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Listen Compute Rock Home

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15 track 'best of' retrospective for this innovative songwriter of the '60s & '70s, a must for fans of Raymond Scott, Luke Vibert & Add N To X --the acts that championed his music al vision! Includes 'Coco The Coconut', 'Jelly Dancers' and 'Army Ants In Your Pants'. 1999 release.

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Ostensibly, Bruce Haack made records for children, but as a friend said, "I would only play his stuff for a kid I really hated." Mystic, inventor, composer, dance instructor, Canadian, Haack was roughly akin to a psychedelic Buffalo Bob and occupied a universe purely of his own invention. His albums--recorded with his partner Miss Nelson and released in the '60s and '70s on his own Dimension 5 label--aren't your standard PBS fare. In fact, they're about as avant-garde as music for the Sesame Street set gets. Haack's use of primitive synthesizers wouldn't have sounded out of place on an early Neu album and his application of musique concrète techniques have a charming functionality that such abstraction often lacks. His mad-scientist concoctions come off a bit stiff at times, but this is certainly some of the wildest "edutainment" ever waxed. There's a brooding, almost creepy quality to many of the compositions, and their subject matter is utterly absurd, even by children's standards. But the world that Haack conjures is nothing if not liberating, and Listen Compute Rock Home is likely to set a child's imagination reeling. Haack understood that children comprise the most open-minded audience of all, and his work probably fell on more sympathetic ears than that of his eccentric peers who mined other genres. Captain Beefheart should've had it so good. --Matt Hanks

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Way Out -- Intro
  2. Motorcycle Ride
  3. Jelly Dancers
  4. Abracadabra
  5. Mudra
  6. American Eagle
  7. OK Robot
  8. Coco The Coconut
  9. Hand Jive
  10. Army Ants In Your Pants
  11. Clocks
  12. Popcorn
  13. Squarefinger
  14. Upside Down
  15. Funky Little Song


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 26, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: November 2, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Emperor Norton
  • ASIN: B00002068V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,438 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a good sampling of bruce and miss nelson, but if you get into the weirder aspects of them like me, you'll want to hear the original records or tapes because the "deep album cuts" (hehe deep childrens' cuts) are full of all kind of weird bits both thematically and musically. You can actually still get the original tapes--I did--from miss nelson herself at [...] after discovering their www on...actually, this very record. I was thrilled to be able to get the tapes, although they are a little edited with some substitutions or alternate takes of songs on the LPs. The only place you can find the LPs is all scratched up in public libraries lol--that's where I first heard " The Electronic Record for Children," which got me goin' on Bruce. Bellingham Public Library. If you really want to hear the genius of Bruce Haack goin wild and minus the childrens' act, I very highly recommend you get "electric lucifer book 2." Its an beautiful, amazing peice of electronica, recorded in 1978. EL 1 was released in 1970 i think, and is good also, but has a little too much hippy-dippiness0. Bruce is beautiful on el2. Its available on CD only. I guess there's also a couple of recorded but as-yet not released records out there, like "Skullastic" and "electric lucifer 3 --identified flying object" [!!!!!] We can only hope to ever get to hear those. EL2 remained unreleased until just a few years ago itself. Bruce died fairly young at about 60, just two years before I first heard him.
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I loved this album! I'm only 15, but i know my music, and this music is something i am definitely glad to know. It's different, it's fun, it's interesting, and it's one of a kind! If you don't have it, get it! Share it with everyone! I guarantee it will give you a whole new meaning of music. With Bruce Haack's inventiveness, and Esther Nelson's expressiveness, you will want to listen to it again and again!
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This CD is a magical tour of music and movement concepts that invites creative response from the listener.Particular favorites are "Motorcycle Ride", "American Eagle" and "Army Ants in Your Pants". I would expect this record to be very useful for teachers, especially at the Elementary School level.
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...for a wall-to-wall landing." To paraphrase a line in Bruce Sterling's "Crytonomicon," Bruce Haack was the beard and Esther Nelson was the suit. Their unlikely union produced a dozen or so of the wonderful, incredibly strange children's records from which the CD has been compiled (most of the full albums are still available on cassette) -- basically, some strange, obliquely educational situation is set up, narrated by egghead Haack and the ever-clement Miss Nelson, and backed by BH's primitive synth contraptions and whirring oscillators. "The Jelly Dancers" is absolutelt infectious, as are "Army Ants In Your Pants" and the long, sad tale of "Coco the Coconut" (both of them among the many songs featuring Miss Nelson's own children), and "Upside Down" is so out it alsmost doesn't belong here, one of those stratospheric Haack compositions which take you so far into neverneverland you have to actually think about it to back down to earth when it's over. Hours of fun for the whole family -- buy an extra copy and send it to that stiff, dry old Calvinist who calls himself your father-in-law.
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I bought this CD after hearing a friend of mine use it for her general music classes. My students request it often, so I use it as a special treat. I'm amazed at how they respond to and dramatize "Motorcycle Ride", "Popcorn" and "Army Ants".
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