To Live and Shave in L.A. - Where a Horse Has Been Standing and Where You Belong
(Western Blot WB W/L Z, CD, 1998.)
For four years, The Wigmaker seemed an inscrutable rebus. I had only the vaguest notions of where I was going with the album.
Marc Weitz and I spoke long and often about its direction, its potential impact, pre, etc. After one such conversation in 1998, a solution - obvious, imperious, inevitable - just popped into my head. Soon afterwards, a proof of that assertion appeared.
The Wigmaker required an additional 16 months of swamp strip circling to safely land, but Where a Horse revealed its final approach...
From the enclosed insert:
"This is an exercise in problem solving. The twelve most troublesome tracks from the still-in-progress 2xCD The Wigmaker in Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg have herein been jostled ("Skincare Movement!" is but protracted glamour fit)."
I would immodestly suggest that the following were fitted with the greatest fucking titles of all bloody time. Thank me very much:
01 Vest Pants and Denim
02 Both Mules $325, Shoes
03 For Metal, $3650
04 Four Chokers About
05 Sheer $160!
06 Cotton and Pale Cotton Leather
07 $2110 Peasant
08 Diamonds and $650, $500
09 Bullfighter Biker Toreador Sleeves
10 Overlay $1200, Overlay Tulle
11 Sleeveless Sheer Signature
12 And Volume-Plastic, Plastic Tulle
13 Skincare Movement!
Tom Smith - dub, edits, disruption
Rat Bastard - bass guitar
Ben Wolcott - oscillators and treatments
Recorded at The Studio, Miami, 1995-1996 by Rat (bass engineering only) and Tom (everything else); re-edited, remixed and produced by TS in 1998 at Microgroove, Decatur (Atlanta), GA.
Issued in three iterations:
The original, a hand-stamped white cardstock sleeve in an edition of 300.
Its rear sleeve featuring a panel from Grant Gaston's "Captain Crud in a Duel to the Death with Toothman," originally published in 1966 by the University of California at Berkeley's Pelican newspaper, and reprinted in 1967 by Fawcett Gold Medal Books for their Wonder Wart-Hog, Captain Crud and Other Super Stuff paperback. I bought the book that same year for 50 cents (its cover price) and I still happily possess it to this day.
The second iteration of the disc (launched once the original card stock package had sold out) found it stuffed into a hand-stamped envelope, crammed into a 7" single bag, and enclosed by an 11X14 poster (detourned from a Nike advert). Eight copies contained bonus inserts: the 1995 Audible Hiss EP New Songs with Drug and Pornographic Themes, a mini-one sheet from the Tora Tora Tora! fest, and the original version's liner notes, albeit scratched through and replaced with handwritten Italian text.
Edition of 100.
Its third iteration (an edition of 100) found Horse secluded in a black cardstock stable. A stud farm (or glue factory) beckoned...