The Prime Time Sublime Community Orchestra
A Life in a Day of A Microorganism
Corporate Blob Records
OK, let’s start by realizing these people are WAY artier than any of us. You think you can do a sound collage? Big deal. These guys make ’em before brushing their teeth. Twelve tone compositions? Ho, hum, got a stack of ’em. Deconstruct a Schonberg composition, and then transpose it up one half an octave? They’ve done it so often, it just bores them. Trendy.
This is weirdness at its finest. The first few cuts are mercifully short, and snag bits of music and sound from all over, and put them together in an ironic self-referential manner guaranteed to make you, um … self-referentially ironic. In a good way, if you don’t flaunt it in a singles’ bar.
The main event on this album is a three part made up soundtrack, setting up microorganisms as a typical American family doing whatever we all did back in 1962, with Mom and Dad and the 2.3 kids. It does go on a bit, clocking in 28 minute. Despite this, the story builds and grows on itself, with Mom seeking Tupperware, Bobby fantasying about sex and dad getting rubbed out by the mob. Yeah, we’re all just bugs on a spoon, and this record sort of encapsulates everything we ever wanted, before you could get all this cool digital stuff.
If you like the Residents or Firesign Theater, this rerecord will likely get repeated foreplay on your CD changers. If you want to dance, or hear sounds like you’d hear on Clear Channel, pass it along. This is only for the uber-arty.
The Prime Time Sublime Community Orchestra: www.primetimesublime.com