discography=1. Agent Tremolo
2. Barbara Brylska Hotel
3. Cowboys, Indians and Their Parents
4. Studying to keep myself
5. Cat Religion
6. Lo-Fi Woman
7. Black Black Magic of Love
8. I'm a high-paid sperm donor
9. Sentimental double-bass
11. Metaluna 4 isn't answering
12. The Vaseline Finger
13. Auf Wiedersehen Show
Oleg Gitarkin (guitars, bass, organ, programming), Lydia Kavina (theremin), Igor Vdovin (organ on tracks 1,9,12), Mitia (Moyo Metro, organ on tracks 2,13)
This Russian masterpiece twists you outta this world. Black Black Magic is Messer Chups most musical release… 50’s B-Movie soundtracks, the guitar at times reminiscent of Ricky King, Sci-Fi Horror ala Ed Wood, the erotique of Russ Meyer – all in perfect combination with Lydia Kavina’s (niece of Lev Termen, Theremin inventor) Theremin to mutate a sound so “retro”, that it sounds like the future.
The video for ‘Go Satan Go’ features Russian Playmate of the year Natalya Simakova, guaranteeing even more kitsch.
Messer Chups is a side project of one of the members of Russia's Messer fur Frau Muller. Each of their releases is slightly different in tone - they're all loaded with bits of musical and spoken samples, ranging from 1950s B-movies to cartoon sounds.This one, however, focuses more on surf-style guitar music and theremin. Now there's a combination you don't hear much of on CD these days! Messer Chups plays with these completely diverse sounds to create a wonderful musical style all their own.
As usual, song titles are pretty indicative of the strangeness - although many of them are listed in Russian only. However, using software such as RealPlayer on your computer will show you the English titles, as I discovered. What can you say about songs called "Cat Religion" or "Cowboys, Indians and Their Parents"? All you need to know is that they really do sound both cool and strange.
Aside from 13 excellent songs, there is also a CD-ROM video included on this disc, "Go Satan Go!," which comes from Messer Chups' previous release, Vamp Babes (which is every bit as good as this CD). Run, don't walk, to buy this
CD - and all their others, while you're at it; you won't regret it!
When I picked these records up for review I had a gut feeling that I was in way over my head. The front covers completely subvert the classic iconography of 50's Americana, showing the white middle-class family demographic with fang-bearing children. Most song titles are printed in Cyrillic. The one's listed in English have titles like Cannibal Twist and Cat Religion. In all, the whacked out Russian collective known as Messer Chups are art-terrorists of the highest order and they truly deserve your attention. Musically, the band have somehow managed to find a way to fuse American surf and cocktail lounge riffs, oddball Balkan folk rhythms, found sound samples and B-movie dialogue in effort to create music that completely defies categorization. Part soundtrack to the horror that is future, part Dada experiment gone horribly awry, part schlock movie soundtrack that never was, these two discs are probably the most seditious spins you'll hear all year. Side note: Black Black Magic features Lydia Kavina, granddaughter of Therimin inventor, Leon Therimin on said instrument. Fans of the odd take note!
April 7, 2003
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