Incoming: Destroy All Monsters Box Set

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Features the Stooges’ Ron Asheton and MC5’s Mike Davis on certain tracks.

By Blurt Staff

Hot Box 1974-1994 is the name, and Destroy All Monsters is the game: the legendary Detroit combo of both experimental and hi-nrg rawk bent. Across 3LPs or 2CDs, it’s a 31-track anthology of songs remastered from recently discovered tapes, including previously unreleased material. There is also a generously illustrated booklet featuring photos and artwork never seen before. All courtesy of Spain’s estimable Munster label.

The backstory: Destroy All Monsters are known by some for their role as bastion of resistance of Detroit’s rock; for being, during their second period, the band in which Ron Asheton of The Stooges would reappear. For others, they are a pivotal reference point in the copious but relatively unknown avant-garde underground from the same city, after Thurston Moore and Byron Coley dug up their first recordings in 1996 and the original line-up reunited. Destroy All Monsters comprises two complementary and interconnected poles throughout the saga of the Motor City’s music scene, from the University of Michigan’s Cooperative Studio for Electronic Music to The Stooges, through to the White Panther Party.

In its two incarnations, the experimental – led by Cary Loren, Jim Shaw and Mike Kelley – and the high energy one – with Asheton and Michael Davis from MC5 -, both featuring the phantasmagorical Niagara in the role of doped-up priestess, Destroy All Monsters are the object of one of the most devotional cults of America’s cultural underground, as testified by their abundant artistic and record production. “Hot Box 1974-1994″ is the first anthology to bring together the best outcome of those two hemispheres, including much unreleased material.

TRACKLIST

INTRO (fragment)

THAT’S MY IDEAL

CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT

FROM THE EDGAR CAYCE FOUNDATION

CONFESSION (fragment) – I LOVE YOU BUT YOU’RE DEAD

I WANT TO LIVE

MAGIC BAG (fragment) – YOU CAN’T KILL KILL

TH QUEEN

TAKE ME WITH YOU

UNPLUGGED IN SAN DIEGO (fragment)

IRON MAN (rehearsal fragment) – PARANOID OF BLONDES

BORED

YOU’RE GONNA DIE

NOVEMBER 22, 1963

MEET THE CREEPER

WHAT DO I GET?

NOBODY KNOWS

GOIN’ TO LOU’S

CD 2

THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN’

JESUS IS A SHOTGUN

ANYONE CAN (FUCK HER)

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

I JUST WANNA BE SLEEPY

BORED

PARTY GIRL

FAST CITY

GO AWAY

SWEET DREAMS

LITTLE BOYFRIEND

THE RIGHT STUFF

GROUND ZERO

 

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