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Phoenix, United States (1979 – 2007)

Sun City Girls was a melting pot of free rock, demented surf, ragas, Arabic folk songs, free-form freakouts, gamelan percussion and dada poetry, among other things. A fiercely independent trio, their only credo seemed to be to continually stretch boundaries whilst leaning towards performance art in their live shows. This process led to a dizzying array of vinyl, cassette and CD releases stretching over 20 years.

Formed in Phoenix, AZ, Sun City Girls first performed under the name Fuck You in 1979, and after morphing into the short-lived Paris 1942 (with former Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker), the group emerged as a trio with brothers Alan Bishop and Sir Richard Bishop and percussionist Charles Gocher in 1982. They released their first album, Sun City Girls, in 1984 on placebo Records, going on to release nearly 30 official albums and countless limited-edition vinyl, cassette, and CD-R projects, making their discography almost impossible to completely document.

Throughout their history, Sun City Girls remained a challenging, unpredictable and eclectic musical unit, operating outside the commercially driven mainstream recording industry and eventually becoming something of a beacon to independent musicians and artists everywhere. Relocating to Seattle in the early ’90s, Sun City Girls established their own label, Abduction Records, as well as an archival imprint, Sublime Frequencies.


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  • FirebearerDA

    @JamesHippieKid Honestly I would extend that point to their discography in general, some of their releases are a bit too lo fi at times for me to love like I do with the best SCG releases.

    15 Dec 12:33pm Reply
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    4 Dec 10:38am Reply
  • slumkillage

    gr8 stuff

    22 Nov 2:20am Reply
  • storytellingman

    Get that NWA nonsense out of here.

    14 Nov 3:13am Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    Amazing, mystical, magical...I'm really enchanted and addicted. Great band!

    7 Nov 4:53am Reply
  • Chao-G

    High Asia is a pretty good album. It's a little more comprehensible than their usual stuff, but they still manage to fuck around as usual.

    6 Nov 7:19pm Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    I kind of have to agree with both sides on the live 'dicking around stuff'. Some of it can be very listenable, but it being so lo-fi and so abstract it can make some album not as enjoyable as their more structured studio albums. I like improv and I like lo-fi, but yeah, it can be too much at times. But, yeah when this band is on point they are one of the best.

    29 Oct 8:42pm Reply
  • FirebearerDA

    I dissagree, I find the band when the band are 'just dicking around on stage' they are still pretty interesting to listen to, though I guess it's easy for me as I really like their improv stuff and love when they adopt different personas as they did on albums like the first Cloaven live album.

    9 Oct 5:18pm Reply
  • verbcake

    Free Sir Richard Bishop downloads!

    5 Sep 4:22pm Reply
  • tobacconist

    as Mark Prindle says about them "for some reason they feel that every single note that they've ever played deserves to be released - which makes for some incredibly annoying lo-fi live recordings of the band just dicking around on stage." but when they're on , their music is otherworldly & wonderful

    31 Aug 10:54am Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    Listen to Horse Cock Phepner and then Torch of the Mystics and then Funeral Mariachi and you will change your mind. If you only had to listen to one more song, though, make it Radar 1941. It was like they made that song to say to people, "Hey look! We DO know how to play our instruments amazingly well. We just don't want to, so fuck off if you don't like it."

    30 Aug 1:51am Reply
  • FirebearerDA

    Chamakay, I understand you not liking their improv and highly experimental pieces, but if you listen to tracks like 'Different Kind Of Whore', 'Radio Morocco', Rookoobay', 'Cruel & Thin', 'Blue Mambo', Kickin' The Dragon and 'Nites Of Malta' etc. you might realize that the girls were genuinely talented and didn't always create the highly experimental and hard to listen to pieces you may have been exposed to.

    20 Aug 11:55am Reply
  • beat_radiation

    nah, when this band tried, they were the fucking best.

    18 Aug 6:24pm Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    You fellas smoke pot?

    31 Jul 7:08pm Reply
  • metaldiscussor

    one of my new favorite bands ever for sure.

    31 Jul 12:14pm Reply
  • Nextdoorscream

    The right tag for this band would be "weird as fuck".

    31 Jul 11:53am Reply
  • koholintisland

    Someone please kill the stupid New Weird America tag, nothing to do with SCG. [4]

    12 Jul 2:07pm Reply
  • Wondermoose

    Someone please kill the stupid New Weird America tag, nothing to do with SCG. [3]

    1 Jul 9:58pm Reply
  • Chao-G

    Someone please kill the stupid New Weird America tag, nothing to do with SCG. [2]

    30 Jun 4:50pm Reply
  • ToadstoolMoon

    Someone please kill the stupid New Weird America tag, nothing to do with SCG.

    29 Jun 11:05am Reply
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