Fred Lane – From The One That Cut You Up

Fred Lane – From The One That Cut you Up (Say Day-Bew Records) 1978. Growing up in the suburban Midwest, I was always frustrated by the dearth of originality in the local music. The way I see it, when you’re rocking in Podunk you may as well do whatever the fuck your creative muse tells you to do. It’s not like aspiring to mainstream acceptance is going to get you anywhere. Move to LA or NY if you want to make it big. But if you are choosing to stay in some out of the way place, for chrissakes…do what you want. So I have always had a lot of respect for musical lunatics operating out in the middle of nowhere and very few are more loony than Fred Lane. Seriously. What we have here is a bizarre little record that swings like a mutant lounge act on acid from Tuscaloosa, Alabama circa 1978. Now before you go and think that I discovered this all by myself, let me add that this and Fred’s second album were re-released by Shimmy Disk in the late 1980s. That is where I first heard them and at first I thought it was a bunch of hipster Noo Yawkers. But then I found out the true story and it became all that much better. See Fred, was involved in some crazy act called the Pataphysical Revue in the mid 70′s and the Fred Lane alter ego was borne out of this. Then Fred went ahead and recorded his two solo albums and the rest is Last Days history.

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9 Responses to Fred Lane – From The One That Cut You Up

  1. MRow says:

    Now you’re cooking, Joe! FRED is one of my absolute favorite humans on this shitty planet, and this is arguably his recorded pinnacle. His recordings are living, squirming manna from one of the nastier Plutonian brothels known to exist in the galaxy. I bow at the altar of all things Raudelunas.

  2. OTTO says:

    Danger Is My Beer! I have a new catch phrase…. Danger is My Beer, Danger Is My Beer… I can’t stop saying it and smiling like a lunatic. Love this kind of stuff too. Let your freak flag fly!

  3. Scott says:

    It’s like Spike Jones if Spike Jones were hep to the jive! I love it!

  4. Grant says:

    yea! read about this record in incredibly strange music and really wanted hear this mutha, can’t wait!

  5. Chris Oliver says:

    I used to have this record. Another victim of one of my purges. I remember thinking “Mystic Tune” was one of the funniest attempts to challenge the listeners’ patience I’d ever heard. I liked Car Radio Jerome better, but this one is probably more demented. I’m psyched to hear it again. Yeah, the Spike Jones comparison is pretty apt.

  6. Niels says:

    I’ve been in love with this LP ever since I discovered it around the mid-90s. The made-up (?) record covers printed on the back are pretty cool, too…. Get Outta My Gal (by Hugo Danny Vreen)… Don’t Use That To Wash The Car… Fred Lane Sings Some Of Your Fried Fish… Brilliant! And, don’t forget: “for best results play side 2 first”!

  7. Grateful says:

    Ohhhhhh thank you. I’ve been looking for this for freaking ever. I had heard I Talk To My Haircut on college radio a wayy back when and kept trying to find a copy that didn’t look like a total scam on ebay. You rock.

  8. h2o says:

    In case you ever wanna meet Fred’s brother, he owns a record store in Birmingham, Alabama called REED BOOKS which is probably one of the best ‘quirky’ bookstores I’ve ever been to. If you play your cards right, he’ll start telling you stories about Fred. And might even sell you an original copy of one of his brothers two albums….

  9. David says:

    Fifteen years ago a friend shared this music with me, and it certainly captured my imagination. His copy was on a cassette, and I never got a copy. So I only heard “Rubber Room” a few times. Then I got to thinking about it, and through the miracle of technology, I’ve got my own copy. It makes you wonder what Fred Lane’s trajectory would have been if he’d been performing during the days of the internet.

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