MUTANT SOUNDS—that inimitable disperser of musical obscura—is closing its doors for the time being. In honor, here’s a selection of some of the best songs and albums the site has shared over the years.
First is a compilation of 30 top-tier Mutant tracks. Below that are links to ten of the site’s best albums. The singles on the comp are mostly gourd-whacked post-punk and pop gems; the LPs tend to be far farther out, more droney. The whole MP3 caboodle is a re-posting from early 2009. Enjoy.
TOP 30 SONGS
MUTANT SOUNDS CYCLOPS SYNOPSIS [password = pw]
01 / Langst Vorbei? / A5
02 / Do Zeu Twist / ADN’ Ckrystall [album below]
03 / Strawberry Cheesecake / Algebra Mothers (A-Moms) [stream above]
04 / Talk Talk Video / Berlin
05 / Bone Shake Ska / C.U.B.S.
06 / A Bus for a Bus on the Bus / Cardiac Arrest
07 / Killing Time / Celibate Rifles
08 / Yes Please! / Confetti
09 / Televisöo / Corpo Diplomático [art above]
10 / A Big Dead Man (live) / Deep Freeze Mice
11 / Shaking All Over / Drinking Electricity
12 / Move On Up / The Flying Lizards
13 / Portugal Na Cee / Grupo Novo Rock
14 / Trains vs. Planes / Human Hands
15 / She Was My Girl / Innocent Vicars
16 / Synthesizer Man / Invisible Zoo
17 / Look Again / The Last
18 / Time To Get Up / Los Microwaves
19 / Track #9 / Magma
20 / Video Lizards / Mickey Bliss
21 / A Lump In Your Throat Pt. 2 / A Mouse Orchestra
22 / Strychnine (Sonics cover) / Nazis From Mars
23 / Wine World / Pink Section
24 / Glendora / Going All The Way and The Slickee Boys
25 / The Girl with the Patent Leather Face / Soft Cell
26 / Carne del Sol / Steaming Coils
27 / Garbage / Student Nurse
28 / Janitor / Suburban Lawns
29 / Milk Rock / Takako Minekawa
30 / 01-01-212 / Vice Creems
TOP 5 ALBUMS
MUTANT SOUNDS TOP 5 LPs [password = pw]
01 / Red Shark / Le Fin EP (1986, tape)
A stretched out tough-guy version of the Feelies at their most Velvety. Seven tracks, including a VU cover and a Billie Holiday cover. 650 out of 10.
02 / Null and Void / Happiness and Contempt EP (1980, vinyl)
Sleazy robots burning cigarettes into their palms, playing synths with both feet.
03 / Neue Krankenscheine / S/T EP (1983, tape)
Snappy, pocket-sized, epic-free version of Kraftwerk.
04 / Skating for Cover / Rituals EP (1983, tape)
Extended theme-song for a superhero named Melancholy Man as s/he flies with arms outstretched, fists lightly clenched, from the cityscape to the countryside during the credit sequence of the sequel.
05 / Sympathy Nervous / Apple Head LP (released 1995)
Stunning spook-synth of the m i n i m a l i s t rain from Japan. Other releases include: S/T LP (1980), Polaroid 7” (1980), Output Vol 1 7” (1981).
TOP 5 RUNNERS-UP
MUTANT SOUNDS NEXT 5 LPs - PART A / PART B [password = pw]
06 / Blue Orchids / A Darker Bloom (1980-92, CD comp)
Minimal post-punk dexterously fashioned for the countless young Turks who know they should like The Fall but just barely do or don’t.
07 / The Fates / Furia LP (1985)
Skyclad Irish pagantry in the form of an offshoot of the Mark-E-Smith-offshoot Blue Orchids.
08 / Kim Jung Mi / Now LP (1973)
Windy Korean folk = grgs, gorgs, gorges, gorgeos, gorgeous.
09 / ADN’ Ckrystall / Jazz Mad LP (1982)
Psych-wave electronica. “WE ARE ALL MADE OF ADN’ CKRYSTALl” indeed. See also: the second track on the compilation above; the extended version of “Cocaine Vitamina”; and the Arabesketch single from 1985.
10 / Fiction / Overdrive LP (1980, tape)
Loose, femme-fataled NDW. Slightly better than the more polished The Last Dream of Phoebe Zeitgeist.