The Seeing Eye Gods: Self-Titled EP (1985)
Ok, fine, nobody has heard this fucking record. Which is a damn shame.
I remember the vinyl EP showing up at the radio station during my college DJ days, a headache-inducing green & pink paisley-patterned picture disc inside a gaudy purple and blue sleeve. Very little info, the songs attributed to recurring Kurt Vonnegut character Billy Pilgrim (with help from Ripped Van Winkle). And it was pretty damn awesome -- retro psychedelic music, jangly guitars and nice vocals over a primitive drum machine, like a lo-fi imitation of Paisley Underground 60s-styled psyche rockers the Rain Parade or the Things. Only 5 songs -- 4 originals and a cover of Status Quo's timeless "Pictures of Matchstick Men -- but all pretty solid. "The Only One and "Psychedelic Suzy" were delightfully trippy and melodic ("Strawberry Girl" a bit less so); the Quo cover was respectably workmanlike; and closing "Happy" was a downbeat, jangly ballad that calls to mind some of Guided by Voices' Tobin Sprout-fronted mellower moments.
We later figured out it was a side project from Brett Gurewitz, guitarist for long-running punk band Bad Religion. Alas, it was never released on CD, it doesn't stream, and all I have are some rips from an old cassette I'd made at the time. But I'm still hoping against hope that this will one day see the light of day again. It's hardly an essential part of my collection, but for fans of the Rain Parade and the Nuggets collections, it's a nice little novelty that merits a listen.
All 5 tracks can be found on YouTube; here are the vinyl rips for your listening pleasure.
Track 1: The Only One