Davy Walklett ‘Genitalmania’

Picture from cover
Walklett 'Genitalmania' front coverDrawing from cover

01 The Story So Far (3:36)
02 Divine Intervention Now (4:20)
03 Tales Of Cruelty (2:08)
04 Bummer (3:24)
05 The Wages Of Action (4:53)
06 Venus In Furs [Lou Reed] (4:25)
07 I Want My Fruitgums (3:56)
08 Burn Toast (2:21)
09 Fabrication Alcoolique (:37)
10 The Fat Women Jeer (1:34)
11 Macramé Chicken (2:01)
12 Not Ben Kingsleys Penis (3:03)
13 Who The Devil Are You ? (:55)
14 Two Lines Cross (1:38)
15 The Clay House Invocation (2:08)
16 He Was Hatching A Duckegg (:46)
17 The Steer He Rides (3:59)
18 Cardinal Index Point (5:52)
19 All Along The Watchtower [Bob Dylan] (2:04)
20 Locker Room Etiquette (2:11)
21 Feeling Feeling (2:58)
22 Beneath The Valley Of Hellhole (1:01)
23 Pus In Boots (1:36)

Total time 60:00
Cassette released by Jarmusic, Berlin, Germany, 1989

A while back I posted a cassette by Davy Walklett compiled for French label Underground Productions. ‘Genitalmania’ is a compilation as well, this time for Jarmusic, a Berlin label led by Joachim Reinbold. Jarmusic was active from the mid-1980s to the mid-noughties and published many British surf rock bands like Deep Freeze Mice, The Creams, Martin Newell, as well as Legendary Pink Dots or R. Stevie Moore. Some of the tracks on ‘Genitalmania’ also made their way on ‘Sacred Hymns And Twisted Blues’, but also, strangely enough, on Srdenovic albums like ‘Songs From West of the Pelvic Girdle’. In a mail correspondence, July 2009, Milovan Srdenovic explains: ‘It took a little while to pin down who I should be’. Anyway, the Walklett alias was Srdenovic’s vehicule of choice for dirty blues tunes with blunt lyrics – the latter having more to do with Bukowski than, say, Yeats. With the exception of two cover songs, tracks are all Walklett’s original compositions. The style blends early blues a la Robert Johnson/Blind Willie Johnson with a 1980s cold wave/new wave sensibility. In a way, Walklett explores a connection between early US blues and UK’s cold wave, based on simple guitar chords and minimal bass lines. The fabulous ‘Bummer’ is typical of this vein. Walklett is no averse to synth, sampler, drum machine or harmonica (on the Dylan-like sounding #17 ‘The Steer He Rides’).  Track #15 ‘The Clay House Invocation’ is credited as ‘Pre-Bubbleheads’ in the track list, a band Walklett used to play with before going solo. The logo on the front cover is the Golden Testicle Of God symbol, the label of some of Walklett’s self releseases, like the Annual Jissom compilations.


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Possibly related:
Eva Perouk >
Milovan Srdenovic > & >
Davy Walklett >
Annual Jissom 1988 >

6 Responses to “Davy Walklett ‘Genitalmania’”

  1. 1 cnjnctvsynth August 2, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    This is really solid stuff. A good place for beginners, I’d say. Oh and thanks for the Eva Perouk stuff. I had no idea of its existence.

  2. 2 continuo August 2, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    You’re welcome.

  3. 3 Bravo Juju August 4, 2009 at 3:10 am

    Very curious about this one. Grateful.

  4. 4 continuo August 4, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Walklett never disappoints, though he sometimes irritates.

  5. 5 h63 October 30, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    The link is obsolete, isn’t’it ? is there a possibility to fix that, would be very grateful :)

  6. 6 continuo October 30, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Works fine.

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