Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Magnet Magazine 4-way compilation 7'' (1996)

Magnet Magazine 4-way compilation 7''
(1996, Darla Records/Magnet Magazine)

It's odd enough to name a song "Tractor Rape Chain." It's even more odd to have two completely different songs named "Tractor Rape Chain," in your song catalog. In the world of Guided by Voices, stranger things have happened, I suppose (plenty of questionable lyrics come to mind). Not to be confused with the Bee Thousand GBV standard, this cut, actually entitled "Tractor Rape Chain (Clean It Up)," is a leftover supposedly  recorded around '91 or '92. The track was reportedly included on early track listings for a few Guided by Voices LP sequences that never came to fruition in the early '90s (a testament to the density of the song catalog, right there). Bootlegged for some time, "Tractor Rape Chain (Clean It Up)" was finally released on this 4 band split compilation released in 1996 through Magnet Magazine.  

Tractor Rape Chain (Clean It Up)- Again, this is NOT the same song as the beloved GBV favorite, "...(Clean It Up)" is a slow burn, haunting trudge that builds from cryptic basement echo into a slow, serene guitar wall with hypnotic chants of "Clean it up."  Listeners of the original will identify the "parallel lines on a slow decline..." refrain. A long and strange track that's worth tracking down. 

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