Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The dirge to end all dirges

Peter Laughner was one of the original members of Rocket from the Tombs and Pere Ubu. Peter Laughner was once dubbed the "mad fool of the Cleveland punk movement." Peter Laughner wrote for Creem. Peter Laughner was a rather prodigious home recorder, taping countless hours of original material and cover songs. Peter Laughner allegedly cut this version of "Slim Slow Slider" the night before he passed away from acute pancreatitis, brought on by years of drug and alcohol abuse. Peter Laughner once said, "I'm fucking drinking myself to death."

"Slim Slow Slider" is the most funereal track on Astral Weeks. In Laughner's hands, it becomes the dirge to end all dirges.

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