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Return to Stupidland - released August 1999 - Reviews
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"Sweet Dreams, Buddy" is a must-listen: light-hearted psychosis.
After releasing a remarkable series of six cassettes (together more than 300 songs!) in 1997-98, Insert Piz Here went into forced retirement when mastermind Reuben Vinal packed off to college in South Dakota. Although recorded in 1999, the aptly named Return To Stupidland marks the welcome return to Demo Universe of this quintessential underground collective. Happy to report that digital fidelity has not spolied The Piz; although markedly more accomplished musically, Reuben and company are as absurd and anarchic as ever. An added bonus of the CD format is a booklet of lyrics to all 51 songs, a fascinating document of Vinal's surreal world:
"A man falls through the sky/He lands on the purple ground/There's a giant mouth on his stomach/And his nipples look like eyes/He falls next to a bouncing cube/With different expressions on each face/Then he walks through an arm/And he falls through the mountains and he's chased by Satan/And Satan goes and has sex with a/Slab of meat on a meat hook/An artsy painting flies by of a fish with tusks/And a pig walks into an igloo.Ohh yeah, baby, that's why I do this. As with all Piz recordings, Return To Stupidland is best not taken all at once, lest your skull crack open and squiggly little creatures slither out, but if you appreciate the truly peculiar, here's a heaping, steaming plateful for ya.
I like it! .... STUPIDLAND is fun to listen to, funny, enjoyable &, at times, painfully discordant--in an enjoyable (hopefully not masochistic!) kind of way. I dig the sometimes toe-tapping rhythms & find myself humming some refrains (even after the CD is silent--a sure sign of success, as far as I'm concerned). I also appreciate the fact that STUPIDLAND has an uplifting spirit, rather than being a dark, negative downer. Definitely reminscent of Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, whose music I dug during the 60's & 70's. (I almost vaguely recall a concert of theirs in Chicago!) To me, STUPIDLAND oftens plays primarily like the music of the bardos (cf. E.J. Gold's AMERICAN BOOK OF THE DEAD, etc. ("And that's a good thing"! as Martha Stewart might say....) My only disappointment was that the photo-copying wasn't always clear enough for me to decipher all the lyrics. And I'm left puzzling over the graph (sound-waves? an earthquake?)....
- MaryKay Cooper