sr. – Almost Poetry, Not Quite Prose

Richard F. Hay, Sr.
Almost Poetry, Not Quite Prose
1991 Corpqii Productions

Richard F. Hay, Sr. – Poetry reading
Marc Plainguet – All music

Side 1:

  1. War
  2. Kids
  3. God

Side 2:

  1. Firemen
  2. People
  3. Movies

Now for something completely different. This is a tape of poetry written by Richard F. Hay, Sr., read by Hay in his Boston accent, and recorded over  keyboard / electronic / experimental / alternative music played by Marc Plainguet. Each track listed above is actually a collection of several short poems, with the  track name describing the general theme of all the poems in it. You can see the full list of poems above. The background music also changes with each track. Its rather interesting and engaging stuff, as Hay talks about his life, his time as  soldier, working as a fireman, and his family. This is technically the same general approach that Steve Scott takes with his poetry, but Scott and Hay showcase how there can be very different ways of doing the same general idea.

Crazed Bunnyz – T.W.D.N.R.T.P.A.C.T.R.I.

Crazed Bunnyz
1989 Corpqii Productions

Futch – Guitar
Gadget – Electronic bass
Shaka – Vox
Boxx – Drums

Side 1:

  1. The Message
  2. Killing of a Race
  3. Shine, You’re Scrambled
  4. Physical Distortion
  5. Interview (Part 1)

Side 2:

  1. Interview (Part 2)

This is basically the very first demo recording by the Crazed Bunnyz (before Achtung: Musik Klirrfaktor) released after they were done, with an interview by Chris Yambar added. The interview was apparently also after the band was over. The recordings are rough, with a noticeable tape hiss. But they still manage to capture the general avant-garde feel that the Bunnyz were known for. “Shine, You’re Scrambled” is heavy influenced by Suicidal Tendencies “Institutionalized” to me, but I could be wrong. The interview is a very long, detailed look into the Christian Underground at the time mixed in with a lot of the extreme evangelical mindset of the time. I would guess both Marc and Mike don’t really think this way anymore – its pretty judgmental in many places. But there are also some good tidbits about the evolution of their various projects, and some mentions of other obscure bands like Dead to Sin.

Graveyard Cafe – Fresh Ground

Graveyard Cafe
Fresh Ground
1992 Corpqii Productions
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Marc Plainguet

Side 1:

  1. Oblivion
  2. The Church of Holy Profits
  3. Godzilla vs. The World

Side 2:

  1. Barbie’s Lament
  2. Afterlifestyles
  3. 100% Pure Beef

This is another Marc Plainguet project. I think this is all Marc, but there aren’t any real credits on this tape other than all songs were performed by Graveyard Café. The sound on this tape would have probably fit in with the Slava artists back in the day. There is an industrial vibe on these songs that is not just from the electronic instruments. But there are also many trippy elements on here – like the rap vocals on the first track. It’s all part of the weird coolness that is Marc Plainguet. Even the ways I would describe it don’t fully capture the sound. This tape seems a bit more accessible than other Plainguet projects, even though that aspect is probably countered by the comfort-level pushing lyrics.

Spike – Three for All

Three for All
1993 Corpqii Productions (CPCS-26)
Youngstown, Ohio, USA

Terry McCabe and many others

Side 1:

  1. Neverending
  2. Why Isn’t Love Made to be Easy?
  3. Seeking Shelter [alternate version]
  4. Silent Struggler

Side 2:

  1. Newage
  2. Norman (Tribute to Larry Norman)
  3. Storm Warning (live at Land’s End 1981)
  4. Just Fallin’ (with Wonderchild in 1977)
  5. Dance

Spike is Terry McCabe, and this tape is a collection of songs from various sources. Side 1 is acoustic songs that would most likely fall into the Jesus Rock category – some folk, some medieval, some country rock, etc. But all acoustic based. “Silent Struggler” does have some trippy keyboards in the background. Side 2 starts off with a new wave song about New Age religion featuring help from Marc Plainguet and Chris Yambar. Then it is back to a couple of folk tunes, then a classic hard rock song, and finally a song called “Dance” that is… not dance music (another acoustic tune). “Seeking Shelter” and “Newage” are also on his 1991 demo Asphalt Invasion.

Gadget – Gnashing of Teeth

Gnashing of Teeth
1990 Corpqii Productions (CPCS-12)
Youngstown, Ohio, USA

Gadget – All music and vocals
dD7 – Wrote and performed “Don’t Give Up Now,” created some of the samples

Side 1:

  1. Birth 1
  2. Gnashing of Teeth
  3. The Plea
  4. Don’t Give Up Now
  5. The Lord’s Prayer

Side 2

  1. Psalm 97
  2. Redemption Draweth Nigh
  3. Psalm 121
  4. Betrayal
  5. Armor of Light
  6. Birth 2

This demo continues the same noise that Gadget performed on 1987’s Joyful Noise. True to the title, the songs here are a bit more harsh. Sometimes telling where one song stops and another starts can be difficult – you have to listen to subtle repeats of sounds, as sometimes the noises will be sped up or slowed down at the end of songs. There are several songs with scriptures read over the noise, as with the last demo. Gadget was Marc Plainguet, who did almost everything on this tape except for the contributions by dD7 (not sure who that is). Chris Yambar, Deb Ross, and Gary Smith are all credited as helping capture the metal percussion on “Redemption Draweth Nigh” – so maybe dD7 is Deb? There was also a video shoot for that song according to the Gadget Facebook page – but I can’t find it online. This was the last release as Gadget, although Marc has released two songs from an unreleased 1991-ish Gadget project called Cruel & Inhuman Practices on SoundCloud recently.

Gadget – Joyful Noise

Joyful Noise
1987 Corpoii Productions (CPCS-5)
United States?

Gadget – All instruments and noises, vocals, production, and song writing

Side 1:

  1. Armageddon
  2. Psalm 23
  3. Will Anyone Survive?
  4. Transfiguration
  5. Psalm 46

Side 2:

  1. Psalm 102
  2. Knock! Knock!
  3. Train to Heaven
  4. Psalm 24
  5. Joyful Noise

This is a bunch of noise. The genre of “Noise” that is, not the insult “noise.” For those that aren’t familiar, noise is sometimes seen as a sub-genre of industrial music that uses samples, found noise, instruments, percussion, spoken word, shouting, and sometimes general mayhem to make very avant-garde music. Gadget uses a lot of creative percussion (hitting on what sounds like all kinds of objects to get a large range of sounds) along with manipulated sound effects, quirky keyboard usage, sampling, some guitar feedback, loops, and other general “noise.” It is all organized into songs with noticeable rhythm and structure if you listen… but it is different. I enjoy this kind of music – you can listen to it as background music as you work/think to change the usually flow of background music, or listen closely to figure out what sounds Gadget is using. Determining where one song ends and another begins is a bit difficult for some songs, as they appear to fade into each other occasionally. Gadget also likes to read Psalms over the noise as well. For those not in the know, Gadget was Marc Plainguet, who released tons of solo tapes and was also a part of other bands (like Crazed Bunnyz and Nutty Faith) as well. This demo was followed up with Gnashing of Teeth in 1990. There is currently a BandCamp website for Marc that is empty – but I hope it get filled up soon.

Spike – Asphalt Invasion

Asphalt Invasion
1991 Corpqii Productions (CPCS-18)

Spike – Vocals, acoustic guitars
Joe Hudek – Lead Guitar
Mike Talanca – Bass
Greg Yochman – Keyboards on “Celebration Day”
Jim Toti – Drums, keyboards on “Newwave”
Tom Eich – Bass on “You’re in Love with the Bomb”
Pam Talanca – Harmonies on “Seeking Shelter”
Lori McCabe – Additional guitar on “Snow Mountain”
Billy (Baron) Zalot – Trumpet
Ed Spectre – Electric Daddy

Tracks 2-6 recorded in 1981
Tracks 1, 8-11 recorded in 1983
Track 12 recorded in 1987

Side 1:

  1. City Portrait (Prelude)
  2. Snow Mountain
  3. Old or New
  4. Seeking Shelter
  5. Celebration Day
  6. Newave

Side 2:

  1. Sold Out
  2. Thankx
  3. In Love with the Bomb
  4. Voices
  5. The Song That’s Never Heard
  6. City Portrait

This one was a lot different than I expected from Corpqii – early home of the experimental weirdness of Marc Plainguet and Chris Yambar. This album is an eclectic collection of styles. It starts off with an acoustic folk track and then switches to several tracks with a full band that goes from lounge to cheesy rock to new wave on side 1. Side 2 is all acoustic folk songs again, ending with the last song that is hard rock. Of course, once you look at when the tracks were recorded, you see that this strange collection of songs came from different time periods. In 1981 Spike was apparently into rock of various kinds (including new wave), in 1983 he switched to acoustic folk, and in 1987 he went hard rock. Not sure when track 7 was recorded – 1991 maybe? It sounds like it pretty much goes along with tracks 8-11, so possibly 1983. Anyways, I really liked “Newave” and   “City Portrait” (the hard rock track). The other tracks were good for their styles, just not always my thing. Cover art by Chris Yambar. Spike also has at least a few other releases: Alive and Ticking (1989), Save the Children (1991), and Three for One (1993) that I gave not heard yet. This page would seem to indicate that maybe Spike was Terry McCabe – as the tree Spike albums are there along with a McCabe album called Asphalt Invasion? Hmmmm….

Missing Information: Who is Spike? Terry McCabe?