Sun City Girls

Sun City Girls

Infobox musical artist
Name = Sun City Girls

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Origin = flagicon|USA Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Genre = Experimental rock
Years_active = 1982–2007
Label = Placebo Eclipse Records Amarillo Records Abduction
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Past_members = Alan Bishop Richard Bishop Charles Gocher
The Sun City Girls were a United States experimental rock band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1982. The members were Alan Bishop (bass guitar, vocals), his brother Richard Bishop (guitar, piano), and the late Charles Gocher (drums). Their name was inspired by Sun City, Arizona, an Arizona retirement community.

They found little mainstream success (and never really sought any), but they continue to inspire a devoted cult following and have recorded numerous critically acclaimed albums, released in small editions by labels like Placebo, , Eclipse Records, Amarillo Records, and their own Abduction imprint. Critic Steve Leggett writes, "Throughout its history SCG has remained a challenging, unpredictable, and eclectic musical unit, operating outside the commercially driven aspirations of the mainstream recording industry, and the group has become somewhat of a beacon to independent musicians and artists everywhere." [ [ allmusic ] ] Writing in the "Village Voice", Ted Hendrickson argues, "They've never made any sense, conventionally speaking, and that's what makes them fun." [ [,sotc,40004,22.html village voice > music > Sun City Girls at Knitting Factory; Funk Brothers at the Apollo Theater; Tulip Sweet and Her Trail of Tears at Pedro's Bar and Restaurant ] ]

Originating from the Arizona punk rock scene which included Meat Puppets, JFA and the The Feederz, Sun City Girls quickly began to incorporate lengthy improvisations, beat poetry, surf music, jazz, tape music, and elements of South Asian, South American, Middle Eastern and African musics. SCG performances were often wildly unpredictable, sometimes verging on performance art, with elaborate costumes, kabuki-inspired makeup, and the creation of a festive, ritualistic atmospshere with audience participation. The group's interest in mysticism, paranormal topics (especially UFOs), religious cults and other esoterica is often manifested in their song titles, lyrics and album art.

Until the late 1980s, most of the band's releases were issued on audio cassettes which gained legendary status among cassette culture enthusiasts. But a shift to the LP format had already begun with seminal records such as "Sun City Girls" (1984), "Grotto of Miracles" (1986), "Torch of the Mystics" (1990), "Dawn of the Devi" (1991), "Bright Surroundings, Dark Beginnings" (1993), and "Kaliflower" (1994). "Dante's Disneyland Inferno" and "330,003 Crossdressers from Beyond the Rig Veda", both double-CDs released in 1996, were perhaps the pinnacle of the band's aesthetic. Frequent SCG collaborators in recent years have included violinist Eyvind Kang and sound engineer Scott Colburn.

The Sun City Girls band remaining members currently reside in Seattle, Washington. Alan Bishop heads the label Sublime Frequencies and performs and releases records under the names Alvarius B and Uncle Jim. In the early 1980s, he was in the shortlived band Paris 1942 with Maureen Tucker from the Velvet Underground. In 2005, he edited a compilation titled "Crime and Dissonance" of Ennio Morricone's late 1960s and early 1970s soundtrack work. Rick Bishop performs as a solo guitarist under the name Sir Richard Bishop. Charles Gocher released a solo CD called "Pint-Sized Spartacus" in 1997, and performed with a number of groups, including the Master Musicians of Bukkake, Tripod, and the New Session People.

Gocher died after a long battle with cancer on February 19, 2007. [cite web | work = Article on Pitchfork Media | title= Sun City Girls' Charles Gocher, R.I.P. | url= | accessdate = 30 October | accessyear = 2007] After his death, Alan and Rick announced that they would no longer perform or record music using the Sun City Girls name. However, they do plan to release existing archival Sun City Girls recordings as time permits.


Note: The cassettes released by Cloaven c. 1987-1990 are listed in the order they were released. The dates of the recording appear after the album title.

*"Sun City Girls" LP (Placebo) 1984
*"Grotto of Miracles" LP (Placebo) 1986
*"Midnight Cowboys from Ipanema" CS (Breakfast Without Meat) 1986, LP/CD reissue (Amarillo Records) 1994
*"Horse Cock Phepner" (Placebo) LP/CS 1987
*"God is My Solar System 1982" CS (Cloaven) 1987
*"Superpower 1982-83" CS (Cloaven) 1987
*"Hatchet Rain 1983" CS (Cloaven) 1987
*"Bleach Has Feelings, Too! 1983-85" CS (Cloaven) 1987
*"To Cover Up Your Right To Live 1983-85" CS (Cloaven) 1987
*"Def in Italy 1984" CS (Cloaven) 1987
*"Folk Songs of The Rich and Evil 1985" CS (Cloaven) 1987
*"Fresh Kill of a Cape Hunting Dog 1985-86" CS (Cloaven) 1987
*"Exotica on Five Dollars a Day 1986" CS (Cloaven) 1987
*"Fruit of The Womb 1986" CS (Cloaven) 1987
*"Polite Deception 1986" CS (Cloaven) 1987
*"Famous Asthma 1986-87" CS (Cloaven) 1987
*"The Palm Leaves of Victory 1986-87" CS (Cloaven) 1987
*"Cloaven Theatre #1 1987" CS (Cloaven) 1987
*"Cloaven Theatre #2 1987" CS (Cloaven) 1987
*"Tibetan Jazz 666 1987" CS (Cloaven) 1987
*"The Multiple Hallucinations of an Assassin 1987-88" CS (Cloaven) 1989
*"Cloaven Theatre #3 1988" CS (Cloaven) 1989
*"Audio Letter to Mitch Meyers 1988" CS (Cloaven) 1989
*"That Old Western Sieve 1988" CS (Cloaven) 1989
*"Graverobbing in the Future 1988" CS (Cloaven) 1989
*"Extra-Sensory Defection CS (Cloaven) 1989
*"Torch of the Mystics" LP (Majora) 1990, CD reissue (Tupelo) 1993
*"The Great North American Tricksters CS (Cloaven) 1990
*"Dawn of the Devi" LP (Majora) 1991
*"Live from Planet Boomerang" 2-LP (Majora) 1992
*"Bright Surroundings, Dark Deginnings" LP (Majora) 1993, CD reissue (Majora) 1998
*"Valentines from Matahari" LP (Majora) 1993, CD reissue (Majora) 1998
*"Live at C.O.N. Artists" LP (Poon Village) 1993
*"Pelican 92" CS (Abduction) 1993
*"Kaliflower" CD/LP (Abduction) 1993
*"Juggernaut" LP (Abduction) 1994
*"Piasa...Devourer of Men" LP (Abduction) 1994
*"Jacks Creek" LP (Abduction) 1994
*"Dante's Disneyland Inferno" 2-CD (Abduction) 1996, 3-LP reissue (Locust) 2002
*"Wah" CD (Abduction) 2002
*"330,003 Crossdressers from Beyond the Rig Veda" 2-CD (Abduction) 1996, 3-LP reissue (Locust) 2001
*"Live from the Land of the Rising Sun City Girls" CD (Japan Overseas) 1997
*"Box of Chameleons" 3-CD box (Abduction) 1997
*"Dulce soundtrack" LP (Abduction) 1998
*"Cameo Demons and Their Manifestations" CD (Abduction) 2000 - CFR vol. 1
*"The Dreamy Draw" CD (Abduction) 2000 - CFR vol. 2
*"Superculto" CD (Abduction) 2000 - CFR vol. 3
*"A Bullet Through the Last Temple" CD (Abduction) 2000 - CFR vol. 4
*"Severed Finger With a Wedding Ring" CD (Abduction) 2000 - CFR vol. 5
*"Sumatran Electric Chair" CD (Abduction) 2001 - CFR vol. 6
*"Libyan Dream "CD reissue (Abduction) 2001 - CFR vol. 7
*"The Handsome Stranger" CD (Abduction) 2001 - CFR vol. 8
*"High Asia/Lo Pacific" 2-CD reissue (Abduction) 2001 - CFR vols. 9 & 10
*"Flute and Mask" CD (Abduction) 2002
*"God is My Solar System/Superpower" 2-LP reissue (Eclipse) 2003
*"Bleach Has Feelings, Too!/To Cover Up Your Right To Live" 2-LP reissue (Eclipse) 2003
*"Carnival Folklore Resurrection Radio" 2-CD (Abduction) 2004 - CFR vols. 11 & 12
*"The Fresh Kill of a Cape Hunting Dog / Def In Italy" 2-LP reissue (Eclipse) 2004
*"98.6 IS DEATH CD" (Abduction) 2004 - CFR vol. 13
*"Folk Songs of the Rich and Evil / Exotica on $5 a Day 2-LP" reissue (Eclipse) 2005
*"Uncle Jim's Superstars of Greenwich Meantime" LP (Black Velvet Fuckere Records) 2005
*"Static from the Outside Set" CD (Abduction) 2006 - CFR vol. 14
*"Uncle Jim's Superstars of Greenwich Meantime" CD reissue (Abduction) 2006
*"Live Room" CD (Three Lobed) 2006
*"Djinn Funnel" LP (Nashazphone) 2006
*"Piano Bar" LP (Ri Be Xibalba) 2006
*"For Drummers Only" LP (Ri Be Xibalba) 2006
*"Beginnings Dark" LP (Enterruption) 2007
*"" with J. Spaceman LP/CD (Drag City) 2008

7" records

*And So The Dead Tongue Sang (Pulp) 1987
*You're Never Alone With a Cigarette (Majora) 1990
*Three Fake Female Orgasms 2x7" (Majora) 1991
*Let's Just Lounge (Majora) 1992
*Napoleon and Josephine (Scratch) 1992
*Caroliner tribute split 7" with the Thinking Fellers (Nuf Sed) 1992
*Eye Mohini (Majora) 1992
*Borungku Si Derita 2x7" (Majora) 1993
*Live...For Chilly (bootleg) 1993
*Carl the Barber (I Don't Feel a Thing) 2003
*Uncle Jim's True Confessions of Homeland Security (Empirical) 2003


External links

* [ Trouser Press article on the Sun City Girls]
* [ Sun City Girls Official Website]
* [ Sweet Pea Review correspondence]

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