Plasticland


Plasticland

Plasticland is an American Neo-Psychedelic and Garage rock (revival) band, formed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1980 with two members of Arousing Polaris, Glenn Rehse and John Frankovic.

Several guitarists and drummers would rotate in and out of the band over time, but Glenn Rehse and John Frankovic have remained the core of the band. Dan Mullen was the second guitarist for most of the 1980s recordings and live appearances. Brian Ritchie, later of The Violent Femmes, played guitar briefly with the band on early recordings. Multiple singles, EPs, compilation appearances, studio and live albums appeared in the 1980s and early 1990s. Several compilation CDs chronicle the band's earlier years.

Color Appreciation (1984), their first album, was on the French Lolita label. Enigma Records in the US reissued the album in 1985, self-titling it, with track alterations and substitutions. Enigma subsidiary label Pink Dust released the next two albums, Wonder Wonderful Wonderland (1985) and Salon (1987). German label Repulsion issued their final studio album, Dapper Snappings in 1994, though it was recorded several years earlier. Two very different live albums were also released. You Need a Fairy Godmother (1987) and Confetti (1990) were both issued by Midnight Records. The former was recorded with Plasticland backing one of their musical heroes, Twink, legendary drummer of The Pretty Things and The Pink Fairies. Confetti consists of various live performances edited together.

The duo of Glenn Rehse and John Frankovic, with new bandmates, are still performing, recently opening for Blue Cheer in November, 2007.

Members

*Glenn Rehse — vocalist/guitarist/organist
*John Frankovic — bassist
*Dan Mullen — guitarist
*Vic Demechei — drummer
*Brian Ritchie — guitarist (early years)
*Bob DuBlon — drummer (later years)
*Rob McCuen — drummer (later years)

ide Projects

Both Glenn Rehse and John Frankovic have had various side projects, releasing multiple albums and singles. As Fabulon Triptometer, Glenn Rehse released The Padded Lounge (1992) on Midnight Records. John Frankovic has multiple solo albums to his credit: Under the Water Lily (1993) on Midnight Records, Frank-O-Fest (1992) on Father Yod Records and in 2004 St. Albans Records released Space Zombie. As well, he has issued multiple singles with The Gothics and The Cake People. Both have produced albums for other artists, including Dimentia 13 and The Petals.

Discography

Albums

* "Color Appreciation" (Lolita) - (1984)
* "Plasticland" (Enigma) - (1985)
* "Wonder Wonderful Wonderland" (Pink Dust) - (1985)
* "Salon" (Pink Dust) - (1987)
* "You Need a Fairy Godmother" (Midnight) - (Live LP with Twink of Pretty Things/Pink Fairies fame) - (1989)
* "Confetti" (Midnight) - Live LP (1990)
* "Dapper Snappings" (Repulsion) - (1994)

EPs

* "Vibrasonics From Plasticland" (Scadillac) - (1981)
* "Pop! Op Drops" (Scadillac) - (1982)
* "Let's Play Pollyanna" (Repulsion) - 4-song CD - (1990)

ingles

* "Mink Dress / Office Skills" (Scadillac) - (1980)
* "Color Appreciation / The Mushroom Hill" (Scadillac) - (1981)
* "Euphoric Trapdoor Shoes / Rattail Comb" (Scadillac) - (1983)
* "Magic Rocking Horse / Magic Rocking Horse" (Lolita) - promo 7" - (1984)
* "Seize The Time / Iris Of The Waterfall" (Polaris/Repulsion) - test pressing only - (1989)
* "Let's Play Pollyanna / Enchanted Forestry" (Repulsion) - 7" version - (1990)
* "Let's Play Pollyanna / Radiant Fuzzbox Wig / Kaleidoscopic Glance" (Repulsion) - 12" version - (1990)

Retrospectives

* "Pop! Op Drops" (10" bootleg /w. all 14 tracks from Scadillac 7"-es) - (1995)
* "Mink Dress and Other Cats" (Timothy's Brain) - (2000)
* "" (Rykodisc) - (2006)

Compilation Appearances

* "Battle of the Garages, Vol. I" (Voxx) - Office Skills (1981) (LP)
* "The Rebel Kind" (Sounds Interesting) - Elongations (1982) (LP/CD)
* "99th Floor #5" (Fanzine flexi) - Her Decay (1983) (7")
* "Bucketfull of Brains #11" (Fanzine flexi) - They Wore Sequined Masks (1983) (7")
* "Battle of the Garages, Vol. II" (Voxx) - Sipping the Bitterness (1984) (LP)
* "The Enigma Variations" (Enigma) - Disengaged from the World (1985) (2LP/CD/Cass)
* "89 FM Internacional" (Young/RGE) - Disengaged from the World (1986) (LP)
* "Beyond the Wildwood - A Tribute to Syd Barrett" (Imaginary) - Octopus (1987) (LP/CD)
* "The Enigma Variations 2" (Enigma) - Go a Go-Go Time / Color Appreciation (1987) (2LP/Cass)
* "The Enigma Compilation 1988" (Enigma) - Go a Go-Go Time (1988) (LP/Cass)
* "Badger A-Go-Go" (Atomic) - I'm Gonna Emphasize (1989) (LP/CD)
* "Battle of the Garages, Part I" (Voxx) - Office Skills (1993) (CD)
* "Great Lost Brew Wave Album" (Blackhole) - The Garden in Pain (1997) (CD)
* "Head Sounds From The Bam-Caruso Waxworks #1" (RPM) - Alexander (2000) (CD)
* "History in 3 Chords" (Splunge Communications) - Mink Dress (as by Arousing Polaris) / Office Skills (2001) (2CD)
* "Moonhead - Music From The Underground, Vol. 3" (Moonhead) - Radiant Fuzzbox Wing (2003) (CD)
* "Children of Nuggets" (Rhino) - Mink Dress (2005) (4 CD Box Set + Booklet)
* "Fuzztone's Illegitimate Spawn" (Sin) - Ward 81 (2006) (2CD)
* "Ansia de Color" (Aishna) - Silk Purse of the Sewer (2007) (CD)

Bibliography

* "The Knights of Fuzz (CD-Rom included with book) - In My Black & White (1995)

DVDs

* "The Knights of Fuzz (Dionysus) - Color Appreciation (2005)

References

* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:5s967uq0h0j3~T0| Plasticland - Allmusic Guide]


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