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Main » 2006 » November » 30 » The Hundredth Monkey - 1986 - Mute Lament
The Hundredth Monkey - 1986 - Mute Lament
The Hundredth Monkey - 1986 - Mute  Lament

Hundredth Monkey formed at 1983 by Stephen Jay Morris  (vocals), Tim Konspiracy (Kummerow) (drums), Pat Amodeo (bass), Tom Carpenter  (keyboards), and Brad Frost (guitar). The first two came from the LA punk band  Benedict Arnold & the Traitors. With this line-up released a 7' (Quicksand/  Rugged Individual, 1983, Veracious Records). Around 1985 they became a trio with  Brad Frost, Tim Kummerow and Ian Montgomery (bass) and the next year released  their only LP "Mute Lament", again on Veracious Records, with Frost as main  songwriter. The cover was made by the famous Robert Williams. They lasted 'till  1989. After that Kummerow and Montgomery formed Pendu Femmele, a band with no  vinyl or CD output (only an entire album in in its glorious days). In  the 90s Kummerow worked as a graphics artist, a painter and had the TV show  Subterranean Sounds, which featured live performances and interviews with Los  Angeles area underground bands, and Frost worked as an assistant animator,  writer and actor in movies and television.

This LP is another lost  treasure of the 80s. You could call it pop-psyche but it's a lot better than  that. Short songs with strong melodies, real good production, along with studio  effects, backwards tapes etc that sneak in the backround, not dominating but  helping the songs unfold. This is west-coast psychedelia at its best. Too bad  that they didn't get any attention.
This is a vinyl rip. Again there's  nothing about it in the net, (actually Tim Kummerow in his bio doesn't mention  the 100th Monkey, and I only found some facts from a Stephen Jay Morris reply)  so I took a photo of the cover, which I post.

About the name - from  the back cover:
The Japanese Monkey, Macaca fuscata, has been observed in the  wild for more than 30 years. In 1952, on the island of Koshima, scientists were  leaving sweet potatoes in the sand for the monkeys. A young monkey named Imo  begun to wash off the unpleasant tasting sand. She taught her mother and  playmates. They taught others. By 1958, all of the young monkeys were washing  their sweet potatoes.
When a certain number of monkeys had learned to wash  their potatoes, the tide had turned and all the monkeys on Koshima begun to do  so. The impetus of that "Hundredth Monkey" had created an ideological  breakthrough!
Then a surprising thing happened. The habit of washing sweet  potatoes jumped over the sea! Monkeys on other islands and the mainland, began  washing their sweet potatoes too.
Thus, when a certain critical number  achieves an awareness, this new awareness may be communicated from mind to  mind.

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