Lost Album

Belly Button Records

We’re all forgetful creatures. While being stuck listening to music in the algorithm cycle of our preferred streaming service, we tend to lose our most essential albums out of sight. But forgetting enables rediscovery. That’s why every month, we ask someone to meditate profoundly and dig through their crates or dusty hard drives to look for an album worth revitalising. This month we invited Rafael Valles Hilario of Belgian label Belly Button Records to take us on a trip down memory lane.

Text and selection by Rafael Valles Hilario

 

It’s a classic album to garage rock freaks like me but it just seems like the perfect introduction to “the genre” for people who don’t really know what the term could mean

Which album would you like us to discover?
WE’RE LOUD: 90s Cassette Punk Unknowns. Slovenly Records released it. I guess it’s a classic album to garage rock freaks like me but it just seems like the perfect introduction to “the genre” for people who don’t really know what the term could mean. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to come up with a definition for this kind of music. It’s just my personal view on it. And it’s just a word. The double LP is a compilation of small trashy garage bands from the 90s. Everything is recorded on a cassette 4 or 8 track recorder and it sounds fantastic. It made me wanna record my own music and inspired me in many ways.

When did you first listen to it?
I discovered it 4 years ago and listened to it online a lot. The vinyl was super expensive, so I didn’t buy it until one day I found it in the Media Markt. Probably the last place where I would look for this record.

Why do you want to recover this album?
I chose this record to show people who listen to garage rock on the national radio or only to the big bands that there is a lot more of that shit around. The garage rock machine is up and running since the 60s, so there’s a shitload of cool music out there to discover if you dig a little deeper.

Beware, this record will be a hard pill to swallow for Hi-Fi sluts. But you should try it anyway, better hate it than ignore it

For fans of?
For fans of garage and punk in general. Acts like Oh Sees, Ty Segall and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard would be the most obvious names to drop I suppose. Check out my label Belly Button Records if you want more of this stuff. Also take a look at Burger Records, In The Red, Slovenly, Lumpy Records, Anti Fade etc. And don’t forget “Anti”! It’s a Youtube channel that uploads muchos cool stuffos.

What’s your favourite song on the album?
I don’t have a favorite song, but Theme Song by Pink Fingers includes my favorite “guitar solo” ever. It’s not a typical solo, more a super geometric single note succession.

Beware, this record will be a hard pill to swallow for Hi-Fi sluts. But you should try it anyway, better hate it than ignore it.

 

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