In the mid-1980s, John S. Hall would get up on NYC anti-folk stages (centered at the East Village’s Sidewalk Café), and spout his wonderful poetic nonsense about fish betting on horseracing, driving cheesecake trucks, and way-cool saviors baking delicious cakes, in his inimitable wry, deadpan, ironic voice. By the end of the decade, he had hooked up with guitarist Dogbowl and built up a band whose cobbled-together, gleefully directionless, lower-than-lo-fi sound paired deliciously with its frontman’s wandering stories. King Missile caught the eye of avant-garde producer Kramer, signed to his Shimmydisc, and released three bizarre records that built immense college buzz about the band. Mystical Shit / Fluting on the Hump gathers together the top songs from the act’s Shimmydisc recordings, including the now-standards hinted at in the first sentence. The highest peak is the irreverent Take Stuff From Work, which ends on a classic note: ‘I’m getting paid to write songs about stuff I stole from them. Life is good’. This ultimately sums up the spirit of the irascible Hall (and to an extent King Missile): for all his angst, he’s clearly having fun”.
Features the classics “Jesus Was Way Cool” “Sensitive Artist” and “Wuss”.