I recently finished reading Eric Davidson (vocalist of the excellent garage-punkers, New Bomb Turks) great book We Never Learn - The Gunk Punk Undergut, 1988-2001 While the book is quite thorough with both the underground and overground of late 80's/1990's garage rock/lo-fi rock/whatever you call it, it's missing the wild and crazy lucha libre/Z-movie inspired Swiss weirdo, Lightning Beat-Man. Admittedly I've not heard a ton of LBM but I did read about him a bit in Maximum Rock n' Roll. He also has the right aesthetic for this here blog, if you wheel.* Here's a dirty 'lil number with some hazy stop motion lucha action. Think of it like a squared circle rudimentary rock version of a Ray Harryhausen film. Lyrically, it comes across like an even more stripped down & even more ridiculous version of the Dwarves but this ain't exactly a post-modern essay on fucking Radiohead!
Now here's Lighting Beat-Man interviewing his inspiration, the Wild Man of West Virginia, the late, great Hasil Adkins..
Here's what some of his records look like. Gotta love the slogan "The No Hit Wonder"
* Say just like "The American Dream". ** A plancha (suicida) looks like this.