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The Parasites of the Western World

by The Parasites of the Western World

Avant garde, melodic, experimental
Genre: Avant Garde: Experimental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mo
3:19 album only
2. Electrokill
2:03 album only
3. Flying
2:47 album only
4. A Rare Case of the Blues
1:05 album only
5. Funeral For A Mouse
7:47 album only
6. Accessories
8:57 album only
7. God Or Just a Slow Breeze
1:59 album only
8. Siege of the Twilight Loon
4:04 album only
9. You Must Be Joe King
3:41 album only
10. Alienending
2:19 album only
11. Zytol Automation
5:49 album only
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Album Notes
This re-release of the self-titled "The Parasites of the Western World's" first album in 1978 is because, now almost thirty years later, the original pressings (their were only 1500 ever made) are still in circulation among private collectors.

The album goes for more than $500.00 in some cases (no kidding-see Gemm). For those who don't care to spend that kind of money and would simply like a nice clean copy of the music, here it is.

In addition there is a bonus cut, "Zytol Automation" which was the first song recorded after the album was completed, and featured on the B-side of the Parasites' only 45. The A-side was the still relevant "Politico".

The Parasites of the Western World are generally acknowledged to have been ahead of their time in the Avant Rock genre. They were the first to independently record and release a full length LP in the Portland, Oregon area (others were only doing single's then) and sold the bulk of their records overseas in France, England, Germany and a host of smaller European nations (including Yugoslavia which was Communist at the time.)

For more information just Google The Parasites of the Western World and take a look what people have been saying over the years and into the present. We hope you enjoy re-visiting or perhaps discovering this unique music.

The Parasites of the Western World
by Tony Maygarden

Modern technology has brought the cost of high quality audio gear down to a level where just about anyone (assuming that they know what they're doing) can make a professional sounding recording in his/her basement or bedroom. This has led to a DIY (Do It Yourself) ethos that is now pervasive. Fully fleshed out recordings created entirely by one or two people, and released on private labels, are a dime a dozen these days. But way back in 1978, the complexity and cost of recording and releasing an album was far beyond the ways and means of most musicians -- but not The Parasites of the Western World!

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Ahead of it's time? That time still ain't here!
TPOTWW release of this signature CD shows that this band was so far ahead of it's time that that time still has yet to arrive. Lethal axwork, brilliant lyrics and a rendition of Flying that leaves one's jaw swinging in the breeze. For lovers of avant garde music and electronica this is a must-have for your collection. Pat Burke and Terry Censky proved themselves to be the leaders in a musical genre that had no other participants; they were truly trying something new and different at a time when so much that was new and different was the norm. And this re-release comes at a time when new and different...isn't. Buy this CD and be prepared for some very pleasant surprises!

Eric A. Meyer

A Rare Case of Awesomeness
I first came across this album around 1990, when I had a show at a college radio station (see I loved it enough to keep a taped copy limping along, and to do occasional Google searches to see if it had somewhere, somehow, been reissued on CD. It stuck with me that long, and that hard.

Now it's back, and as amazing as ever. The samples here on CD Baby don't really do it justice, to be honest, but that's mostly because no excerpt is going to convey the depth and complexity found here. Don't write this off as "distortion city", even though the samples imply that's the case. If you're at all into avant garde, experimental, or deeply psychedelic rock, you cannot go wrong with this CD. You'll wonder why it's been so buried for so long, and instantly understand why collectors were willing to pay $200 for vinyl copies.

My only hope is that enough people order it to warrant a reissue of the Parasites' second album, "Substrata"!

Brad Lane

I got the CD and I JUST LOVE IT!!! oh the memories...
I was first introduced to the album when I was about 15 years old. I loved it! That was 28 years ago. It was NEW music to me and I had never heard anything quite like it... maybe MOOG. I received the CD in just a few short days. Backed it up and will enjoy it for many years to come. Thank You Patrick!