Saturday, May 24, 2014

Victor Banana: Split

Tim Hensley (aka Neil Smythe, aka Vic Hazelnut) is kind of a genius. Now best known as a cartoonist, Tim recorded two albums with his band Victor Banana; this was the first, released on DJ Splat Winger’s San Pedro imprint SplatCo in 1989, and featuring cover art by Dan Clowes. The band’s second and last album was the record/CD Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron in 1993. There’s lots of great bloggage elsewhere about Tim’s musical adventures as himself and other personae (see links below). I’ve asked Tim several times over the years whether he’s got any more music in him and he’s always said no, so until such time as the muse Euterpe picks up her flute and whacks Tim with it, we’ve just got these tunes to hum along to.

Convoke
Strange Things Are Happening
Surfin' Is the Most Easy Sport
Here Comes Santa
Shiver Me Timbers
Vitrified
Do the Jalopy
The Cash Cow
The World's Most Gruesome Monster
Planet Xylak
Teen Anthem
Aggravation
If I Was Elected President
Partly Cloudy
Let's Go for a Ride on a Dinosaur
Paul Bunyan
Iamatology Walking Through Lineal Theanthropism
What I Did Last Summer
Dr. Goodbeard
Parker
How Far Away Are the Stars?

LP audio & artwork

mrowster’s “Pig State Recon” blog
Steve Zdanio’s “Domino Rally” blog
Tim Hensley’s “Blog Flume” blog
The Jenkins-Peabody home page (not sure whether this has been updated in the last eight years)

DISCLAIMER: To the best of my knowledge, this work is out of print and not available for purchase in any format. If you are the artist and are planning a reissue, please let me know and I’ll remove it from the blog. Also please get in touch if you’ve lost your art &/or sound masters and would like to talk with me about my restoration work.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, thank you for that! I'm always looking for novelty audio and this fits quite nicely. Keep them coming, very much appreciated!

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