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OWEN MAERCKS - Teenage Sex Therapist LP

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OWEN MAERCKS - Teenage Sex Therapist LP

Maroon-and-red-swirl vinyl; includes booklet, lyric sheets, and download code. Edition of 500.

Stunningly brilliant and gotta agree with Byron's suggestion below that it's a "twisted pop masterpiece". As Byron says, there's "flashes of Eno, Beefheart, Lou Reed, The Bonzos..." but we also hear Pere Ubu and Velvet Underground, along with Talking Heads, The Voidoids or The Feelies.
Just buy it okay? Each time we play the store copy, another unsuspecting damaged (disturbed?) rock'n'roller wants to take Owen home. Check this:

"Owen Maercks's Teenage Sex Therapist LP is one of the forgotten twisted pop masterpieces of the Twentieth Century. Owen had been in Monster Island with Henry Kaiser, who proposed he do a solo album or his songs. Henry had moved back west by this time, so Owen went out and recorded this album there. Henry produced, and added amazing horn parts by Jon Oswald, Larry Ochs, and John Gruntfest. In 1978, the album was mixed, pressed, and distributed exclusively to radio stations, record labels, and the like, in hopes of getting Owen signed. The music didn't fit any extant pigeonhole, however, so no deal was in the offing. About the only note of its passing was made by an A&R guy at Elektra, who swiped the arrangement (and lyric rearrangement) of 'Little Black Egg' (originally by The Nightcrawlers) for use by his protégées, The Cars. Well, fuck them. Teenage Sex Therapist is ripe with jaw-drop moves. Flashes of Eno, Beefheart, Lou Reed, The Bonzos, and various of Owen's other obsessions fight each other for air time. And everyone goes away a winner. If this one doesn't make your teeth wiggle, you need a new jaw." --Byron Coley, 2014

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