TIP OF THE TONGUE 16 MAY 2010
Tommy Jay & Mike Rep
The Grim-O Comix Sequence
Columbus Discount Records CDR-056
OUT OF STOCK!
Another primo pitch from the bottomless archives of the Columbus, Ohio under-the-counter-culture: Jay and Rep are a pair of believers that took rock music at its word and recorded a slate of far-sighted albums that extended and expanded on the 60s/70s rock aesthetic of Lou Reed, The Doors, Dylan et al, re-connecting it to primitive garage band modes while fast-forwarding to the future with a prescient home-recorded stance and a commitment to crude that joined the dots from overground to underground with alla the aplomb of The Dead C, Vertical Slit et al. The Grim-O Comix Sequence is a long-lost “folk rock opera” recorded by Jay and Rep in ’74 in the wake of a Lou Reed-inspired epiphany (we’ve all had em) after the pair caught him on the Sally Can’t Dance tour when they were just out of high school. But the LP is specifically influenced by Reed’s Berlin album. The pair became so obsessed by it that Jay set out to see if he could pen a suite of songs that were as death-decadent, murderous and compulsively pill popping as Reed’s opus. And here it is. If you thrilled to Tommy Jay’s Tall Tales Of Trauma then you’ll be aware of Jay’s gift for beautiful melodies and primitive rock/roll inflection but here they’re married to the kind of apocalyptic midnight stylings of Reed’s “The Bed” (a track that was also covered by Jim Shepard), with lyrics that tackle themes of “suicide”, “unrequited lust” and, uh, “cosmic drivel”. The sleeve trumpets the LP as “the birth of ‘lo-fi’ naked and bawling” and it’s pretty spot on. If the modern world wasn’t so unhip, you could’ve swore it was cut yesterday. Edition of 500 copies with extensive liners. Already sold out at source. Highly recommended.