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The Red Krayola was a psychedelic, avant-garde rock band from Houston, Texas, formed by art students at the University of St. Thomas (Texas) in 1966. The band was led by singer/guitarist and visual artist Mayo Thompson, along with drummer Rick Barthelme. Their work predated punk and the no wave scene in 1970s New York City.

Thompson has continued using the name, in its legally-required permutation The Red Krayola, for his musical projects since.

They make noise rock, psychedelia and… read more

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  • Avatar for Yoleshiy
    Top guys, I enjoy them so much
  • Avatar for neomarvelbunny
    Their other stuff lives up to God Bless the Red Krayola.... The rest of their career sounds much more like that than like Parable.
  • Avatar for AnaalForsage
    Does their other stuff live up to Parable of Arable Land?
  • Avatar for State-records
    for Red krayola connoisseurs http://zxelectric.bandcamp.com/
  • Avatar for Bequeathed
    holy shit parable is amazing i gotta check some of their other stuff
  • Avatar for beautifuldaddy
    it maybe wouldn't affect their more-than-solid legacy if they had more people scrobbling their music on last.fm, but it would certainly be nice
  • Avatar for spacemangraig
    listen to Soldier-Talk, it's Thompson with the complete Pere Ubu, circa 1979!
  • Avatar for shakedatthang
    Thinking Fellers definitely belong among the similar artists.
  • Avatar for Wondermoose
    I can not believe the Parable of Arable Land was released in 1967. This sounds like it could have been yesterday, and it would still be innovative and futuristic. Amazing. I have no idea as to why I would put this off listening to these guys as long as I did.
  • Avatar for PlzDontBan
    Most of the rock bands labelled avant-garde don't fit the bill, but this is definitely an exception. Very good.

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