View Full Version : Macho Alex: The Funk - homemade kids tape from 1995


slunken
02-08-2015, 08:04 PM
This is a cassette that I bought off of a kid named Alex who I went to middle school with in Pacific Grove CA, back in the mid nineties. We were about 12 years old when it came out. He would sell them at recess for two dollars and my copy has been sitting in a closet for over 20 years now. Now that I finally got it transferred to digital I have been listening to it at least once a day for a few weeks and I’m just as strangely transfixed by it now as I was two decades ago.

The songs are mostly about food, monsters, other kids at school or strange pre-pubescent fantasies that I never really understood (like “Runaway Lizard,” a song that is somewhat similar to “Runaway Train” by Soul Asylum). At the time the main draw to The Funk was the sense of humor. I remember the first time Alex played it for me and another friend on a walkman at school – we absolutely cried with laughter. More than just being funny, it was a real point of genesis for me because it was the first time I met someone who had actually made something.

I got to know Alex relatively well thru middle school. He one of the wildest and worst behaved kids that I had ever met at the time. I remember him blasting out windows around the neighborhood with a BB gun and throwing things at cars that drove past. One time he put a bunch of candles in a pan on top of a lighted camp stove in the basement and, when they melted completely, he took it out and flung a big splash of melted wax across the windshield of his neighbor’s van. He was a really weird kid, an only child.

The Funk was a bit of a sensation at our school. It sold somewhere between 15 to 20 copies and it seemed like everyone was talking about it for the rest of the year. Had you heard it? Did you have a copy? Was he making fun of you?

Anyway, I know a few people who still claim to have copies of The Funk. There are maybe four or five in existence that I know of.

Alex recorded The Funk on a handheld cassette recorder which often pitched his vocals up in speed and gave them a weird warble due to the fact that his batteries were usually running down. For backing tracks he used his parents’ record collection – sometimes singing along to more than one recording at a time which has a really disorienting effect. Other times it sounds like he is singing along to the TV. He told me that Runaway Lizard was recorded with a cut-in-half pog container taped over his mouth. His parents’ record collection was actually pretty cool. Incidentally, the first time I heard John Fahey was on Alex’s song called Randy Savage.

The last time I saw Alex he told me that he was collecting VHS tapes and he played me some of the instrumental music he’d been working on that sounded like Dancing Fantasy.

from here: http://waxidermy.com/macho-alex-the-funk/

stream or buy full album here: https://psychicarts.bandcamp.com/album/the-funk

slunken
02-08-2015, 08:10 PM
some favorites so far inklude "randy savage" and "pj's mom looks like elvis"

edit: "breakfast at mcdonalds" is easily the hit single

"coaches ham sandwich" is another gem

slunken
02-08-2015, 08:13 PM
i have a tiny collection of stuff like this. a favorite is:

so i got a little story for you. early to mid nineties. i am in 7th grade. art class. you know how you really get to know the other 3 or 5 people at yr table. you become friends. well, this young gent and i had a passion for a little underground band-then known as nirvana.

at some point i lent this lad a random mixtape i had lying around. it probably had bad rock music on it. he lost the tape...

to repay me...FOR SOME REASON HE THOUGHT THAT HE WOULD MAKE ME A TAPE OF HIMSELF SINGING THE ENTIRE ALBUM 'NEVERMIND' BY NIRVANA---a cappella STYLE!!!

...recorded in a karoake machine...complete with puberty-filled voice cracking and occasional incorrect lyrics. pause and record style editing. killer gem. somewhere i have a few 'in utero' songs laying around but havent found the tape in years....

my vote for most eclectic tape lying around in yr tape collection...(and i have a tape of a woman sending an audio cassette tape to her mother of dinner with her mentally challenged son)

is it morally wrong to release this record??? or super cool???

beyond balloony tunes........
http://www.discogs.com/Tom-Clark-Nevermind/release/4572929

toase
02-08-2015, 08:23 PM
Oh I refuse to believe it

slunken
02-09-2015, 08:00 AM
Why

toase
02-09-2015, 08:26 AM
Too good to be true

Is there any audio available from that tom clark nevermind?

slunken
02-09-2015, 06:31 PM
i've got a copy of the tape.

these are legit recordings. both the tom clark and this macho alex have been reissued by other labels.

you can find stuff like this in thrift stores if you're lucky and buy blank / marked up blank tapes there. it's not that uncommon. mostly just rare.

slunken
02-09-2015, 06:31 PM
the nevermind tape is pretty fucking funny. "in bloom" is phenomenal if i recall

slunken
02-09-2015, 06:32 PM
anyway i just came in to post that the macho alex tape is certified HILARIOUS

slunken
02-09-2015, 06:53 PM
i'll never be able to hear the melody to mozart's eine klein nachtmusik allegro without singing "pj's mom looks like elvis" again

slunken
02-09-2015, 07:01 PM
Too good to be true

Is there any audio available from that tom clark nevermind?

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i forgot he recorded it in real time and plays the actual instrumental sections from the album and then switches back over to himself for the vocals haha

toase
02-10-2015, 10:03 AM
Amazing

reprise85
02-10-2015, 06:52 PM
thts pretty coll

TuralyonW3
02-10-2015, 07:07 PM
man this is getting into pretty "just because"

TuralyonW3
02-10-2015, 07:08 PM
I have a lot of classic outsider material to sort through before i can get this in my schedule

see my secretary

TuralyonW3
02-10-2015, 07:09 PM
that being said breakfast at mcdonalds comes hard

slunken
02-18-2015, 02:22 PM
that being said breakfast at mcdonalds comes hard

fuck yes it does - listening right now and feeling it. gonna throw some books off my desk brb.

bye june
02-18-2015, 05:49 PM
Holy shit this is great

I love this kind of stuff

slunken
02-20-2015, 08:04 PM
i've got an extra download code if anyone wants it just pm me

slunken
02-21-2015, 08:51 PM
RUNAWAY LIZARD

bye june
02-22-2015, 10:09 AM
DOCTORS AND DENTISTS MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND

slunken
02-24-2015, 01:05 PM
Pjs mom looks like elvis came on shuffle at work and I lost it.