We Are The Guinea Pigs OST 8" LATHE

by The Fourth Wall

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A short soundtrack to the 1980 documentary film "We Are The Guinea Pigs" (dir. Joan Harvey) which deals with the aftermath of the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster. The music is by an unnamed band of New Yorkers associated with the Fourth Wall theater group. The raw music is reminiscent of the "Savage Sons of Ya Ho Wa" LP (1974), which in turn recalls Neil Young's "Ditch Trilogy," but the sole focus of the lyrics is the evils of nuclear energy. The politics are definitely socialist and anarchist leaning, with lines like "even Charlie Manson had more respect for law." At the time of the film's release. some people may have found the music distasteful (see the New York Times review below), or at the very least, highly unpolished, but looking back, there is much to be enjoyed about the sounds of this rag tag pick-up band singing about something they believe in.

''We Are the Guinea Pigs'' occasionally cuts to a rock band, which performs topical songs. ''Leukemia and cancer have already taken their toll/ Do you wanna die young, do you wanna grow old?'' one lyric goes. This band seems well intentioned, but its music can't help trivializing a gravely serious subject. -- from the NY Times review of the film

NOTE: hopefully the audio anomalies present on this recording won't detract too much from your enjoyment of it's contents.

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released December 12, 1980

John Amato, Mike Fogarty, Eric Grunin, Joe Hudson

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