The namesake for Kill Ugly Radio was a generic boombox of indeterminate manufacture specially modified to play two tape loops simultaneously and also receive electromagnetic interference from power tools and electronic toys. It was used as a performance instrument in audio experiments until it had a catastrophic power source failure and had to be terminated. It is on permanent display in the Larch Mountain Absurdatory.


Well, Originally the name came from a declaration by Frank Zappa, on the back cover of Uncle Meat. It was the ugliest radio in the factory where I was working at the time. I dragged it everywhere I went and was in love with the way it could play two cassette tapes simultaneously. Music just seemed so much less limited when you could combine seemingly disparate elements together into a exciting new composition.
But it was a hazardous and hostile work place, so after a short time the little radio took quite a beating and as was often the case in that factory, there were a lot of radios floating around that belonged to no one or nobody could remember who brought them in the first place. These communal radios drifted around the plant and started to camouflage themselves into the background, thanks to airborne pollutants and the daily grime of the sweatshop. They had a beat up appearance and often had cassette doors broken off, wire hangers for antennas or were duct-taped back into working order. Often they looked like the factory machine they were resting on or were in the middle of some bizarre process of merging with the grime, dust and wiring, in a barnacle-like fashion. You didn’t see them, but rather heard them playing past the point of distortion in a vain attempt to be heard over the pounding and screeching of the machinery. Every work station had it’s own radio, each on a different channel. On the night shift the factory became an industrial symphony, tuning up for the opening of the gates of hell.
Sure wish I’d taped it.


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  2. HAH!
    Wrongo Starr!
    How could I NOT feature you guys? I have never heard of you before and now I’m glad i did. Amazing!

    I once harbored a secret dream of starting an all Beatles cover band that just did Ringo songs, called – get this – The Dung-Beatles.
    Everyone would look like Ringo.
    Nobody else was interested, though.

  3. bye chardman!

    i’m off with blogging – will be on other things in the future and don’t have time to continue with blogging.

    i shot off my blogs (orang + border), so no need to link there anymore. i didn’t thought about it before, just made it, HAD to! i know i was addicted in all this blogstuff, so i had to make it this way.

    take care, pal – and enjoy whatever you do best! 😉

    cheers, lucky

  4. Great, wonderful site!
    I have a request, yhtough I’m not sure you welcome them.
    I lost my copy of Donald Swearingen’s “Salvation at 1 a.m.”. Do you have it?
    If so, and if willing to post it, my deepest gratitude.
    If not, congratulations on this excellent effort.

  5. Hey,

    Thanks for using our widget. I was just checking out your site — cool.

    We just published a new widget, HollaWalla, it lets you and your friends post audio to a ‘wall’ and comment on the tracks. It is like a radio station – programmed by your friends.

    To get the widget… go to http://www.seeqpod.com, sign in, create a mix, and in the upper-right part of the main site … you will see “get HollaWalla”. Click that – it will get you the embed code.

    We are always open to your suggestions — podbin@seeqpod.com — if you would like to comment/suggest.

    All the best,

    Mario Wilson
    VP Business Development and Strategy

  6. great website, i tried to download nosferatu soundtrack by art zoyd, the link is dead. could you please upload again, as this is difficult to find. thanks

  7. Hi Dave / Kill Ugly Radio

    Found your nice Ballard tribute, and wanted to let you know-
    we are presenting another JG Ballard tribute next Friday on WFMU (NJ / NY area)…
    We have been talking with Ballardian and pulling things together once JG passed,
    We began with Atrocity Exhibition, Chapter 1 …
    Outpost is our new group -Mark C from ’80’ -’90’s guitars & noise group that came out in same period as Swans and Sonic Y, myself from Ike Yard, Dominatrix and Death Comet Crew plus Kent from Holy Ghost.
    Like your whole Ballard playlist …


  8. You might find this interesting.

    We refer to it as “Analog Music from a Lost World” — previously unreleased post-punk experimental rock from 1981, unlike anything else recorded before or after.

    “It’s amazing!” — Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock

    “Here’s something lovely and odd from the Free Music Archive: the Karen Cooper Complex.” — No Rock and Roll Fun.com

    Jason Sigal, Managing Director at WFMU said:
    “This is amazing stuff and we would be honored to feature it in wfmu’s curated portal on the free music archive. I’m very sorry for our slow response, we have a lot of stuff to wade through to find gems like these.”


  9. Wow – I stumbled onto your site because I saw a comment you left regarding a Butthole Surfers show in Portland in the 80s that I was also at!
    Great podcast and and site!
    Are you on FaceBook?

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