Alan Vega, Alex Chilton, Ben Vaughn – Cubist Blues [Original Recording Remastered](2015)
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Digitally remastered edition features new liner notes with input from Alan Vega and Ben Vaughn. CD includes download card for live show at Trans Musicales, France, Dec. 7th, 1996. The unlikely union of Suicide’s Alan Vega, Big Star’s Alex Chilton, and singer-songwriter Ben Vaughn happened in December 1994 in a fog of cigarette smoke at two barely-lit, all-night improv sessions at Dessau Studios in New York. What transpired was the group’s only release, a brilliant album called Cubist Blues. Some kind of alchemy happened. The elements are disparate – Vega, known for Suicide’s grinding, pre-industrial drone, Chilton for his ultra-melodic FM rock, and Vaughn for his outsider art. Put together, what came out was something totally unexpected, a long, mesmeric incantation built on Elvis-meets-Ian Curtis vocals, rockabilly guitar, growling synthesizers, and metronomic drums.