Exposé Online banner

Fast 'n' Bulbous — Waxed Oop
(Cuneiform Rune 277, 2009, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2010-07-01

Waxed Oop Cover art

Fast ‘n’ Bulbous is one of several tribute bands that Cuneiform has been nurturing in the last few years (along with Mahavishnu Project, Yo Miles, and Ed Palermo’s Zappa tribute big-band). I use “tribute” in a very loose sense, because none of these bands – and especially Palermo’s band and Fast ‘n’ Bulbous, who cover the music of Captain Beefheart – are trying to duplicate the original arrangements, but instead use the original compositions as a springboard to take the music into new directions. Fast ‘n’ Bulbous has some superb credentials, led by Philip Johnston (alto sax – of the Microscopic Sextet) and Gary Lucas, who was the guitarist in the last edition of Beefheart’s Magic Band (Doc at the Radar Station onwards), the septet is mostly rounded out by other members of The Microscopic Septet and Doctor Nerve. Their standard modus operandi is to take on Beefheart’s best material, replacing the Captain’s vocals with arrangements for brass and saxes, taking it in the big band direction. Perhaps the most off-putting thing for newcomers about Beefheart’s original music was his strange idiosyncratic vocals and rants, so in essence this band shaves off much of the weirdness and presents the music in strictly instrumental terms, where it truly shines on its own merits. And just so you don’t forget, they’ve included versions of “The Blimp” and “China Pig,” the latter sung by none other than guest Robyn Hitchcock.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 38, 2009 releases

Related artist(s): Robyn Hitchcock, Captain Beefheart, Fast 'n' Bulbous, Phillip Johnston / Coolerators

More info
http://cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/waxed-oop

Latest news

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Various Artists - Soundscape Gallery 2 – On the heels of last year's excellent ambient anthology comes a new gallery from Lektronic Soundscapes, a second overview of what is still a unique and inventive genre. There are not as many big...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues