Saturday, 17 April 2010


The last of the Bykers' psychedelic rock albums before they went off into dance crossover territory after evolving into the Purple Fluid Exchange.

And one heck of a trip they went out on.

There's a concept in there somewhere, but I'm not quite sure what it is.
Suppression of medical research? Quackery? The environment? Misanthropy? Wilhelm Reich? Mortality?
Yeah, probably; and more, no doubt.

But basically one heck of a trip.

It's not quite a bad trip; but it's certainly very dark.
The transitional pieces are incredibly hallucinatory: Hawkwindish, 'Revolution No. 9' like, movie samples, trailers, throat singing and the most peculiar snippets of dialogue.

Many of the songs are distinctly metal rooted; Tony Horsfall playing his little socks off; twisting metal tropes to fit Mary's most bizarrely mixed vocal.

Psychedelic for sure, but as with all their albums genre boundaries are extremely fluid; there's even some cracking dub squeezed in when least expected.

They were a top band were the Bykers in their prime, but they just couldn't shift the units. Shame.
But you know, I think Van Gogh had similar problems.

Gaye Bykers on Acid - Cancer Planet Mission (1990)

Farceuncle Side

Welcome, Cancer Planet Mission
Face at the Window
Hope & Psyche
Satyr Naked
Catalytic Converter
Alive Oh?

Midwoof Side

Mr. Muggeridge
Got is the Kink
Demon Seed
Heavenly Body

Excellent cassette rip @320kbs
Take a trip here


Sticky Wicket said...

Thanks so much for this. I have this on vinyl but it's got scratches and I haven't been able to find it anywhere!

roy rocket said...

Enjoy, roy

Anonymous said...

From a similar time and place....hav u got any Crazyhead?

roy rocket said...

Familiar, but sorry, no.

Grebo Guru said...

My favourite album ever.

Fucking love it, and it just guts me that the Bykers somehow didn't get the recognition they very much deserved. There's an utter wealth of musical ideas in this album, just overflowing with brilliance.


They just don't make 'em like this anymore.

roy rocket said...

Hey G.G. Grebo-Greetings!

Thought I'd get back to you here, as this is your fave album 'ever' - and you can pretty much put a full stop to it, as this kind of music or product will never be reproduced, and certainly never bettered.

Man, weren't we lucky to have lived when we did!

Regards, roy

Anonymous said...

Same as Sticky Wicket, haven't been able to listen to this for nigh on two decades. Thank you so much!

roy rocket said...


Anonymous said...

saw them in Paris they looking good but live sound bad.... after ramones kill us with more of tow hours of total way!!!
but i like ther vinyl and the funny name.....
Dr Frankein$ounD