Saturday, 19 November 2016
Oliver: Bald Cow - Speed Skull (29 February 1992)
Sometimes, it's a mistake to be doing the ironing while making selections for this blog. When first listening to the show from 29/2/92, this track bypassed me entirely and would have continued to do so if Peel had played the track he intended to from Bald Cow's 4 track EP, The Wrath of Achilles. Instead of a take on Homer's Odyssey called Return of the Gone, we got a garage rock tribute to Albert Einstein called Speed Skull. This was clearly a band looking to marry intelligent dissertations on science and literature to a biker bar musical ethos, and they do it brilliantly. I nearly missed it, only hearing it and enjoying it when I was listening to clarify a point on the selection that will follow this track on to the blog. I can only share it as a live recording from a gig that Bald Cow played in Chicago in 2011, but it captures the essence of the track perfectly. Their full set from that gig is on YouTube together with some other recordings under their name. Check them out.
Video courtesy of mmravic.