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Started as a rumor, or more likely a threat, ROYAL TRUX burst from the belly of NYC-cum-DC scum punks PUSSY GALORE in 1986. Disinclined to follow the path of their host group, Royal Trux began the process of exploring their own identity. First vinyl pressing since the original 1990 release.

1. Solid Gold Tooth/Ice Cream/Jet Pet/RTX-USA/Kool Down Wheels
2. Chances Are the Comets in Our Future/Yin Jim Versus the Vomit Creature
3. (Edge of the) Ape Oven
4. Florida Avenue Theme/Lick My Boots/Glitterburst/Funky Son/Ratcreeps

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  • Vinyl (January 20, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B001KT38TA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From the noisy demise of underground kingpins Pussy Galore came two interesting bands. The first was Jon Spencer's blues deconstruction unit, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion; the second was Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema's dissonant junkie nightmare known as Royal Trux. Interestingly, both bands started out as avant-noise combos playing little that resembled traditional rock & ... Read more in Amazon's Royal Trux Store

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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Phil on August 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is the sound of the rock n' roll genome, post-Altamont and recycled through way too many misunderstandings, miscarriages, mistakes, and misappropriations. A summer of love hangover rounding the bend into a punk rock junky nightmare, where it shatters on impact into a thousand beautiful shards. This is where Downtown meets the Haight, where filthy indie self-loathing and numb-gummed tax exile knock skinhead into feathered shag. The confetti that bursts from within these two seemingly dissimilar cascarones turns out to have the same sparkle. All of these musical and weird sociolinguistic detours that Chuck, Elvis, Buddy, and Bo would never have imagined in their wildest dreams were a given by the time Royal Trux recorded this head-scratcher. Understandably, some will never get it. However, those willing to ride the cyclonic uptake of this scumbag rock echo-chamber will find a place where early Sonic Youth at their most damaged take a sharp detour into a blurry nod. But the rock gods will make the best of a bad situation, when push comes to shove; and the ultimate indie-rock mess comes right out the other side of the black hole into brilliant. There's hiss and moan and clank and tremelo blooze slop, all arranged in an intuitive conversation where Ornette and Burroughs have a Jamaican sound system battle with cheap drum machines and even cheaper amps. In the end, Jerry Garcia and Darby Crash share needles, to the horror of their respective fanbases, but to the delight of those who remember that rock n' roll means endless possibilities.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roger Deforest on March 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album can no doubt only be enjoyed with an open mind and a sense of humor. Neil and Jennifer created "Twin Infinitives" to keep the stupid Pussy Galore fans from coming to their shows. I guess it worked. Along with the recently released Hand Of Glory, this album is Royal Trux's rare trek into experimental post-punk junk rock. In other words if you love Celine Dion you'll probably vomit upon the first few notes of this album and loathe all things associated with the Great and Almighty Royal Trux.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joshua C. Stewart on December 15, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I agree with most everyone here that this album isn't for everyone. It's hazy, often unlistenable, and boring in parts. It's a lot of songs about drugs written by people on drugs and unless you are on drugs, that gets pretty dull.

That said, when it's good, it's downright genius. No other band that I know of outside of The Fall can set up menace and dread as well as Royal Trux did on this album. "Ice Cream" will stick with you for days and "NY Avenue Bridge," wow. That song will send chills up your spine even after hearing it a dozen times. Fifteen years after first hearing this album and that song still creeps the hell out of me.

For me, this was as interesting as Royal Trux ever got. After this, it degenerated into a lot of rock 'n' roll cliches and posing. Still, does one great album... well, one great song... justify a career that spiraled so downhill so fast? In this case, maybe so.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By petsounds on March 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Rarely do I EVER(!) give an album 5 stars but this is one of the few that actually deserve it. I actually traded my entire U2 collection for this one album and let's just say I don't even know who Bono is anymore. "Twin Infinities" is something that keeps calling back if I haven't listened to it in a day or so. I really cannot go 24 hours without listening to this album. For most this will be unlistenable garbage but if you - here comes the catch phrase - "get it" you will never let go of this album. Even when the album is at it's most messy and incoherent you can still here the underlying riff and song underneath it all after you've listened to it about five times or so. This is also great to put on when you've got people over you dislike and want gone in a hurry.
I wish I could describe the album better but its something you need to hear for yourself and give it a chance and keep listening to it and if you still don't "get it" then at least you have a rare album that's a pain to find. But if you've somehow gotten to this page then I highly recommend getting this album because it's beyond brilliant, just give it a chance and you will not disappointed. Too bad Neil and Jennifer split the creative ways but with albums like this it'll be a long long time till they die...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1998
Format: Audio CD
If you are familiar with the other records by RTX and HAVEN't heard this one, then hang on to yer lobes. This album takes up where "trout mask replica" by Captain Beefheart left off. The only difference is in the gravy that is left behind in yer britches after the initial listen. Jenifer's voice on "NY bridge" sounds like she was gargling glass and razorblades when she recorded it. The cd has four cuts, one cut for each side of the original double vinyl. Hang on all you alternative types, although the record is already nearly ten years old, it is centuries ahead of any of YOU! (yes, you!)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Adam Naworal on January 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I still don't know, but TWIN INFINITIVES earns a 5 for balls alone! This album is from the tape-loops and noise era of RTX. It has sounds of early Kraftwerk, Delta blues, go-go, noise rock, shoegazer, and classic hard rock..... often all at once! True, it takes a few listens to get, much less like, but once you give it a shot, you'll be gald you did. There's almost no trace of the current RTX sound, but they never made music for the average listener. RTX were and continue to be a music fan's band. Let them open your ears to a new level of comprehension.
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