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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Paging Dr. Octagon.

"If rap has ever produced a Syd Barrett it has probably been Kool Keith. Or maybe he is more of a Roky Erickson. Kool Keith was one of the founding members of the old school hip-hop combo The Ultramagnetic MCs. After the MCs imploded Keith kinda snapped and ended up in Bellevue City Mental Hospital where he suffered from what sounds like some sort of delusional schizophrenia. After release from the mental hospital, Keith changed his name to Dr Octagon and released this insane platter on the world."

Joe over at The Last Days of Man on Earth takes a short break from his usual fine punk blogging to share a few tracks from the first Dr. Octagon album. "Dr. Octagonecologyst" is a small masterpiece of funky absurdist scatology. An instrumental version of the album, called "Instrumentalyst," is also available. (In 2006, Kool Keith and crew released a second album, "The Return of Dr. Octagon," that wasn't nearly as great.)