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Chadbourne, Eugene: Fuck Chuck (Chadula)

An unsual album even by Chadbourne's standards, this reissue and remaster of material recorded in the 80s and 90s from his cassette series brings recordings from his noise group Chuck with Murray Reams and David Nikias together with recordings with Ut Gret (Joee Conroy and David Stilley) to create a hybrid of live experimental improv and found sounds.

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Label: Chadula
Catalog ID: chadChuck
Squidco Product Code: 25908

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: USA
Packaging: CDR in a cardboard sleeve with Dr. Chad's unique packaging


Eugene Chadbourne-composer, guitar, voice

Murray Reams-drums, percussion

David Stilley-reeds

Joee Conroy-bass

David Nikias-percussion, drums, devices

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"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 (

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Murray Reams is a drummer and percussionist known for the groups Chuck, Chuck Upheaval, and Krackhouse.

-Discogs (

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"David Stilley showed up unannounced on Joee Conroy's doorstep in 1980 with an urgent desire to share some ideas about music. He had gotten the name from fellow San Diegan, David Denton who met Conroy and his future wife, Lisa Kemper, crashed on his couch their first night in Santa Cruz courtesy of former Louisvillian, David Willenbrink. Within weeks, the two had formed a musical bond that has gone through new wave, jazz, electronic music , world music, RIO style music and much more. Usually led by David's genius and amazing ability to translate any musical idea on almost any instrument. David was an amazing keyboard player, guitarist, bass player, drummer and percussionist. He could play trumpet, trombone, bassoon, contra-bass clarinet, oboe, flute, bass flute, bass sax. baritone sax. alto and soprano and sopranino sax and he played several species of bagpipes. He studied electronic music under Bob Beede and built his own analog synthesizer using Serge modules, a Buchla touchplate system and a E-mu voice card. He taught himself FM synthesis.

David and Joee's first serious performing group was an electronic music duo called "Cheez Whiz". They would perform mostly on Conroy's "Alternate Currents" radio show at the UCSC campus from 2am to 4am. It was a two hour show within his show called "The Pirate Radio Hour". They also opened for Mother Gong. David's roomate, James Potter and he formed an improvising group called "Gorgo" and a percussion ensemble. The convergence of these elements led to the formation of Ut Gret. These three original members asked drummer Chris Roe, who played in the percussion ensemble, to join and dedicated themselves to free improvisation after seeing Henry Kaiser, Derek Baily, Evan Parker, ROVA, Greg Goodman, Charles K Noyes and Toshinro Kondo with Steve Lacy and Steve Potts in San Jose. Ut Gret would remain at the center of the Santa Cruz music scene all through the 1980's. Joee and David continued as partners in a vast number of projects like:

The Urban Bush Ensemble (Original Afro-pop group) 1991 to 1994

Kevin Collins Group (Jazz) 1988-1989

Local Universe (World Music) 1990-1991

SCRAMS Orchestra (Santa Cruz Renegade Artists and

Musicians Society)1982-2984

David would remain the heart of Ut Gret, moving with Joee to Louisvillle, KY in 1989 and pioneering the directions of Ut Gret until moving back to Santa Cruz in 1994. From there he started playing reggae music and slowly retired from music with health problems.

At last report he was playing pedal steel guitar."

-Ut Gret website (

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"Bassist Joee Conroy was a founding member of Ut Gret. He has played with the following groups/artists:

Ut Gret-New Music Improvisation Ensemble (everything)

Bohemian Rhapsody-traditional gypsy music of Spain, Eastern Europe and Arabia. (guitar, bouzouki, oud)

21 CenturyString Quartet-modern music composed by members (Doug Carroll/cello)

SOMA-original jazz quintet with two drummers (guitar/ bass)

Arch Analyst-Modern Jazz Quartet (bass)

Camper van Beethoven-retro-progressive Americana (Various string instruments)

SCRAMS Orchestra- Community Orchestra performing members works (violin)

Pataphysical Gamelon-original and traditional music of Indonesia (peking, kempul)

Local Universe-world music consort (Various ethnic string instrurments)

Urban Bush Ensemple-afro-pop music ensemble (guitar)

Secret Commonwealth-new music company performing four operas by Daniel Dutton (guitar, pedal steel, mandolin, koto, bouzouki, shamisien)

Pataphysical Country-Country & Eastern, Celtic and traditional Appalachian music (guitar, Bouzouki)

Paul K-singer/song writer (cello, viola, autoharp, koto, mandolin, harmonica, vocals)

Band of Ronnies-early 80's new wave group (guitar)

Flophausen-proto-grunge teenage lovesick rock group (guitar)

Renegade String Quartet- free improvising string quartet (cello)

Testosterone Faries-furious southern fried funk (Davey Williams/Conroy twin guitars)

The Horror-performing the music of Eugene Chadbourne (various string instruments

Gambian Bat Invective-duo with Keenan Lawler (various string instruments)

Northwind-new age (guitar, percussion)

Sapat-free jazz group (various string instruments)

Nanobot Death Cloud- performing the microtonal music of Mike French (cello, violin)

Temple Jack Orchestra- ambient music (chapman strick)

Sun Ra Tribute Arkestra-led by Jothan Callins (Viola)

Also- free improvisation with John Butcher, Paul Lovens, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Andrew Voight, LaDonna Smith, Jack Wright, Shakin Ray Levi's, Gino Robir, Morgan Gubberman, Sergey Kuryokhin, Tom Djll, Henry Kaiser, Greg Goodman, Bhob Rainey, Davey Williams, Eugene Chadbourne, John Oswald, Charles K. Noyes, Ian Davies, Ross Rabin, Joesph Sebella, Zan Hoffman, Craig Hultgren, Misha Feigin, Sergey Letov, Fred Lomberg-Holm, Tom Guralnick, Lukas Ligeti and more."

-Ut Gret website (

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David Nikias is a sound artist and photographer base in Marlow, New Hampshire. He is known for the band Chuck with Eugene Chadbourne.

-Squidco 11/30/2022

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track listing:

1. Chrissie Nutty 13:02

2. Eugene In Eugene 4:40

3. Nutty Tabula Ras 2:24

4. BB King Medley 10:13

5. After Hours 9:33

6. F-cj Ch-ck With A Broken Tape Deck 2:12

7. Rumble-aning Driftin' On The Waterfront With Donna Lee Dolly 18:27

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"By popular, a new digital master of one of the stranger items from the '80s and '90s cassette series. The noise duo Chuck and I recorded a live show at the Niteshade in Greensboro but the tape recorder broke so I utilized other material recorded by the vintage duo version of Ut Gret (Joee Conroy and David Stilley) from a radio broadcast but mostly from the aftermath of a sparsely attended concert in Eugene (first time for Eugene in Eugene) when we prolonged the departure messing around with percussion equipment and talking with shreeves who wandered in. A highlight of this program is the drunken woman (we called her Grace Slick) wandered onstage and sang blues as if we were backing her up normally."-Doc C had

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