Monday, February 2, 2009

Chrome + Helios Creed - Rarities

Label: Amphetamine Reptile, Cleopatra, Purple Pyramid. Cherry Red, Dossier, No. 6, Sub Pop
Year: 1989 - 1997 

Quick preface, by "Chrome", I mean the Helios Creed era Chrome, and even that is later era Helios Creed. Let's just get that out of the way.
So, if you care to have your post punk rock warped almost beyond recognition, then Helios Creed might just be your man. He joined the band Chrome in the mid 70's either ruining or elevating their stature depending on who you ask, adding some spaced out and sometimes harsh guitar work to their cadre of whacked pre-industrial, post glam, pre punk, art rock. The latter versions of the band consisted solely of Helios with hired hands, so most folks don't consider that "true" Chrome, but rather Helios Creed proper. Do you care?
The bottom line is that Helios Creed is a dude named  who has spent his life trying to replicate the sounds of his youth most notably, "listening to Black Sabbath on LSD on headphones as a teenager" via highly effected guitar warps. Imagine Butthole Surfers versus Alien Sex Fiend versus Brian Eno and you're pretty close. It's strange music from an equally strange dude, but it remains somehow soothing even during the more raucous squalls of noise. 
I think this little collection is a nice primer to the gigantic catalog the guy has belched out. What you're getting is this:
Chrome - Man's Ruin 10"
Chrome - Gearhead Magazine split 7"
Chrome - Extended comp.
Chrome - Brian Eno tribute comp.
Chrome - King Crimson tribute comp.
Chrome - Pink Floyd tribute comp.
Helios Creed - Guitarrorists comp.
Helios Creed - Smells Like Smoked Sausage comp.
Helios Creed - Dope, Guns, and Fucking In The Streets comp.
Helios Creed - Space Daze comp.
Helios Creed - Dossiers 2 comp.
Helios Creed - Warming Your Spaceman 7"


Icky said...

Helios is a motherfucker on the six-string.
Thanks for the rarities!

Anonymous said...

Do you have more Chrome albums? :), thanks for the rarities...i like Helios Creed, but Chrome is better

Anonymous said...

I've recently created a Helios Creed Tribute website. Please check it out at

Anonymous said...

in the song "Monkey Shines (Man's Ruin 10 Inch)" it seems that Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) is singing. Would it be he? (lol)

Nick Jorgensen said...

Thanks for posting this stuff -- it's otherwise impossible to find. Do you happen to have a copy of "Spider Prophesy (sic)?" That's the only HC album I haven't been able to track down. The occasional used copy on e-bay costs the earth.

AlanJin said...

The link is broken, hope you can update it, these rarities are really great...

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