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Chadbourne, Eugene
The Zu Side of Chadbourne / Motorhellington

Chadbourne, Eugene: The Zu Side of Chadbourne / Motorhellington (Chadula)
Label: Chadula    
Released in: USA    

Chadbourne's collaborations with the Italian progpunk group Zu are among his most rewarding joint projects. This is their first release together, orginially out on Newtone records. Zu keep up with Dr. Chad in a fast rockin' improv free-for-all. This a repackaging of the previous "Zu Side" single CD, now expanded to a doulbe CD with the Motorhellington material added.

new text from the repackage:

"New collaborations with the Rome-based Zu Band. Hard hitting muscle jazz as well as ridiculous covers (Sex Machine, Black Sabbath Iron Man, Corcovado, Boogie Stop Shuffle, Sacrifice) fill the wild grooves of two CDs for what Massimo Zu calls "the greatest cover in history."-Chadula

"A seemingly endless -- and endlessly eclectic -- series of releases made the innovative guitarist Eugene Chadbourne one of the underground community's most well-known and well-regarded eccentrics. Born January 4, 1954 in Mount Vernon, NY, Chadbourne was raised in Boulder, CO, by his mother, a refugee of the Nazi death camps. At the age of 11, the Beatles inspired him to learn guitar; later exposure to Jimi Hendrix prompted him to begin experimenting with distortion pedals and fuzzboxes. Ultimately, however, he became dissatisfied with the conventions of rock and pop, and traded in his electric guitar for an acoustic one, on which he began to learn to play bottleneck blues.

Perhaps Chadbourne's most significant formative discovery was jazz; initially drawn to John Coltrane and Roland Kirk, he later became an acolyte of the avant excursions of Derek Bailey and Anthony Braxton. Despite the huge influence music exerted over his life, however, Chadbourne first studied to become a journalist, but his career was derailed when he fled to Canada rather than fight in Vietnam; only President Jimmy Carter's declaration of amnesty for conscientious objectors allowed the vociferously left-wing Chadbourne to return to the U.S. in 1976, at which time he plunged headlong into the New York downtown music scene. After releasing his 1976 debut, Solo Acoustic Guitar, he began collaborating on purely improvisational music with the visionary saxophonist John Zorn and the acclaimed guitarist Henry Kaiser.

Quickly, Chadbourne carved out a singular style, comprised of equal parts protest music, free improvisation, and avant-garde jazz, topped off with his absurd, squeaky vocals. A complete list of Chadbourne's countless subsequent collaborations and genre workouts is far too lengthy and detailed to exhaustively document, although in the early '80s he garnered some of his first significant attention as the frontman of Shockabilly, a demented rockabilly revisionist outfit which also featured the well-known producer Kramer. Following the group's breakup, Chadbourne turned to his own idiosyncratic brand of country and folk, accurately dubbed LSD C&W on a 1987 release, the same year he joined the members of Camper Van Beethoven for a one-off covers project. In addition, he recorded with artists ranging from Fred Frith and Elliott Sharp to Evan Johns and Jimmy Carl Black, the original drummer in the Mothers of Invention; in between, he continued exploring unique styles inspired by music from the four corners of the globe, all the while issuing a seemingly innumerable string of records, most of them on his own Parachute label."

-All Music (

"Massimo Pupillo (Ostia - Roma) is a bass and double bass player and composer. Best known for being the bassist of Zu, which produced bio 15 albums with labels like Atavistic / Touch n 'Go (USA), Southern (EU), Heads (JAPAN), Ipecac Records (USA) and numerous singles and split with other labels.

He collaborate in many different (musical and not only) projects, from jazz, to improvisation, avant-garde, noise, taking an interest in movies soundtracks and theater.He has join the stage and the sounds with a very long list of musicians including ... Thurston Moore, Jim O' Rourke (sonic youth), Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen Love, Terrie (Ex), Katia Labeque, Giovanni Sollima, Nicola Tescari, David Chalmin, Chris Corsano, Eraldo Bernocchi and FM Einheit (Einsturzende Neubauten), Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Yoshigaki Yasuhiro, Geoff Farina, Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, DJ Olive, Otomo Yoshihide, Amy Denio, Gianni Gebbia, Lukas Ligeti, Fred Lonberg- Holm, Joe Lally e Guy Picciotto (fugazi), Peter Brötzmann, Caspar Brötzmann, Damo Suzuki (Can), Eugene S. Robinson (Oxbow), Steve MacKay (The Stooges), Mieko Suzuki, Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O' Malley and... yes we could go on for a long time..."

-Massimo Pupillo Website (

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Product Information:

Label: Chadula
Catalog ID: 1999CC
Squidco Product Code: 613

Format: 2 CDRs
Condition: New
Country: USA
Packaging: 2 CDRs in a cardboard sleeve with Dr. Chad's unique packaging

Eugene Chadbourne - guitar

Roy Pace - trumpet

Massimo Pupillo - bass

Jacopo Battaglia - drums

Thomas Mai - saxes (virtually)

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Track Listing:

CD1: Zu + Eugene Chadbourne

1. Cosmos (John Coltrane)

2. Chadbourne in the Sky with Diamonds

3. Somewhere over the Chadbourne

4. Porgy and Chadbourne

5. Holiday in Chadbournia

6. Ascenseur pour le Chadbourne

7. Inna Gadda na Chadbourne

8. 'O Chadbourne mio!

9. House of the Rising Chadbourne

10. Stairway to Chadbourne

11. For those about to Chadbourne (We Salute You)

12. Everybody needs a Chadbourne (To Love)

13. Spirits (Albert Ayler)

CD 2: Zu + Eugene Chadbourne: Motorhellington

1. Iron Man

2. The Robots

3. Chain of Fools

4. Boogie Stop Shuffle

5. Corrovado

6. Pushin' Too Hard

7. Sex Machine

8. Sacrifice