Thin White Rope

thinwhiterope Presented for your consideration…. Thin White Rope. Had Thin White Rope been around when Rod Sterling produced “The Twilight Zone” he might have chosen them to provide the shows incidental music. With chilly guitars, surrealistic lyrics and Guy Kyser’s quavering, tightly coiled voice the band would have been a perfect fit. Formed in Davis, California in 1984; the group by virtue of locality and time was part of both the Paisley Underground and roots-rock movements, but would soon create its own unique brand of desert rock; but it was the voice of guitarist/vocalist Guy Kyser, and his songs dark lyrics that gave the band it’s edge.

Moonhead (Frontier Records – 1987)

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Following Thin White Rope’s 1985 debut Exploring the Axis, 1987’s Moonhead would find the group retreating from Exploring the Axis’s neo-psychedelica and begin to forge a new sound. Television styled guitar interplay, Krautrock drumming, longer songs and grim and provocative song lyrics would be the basis of this new sound.

1. Not Your Fault (3:48) 2. Wire Animals (4:03) 3. Thing (2:56)
4. Moonhead (4:48) 5. Wet Heart (4:36) 6. Mother (4:30)
7. Come Around (2:21) 8. If Those Tears (3:21) 9. Crawl Piss Freeze (5:36) 10.Waking Up (2:46) 11. Valley of the Bones (2:56) 12. Atomic Imagery (3:37)
13. Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby (2:43) 14. Take It Home (Long Version) (6:19)

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The Ruby Sea (Frontier Records – 1991)

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1991’s The Ruby Sea finds the band further distancing itself from it’s earlier psychedelic tendencies and instead becoming a chilling guitar band. Combined with Kyser’s increasingly strangled voice and this is another cold album, the only light moment being the neo-bluegrass “Tina and Glen”. The Ruby Sea would prove to be the groups last as they broke up in 1992.

1. The Ruby Sea (4:23) 2. Tina and Glen (2:23) 3. Puppet Dog (4:41)
4. Bartender’s Rag (3:46) 5. Midwest Flower (5:06) 6. Dinosaur (1:32)
7. The Lady Vanishes (2:00) 8. Up to Midnight (3:45) 9. Hunter’s Moon (5:18)
10. Christmas Skies (3:03) 11. The Fish Song (4:03) 12. The Clown Song (1:10)

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The One That Got Away (Frontier Records – 1993)

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Always more popular in Europe then in the States the two-disc One That Got Away presents the groups 1992 Gent, Belgium concert. This album shows how great this band was live. In addition to it’s own material the band performs covers of Can’s “Yoo Doo Right”, Dylan’s “Outlaw Blues”, Bo Diddley’s “Roadrunner”, Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra’s “Some Velvet Morning” and Hawkwind’s “Silver Machine”.

Disc 1

1. Down In The Desert (3:45) 2. Disney Girl (4:55) 3. Eleven (2:22)
4. Not Your Fault (4:24) 5. Wire Animals (3:46) 6. Take It Home (5:51)
7. Mister Limpet (4:03) 8. Elsie Crashed The Party (3:53) 9. Red Sun (5:12)
8. Elsie Crashed The Party (3:53)
10. Some Velvet Morning (5:01) 11. Triangle Song (5:18) 12. Yoo Doo Right (6:59)

Disc 2

1. Tina And Glen (2:21) 2. Napkin Song (1:26) 3. Ants Are Cavemen (5:50) 4. Fish Song (5:02)
5. Bartender’s Rag (4:06) 6. Hunter’s Moon (5:45) 7. Astronomy (4:34) 8. Outlaw Blues (2:43)
9. It’s OK (7:52) 10. Wreck Of The Ol’ 97 (2:32) 11. Roadrunner (4:17) 12. Munich Eunich (4:31) 13. Silver Machine (4:22) 14. The Clown Song (1:19)

The One That Got Away-Disk 1 Part 1 The One That Got Away-Disk 1 Part 2

The One That Got Away-Disk 2 Part 1 The One That Got Away-Disk 2 Part 2

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