Ongoing History of New Music Daily: Decomposing

One of the strangest records ever released in Canada was issued by Nash the Slash in 1981.  It was called Decomposing and is probably the only album in history that you could never play on the wrong speed. 

Apparently, Nash was inspired by a local radio station (okay, it was the jocks at CFNY-FM/Toronto) that kept playing records at the wrong speed, so he thought he’d help out the DJs. A

ll the songs were written, arranged and recorded in such away that you could play any track on any speed on your turntable and it would still sound good.  Take the song “Life in Loch Ness” for example.  At 33, the song ran 6:18.  At 45, it took up 4:40.  And at 78, the track was over in 2:42.

Try doing that with a CD or a stream.

Check out Wednesday’s post on Teenage Head. And don’t forget to check out my podcast The Ongoing History of New Music where you listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogleStitcher, or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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