I discovered Ed Roth via post punk rock, the cover of the second Birthday Party album to be exact. Nick Cave did an interview in Sounds where he described how he managed to track Ed Roth down in the US, now born again. Influenced by his older brothers interest in the Revell plastic cars the imagery stuck as an archetype of everything mischevious and devillish. Roth tapped into innocence, creating an alternative colourful technicolour world based on a multi hued future of whipped domes, V8 engines and a savage imagination based primarily on f.u.n.
He was a visionary born ahead and had to go back to being born again because he was a man far ahead of his time, whilst also being an archetpe of the 60's. The volcanic seismic eruptions of the 60's threw ideas into the stratosphere and they cascaded througout the culture.
Bid Daddy loved cars and created his dreams from fibreglass and metal drawn from his imagination. The gasser and rat fink launched a whole cerbral revolution as the cartoon merged with a punk sensibility within the art of Robert Williams the father of whole new genre who revitalised art. I always judge a piece whether I could have it in my front room on the wall and at last here was something that spoke to me.
In effect the Birthday Party album opened a portal to another dimension where Ed Roth tinkered with his dreams thereby allowing the collective imagination of young artists to pour in, expand and create a whole new universe. Ed Roth like Phillip K Dick created an alternative structure where the world would now be a grey defunct moribund world if he had never existed. Despite the banality of great wafts of culture from the USA, these artistes redeem the dross. This book will lead you to that dimension