Expando Brain – Thyroid

Hailing from the furtive and ludicrously talented Boston indie scene of the mid-1980’s, the short-lived Expando Brain played an angular, tense and disjointed style of music that is reminiscent of a three-year-old throwing a tantrum on a supermarket floor while all hopped up on red cordial and sherbet bombs.

In a similar atmosphere to fellow Boston-ites, the great Mission of Burma, Expando Brain began as a pub band, gigging around locally for the majority of its lifespan, who managed to land a couple of spots on two now infamous compilation albums, Beautiful Happiness (Sounds & Shigaku) and None Whatsoever (Vacant Lot Records) before eventually recording what is in my humble opinion, one of the most original, innovative and damn rockin’ indie albums of indie music’s golden era, the 1980s.

Mother of God, it’s Expando Brain‘ was released on Vacant Lot Records in 1986 to mostly negative reviews at best, which clearly is a sign that this is one killer album.

But it’s the sonically unkempt second track, ‘Thyroid’, that sways and swaggers likes dog’s balls, that’s worth the price of admission alone, and most worthy of today’s 50Thirdand3rd Record of the Day.

Supermarket tantrum in 3… 2… 1…


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