Burnt Offerings

Burnt Offerings
1987 Plan 7 Dist.
Cerritos, California, USA

Side 1:

  1. Rebellious Shadows – Fade Into Place
  2. Crazed Bunnyz – Kahuna
  3. Nutty Faith – The Uncle Sammy Show

Side 2:

  1. Sasquatch – It’s All You
  2. Mikael Futch – Like a Tiger
  3. Flavor Packet – The Forrest

This is an interesting, but brief, sampler. It appears to have unreleased tracks by Crazed Bunnyz and Nutty Faith (and possible Bing Futch). Which is weird, because I have never heard of the possibility of other tracks by these two bands being out there. As far as the other bands? Rebellious Shadows is a hard rock band that uses a drum machine, helping them fit in well on this compilation. Sasquatch is closer to the Crazed Bunnyz sound, but with a different vocal style that almost comes across as British. Flavor Packet is kind of an instrumental guitar and flute band (Bing Futch is also a member of this band as well). Back to the known bands: The Crazed Bunnyz song is classic Bunnyz – trippy guitar alt/indie electronic rock. And it is an instrumental. The Nutty Faith song is even more trippy, kind of a mixture of spoken word, indie rock, and a drama of sorts. Mikael Futch is Bing/Mike Futch, who was also part of the Crazed Bunnyz and Nutty Faith tracks. I’m not sure if this song is on any of his other tapes as I have not heard all of those yet. But it does fit in with his usual style (or range of styles, that is).

Crazed Bunnyz – Blutgasse

Crazed Bunnyz
Blutgasse
1988 Plan 7 Dist.
Cerritos, California, USA

Shaka – Vox
Futch – Vox, Axe, Keys, & TV
Rezzen – Analog Bass
Boxx – Rhythm Computation

Side 1:

  1. Blood Street
  2. Days of Our Lives
  3. Shine, You’re Scrambled
  4. Yes Thank You, I Will
  5. No N—–s
  6. [interview]

Side 2:

  1. Earth (The Demon Seed)
  2. Letter From Kristin
  3. Vomit
  4. That Sucks
  5. Sex Nazi
  6. [message from the band]

This is the final Crazed Bunnyz demo (both to review for this site, as well as the actual last one they recorded). This is lo-fi indie punk electronic alt rock weirdness at its best. This really just shows that lo-fi budget recordings can be good if the people behind the music know how to make something interesting. I have always wondered with these guys could have recorded if they were placed in a big budget studio with a full band at their disposal. Would it ruin the songs? Would it produce a genius record? The world will probably never know. But, anyways, because of the way they recorded this – with lots of samples, a drum machine, chainsaw guitars layered over keyboards – many people see Crazed Bunnyz as an “industrial band.” Songs like “Shine, You’re Scrambled” (with a noticeable influence from Suicidal Tendencies’ “Institutionalized”) come across as closer to punk. Its all really just hard to classify.

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

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

Crazed Bunnyz – Live!

Crazed Bunnyz
Live!
1987 Corpqii Music (CM-7)

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

Side 1:

  1. Peter Almost
  2. The Message
  3. Killing of a Race
  4. Shine, You’re Scrambled
  5. Don’t Flick That Over Here
  6. U.F.O.
  7. Physical Distortion
  8. I’m Alright Now
  9. Futch introduces the band

Side 2:

  1. Futch raps some more
  2. Tapdancing Into Hell
  3. World Media

This is the long lost mythical live album from Crazed Bunnyz. Okay, maybe not long lost or mythical, but still hard to find. Most of these songs appear on their demos (mostly Achtung: Musik Klirrfaktor) except for “Peter Almost” and “I’m Alright Now.” “Peter Almost” is basically a cover of the “Peter Gunn Theme” that seems to get cut off because it is part of their sound check and they are working through equipment issue (a theme carried through several songs). “I’m Alright Now” is a slow song that is almost ballad-like. The sound quality is muddy, but you can still hear the songs.

Crazed Bunnyz – Achtung: Musik Klirrfaktor

Crazed Bunnyz
Achtung: Musik Klirrfaktor
1986 Plan 7 Dist. (P7D-002)
Cerritos, California, USA

Shaka Harrison – Vox and munchy crunchies
Futch (Mike Futch) – Bone-sucking guitar and vox
Gadget (Marc Plainguet) – Devo bass-synth and absurd remarks

Side 1:

  1. U.F.O. (the “calling Earl” mix)
  2. Back from the Dead (the Steve Taylor mix)
  3. Don’t Flick That Over Here (the mix)
  4. Flat Brains (the non-partisan mix)
  5. Physical Distortion (the crunchy mix)

Side 2:

  1. The Message (the heat is on mix)
  2. The Killing of a Race (the get-it-on mix)
  3. Church of the Living Dead (the Falwell mix)
  4. Tapdancing into Hell (the chorus line mix)
  5. World Media (the K-ROQ mix)

When discussing the “Christian underground,” Marc Plainguet is usually the center of that discussion. Whether through solo albums, his alter-ego Gadget, or team-ups with others like Crazed Bunny, he pretty much defined the DIY sound and look of “Christian underground.” It is hard to explain why unless you listen. The lo-fi recording of this demo would give one the impression that it is no good; but for some reason, the songwriting and passion make this a classic under-appreciated album. It is drum machine with synth bass and chopping distorted guitars set to deep irony, sarcasm, and social commentary. And it works. You can usually find these songs somewhere if you dig deep enough. Rumor is Plainguet may re-issue many of these someday. That is like a 500 year old rumor, though – so don’t hold your breath.

Update: I obviously did not give Bing Futch the credit he deserves for this project – please see the comments below. Also good news that re-issues for this and other projects from the Underground are still moving forward!