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Sun City Girls were an American experimental rock band, formed in 1979 in Phoenix, Arizona. From 1981, the group consisted of Alan Bishop (bass guitar, vocals), his brother Richard Bishop (guitar, piano, vocals), and Charles Gocher (drums, vocals). Considered a neo-mystic melting pot of free rock, demented surf, ragas, Arabic folk songs, free-form freakouts, gamelan percussion and Dadaist poetry, their name was inspired by Sun City, an Arizona retirement community. Performances by the group were often wildly unpredictable, sometimes verging on performance art, with elaborate costumes, kabuki-inspired makeup, and the creation of a festive, ritualistic atmosphere with audience participation.

They found little mainstream success, but they have inspired and continue to inspire a devoted cult following and have recorded numerous critically acclaimed albums, released in small editions by labels like Placebo, Majora, Eclipse Records, Amarillo Records, and their own Abduction Records. Their music was hugely varied, spreading across genres such as spoken word, free improvisation, jazz and rock. Their records typically incorporated lyrics that rely heavily on their interests in mysticism, paranormal topics (especially UFOs), religious cults and other esoterica, often also manifested in their song titles, lyrics and album art. Charles Gocher died on February 19, 2007 after suffering from cancer for a long time, bringing an end to the group. In a prolific 26-year-career, they produced 50 albums, 23 cassettes, 6 feature-length videos, and many other recordings.


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  • kingratface

    Yeah I know, you probably think it was just one of those theoretical connective models...

    25 May 11:42pm Reply
  • CadenMoran

    This is my band

    18 May 11:11pm Reply
  • kbomb001

    26 Apr 5:26pm Reply
  • nasovsem

    включил и залип. похоже, надолго. чудо-парни

    25 Apr 4:20pm Reply
  • SonofJanus

    Одна из самых интересных, и странных групп что я встречал. Также парням не откажешь в хорошем чувстве юмора.

    20 Feb 3:22am Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    Eu não consigo parar de ouvir esses caras...estou em uma lobotomia visceral!

    5 Jan 6:13am Reply
  • 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 2014 Reply
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  • storytellingman

    Get that NWA nonsense out of here.

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
  • juliacfonseca

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

    7 Nov 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • verbcake

    Free Sir Richard Bishop downloads!

    5 Sep 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • beat_radiation

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

    18 Aug 2014 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    You fellas smoke pot?

    31 Jul 2014 Reply
  • metaldiscussor

    one of my new favorite bands ever for sure.

    31 Jul 2014 Reply
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