Peel famously said of his musical tastes, ‘I just want to hear something I’ve never heard before’, and my two offerings here certainly are like nothing else…anywhere. FF 1976 #48 was Larry ‘Wildman’ Fischer’s Go To Rhino Records. It was the first release for that label, and in barely a minute, recorded on a cassette recorder in the back room of the Rhino store, Fischer (above left) gives an out-of-tune, accapella advert for the store, accompanied by nothing more than finger-snapping. However, Peel’s ear for the esoteric led to him playing this and the accompanying LP, Wildmania, on his show. Fischer’s entire output was reissued in 1999, and sold out in no time.
A mate of mine called Jim, a punk who went horse-riding a lot, used to have an LP compiled as a result of Kenny Everett’s Capital radio show, where he played the ‘bottom 50’, or the worst records he and his listeners had ever heard. One ‘outstanding’ track was Paralyzed by The Legendary Stardust Cowboy (above right). If you’ve never heard it before, it’s really…out there. After a brief ‘commercial’ for Stardust bugles (one of which he plays on the track) he proceeds to shout incoherent lyrics, yelp and strum one chord, while T-Bone Burnett (yes, really) follows as well as he can on the drums. Although recorded in 1968, this features on FF 1976 (#15). Jim had some really good records as well (although Wee Wee by Johnny Moped was definitely not one of them).
Buy: Wild Man Fischer, Wildmania