This rare UK issue compilation of the magnificent Laughing Clowns
is a great place to start if your unfamiliar with this band.
After the original Saints split after 3 albums, Ed Kuepper was first
back at it with his new band before Chris got his act together.
This 1982 release combines most of the 2nd and 3rd EP releases
with tracks from the wonderful
"Mr Uddich Schmuddich Goes to Town" their next LP.
Where Chris Baily headed toward roots R and B , blues and rock music,
Ed took things to another place far away from the guitar based music
he was well known for.
The Clowns are like some kind of avant guard, free jazz, post punk
extravaganza, incredibly underrated and criminally overlooked.
These early Clowns tracks are some of my favorites, tracks like
"I just don't know what I want" with its extreme improvisation slowly morphing
into this powerful melody, or the brilliant catchy masterpiece "Sometimes"
Have remained favorite tracks since I heard them 20 plus years ago.
I've read how disappointed Ed Kuepper is that this band still aren't recognized
as the ground breaking band they were and its an often over looked part of his
career.I was alway disappointed that I never saw them play, however recently
I've twice seen Ed and clowns drummer Jeffrey Wegener play together doing
quite a few Clowns tracks.
You never know they may do the reformation thing.
That would be so cool.
If there's any requests, for I have all clowns stuff,
Write em in the comments