Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Muffins : Air Fiction

The Muffins' privately released limited edition second album from 1979, recorded live one side in front of an audience, the other in the studio. Made for a special occasion and sold at concerts and by mail order only. Not as polished as their studio albums, it showcases their less Canterbury, more (often rough and/or humorous) improvisational side. It seems the Muffs themeselves are not very proud of this record, since there is not even a hint of a reissue, nevertheless it's a valuable (and long unavailable) part of the history of this great group.
Note: They've fairly recently reformed after a gap almost 20 years long, and are very active - two new albums, a DVD and concerts, so catch them if you have a chance!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back! And a great welcome this is -- been looking for this one.


6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back !

I got this one from them by post when it came out.
Didn't like it compared to Manna Mirage.

It seems you had contact with Chris Frasier's ex-wife.
So UW&P did a lot of live gigs way back ...
If one of these could emerge on the internet some day ...

Thanks for one of the greatest blogs on the net.


Dirk V.

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Nice you are back! By the way, some time ago you sort of promised to post the two Ur Kaos LPs. I would be very interested!


5:02 AM  
Blogger rz said...

thanks, dave!

4:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting to see this again. I actually have this lp, but I've never warmed to it. As the individual above notes, Manna Mirage was much more interesting, not to mention 185. Back in the day it was so rare for a band, particularly an American one, to release live improvised music that I've treasured it as emblematic of The Muffins courageous stance.

12:04 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

come baaackk!

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I managed to get my hands on this LP straight from Tom Scott himself. He was also cool enough to make me a nice wooden box to hold it complete with the full band signatures. Damn that was so generous of him to do that!

1:04 PM  
Blogger Peter Tuominen said...

Thanks so incredibly much! Been looking for this for sooo long!

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They were planning to try and book a tour, and they made this record in a great hurry to try and scare up the money for it. I bought ten copies, to try and help them out, but I've certainly never listened to it ten times. It's far and away the least interesting document with their names on it. (They did play a couple gigs in Boston and Providence.)

5:28 PM  
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2:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, rz - i see you updated your link list!!

the mended record archive is alive and well!cheers :D

4:36 AM  
Blogger NOISEBOX said...

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1:18 PM  

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