Review Revue: Gaye Bykers on Acid – Drill Your Own Hole

My internet sleuthing and internal offensometer have been inconclusive as to whether posting a record by Gaye Bykers on Acid (who occasionally also performed as “Lesbian Dopeheads on Mopeds”) in the midst of Pride season would be construed as offensive, hilarious, or just all in good fun. So… I decided to go for it. Apologies if you are offended by the band name, but know that I mean no harm (I’m pretty sure the band meant no harm too, for that matter). Feel free to excoriate or pardon me in the comments.

GBoA were very much a product, like so many great bands, of British art school in the 1980s. They seem to have thrived on never taking anything particularly seriously – as you might have guessed by their band name and their fake band name. They took this unseriousness to new heights (depths?) with the release of Drill Your Own Hole, somehow managing to convince Virgin records to release an LP without a hole drilled in the middle (so you’d have to follow the album title’s instructions in order to listen to the record – this was a couple decades pre-download codes, needless to say). I have to assume the radio promo copies came pre-drilled, given that there’s no mention of this phenomenon in the album cover reviews. At least I’m pretty sure that if someone sent a CD in to Don at KEXP these days without a hole in the middle that would be one less CD he’d have to worry about reviewing.

“I think this is probably the best thing they’ve done so far. Lyrics full of innuendo, found vocals, judicious use of drum machines and loud guitars. You will rock.”

“Rocks heavily.”

“I’m glad that ‘After Suck There’s Blow’ is not a red dot cuz I love reciting the title over the air! Whole LP rocks dang good!”

“Yes, it seems to.”

“I rocked.”

“Bitchin’ skank rock!!”

“Deep Dark and Dastardly.”

“Me likem lots!”

“‘Call Me a Liar’ is one way rocking psychedelic guitar searing cool tune!”

“This is dum(b)! Stoopit! Funny, tho!”

“No, Jerzy – Christianity is stoo-pit.”

“Spock – what does ‘Herbert’ mean?”

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