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||ROCK AND ROLL WITH MARCEL & THE PTERODACTYLS—LIVE
Rock’n’Roll with the Pterodactyls
What’s the Joke? / S&M / Chasing Young Maidens / The
Sex Life of Marcel / Hungover / Michael Jackson’s Cats
/ I Think Someone’s Hungry / Close That Door! / Piano
Concerto for Pterodactyl / Get the Oil / Whoops! / Raindrops
Keep Falling On My Wings / Hey Mr. Snowman / (How D’ya
Like My) Platform Shoes / It’s The Great Bumpkin
|As with Marcel’s
first single “Toto, I Don’t Think We’re In Kansas
Anymore,” released one month prior to this debut album,
Marcel wasted no time in setting the bar low when it came to long
players as well as evidenced by this first 33 1/3 outing.
Rock & Roll with the Pterodactyls—Live in Rome! is
neither live in Rome nor rock & roll.
Marcel’s full length debut was instead a Halloween-sound-affects
readymade that catalogued the sounds that, massed, came together
to sonically reflect a day in the life of Marcel: aural examinations
of footwear, small accidents, Marcel’s sex life, and frequently
pondering the role that Michael Jackson’s cats played
in helping create his distinctive hairstyle. And so on.
Welcome to the Marcel experience: part conceptual art, part
prank, and part outright silliness.
And welcome to life, life-long-suffering Fool Records/Recordings.
||RIBOFLAVIN: THE BEST OF MARCEL & THE
December 1984; Updated and Reissued August 1985
The Hi Song / The Sex Life of Marcel / Michael Jackson’s
Cats (Live) / Piano Concert for Pterodactyl / Hungover / Rock
& Roll Beauty Parlour / Three Stooges Theme / Lady Bump
Dance Medley / Want A Cigarette? / Rock’n’Roll with
the Pterodactyls (Edit)
Pterodactyl Hop / The Ha Ha Song / What’s the Joke? /
Brains, Hearts & Guts / This Is For Your Face / Modern Muzak
2 / Toto, I Don’t Think We’re In Kansas Anymore
/ You’re Getting On My Nerves You Scum Sucking Whore /
That’s Bad / The ?’s Back / Pterodactyl Hop (Live)
/ Modern Muzak 3 / The Marcel Interview
Bonus Track: Modern Muzak (Live)
|Marcel’s very own Hatful of Hollow, Riboflavin
surveys the band’s first two years: A & B sides, live
Rome album tracks, and some new numbers.
Riboflavin was one the first Marcel releases to be distributed
a little bit more widely via the results of word of mouth. It
remained their only real comp until Singles Going Unsteadily,
11 years later.
||A.N.D. (ABSOLUTELY NO DINOSAURS)
Pterodactyl Punk / Betsy From Pike / Marcel Salutes Jazz &
LSD / The Telephone Song / These Are The Things I Know / Pterodactyl
Fertility Dance / Little Miss Overexcitable / Death of a Trumpet
The Stranger with the Glowing, Purple, Disappearing Dildo /
Pterodactyl Jig / A Pleasant Musical Interlude / Somebody Likes
Me, Somebody Hates Me / One Blind Mouse / What Am I, Chopped
Liver? / I Married You / The Landlord’s Daughter / There’s
Nothing Funnier Than A Good Meal (Pts. 1 & 2) / Which Hurts
More, My Fist or This 2x4?
|Marcel’s second LP proper was a mildly distributed
cassette that mixed new recontextualized readymades, some wholly
original pieces such as both singles—the grating low-effort
celtic harmonica of the “Pterodactyl Jig” and the
Shirley-Temple-meets-Blind-Lemon-Jeffersonisms of “Somebody
Like Me, Somebody Hates Me”—and other numbers falling
somewhere in between.
Meanwhile, “call and response” number “Which
Hurts More, My Fist or This 2x4?” remains a perennial
||OH WOW! ... FAR OUT!!
Oh Wow! ... Far Out!! (Part One)
Oh Wow! ... Far Out!! (Part Two)
|Steered by Pterodactyl Various Artists—henceforth
holding down a UK base for Pterodactyl operations and creations—OWFO
is a 90 minute aural collage compiled from material sourced from
late 1980s UK radio and television broadcasts, edits from video
of taped tv, and samples from a variety of Marcel & the Pterodactyls’
output and studio chatter.
It’s kids singing about mushy peas, BBC TV announcements,
The Flintstones, and more.
This cassette-long aural collage can now be listened to as
a media time capsule, surveying what was available within British
media during the late ‘80s.
Pump Up the Strawberry Jam
|Marcel’s second UK-created album and a second
audio collage, pulling from similar and sometimes the same sources.
This time it is named after the Pterodactyl who produced it. It
is essentially Part Two of what was started on OWFO. Another fascinating
||RAVE ON WITH MARCEL & THE PTERODACTYLS
Tinkering Disjoint / Pre-Tension / Weltschmerz / Puppet
Dance / MOR Rave / Pterodactyl Rave
Pterodactyl Rave On / La cathédrale de ptérodactyle
/ Maybe I Shouldn’t Have Had That Last One / Satie on
the Settee / Fanfare for the Easy to Please / Typewriter Rave
|After years of hitting the backburner, Marcel briefly
flickered back to life during a time of retirement with this spontaneous
recording made in the wee hours of January 1, 1992, welcoming
the year ahead with a renewed Marcel, even if the reunion turned
out to be just a tad premature.
This plinky-ponk low-rent techno and aimless noodling remains
a curio in the Marcel canon: their one and only all-originally
written, played and produced album. But is that a good thing?
You’ll have to be the judge, but I don’t envy you.
Rave On with Marcel & the Pterodactyls is tedious, middle-of-the-night
techno for those too obliterated to be in a position of being
able to make a reasonable assessment of what they’re listening
||X-PLAY: THE REMIX COLLECTION OF MARCEL &
The ?’s Back (Not Again Mix) / Chaotic Stooge / Black
Dog (Great Sound Short Mix) / The Ha Ha Song (The Giggling Mix)
Riboflavin / BW on the Rad / The Hi Song (Hello Again Mix) /
Mega Indigestion Relief / Jason’s Pop Spectacular / The
Immigrant Song (My Nails Are Too Long Mix) / The Various Artists
Special Mix Up (Part One) / Indie Chart Mix / A.T. 10 Ballet
The Various Artists Special Mix Up (Part Two) / Somebody Likes
Me, Somebody Hates me (They Do Mix) / Care Free Days / Pterodactyl
Hop (Goes On Forever Mix)
|Marcel’s third UK work remixes a variety of
previous material into new, irritation-magnified versions along
with some all new tracks.
This presauged the full return of Marcel the following year,
spearheading an exciting new genre ...
||MUMBLE & HUM
We Wanna Be Happy / Xtllinzbr / Violin Concerto from “Le
pterodactyl de pathetique” / Day By Day / Summer Lovin’/Greased
Lightning / ABC / KU Rappinghood / Cerebral Hemorrhage
Strike Up the Band / Rock & Roll Frankenstein / The Lord
Is My Pterodactyl / Main Aria from “Le pterodactyl de
pathetique” / We’re All Going to the Family Reunion—We’re
Going Swimming / Crazy Horses / The Cerebral Plains of Aesthetic
Ascension / We’re Going to the Graduation / 1972
|In 1995 Marcel re-emerged, launching their latest
approach to sounds via what they termed as “Mumble Rock.”
Marcel described this genre as “a post-grunge, low-achievement
sensation of mumbling possible lyrics with a demeanour of casual
yet pleasant detachment.”
Think: half-conscious singing in the shower first thing in
the morning before last night’s Ambien and scotch combo
have yet to fully wear off, or unconsciously, distractedly singy-mumbling—in
a barely audible tone—a melody that sorta pops into your
head while walking down the street.”
Mumble & Hum is where Marcel launched their new style and
sound even if not every track on the album was in the Mumble
style. Again, it was a mix of readymades/originals/intersections.
Marcel further broaden their stylistic canvas as Mumble &
Hum runs a gamut of genres including gospel, folk, Jazz, show
tunes, electronic, classical, rap, psychedelia, pop, and collage.
|SINGLES GOING UNSTEADILY: THE SINGLES COLLECTION 1983-1995
Toto, I Don’t Think We’re in Kansas Anymore / Pterodactyl
Hop / Piano Concerto For Pterodactyl / Brains, Hearts and
Guts / Want A Cigarette? / The ?’s Back / Bratty Little
Kid / Michael Jackson’s Cats (Live) / Rock and Roll Beauty
Parlour / Pterodactyl Jig / Somebody Likes Me, Somebody Hates
Me / Clam Chowder, Peanut Butter, and Hot Rolls / The Immigrant
Song / Pine Cones and Holly Berries / Pterodactyl Rave / The
?’s Back (Not Again Mix) / The Ha Ha Song (Giggling Mix)
/ We Wanna Be Happy / Rock & Roll Frankenstein / Pterodactyl
Maidens / Merry
Fucking Christmas, Asshole
Toto2 / Modern Muzak / Hungover / The Wizard of Oz / This Is
For Your Face / That’s Bad / Bratty Little Kid / Modern
Muzak 2 / Modern Muzak 3 / Marcel Salutes Jazz & LSD / Which
Hurts More, My Fist or This 2x4? / The New 12 Days of Christmas
/ Black Dog / Silent Night (Instrumental) / Pterodactyl Rave
On / Chaotic Stooge / The Hi Song (Hello Again Mix) / Violin
Concerto from “Le pterodactyl de pathetique” / Summer
Lovin’/Greased Lightning / Dishpan Hands / Ring Them Bells
Marcel’s first 12 years of releasing singles compiled
a la the Buzzcocks’ Singles Going Steady: the A sides
first and then the corresponding B sides on the flip. Probably
the most distributed Marcel product prior to the upcoming Just
A two-hour special aired on the University of Toronto’s
campus station, CIUT, highlighting the band’s career and
playing highlights from the new compilation release.
||A DIFFERENT KIND OF CHRISTMAS: THE MARCEL
Merry Fucking Christmas, Asshole / Silent Night (Instrumental)
/ Clam Chowder, Peanut Butter, & Hot Rolls / Main Aria from
“Le pterodactyl de pathetique” / Hey Mr. Snowman
/ Bratty Little Kid / Ring Them Bells
Jingle Bells-Have A Merry Merry Merry Merry Christmas / Brains,
Hearts & Guts / The New 12 Days of Christmas / Modern Muzak
3 / The Lord Is My Pterodactyl / Pine Cones & Holly Berries
/ Winter Wonderland / Bratty Little Kid (Reprise)
|The Pterodactyls are a festive sort, having released
a number of Christmas singles over the previous dozen years. 1995's
A Different Kind of Christmas collects them along with some reasonably
season-specific numbers along with two great new Marcel Seasonal
songs: “Jingle Bells-Have A Merry Merry Merry Merry Christmas”
and a headache-inducing “Winter Wonderland.”
COVET: THE MARCEL & THE PTERODACTYLS
Complete Collection of All Releases Including the Then-Forthcoming
“Pterodactyl Maidens & Other Questions”
||PTERODACTYL MAIDENS ... & OTHER QUESTIONS
Filles des pterodactyls / (what’s your favourite kind
of torture?) / Merry Fucking Christmas, Asshole / (can it be
six people?) / Rock & Roll (Pt. 0) / (have you?) / Pterodactyl
Bowling / (what’s it about?) / Funky Pterodactyl Maiden
Beaver / (what’s your opinion) / Ring Them Bells
Marineland / (do you?) / Pterodactyl Maidens (Choral - Live)
/ (why do you use tide?) / Dishpan Hands / (did she?) / Do You
Know First Company? (uganda 1: anarchy or amin?) / Pterodactyl
Surf Punk / (uganda 2: amin or anarchy) / Pterodactyl #9 / (do
you think you’re perfect?) / Pterodactyl Maidens (Mumble)
/ (bonus question)
|Pterodactyl Maidens continued on in the Mumble vein,
with tracks this time interjected with a series of probing questions
followed by enlightened answers.
Once again, Marcel presents music in a wide variety of styles,
all receiving the Marcel pathetic touch.
|CHRISTMAS TREE FIRE RESPONSIBLE FOR BURNING DOWN ENTIRE
It’s Not Just About the Presents / The Semiotic Signifiers
of the Commerical Christmas Season / The Little Christmas Tree
Waltz / O Christmas Tree / Ji-Jingle B-Bells / I’ll Be
Home for Christmas / It’s A Creepy Kind of Christmas /
The Xmas Anything
Brain Salad Marching Band / Santa In Purgatory / Traffic Jam
/ Christmas Overdose / The March of the Christmas Day Migraines
/ Dirty, Dirty Laundry / We’re No. 1 (The Post-Seasonal
Christmas (Part One)
Christmas (Part Two)
Marcel’s first all-original album is a 60 minute double
LP. affair, there to spread the Christmas spirit via songs about.
The thesis behind Christmas Tree Fire is that Christmas often
isn’t anywhere near as smooth sailing and happy as it’s
always supposed to be, and this album responds with Christmas
music that reflects the more reality-and-annoyance-based aspect
Yeah, the Christmas trees are sung about here but there’s
also nightmarish Santa Claus parades; the traffic jams of getting
out from the parades and the shopping; people slipping into
depressions and considering suicide; the backlog of housework
and laundry that accumulates putting a huge stressor on things;
the downright creepy moments from drunken mall santas to office
parties with people you can’t stand; and the cold, sharp
right turn that follows the return to the real world once it’s
all over and the tree has become a fire hazard ... Christmas
Tree Fire speaks to that kind of yuletide season.
The album’s particularly cheery second half is simply
Marcel chanting the word “Christmas” over and over
with a variety of intonations for a half hour. Wishing you the
best of the season as we hypnotize you into the Marcel Christmas
Intro / 103 Empty Bags / Not the Sound of Silence / PSP / Cheburb
Rock / The Cat Came Back / Do You Know the Way to San Jose /
Disturbed Pianist / Scoring a Basket on Labour Day
Enraged Psychological Figure / To Nowhere & Beyond / We
Don’t Sell T-Shirts / Sour Lemon / Jack Benimble-Sheep
Medley / Slippery / We Wanna Be Happy (Revisited) / New Scrabble
|The lowest of the lo fi Marcel releases is another
dense cram of original material, readymades and more. Marcel regressed
just before hitting the pause button on their output for the next
As of 1999, Pre-Historic Mayhem remains the last original Marcel
album. But it won’t be the last.
SINGLES GOING UNSTEADILY 2: THE SINGLES COLLECTION
Rock & Roll (Pt. 0) / Pterodactyl Maidens (Choral/Live)
/ Shafted / Tessie’s Odiferous Birkenstocks / Mozart and
Other Favourites / Around the World In 80 Days / Pterodactyl
Revolution Blues / Viagra Falls / “Lesley Used To Like
The Stranglers.” “Yes. She Did.” / I’ll
Be Home For Christmas / It’s A Kind of Creepy Kind of
Christmas / We’re No. 1 / Puppet Dance / 103 Empty Bags
/ Do You Know the Way to San Jose / Opera / Transistor Blast
/ Pterodactyl Heartbeat / We Three Kings of the Orient Are
Do You Know First Company? / Pterodactyl #9 / Slammed / Slammed
& Shafted / More Unforgettable Classics / The Complete Marcel
/ Traffic Jam / Viagra Falls (12" Remix) / It’s Not
Just About the Presents / It’s A Kind of Creepy Kind of
Christmas (Bungle Elf Mix) / Kind Of Kind Of / Puppet Dance
(Jiminy Mix) / We Don’t Sell T-Shirts / New Scrabble Game
/ The Birds / Compiled Nothing / The Pterodactyl Christmas Rock
Th is second edition of Singles Going Unsteadily 2 chronicles
Marcel’s busy later 90s, once again in the chronological
A/B side splits.
||JUST PATHETIC!: THE BEST OF MARCEL &
THE PTERODACTYLS 1983-2016
April 2004; Soon to Be Updated and Reissued in 2016
Marcel’s first CD compilation, with new tracks such as
Moth" and "I
Intend To Feed You Only Gruel" plus remixes.
A revamped 2016 edition will be launched shortly, along with
brand new single “Dancing With An Angel.”
Yes the oft-promised
Marcel 8-Track project is still an ongoing thing and in the
... Coming in 2017 ...