On February 20, 1983, Don unveiled his SubGenius Trilogy ("Personal Savior Blues," "Dobbstown," "Hymn 999") at ER Night a music/ film/ rant fest at the Monroe County Library Auditorium in Bloomington, IN. Unfortunately, the set was a fabulous disaster due to the fact that Don'd been up for a solid week on Mother's Little Helper and he crashed and burned before our very eyeballs. Over the next few years, Don contributed art and writings to Church publications, but it weren't until 1987 that he fervently fashioned and unleashed a tape of Dobbs-specific tunes including the re-recorded Trilogy. The tape, entitled Post Hip Gnosis, featured the pharyngeal Philo Drummond and several erstwhile Dancing Cigarettes. Then, in 1991, Don was asked (by the Brooklyn Clench) to perform at a SubGenius shindig called "'Bob's Bowery Bash" at CB's 313 Gallery, the left wing of CBGB in NYC. Luckily, he had a band at that time that could play out Saint Ballantine. So he taught 'em a few of the "psalms" and, for this one shot, dubbed the band: Post Hip Gnosis.
POST HIP GNOSIS
1987 / 60-min cassette tape
Yet another hilarious collection of rants, ravings, and songs from everyone's favorite neo-fanatic religious cult parody, the Church of the SubGenius. Rev. Don Trubey and his pals provide offerings from the Church's bottomless musical collection plate, ranging from pop and electric urban blues to thrash and even a hymn entitled "There's a Pipe in the Sky" (for you infidels, a briar pipe is a trademark of sorts for the Church's diety, J.R. "Bob" Dobbs). Whereas many other SubGenius tapes divide time between "rants" and music, this tape is almost all music. Spoken words are still used here and there, like the nifty use of excerpts from various Jimmy Swaggart sermons played over synthesized dance music. Secular humanists out there will find this tape a real hoot.
The music is... chakra-chilling in places... eardrum-mangling in others; and, in the unholy mixture thereof, wholly BUTT-NUKING. When you can't dance to it, you HAVE to trance out to it... and vice versa. I can remember a time BEFORE Interim Music [a subsidiary of FoScoCo], but I don't like to. I much prefer the ideal universe in which it always existed. I can sing along with all the songs; indeed, it's not a choice: I MUST sing along with them. Of course, that may be because I BELIEVE in them.
Hymn 999 (a.k.a. "There's a Pipe in the Sky") is also on "Bob"s Punctured Eardrum now available at SubGenius.com. This 22-track CD features the cracked canticles of Brother Cleve Dunkan, Dr. Howll, Glassmadness, D.K. Jones, Mark Mothersbaugh, and The Swinging Love Corpses.
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