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The Fourth Wall – ‘We Are The Guinea Pigs soundtrack’ 8″ lathe
8″ Lathe Cut with homemade covers. Ltd. to 27 copies on clear vinyl.
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A short soundtrack to the 1980 documentary film “We Are The Guinea Pigs” (dir. Joan Harvey) which deals with the aftermath of the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster. The music is by an unnamed band of New Yorkers associated with the Fourth Wall theater group. The raw music is reminiscent of the “Savage Sons of Ya Ho Wa” LP (1974), which in turn recalls Neil Young’s “Ditch Trilogy,” but the sole focus of the lyrics is the evils of nuclear energy and the systems that keep the reactors going. The politics are definitely socialist and anarchist leaning, with lines like “even Charlie Manson had more respect for law.” At the time of the film’s release some found the music in poor taste, or at the very least, highly unpolished, but looking back, there is much to be enjoyed about the sounds of this rag tag pick-up band singing about a cause they believe in.


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