on 8 May 2009
This was an extraordinarily brave record for Mark Perry to come out with in 1978.
Best known as the editor of punk's iconic Sniffin'Glue, he virtually abandons the song form for a series of sparse, experimental doodlings. Accompanied by discordant piano, scratchy violins, plucked bass, running water or echoing guitar, Perry largely declaims poetic and surreal lyrics, which reflect his social isolationism.
This was not music as any of punk followers were used to but his persuance of such a confrontational change in direction was, well, very punk. It's not that surprising to find out that the mischievous Genesis P Orridge was one the contributors to this album, as his own Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV built onto this new musical heritage.
This isn't the kind of disc you'll play over and over again but it's worth listening to, especially Release the Natives & The Good Missionary which contains the classic line that gives this album it's name - Vibing Up the Senile Man.