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Podcast Episode
Season
Ten
number
493
Type
Album Review
Post Date
6/23/2020

Cosmic Psychos

Cosmic Psychos might be unknown in the United States, but their fuzzed-out punk can be heard in grunge, stoner, and action rock followers

The cross-pollination of punk and rock between the United States and Australia has been going on for decades, but one of lesser-known but most interesting (to us, at least!) is the 1980s and early 90s grunge scene, and how Australian bands like The Scientists, The Birthday Party, and Cosmic Psychos had an influence on their American Pacific Northwest counterparts. In the case of the Cosmic Psychos, it was finding commonality with bands like Mudhoney and the Melvins, and releasing their 1989 album on the then upstart Sub Pop label. In 1991 the band recorded with Butch Vig following the Nirvana's Nevermind sessions and produced Blokes You Can Trust, released on the influential Amphetamine Reptile label. For a three-piece, the sound is massive thanks to the fuzzed-out bass that will remind some of the desert and stoner rock scenes, while the old-school AC/DC riffs combined with punk and hardcore attitude of Black Flag and Motorhead lands on the spiritual kin of Seattle's grunge scene.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Dead Roo
  • 20:16 - Back At School
  • 29:40 - Loser
  • 36:26 - Do It To Me
  • Outro - Nightshift

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