The Recordings of Thinking Fellers Union Local 282
(Pretty much superseded by the band's official website.)
easy to love ... hard to get ... addresses
You should probably buy all of these, because all of these are very good.
- Wormed, By Leonard
- 1988, Thwart, Cassette; 1995, Thwart, CD
A tribute to Leonard Nimoy. See also "Star Trek" on
Mother of All Saints.
The recent reissue of Opus 1 shocked me with my own shallowness: it sounds
so much better now on CD than it sounded in my memories of someone else's shaky cassette copy. This is not for collectors only.
- 1989, Thwart, LP; reissued on CD by Scratch Records
Their semi-professional debut shows TFUL282 already in full
bloom with a typical mix of finely tuned artifacts
(best known of which is "Sister Hell"; all of which are toe-tapping
delights) and thickly untuned blats (all of which are cerebrospinal-fluid-tapping
- 1991, Matador, LP, CD
Full bloom, part II. The only problem with this album is that college
DJs tended to concentrate on the cover of "Green-Eyed Lady" rather than
the fabulous originals.
- Mother of All Saints
- 1992, Matador, CD, double-LP
My favorite TFUL282 release to date, because it's the longest.
- Admonishing the Bishops
- 1993, Matador, EP, CD
Four magnificent songs, and nothing else. A good place to become Unionized.
- Where's Officer Tuba
- 1993, Hemiola, EP
This true-life story comes to us straight from J.T. Wolfenden herself:
As the person who used to run Hemiola - before it became impossible to
sell even twenty copies of anything transatlantic within the United
Kingdom - I thought I'd let you know what was on it and also tell you
that there are no copies whatsoever left so there is no point anybody
writing to me to buy one. It was actually scheduled to come out about 18
months before 'Mother. . .' but got delayed due to pressing plant
bankruptcy. And the songs on that lp are actually remixes of the Tuba
tracks; the band having asked me if I minded them putting some of the
same stuff from the Hemiola e.p. on the lp, which was due to come out so
much later. Naturally because the lp ended coming out about the same
time most people have assumed that 'Tuba' is the mutant offspring of
'Mother' rather than the progenitor.Also, as a result, the e.p. did not
sell that well at first. Most people preferring to buy the better value
lp, and let's face it that lp is fantastically good value! Anyhow, the
e.p. began to sell slowly and steadily and eventually all 1500 copies
were sold. As it was so expensive to make, the material was pretty much
available elsewhere, and I had other releases to put out I've never
And as I am now destitute and back in school I probably never shall.
- The Funeral Pudding
- 1994, Matador, too-long-for-an-EP-and-too-short-for-an-album
Mellower, good consistency, still bouncy; this record would
make a perfect cantelope.
Also notable for Anne Eickelberg's unusual prominence. (My own
unusual prominence is my nose, but Eickelberg's is more interesting.)
- Strangers From the Universe
- 1994, Matador, CD, LP
What I expected the Minutemen's Project: Mersh to sound like way back when.
Sweet and catchy, and avant-garde only in the absurd depths of its
stupidity. Happy dreams of an idiot savant. Let's just hope that
it doesn't portend the over-ripeness under which Sonic
Youth drooped before being scraped into the slopsbucket:
there's not a single rave-up on the record.
- 1995, Japan Overseas, CD
- XXI, or Porcelain Entertainments
- 1995, Return to Sender / Normal Mail Order, CD
An unusual item, well-described by our beloved Slovenian correspondent.
Take it away, Janez!
... bzzzt skrchchchtitit wree ...
Date: Fri, 03 Nov 1995 10:57:49 +0000 (GMT)
From: "ADMD=mail test account, TELEKOM Slovenije"
TFUL 282 have just released limited edition CD on German label
Normal called Porcelain Entertainments. It contents 6 live tracks
recorded in SF last December, most interesting among them is
medley from spaghetti western film Fistful Of Dollars. Few songs
are tipical Feller Fillers and 5 songs were recorded separatelly
by each member of the band. It is release of limited 2000 copies.
Best regards to TFUL 282 fans all over the world. Janez Golic,
- I Hope It Lands
- 1996, Communion, CD, LP
Soft and warm off the presses! "Lizard's Dream" appends itself on TFUL282's impressive list of make-out songs, but as a sometime science fiction writer I also appreciate "Rampaging Fuckers of Anything on the Crazy Shitting Planet of the Vomit Atmosphere."
Here's an insightful review from the "Zine Kids Like," Deep Style. I especially liked the Hatari! reference.
Despite the heavy burden of his union organizing and critical duties, Mark Davies has also managed to put out a solo 10" called "The White Shark" on the Nuf Sed label, which I'm sure is worth every penny of your overextended trust fund.
- 2 "Wormed, by Leonard" tracks on A String of Pearls
- 1988, Nuf Sed, Cassette
- "Trevor" on Not All That Terrifies Harms
- 1989, Nuf Sed, Cassette; and 1992, 7"
- "Superstar" and "KLTX" on Timeless Positive Infinity
- 1989, bonus 7" with Bananafish
- "2 x 4's" and "Horrible Hour"
- 1990, Nuf Sed, 7"
- 4 "Wormed, by Leonard" tracks on The Natural Finger
- 1990, Ajax, 7"
- Caroliner cover on Outhouse of the Pryeeeee
- 1991, Nuf Sed, 7" (shared with Sun City Girls)
- 1 "Lovelyville" track on Mesomorph Enduros
- 1993, Big Cat, CD
- 1 "Wormed, by Leonard" track on Soluble Fish
- 1993, Homestead & Chemical Imbalance, CD
- "Hurricane" live on Fear of Pop Music, Vol. 1
- 1993, Fear of Pop Music, LP
- "2 x 4's" live from WMBR, home of charming lady DJs, on Clear the Room
- 1993, No Life, 7"
- "Everyday" / "A Fistful of Dollars"
- 1995, Amarillo in North America, Runt in Europe, 7"
I finally got a copy recently; lyrics and concept are inspiring and the off-center hole punch adds street cred.
- "Empty Cup" on Strength Through Ooij
- 1995, Brinkman promotional compilation, CD
- "Ed Sullivan" on Outstandingly Ignited, a compilation of Ernest Noyes Brookings poems set to music
- 1995, ESD, CD
- "Undertaker", live, in Komotion International Sound Magazine #9
- 1995, Komotion International, CD with Komotion magazine
- "Holiday For Strings", live, on Topps All-Stars No. 2
- 1995, 20-20 Sound, Cassette
- "The Electrocutioner" on Eyesore: A Stab at The Residents
- 1996, Vaccination, CD
- "Electric Chair" on Sidereal Rest
- 1996, Scratch, CD
- "Green Eyed Lady", live, on Return to Sender
- 1996, Normal, CD
- "Every Day" on You Gan't Boar Like An Eabla When You Work With Turkrys
- 1996, Amarillo, CD
- DOWNLOADABLE! "The Kids Are In The Mud" (2600 KB) / "Broken Bones" (900 KB)
- 1996, Japan Overseas, 7". Collector David Pille was kind enough to digitize this very rare single, and TFUL282 was kind enough to let me post it. Guest reviewer Mark Davies opines:
They're sort of a mixture between skewed pop and
noise pastiche, I guess. A Side is based on a tape loop,
with vocals about a satanic neighborhood pool party over it,
while B Side has viola and keyboard and another loop and
has been described as a "shanty tune".
I would describe it as a beach party conducted in a kettle of live eels, but now you can DECIDE FOR YOURSELF!
Use up those great "Endangered Species" stamps writing to the addresses below.
- Ajax Records
- PO Box 805293
Chicago, IL 60680-4114
- Amarillo Records
- 5714 Folsom Blvd. Suite 300
Sacramento CA 95819 USA
- Bananafish Magazine
c/o Tedium House Publications
- PO Box 424762
San Francisco CA 94142-4762
- Big Cat
- Radio City Station
PO Box 855
NY, NY 10101-0855
- Brinkman Records
- Vlietberg 5-45
6576 JB Ooy
- The Communion Label
- 2525 16th Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94013
phone 415-241-2426; email firstname.lastname@example.org
- 530 North Third Street
Minneapolis MN 55401
- Fear of Pop Music
- 3871 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611
- Homestead Records/Chemical Imbalance magazine.
- Manufactured & distributed by Dutch East India
PO Box 800
Rockville Centre, NY 11571-0800
- Japan Overseas
- 6-1-21 Ueshio Tennoji-Ku
Osaka 543 JAPAN
- Komotion International
- PO Box 410502
San Francisco CA 94141-0502
- Matador Records
- 676 Broadway
NY, NY 10012
- No Life Records
- PO Box 2194
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
- Normal Mail Order
- Bonner Talweg 276
- Nuf Sed
- Box 591075
San Francisco, CA 94159
- Revolver USA
- 290-C Napolean
San Francisco CA 94124
- Runt Records
- Viale E. Duse 16/A
- Scratch Records
- 317 Cambie St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 2N4
- Thwart Productions
- PO Box 2827
Oakland, CA 94609
- 20-20 Sound
- Box 7772
Olympia WA 98507
- Vaccination Records
- PO Box 3995
Long Beach CA 90803
Copyright 2000 Ray Davis, except for music samples from Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, whose copyright remains with the band