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Causing the nightmare world of childhood trauma with insight, humor and astonishing heart, the duo of ex-Landlords members Mr. Anus (guitarist Charlie Kramer) and Mr. Horribly-Charred Baby (vocalist John Beers) teamed as the Happy Bouquets in their indigenous Charlottesville, Virginia in 1983. They debuted the next summer with a set of EPs, Tracks for Children and today We Are Six (afterwards gathered as 1987’s Producing the Bunny Pay out), building their singular visual — brutal, improvisational sound laced with wailing, infant-like vocals — during the period of paths like “Father and mother Just like the Baby A LOT MORE THAN Me,” “I Moist the Bed Once again,” “Mother, I Gave the Kitty Some Acidity” and “All of the Toys Hate Me.” With 1987’s My Epidermis Covers MY OWN BODY and the next year’s I Crush Bozo, the Content Flowers found an evergrowing audience inside the ranks from the U.S. hardcore community. With 1989’s Oof, their music grew somewhat more available — scattered between the normal fare like “Which Soft I’m all over this the Baby’s Mind” and “Charlie Said the F-word Once again” were tries on the blues (“Ain’t Got Nothin'”) and a good amazingly melodic cover of Yoko Ono’s “Mrs. Lennon.” 1990’s Lasterday I USED TO BE Bad was a lot more straightforward, with renditions of Big Star’s “Thirteen” and UFO’s “I Don’t Need to talk about” mixed along with famous brands “If This Weapon Were Actual (I POSSIBLY COULD Take You and Rest in the best Bed With Mommy)” and “I Shouldn’t Possess Eaten That Stuff.”

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