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Artist: HIGNEY, KENNETH
Title: Attic Demonstration
Format: CD
Label: Kebrutney
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"Kenneth Higney was a struggling singer-songwriter when he cut Attic Demonstration in 1976, a demo record of such massive outsider vision that it dropped straight into the void, as well as the deep pockets of a band of committed record collectors. Initially intended as a calling card to help him get his songs covered by other artists, Higney soon branched out into selling the disc as an actual album, placing low key ads in a couple of NY papers and sending out a bunch of review copies. Only Trouser Press took the bait, saluting Attic Demonstrations "cross between Lou Reed and Neil Young without the aid of melody." Now officially available for the first time, Attic Demonstration is one of the most endearing and intensely human real people discs to turn up for a while, boasting Modern Lovers-styled road ballads sung with a Jagger-esque snear and propelled on pegleg rhythms that would do The Shaggs proud, through meandering tonal wastelands where Higneys eye-wateringly unarmoured vocals are supported by minimal chord patterns that progress according to the position of the stars. Best of all is the addition of both sides of Higneys funk/punk tribute single, where he namechecks contemporaries like The Dead Boys and Johnny Thunders and rhymes "dirty downtown bar" with "the sissy music of John Denver". Almost too good to be true." - David Keenan; The Wire. "New Jersey open wounds real person basement psych damage strums with buzzfuzz bursts. mix of Spencian floaters and warped rhythm ravers. At times sounds like 1/2 Japanese doing Cale-era Modern Lovers outtakes. way lost no-fi monsterdom..." - Ron Moore. Official CD reissue of this 1976 classic. Includes tracks from his 1980 7" release. Highly recommended! Restocked yet again..

Artist: HIGNEY, KENNETH
Title: Attic Demonstration
Format: LP
Label: One Kind Favor
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Often considered the Holy Grail of "real people" records, Kenneth Higneys "Attic Demonstration" was never actually intended to be an official release. It was recorded in New York City by Higney and his accompanist Gordon Gaines (R.I.P.) as a vehicle with which to sell Higneys songs to other artists and was only pressed to vinyl in 1976 when he grew tired of duplicating cassette tapes. Apparently the Jandekian dissonance of the "A. Demo." sound was an unintended by-product of the one take demo sessions. Be that as it may, "Attic Demonstration" is a strange sonic world all of its own. It is neither too weird to be unappealing to "regular" music listeners nor is it one of those "discoveries" that leaves you wondering what all the hype was about. Acoustic guitar ballads of nearly atonal desolation mix readily with rock n roll numbers featuring hiccuping drums and alien sounding electric guitar. Hingeys vocals are by turns sneering and mournful as he sings about lost love and the desire for fame all filtered through his uniquely bent worldview. Although a few ads were placed for the record in The Village Voice and The Aquarian, the fame that Higney sought eluded him (a semi-positive review in Trouser Press notwithstanding). That is, until the album was discovered and distributed by record dealer Paul Major. "Attic Demonstration" has been featured in the Acid Archives and copies of the original LP have soared in price over the years, but you no longer have to pay $100, $200 or even $300 to obtain a copy of this monumental album on vinyl. One Kind Favor and Kenneth Higney have teamed up to bring you an official reissue of "Attic Demonstration" remastered and with all the original artwork." - One Kind Favor.
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Artist: HIGNEY, KENNETH
Title: Attic Demonstration
Format: LP + 7"
Label: One Kind Favor
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Last copies of this 2012 reissue with a bonus 7" ("Funky Kinky" b/w "I Wanna Be The King"). "Often considered the Holy Grail of real people records, Kenneth Higneys Attic Demonstration was never actually intended to be an official release. It was recorded in New York City by Higney and his accompanist Gordon Gaines (R.I.P.) as a vehicle with which to sell Higneys songs to other artists and was only pressed to vinyl in 1976 when he grew tired of duplicating cassette tapes. Apparently the Jandekian dissonance of the A. Demo. sound was an unintended by-product of the one take demo sessions. Be that as it may, Attic Demonstration is a strange sonic world all of its own. It is neither too weird to be unappealing to regular music listeners nor is it one of those discoveries that leaves you wondering what all the hype was about. Acoustic guitar ballads of nearly atonal desolation mix readily with rock n roll numbers featuring hiccuping drums and alien sounding electric guitar. Higneys vocals are by turns sneering and mournful as he sings about lost love and the desire for fame all filtered through his uniquely bent worldview. Although a few ads were placed for the record in The Village Voice and The Aquarian, the fame that Higney sought eluded him (a semi-positive review in Trouser Press notwithstanding). That is, until the album was discovered and distributed by record dealer Paul Major. Attic Demonstration has been featured in the Acid Archives and copies of the original LP have soared in price over the years, but you no longer have to pay $100, $200 or even $300 to obtain a copy of this monumental album on vinyl. One Kind Favor and Kenneth Higney have teamed up to bring you an official reissue of Attic Demonstration remastered, with all the original artwork and with liner notes by the artist." - One Kind Favor.

Artist: HIGNEY, KENNETH
Title: Funky Kinky/I Wanna Be King
Format: 7"
Label: One Kind Favor
Country: USA
Price: $6.00
"Official reissue of Kenneth Higneys 1980 private press 45rpm single. Compared to "Attic Demonstration," the recordings are much more polished. Synthesizers and "pop sensibility" have found their way into Higneys music, and the more I listen to it, Im convinced this could have somehow taken the world by storm in some sort of post-No Wave context. Dont get me wrong, this is still incredibly strange stuff, with Higney triple tracking his vocals in different registers. "Funky Kinky" is an especially unique come-on to a lady and "I Wanna Be The King" is an "ode or tribute, whatever youd like to call it, to the NYC punk scene of Maxs Kansas City and CBGBs in general and Johnny Thunders (the "King") in particular," according to the artist. "I wanna be the king, I wanna play guitar. I hate the sissy music of John Den-var." Higney goes on to say:
In June of 1980 Kebrutney released a seven inch single of "I Wanna Be The King" b/w/ "Funky Kinky." This was my shot at being a performing writer and these were my first recordings done with the intent of being released to the general public. They were not demos. My thinking was to release a "double A side," which was reflected by the catalog numbers on the label: "KBH-516RAS" for "I Wanna Be The King" was the rock ("R") side and "KBH-516FAS" was the funk ("F") side. A monster record which drowned in the swamp after being chased by the villagers." -One Kind Favor.





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