Castaway – Original Soundtrack Part 1

Castaway
Original Soundtrack Part 1
1986 Plan 7 Dist. (P7D-003)

Castaway (Mike Futch) – All vocals and instruments

Side 1:

  1. Castaway (Main Title)
  2. The Void
  3. Technicolor Wreck
  4. Thundertown
  5. Dream of You

Side 2:

  1. Chill Me
  2. The Fall
  3. I Told U So
  4. The Mountain
  5. Castaway (Ending)

For those not in the know, this is a solo project from Mike (Bing) Futch of Nutty Faith / Crazed Bunnyz / Johnny Quest fame. This is the first of at least three parts to this series of solo tapes. The sound here is a bit more mellow than the Crazed Bunnyz, but still with the quirky, out of the ordinary sense to it. The songs are also still electronic based – probably with less guitars than other projects. I don’t think this was actually a soundtrack to any real TV show or movie – I think it was Futch writing music for an imaginary movie. But I could be wrong.

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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 – 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!