A2. Crush Jam
A3. Rubber Doll
A4. Walking Insane
A5. Fire Ritual
A6. Eye Gouge
A7. Warm Leather
A8. Weenie Up Nevilles Butt
A9. Constant Decay
B1. Fag Hag
|Self-released / hand-made cassette by Shithaus (exact number in circulation is unknown).
Copies were sold at “Goldy Records next to the Brown University Bookstore on Thayer Street. Goldy’s had a stack of them they were selling to support local bands as they did sometimes. I think I paid $3 to $5 for it.” – freddysneakers (via discogs.com)
Part of the tape was recorded during a live broadcast on a show called ‘Noise with Neville’ on 90.1 WRIU, Kingston, RI.
For this broadcast the band are going by the name ‘Knocked-Up Teens’ as the name ‘Shithaus‘ was not deemed “broadcast worthy by FCC regulations”.
“Neville was a demagogue of the Providence noise-rock and proto-industrial scenes of the mid 1980s. The program ran from at least the Spring of 1985 into the Summer of 1987. Today the whereabouts of Mr. Neville are unknown.”*
Also as stated on the broadcast the band management was ‘Method of Control’ whose ‘MOC’ logo can be seen on the bottom-left of the first cover image.
The DJ gives a run-down of the bands equiptment which includes; “Olds Mobile Gas Tank, Chevy Gas Tank, A Grinder, a drum board, A couple of cassette decks, fully fledged rhythm section, a guitar and some vocals”.
When It Comes A Time was also released on the cassette compilation UHF/Channel 14.
Shithaus released a cassette in 1985 and the music was used in two experimental films directed by Jon Spencer called ‘Pus: The Movie’ and ‘Ponzo’s Masterwork’. There was also a 16mm Black and White film titled ‘Shithaus’ which was released on V/A feat. John Spencer – Cinema Of Transgression Vol. 1.
*Shithaus played a gig at AS220, Saturday September 7, 1985, gallery in Rhode Island
*“sluggo: I remember seeing Shithaus, which was an early incarnation of Pussy Galore, play in a chicken wire-cage in this damp basement where everyone was covered in fluorescent paint”. – dragking.org
*Jim Thirlwell mentions Shithaus in an interview:
*A message which refers to the Shithaus cassette: “ok, someone mentioned that in the early 80s in Providence some band that played in the apt. next to them was pussy galore. Most likely that was Jon’s first band Shithaus which he was in with, I believe, one of the principles in the noise rock band Cop Shoot Cop. I have the Shithaus cassette which was the soundtrack to a student film or something circa 84-85. I am not positive but I thought Pussy Galore was an idea in Providence but became a band when Julie and Jon moved to DC in like summer 1985. Where Neil lived I don’t remember. Christina, Jon’s wife, from Boss Hog lived in DC then and worked at Hagen Dasz 83/84-ish with Ian Mackaye and Henry Rollins, but I was too young to know all this at the time. They were resoundingly hated here because their lyrics were so harsh and their attitude so unlike DC. for me the thing is that people thought they were arty because they had no other frame of reference. If you were a critic who never heard the Keggs or the Green Fuzz, but you liked no wave bands, ehh… It’s like the people who talk about VU as new wave but never seem to notice the rock roots which form a lot of their songs. I don’t hear the sun ra references in people’s stuff because I don’t have that in my repetoire.
Thanks to Jose Fritz. Visit his blog [LINK] to read the complete entry and to hear a short audio sample of this release which includes a Jon Spencer introduction (“Hey stick around you might enjoy it.”).
Vocals: Tom Fry
Guitar: Tod Ashley
Bass: Stephan Harshman
Drums: Jon Spencer
Drums: James Joaquin
Instruments: Olds Mobile Gas Tank, Chevy Gas Tank, A Grinder, a drum board, A couple of cassette decks, full fledged rhythm section, a guitar and some vocals
Recorded at “our very own production studio”
Broadcast on ‘Noise with Neville’ on 90.1 WRIU, Kingston, RI.
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MATRIX/RUN-OUT GROOVE ENGRAVING: n/a