Thursday, July 29, 2010

Shimmy Disc (1990)

This label is from the 1990 Shimmy Disc album "Rutles Highway Revisted," a compilation of Rutles tracks covered by 90s independent artists and Downtown New York musicians. The compilation was put together by Shimmy Disc founder Mark Kramer, a Downtown producer who was then a member of Bongwater with "Making Mr. Right" star Ann Magnunson. Kramer has been affiliated with pretty much every weird artist working in the US since the late 80s, including Daniel Johnston, Danielson Famile, Butthole Surfers, John Zorn, Ween, and even GWAR. He seems like a pretty interesting guy, but lost active control of the Shimmy Disc label after a lawsuit with Magnunson in 1991. It was later revived as the house label of Knitting Factory, where Kramer still works as an A&R man. Reportedly he's spending less time on music and more on his new love, the theatre--he's become a member of the Actor's Studio, studying with "Bonnie and Clyde" director Arthur Penn. Oh, Kramer... What a character.

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