Mick Farren - Mona-The Carnivorous Circus (1970, UK, Undergroundpsych, Psycho vinyl rip, single flac + cue, DR13, artwork)

A dizzying collage of words, aural overlays and strung-out proto-headbanging from the heart of darkness, “Mona” was conceived two months after Farren split from The Deviants during a live freak out in Vancouver. Upon his return to London, he made up a third of what became (for a short time, anyway) the initial Pink Fairies along with ex-Tyrannosaurus Rex percussionist Steve “Peregrine” Took, and ex-Pretty Things drummer and vocalist, Twink. They all appear on this demented rant’n’roll record, backed by two members of Quatermass and wah-wah inclined guitarist Steve Hammond. “Mona” is an album of rock’n’roll cut and pasted into a revolutionary tract of smoldering fury, like a post-Altamont therapy session. More than a token release to appease the clause of recording contract, it was a crazed, warped vision that was perhaps the best Deviants record in disguise. It took the whole concept of The Deviants into a territory of wildly edited freak rock, voice over narrations and rock and roll covers combined into a bewildering assemblage like an orchestra-less and British “Lumpy Gravy.” There are two versions of Bo Diddley’s “Mona”, a great cover of “Summertime Blues” with casual, barking vocals and everything in between cross-faded and given separate subtitles under the two umbrella tracks: “The Carnivorous Circus (Part One)” and “(Part Two).” It goes from interviews with an English Hell’s Angel, Steve Took recounting his time inside the nick, Hitler speeches to the ultimate freak/spazz out of “Society of the Horsemen”, the subtitled coda to “Carnivorous Circus (Part One)”. Here the question “Who needs the egg?!!” is shouted, snarled and ultimately beaten into the ground by Farren, Took and Twink until you feel lame -- no, SCARED -- for not knowing the answer.

But for all the weirdness, a weary Farren is able to state “This is the best part” right before the closing “Mona (The Whole Trip)” on side two, sounding like a “Soft Parade”-era Morrison who’s seen too much: his band departed from his vision, his deserted wife and a revolution fallen from his eyes, no less. Still frail from the physical and mental ravages of the ill-fated Deviants tour of North America, Farren sounds desperate, freaked out and militant as hell. He’s hoarsely screaming “Are you listenin’??!!” on side two over descending guitar blasts and cymbal tones of methedrine-edged paranoia. From the De Sade quote to the bearded-self portrait on the back cover as an aviator-shaded prince of the black flag, Farren looks every inch a man ready to bite the head off anyone in his path. After this album, Farren quit record making, though not rock and roll, and continued his tenure at International Times and then the NME. Rock gained an insightful and hilarious journalist, but lost an innovator and punk progenitor in the process and it would be a full eight years later until his next complete solo album. But by this time they were calling music like this punk rock while simultaneously detracting its creators as mere hippies. Records like this fall into no easy category even thirty years on, but to say it’s cut from the same primal scream intensity of John and Yoko’s pair of “Plastic Ono Band” albums from the same year would be an understatement.

Mona 1

side one:
A1. "Mona (A Fragment)" (Ellas McDaniel) – 3:15
A2. "Carnivorous Circus, Part 1" (Farren) – 15:19
I. "The Whole Thing Starts"
II. "But Charlie, It's Still Moving"
III. "Observe The Ravens"
IV. "Society of the Horsemen"
A3. "Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart) – 2:41
side two:
B1. "Carnivorous Circus, Part 2" (Farren) – 13:01
V. "Don't Talk to Me Mary"
VI. "You Can't Move Me"
VII. "In My Window Box"
VIII. "An Epitaph Can Point the Way"
B2. "Mona (The Whole Trip)" (Ellas McDaniel) – 7:25

Steve Hammond – Guitar and vocals
Mick Farren – Vocals and effects
Twink – Drums, vocals and percussion
Shagrat the Vagrant (Steve Peregrin Took) – Vocals and percussion
Johnny Gustavson – Bass
Pete Robinson – Organ and piano
Paul Buckmaster – Cello
Raul – Congadrums

[Rip and Scans by gigic2255]

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  1. Mick Farren — journalist, science fiction novelist, author, singer, founding member of the (Social) Deviants and Pink Fairies, Motörhead songwriter — cut his first solo album Mona The Carnivorous Circus (UK Transatlantic) with a nascent version of the Fairies immediately upon leaving the Deviants in 1969. The album recorded in 1970 and leading counter culture figure Mick Farren. The album featured the two part opus 'Carnivorous Circus', a montage of music and speech, which included interviews with a Hell's Angel and Steve Took speaking about the time he spent in Borstal. A work of dark genius, the album also included Farren's unique cover versions of two rock and roll classics, Bo Diddley's ‘Mona' and Eddie Cochran's ‘Summertime Blues', almost schizophrenic mood Carnivorous Circus!
    Thx Gigic!

  2. Hi Gigic, I get: "download is available only for premium users". Is it possible to re-up to another hoster? netkups for instance... Anyway, many thanks for your great work

  3. Thanks a lot man, but links are dead. Can you re-up this post? Thanks in advance!

  4. It worked this time - thanks a lot!

  5. Hi gigic2255,you posted a great album by Mick Farren,please if possible,to re-up to another host,impossible access the link,thanks in advance

  6. Link is dead. Could we get a new one?


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