Friday, June 10, 2011

90's Hit Parade #57



Halo of Flies - DDT Fin 13

Halo of Flies was lead by Tom Hazelmyer, who also ran the crucially important Amphetamine Reptile label. Halo of Flies was named after my second favorite Alice Cooper song (you can't fuck with "School's Out"). Halo of Flies only released 7" singles and a couple EP's, but they did eventually release their entire discography on a CD. Halo of Flies were a sort of midwest companion band to Mudhoney, or at least that's how it always seemed to me. Both bands (and, come to think of it, you could throw in the east coast Pussy Galore) played a nasty, skronky sort of garage punk. People hate on the term "grunge," but it seems the perfect term to describe HoF, Mudhoney and Pussy Galore, almost an onamonapeia. I especially love this song, with the extended whirlwind-of-wah-wah solo that wouldn't be out of place on a Funkadelic record. To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure if this is from one of their early 90's singles or their late 80's singles, but since it's on the 1991 CD, I'm going to count it.

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