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SNAKEFINGER – “GREENER POSTURES” LP (1980) + ’81 live set
Just heard this album for the first time, and I gotta say, I was significantly impressed. Normally, I don’t go for the Residents and the related Ralph Records stuff (with the exception of Renaldo And The Loaf), but this one is far different — although still within the same universe, I guess, since The Residents co-wrote some of the material on the record. Trouser Press sez:
Phil “Snakefinger” Lithman, an English guitarist and singer whose musical career began in the early ’60s, recorded a pair of albums in the early ’70s with his pub-rock band Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers. After working closely with the Residents and on his own, he died of a heart ailment in July 1987; the work he left behind typifies both imagination and technical excellence. On songs like “Sinister Exaggerator” and the Residents’ savage reworking of the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction,” his deranged slidework and upside-down solos â€” trickily playing the wrong notes in the right places â€” adds an immediately recognizable deviant edge.
Snakefinger’s first and third albums, “Chewing Hides The Sound” (1979) and “Manual Of Errors” (1981) left me a little cold, but “Greener Postures” (1980) is a solid, sometimes magical slab of post-punk terror.