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Braindead Sound Machine


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*Braindead Soundmachine was founded in Los Angeles, California in 1989 as a joint effort between Coonce and speed metal record producer Croyle, as they conceptualized “metaldisco,” a genre that melded Black Sabbath riffs topped by disco-y rhythm guitar and ethereal female vocals. The band was rounded out by Shivers, a Los Angeles sound engineer, whose aural contribution consisted of non-musical screeching noises coerced out of his collections of refurbished vintage analog synthesizers.

Following Coonce’s edict that “singers are like spark plugs, you screw them in and then you screw them out,” Braindead utilized the services of sundry female vocalists, including those of Joan Jones from Sun 60, Khalsoum Salloum and JenJen (Jenny Homer from Downy Mildew).
Braindead chanteuse JenJen
Braindead Soundmachine: (l,r) Ikky Shivers, Mr. Reality, Khalsoum Salloum, Cole Coonce

As “a band obsessed with drag racing, drag queens and the apocalyptic downfall of the entertainment industry,” Braindead reveled in the absurdity of life in Los Angeles, as well as in its own anarchy.

The band’s ethos? “There are no mistakes.” Its only rules? “No chord changes.”

The band’s zen anarchic approach to making music was also informed by its insistence that Yoshi, a transplanted Japanese transvestite working as a cocktail waitress in East Hollywood, was in fact “Dogvillasan,” a deity (or “Coyote God”) summoned by the group in the song of the same name.

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  • PitFiend

    If anyone important ever asked me "Whats your favorite band of all time?" and looked me dead to nuts in the eyes I'd probably tell them...

    8 Dec 2010 Reply
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    25 Jan 2010 Reply
  • iamjustkidding

    there's a cover of walking after midnight that should be here....

    25 Jan 2010 Reply