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Chomp More

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K
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Yo-Yo
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Beep
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Italian Movie Theme
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Crazy
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M-Train
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Buzz
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No Clocks
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Reptiles
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Spider
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Gyrate
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Altitude
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Crazy (Original)
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Yo-Yo (Pylon Mix)
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Gyrate (Pylon Mix)
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Four Minutes
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Total Tracks: 16   Total Length: 62:29

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Douglas Wolk writes about pop music and comic books for Time, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wired and elsewhere. He's the author of Reading Comics: How Gra...more »

10.19.09
The second and final album from a hard-grooving and fiercely weird Athens band
Label: DFA / Revolver

Athens, GA, was a big music town in the early '80s, and for a few years the pride of the city was the fiercely weird groove band Pylon. The second and final album by the group's original incarnation, Chomp — expanded here with four alternate mixes, including an unnerving dub version of "Gyrate" — pointed toward a beatwise route that American alternative rock mostly avoided after its 1983 release. The rhythm section of Michael Lachowski… read more »

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If you own the Pylon CD "Hits"

djgolf

on the DB label (it's been out of print several years) then you already have a lot of this. Grab "Italian Movie Theme", "Buzz", "Reptiles", "Gyrate", "Spider", and the newer & different version of "Crazy" (track 5) and then you're complete.

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Great, Influential, Still Relevant

Grover

Pylon, a fantastic band now on eMusic, good for them. Even though I am from California and never saw them, this LP hangs on my wall because I find it so unique and influential. If you want to find where the beginnings of '80's "College Rock" are, these guys are in the grass roots. A band from Athens, GA that heavily influence R.E.M. (they covered Pylon's "Crazy" from this album) but never got much recognition beyond a regional fan-base and music-nerd college radio DJ's (that'd be me). Cool-chick singer, rhythmic and angular at the same time. You will hear lots of later bands/music in these grooves. All three albums are fantastic, but this one, "Chomp," is the best place to start. Thanks to Clarke/Skankman for turning me on to this in 1988.

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Not their final album...

activitystory

But still a great one. This is my favorite disc in their catalog. They reunited in 1990 and released "Chain"which I also hope to see given the reissue treatment.

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weird, you say?

hernan

I think you can call them that, if by that you understand lousily played instruments and vocals, poorly laid out songs, etc. Very very sad indeed.

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Chomp yeah!

ericthered68

Athens in the early '80's had one of the "tightest-knit" music scenes of the post-punk era. The distinctive, jangle-y chords coming out from Love Tractor, Kilkenny Kats, REM and Pylon + others were strikingly similar, as if each band shared the same guitarist. Add some lo-fi, a Southern lilt, art-y lyrics either mumbled (REM), yelped (Pylon), or growled (Kilkenny Kats) and you've got perhaps the best home-grown college rock movements in America (Minneapolis + Seattle, be damned!). So it's a joy to see this Pylon album here! Vanessa Briscoe's vocals are crisp, urgent and decidedly unique. The rest of the band are equally tight, yet economical (think Wire if they grew up in in the U.S. South instead of southern England). The snake-y bass lines single-handedly got me to take up that instrument (check out M-Train and you'll see why) REM obviously heard something special too: They covered "Crazy" for the b-sides comp "Dead Letter Office." Try 8, 3, 5, 2, 6 and 4!

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Though the B-52′s had already lit the spark that eventually turned Athens, GA, into ’80s college rock ground zero, it was Pylon who truly first established the formerly sleepy Southern town as an artistic center and hipster haven. With an often surreal sound that paired the same sort of serpentine, angular instrumental work and emotive, off-kilter vocals characteristic of Television and Gang of Four with a disco-informed rhythmic bounce, Pylon came off like an even weirder, artier, yet somehow less pretentious Talking Heads. One of only two full-length albums released during the group’s original early-’80s run (Pylon would eventually disband and re-form a number of times as the members’ moods and lifestyles dictated), Chomp was just as taught, exciting, and spooky as its classic predecessor, Gyrate, but benefited from a step-up in production values. Kicking off with the throbbing, guitar noise-infused “K” (a strangely unsettling tribute to the board game Scrabble), the record inhabits a murky alternate universe dance party where Gloria Gaynor and Donna Summer’s melodic R&B vocals have been replaced by lead singer Vanessa Briscoe’s Yoko Ono/Patti Smith-style growls and yelps, and Studio 54 has set up shop in Andy Warhol’s Factory. Considering how challenging this music remained decades after its release, Chomp is surprisingly accessible. Laced with undeniable hooks, it also includes the band’s best-known song, “Crazy,” which was famously covered by R.E.M. as the B-side of the “Driver 8″ single and later included as the leadoff track on the Dead Letter Office rarities compilation. The members of Pylon always considered themselves less a traditional rock band and more a collective of artists who happened to work in the medium of music; Chomp showcases the unit at the peak of its craft, painting musical abstractions in bold and influential strokes. [Released in 2009, Chomp More added the 7" version of "Crazy," an alternate version of "Yo-Yo" with male vocals, a remix of "Gyrate," and the non-album single "Four Minutes."] – Pemberton Roach

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