A.O.S.: Tripping back to the 80's for some post-punk art rock- Rip It Up
We go back to the 80's for this one by Anxiety of Silence. A post-punk art rock band featuring David Lamb, from Cattle Mutilators and Manson Family Christmas fame, his art school compatriot Raul Dorn, and my brother Matt on guitar, A.O.S. was known primarily for Raul's on-stage antics (which included Iggy Pop levels of danger and head-worn architecture), elaborate stage sets, and catchy college-radio friendly tunes. The song "love riot" managed to top the local college radio charts, and A.O.S.'s legendary performances at the annual Art Students League fund raisers held in the NMSU art department sculpture graveyard were a sight to behold. Very much a band of the time, some of this stuff sounds pretty dated to my ears, but I was surprised while preparing this post with how many of the songs hold up.
Album:Rip It up Style: Post punk art rock with touches of goth & punk DIY Cassette release from 1988
A.O.S. were Raul Dorn - vocal David Lamb - Bass Matt Thorne - Guitar me - drum kit
Side One (note - tracking does not match list on cover) Southern Romance Song Love Riot Katchina Bad Brick Laughing That's My Heart Side two Bitter Grass Rhyme of Reason Confession Rip it Up Core Canto Mary Mary in the Lavender Pumps Thanks to Darin for the scan of the original artwork.
As a bonus, I have included some songs from one of the Art Student League Halloween shows. This one is from 1988 and was recorded by a fan on a reel-to-reel 2-track. Most of the tape is unusable due to "wow and flutter" issues, but I pulled the ones that I thought good enough to preserve. On the way to this show, Matt's homemade guitar amp fell out of the van at about 35 MPH. It lasted for most of the set, but you'll hear its final gasp on the end of "I can hear the Monsters." My old roommate Linda Rosul adds some additional vocals on "Caw Crow."
Tracklist: Caw Crow I can hear the monsters Robert The Thing (part II) Get it