I wrote up a piece on this deranged earworm on my other blog. It features a Q&A with Grady Runyan, a man partially responsible for “popularizing” this song 25 years ago.
MONOSHOCK – “Lost Shock, Volume 1” and “Lost Shock, Volume 2” CD-Rs
There were multiple bent angles
to this early 90s SF Bay Area trio, but the one that seems to have pushed the
most posthumous buttons for folks is the heavy, blown-out, shit-fi psych side,
which posits (correctly) that Monoshock were easily of a par with multiple resin-fingered
forefathers as well as their then-peers Mainliner and High Rise.
The band also
occasionally trafficked in more “song”-like fuzzed/damaged punk rock, most in
evidence on their 45s and on the “Runnin’ Ape-Like From The Backwards Superman”
collection, but there are only mere whiffs of that stuff on these two new
archival CDs. One could ungenerously call these releases shoe-scraping; I
prefer to see them as onion-peeling, and those heads who ache for more of the
howling free-void blues that Monoshock sonically plumbed for about six years
will find much to damage their synapses with here, particularly outstanding long-form
instrumental scorchers like “It’s Not There” and “19th Street
There are marginally recognizable covers stuffed into corners throughout
the two discs as well, from demigods and in-jokes as diverse as the Pink Faeries,
Von Lmo, Howard Werth, Lee Hazelwood, Black Clothes & Pointy Shoes and
Social Distortion. Monoshock left it all on the table, every time, and
obviously left anything that remained on the tapes that make up these two discs. (Silver Current; silvercurrentrecords.com) –
From the KCSB-FM “Live Wire” magazine, circa 1988. My first band. Picture taken at 6639 Sabado Tarde in Isla Vista, aka my garage.
MONOSHOCK, from a second reunion show this past month, up in Portland, OR at something called The Bender Festival or something like that.
Brandan Kearney, formerly of World of Pooh, Caroliner, The Steeple Snakes, Faxed Head, The Three Doctors Band and many more, is playing sax w/ the band here. What? How?
HIGH RISE from Japan and LIQUOR BALL, live in San Jose (!) in 2000. Thanks to Grady Runyan for the scan/photo.
This is a flyer for a short-lived, never-recorded band called EARLY MAN SITE, live in San Francisco about 1991 or 1992. The band comprised all three members of MONOSHOCK, who had stopped playing in Isla Vista in 1989 when Grady Runyan graduated from college.
All had relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area by 1991, and Early Man Site had been formed by Scott Derr & Rubin Fiberglass back in Isla Vista in Grady’s absence. They reassembled that band in the Bay Area, with Grady on third guitar. Bruce Shinden and Tom Krueger were the other members of the 5-piece. That, of course, morphed into Monoshock mkII, minus Bruce, and with Tom often showing up on drunken saxophone.