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Psychlops (Complete) [extended single]

by Rascal Reporters

All over town, horns resound, buildings fall, an architect on a sullen eve... Half moon’s blazing star, time abhors the city’s hearth hands of the hourglass Rolling on the floor behind my bedpost a myriad eye of constancy. It’s Here, it’s There, it’s...Everywhere The ravages of time, it’s aware and in the dusk, moving on Ever since the change from Fall to Winter, chill’s invested on my spine Looking old and...out of time Into the wind of night I’ve gone to a city never been, standing on an icy ground, like a cryonic bear Start the day...walk inside a casino faceless women and men squirm in cash play, smells permeate all inside this room In the corner by an exit is a mirror which reflects the beast’s incumbent eye Horns resound, buildings fall architect on a sullen eve Half moon’s blaze, feeling tired as the drum begin to beat in this town, I can feel it the impudence of atrophy. Good evening to you Mr. Atrophye, the eye personifying psychloptic decay. This is the well to do inn or was anyway. Screams and cries reverberate off walls which crumble and crash killing the affluent few in residence. Bodies lay limp and lifeless on the floor which separates releasing them into the depths of earth. I don't plummet but rise floating in space, mass energy and emotion. Icing on the cake for you who won't be bought. Hey trophy, you're just an eye in the sky, see all hear nothing. Well what the heck did you wanna do a thing like this for? I need sobriety, convalescence and must awake. Something jolts me out of bed and I feel great. What have I learned? Once the martyr, headline story in a diary Rags to riches, good investments is what swallowed me Greed corrupted, money wrought Now I realize humanity and love are the jewels never bought Like a caterpillar trapped and bound to an old cocoon Shifting wasn't easy, couldn't make the room to move Now's the day and sleeping's done There is much to do; contentment with the past is a way Of living fast.


Around 35 years ago, Steve Kretzmer completed an ambitious composition called "Psychlops." This remarkable 13-minute avant/prog/pop suite never gained the official release it deserved, until now. Hebbardesque Records is proud to finally present "Psychlops (Complete)!"

Observant fans of Oak Park Michigan's Rascal Reporters-- the quixotic duo that hatched from the cadaver of an exceedingly unpopular Detroit high school trio called Pigling Bland-- will no doubt be acquainted with Steve Kretzmer's "Psychlops," which he recorded with band mate Steve Gore in the early 1980s. Bits & pieces of this large-scale work have previously appeared in LP, CD and MP3 formats, dating all the way back to the band's landmark 'Ridin' On A Bummer' album. In 2012, the full 13-minute version of this masterpiece was reassembled & remixed from the original analogue multi-track tape, then remastered in 2015. At long last, "Psychlops" is complete!

The music contained in this digital download was originally recorded on analogue equipment. We have attempted to preserve, as closely as possible, the sound of the original recording. Because of its high resolution, however, this digital music file can reveal limitations of the source tape.


released July 24, 2012


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Rascal Reporters Detroit, Michigan

Formed in the mid-1970s by high school chums Steve Gore & Steve Kretzmer, the Rascal Reporters made music together for over 30 years. From their basement studio in suburban Detroit, this duo delighted in confusing audiences & smudging the lines between genres over the course of one 7" single and seven studio albums. ... more

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