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Rarities (bootleg #5)

by The Milk Lizards

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A collection of odds and sods from the Lizards vault.

Original demo recordings, alternate mixes and rare live tracks.

Ever since I heard Man or Astroman?, I’ve wanted to be in an instrumental surf band. I managed to work a few surf instrumentals into The Bubble Project and we even did a few sets of just those tunes, but we only had about five or six. Señor Beatnick was our first fully instrumental band, but was more garage punk than surf. We even recorded our album using only two mics and released it on cassette, but split before we could record the follow up (one of the great lost albums).

When we started The Milk Lizards we were a four piece and the idea was to do an instrumental surf cover band. (see live bootleg #3) All the hard parts were done for us; the songs were written and there was no singing. In one of my old jobs I used to work with lads who played in club bands and they would say to me “when you get to thirty and you haven’t made it young un, you’ll start a covers band and just put one of two of your own songs in”. I never thought it would happen. Well it did, but instead of playing Smoke of the Water, we were playing Misirlou.

The four piece Lizards lasted less than a year but after a couple of years off we decided to give it another go as a trio. This time we’d mix in a couple of original and pick the covers that we could do one member down. The originals got more and more and now we’ve reached he point where we can play gigs alone doing two sets. (Proper clubland stuff)

This new bootleg was inspired by the old Nirvana bootlegs I used to buy in the 90s and features original demos, alternate mixes and unheard live recordings. It’s like a history of the band as a three piece. South For The Winter was the first song I wrote for The Milk Lizards and the reverb on this recording is all natural. This version of Surfin' Cyborg Blues features on The Graveyard Tapes #1 compilation album. The alternate sample is in the public domain because there was a worry we wouldn't be able to clear the original Batman sample.

Much love to our original drummer Grassi, who can be heard on Surfin' Cyborg Blues and the live tracks Teatime in Tokyo, The Cruel Sea and Good Cop Bad Cop.

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed going throughour audio vault and compiling it.

Mike Lisard

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released March 10, 2022

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