Saturday, April 11, 2009

Tin Huey - 1979 - Contents Dislodged During Shipment (US)

Tin Huey - 1979 - Contents Dislodged During Shipment (US)
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Tin Huey is an experimental rock and New Wave band from Akron, Ohio, USA that formed in the mid/late 1970s.
Before they came to be known by that name, the band were originally known as the Rags and started out consisting of three members: Mark Price, Michael Aylward, and Stuart Austin. Later, the band decided to rename themselves after Michael's younger brother instead and settled on that. When the trio were the Rags, Mark (who was known as Wesley the Stash) played guitar, Michael played bass, and Stuart (then known as Napoleon Lemens) played drums. Harvey Gold became the fourth member to join on organ.
When Mark departs for a time, the remaining members switch to acoustic music before hiring electric guitarist Arthur Baranoff and bassist Wayne Swickley.
When they left, Mark becomes the bassist, Micheal takes on guitar, Harvey switches to keyboard, and saxophonist Lochi MacIntosh is added before being replaced by Ralph Carney. Chris Butler (who was the bassist for the Numbers Band (15-60-75)), was the last to join, also on guitar. Tin Huey were just one of the bands emerging from the Midwestern United States' Akron sound scene, others including Devo, Pere Ubu, the Bizarros, Chi-Pig, the Electric Eels and the Rubber City Rebels.
Inspired by Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, the Stooges and the Soft Machine, Tin Huey signed with Warner Bros. Records, recorded, and then released their cult classic debut album Contents Dislodged During Shipment in 1979 (later issued for the first time on CD by Collector's Choice Music in 2003). It wasn't a commercial success, due to most of the songs being too out there and far from the norm for the mainstream. Ralph Legnini (a.k.a. Ralph E.) played with the band for several early '80s shows before they went their separate ways. It would be two decades before they released anymore new material.
Their follow-up second album, Disinformation, was released in 1999 by Butler's Future Fossil Records. After the new millennium began, they have been playing at a lot of shows, both in Ohio and in a few places in the Northeast, and currently they have been putting together songs from 1978 and '79 for their third album, Before Obscurity: The Bushflow Tapes. 50% will be studio recordings, 50% will be live, some extras from 1973 might be included also. They've also been gathering new material for their fourth, New Stuff: Obscure Deluxe, with 70% of the tracks being studio-based and 30% live-based.They have also been promoting their EP called Sneak Peek: The Obscurity Series to tie fans over, but there's been only a limited amount of copies available (120) through the channels Time Traveler and Square Records on their website. Before Obscurity is set to be released in fall 2009. New Stuff's exact release date is yet to be substantiated. Tin Huey are now a septet, after adding newcomer "Bongo" Bob Ethington, formerly of Unit 5. Sadly, Mark passed away after a four-year battle with colon cancer on November 6, 2008 at the age of 56. Following his death, Tin Huey will cease performing.
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