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Various (The Residents / MX-80 / Chrome /  Tuxedomoon): Subterranean Modern (Klanggalerie)

Reissued as the inexplicable avant rock band The Residents celebrate their 50th year, this compilation album from 1979 includes tracks from San Fransisco peer bands Chrome (Damon Edge/Helios Creed), Art rockers from Indiana, MX-80 Sound, SF electronic new wave band Tuxedomoon, and four tracks from The Resident's themselves, two with Fred Frith on guitar.

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Cover artwork by Gary Panter

UPC: 5052571098127

Label: Klanggalerie
Catalog ID: GG400
Squidco Product Code: 31805

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Austria
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Originally issued in 1979 as a vinyl LP on the Ralf Records label with catalog code SM7908.


Helios Creed

Damon Edge

John L. Cyborg

Gary Spain

Rich Stim

Bruce Anderson

Dave Mahoney

Dale Sophies

Jeff Armour

The Residets

Fred Frith

Blaine L Reininger

Steven Brown

Michael Belfer

Peter Carcinogenic

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"To celebrate The Residents' 50th anniversary, we bring you something rather special: a re-issue of the legendary Subterranean Modern compilation. Subterranean Modern was Ralph Records' first album involving music from anyone other than The Residents or Snakefinger. The idea was to widen Ralph's appeal by bringing a greater variety of styles into the label. To this end Ralph had four band submit contributions on the theme of "San Francisco". Each was required to include a version of Tony Bennett's I Left My Heart In San Francisco. The four bands chosen were The Residents (of course), Chrome, Tuxedomoon, and MX-80 Sound. Fred Frith contributed to the songs by The Residents. All groups aside from Chrome (who signed with Beggars' Banquet instead) would later release albums on Ralph. In another first, Ralph hired artist Gary Panter to create the cover art for the album, rather than having it made by their in-house graphic design team Porno Graphics. Subterranean Modern was released onAugust 28th 1979. It was reissued by Ralph Records both in 1980 and 1983."-Klanggalerie

Cover artwork by Gary Panter

Artist Biographies

"Though the point of reference for many remains the iconic band Henry Cow, which he co-founded in 1968 and which broke up more than 30 years ago, Fred Frith has never really stood still for an instant.

In bands such as Art Bears, Massacre, Skeleton Crew, Keep the Dog, Tense Serenity, the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, Eye to Ear, and most recently Cosa Brava, he has always held true to his roots in rock and folk music, while exploring influences that range from the literary works of Eduardo Galeano to the art installations of Cornelia Parker.

The release of the seminal Guitar Solos in 1974 enabled him to simultaneously carve out a place for himself in the international improvised music scene, not only as an acclaimed solo performer but in the company of artists as diverse as Han Bennink, Chris Cutler, Jean-Pierre Drouet, Evelyn Glennie, Ikue Mori, Louis Sclavis, Stevie Wishart, Wu Fei, Camel Zekri, John Zorn, and scores of others.

He has also developed a personal compositional language in works written for Arditti Quartet, Asko Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ensemble Modern, Concerto Köln, and ROVA Sax Quartet, for example. Fred has been active as a composer for dance since the early 1980s, working with choreographers Bebe Miller, François Verret, and especially long-time collaborator and friend Amanda Miller, with whom he has created a compelling body of work over the last twenty years.

His film soundtracks (for award-winning films like Thomas Riedelsheimer's Rivers and Tides and Touch the Sound, Peter Mettler's Gambling, Gods, and LSD, and Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow's Thirst, to name a few) won him a lifetime achievement award from Prague's "Music on Film, Film on Music" Festival (MOFFOM) in 2007. The following year he received Italy's Demetrio Stratos Prize (previously given to Diamanda Galas and Meredith Monk) for his life's work in experimental music, and in 2010 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Huddersfield in his home county of Yorkshire.

Fred currently teaches in the Music Department at Mills College in Oakland, California (renowned for over fifty years as the epicenter of the American experimental tradition), and in the Musik Akademie in Basel, Switzerland."

-Fred Frith Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Anti-Fade 3:55

2. I Left My Heart In San Francisco 0:28

3. Meet You In The Subway 5:20

4. Lady In Pain 2:51

5. I Left My Heart In San Francisco 1:56

6. Possessed 5:01

7. I Left My Heart In San Francisco 2:03

8. Dumbo, The Clown (Who Loved Christmas) 2:10

9. Is He Really Bringing Roses? (The Replacement) 2:37

10. Time's Up 3:00

11. I Left My Heart In San Francisco 1:05

12. Everything You Want 4:09

13. Waterfront Seat 4:31

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