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The Cosmic Psychos are a rock band based in Melbourne and rural Victoria in Australia. An underground band that has only ever achieved limited recognition, they were cited as a significant influence on the Seattle grunge scene of the 90s. In particular they have been referenced by members of Mudhoney and Pearl Jam and have supported both bands. Known for their droning, fuzzed-out bass and wah-wah guitar with repetitive lyrics, the Cosmic Psychos have a simple sound that works well in context and remained largely untouched since they formed in 1982 when they evolved from the short lived Bum Steers and first achieved notoriety for their demo Custom Credit which received enormous airplay on Melbourne public radio station 3PBS.
It was later released on the Down On The Farm mini LP for Mr. Spaceman Records, which also released their debut LP. The band later moved to Survival Records releasing Go The Hack which was later licensed to Sub Pop Records. They eventually signed to Amphetamine Reptile Records for the American market for Blokes You Can Trust. Their 1991 album, Blokes You Can Trust was produced by then little-known producer, Butch Vig. That album produced a song that became an enduring fan favourite, Dead Roo. A song about perils of Australian highway hazards.
The band went on to release Self Totalled and Oh What a Lovely Pie. In 2006, after a lengthy quiet period, the Psychos issued Off Ya Cruet on Sydney’s Timberyard Records. Notable for being recorded with a new drummer, the title track on the album is Kill Bill, a bitter song for ex-drummer, Bill Walsh.
Sometime in the winter of 1989-90, I wandered into New York City’s Midnight Records, a store famous for its deep catalog of ’60s garage and psychedelic music, as well…
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