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Country Teasers

Country Teasers is a British art punk band formed in 1993.

Early Country Teasers albums were characterised by literate, scathingly satirical lyrics and discordant, repetitive sound – like William S. Burroughs leading Joy Division or The Fall through a setlist of art-damaged country and western songs. Later Teasers releases branched out to "abuse not only country & western but every other genre they can get their hands on, including rap, goth, punk, folk, disco, electronic, and noise," leading to comparisons with other home-recording deconstructionists like Royal Trux, Butthole Surfers and Ween. Frontman and songwriter Ben Wallers's lyrics have elicited comparisons to Jonathan Swift, Bill Hicks and Chris Morris, provoking the audience with unorthodox standpoints and purposefully offensive vocabulary in order to force them to question their own opinions. ""Evil country outfit" Country Teasers are led by the enigmatic singer/guitarist BR Wallers. Their discordant aural assault is filled out with bitingly ironic lyrics, poking fun at racism and sexism by inhabiting the minds of the losers that purvey these attitudes." "Like moralistic ’80s punks Crass, the Country Teasers make their statement, but they use humor to do it, as opposed to histrionic art-house punk screech… They find your comfort zone and blissfully stomp all over it." The Teasers' live shows are infamously unpredictable fusions of alcohol-or-whatever-fueled unprofessionalism and high-concept performance art, or in the words of the New York Press: "Country Teasers does art better than Sonic Youth and drunkenness better than The Pogues—and doesn’t need art or liquor to be confrontational bastards." Country Teasers are often compared to The Fall, although as Static Party's Ryan W points out, "it's not in the chord structures or the Northern (UK) accent, it's in the feel they create akin to the early Fall records that a truly creative brain is battering against resistance (self or other) to create something meaningful to itself. If you get something from it as well... Art! Put on a CT record and read the Maakies comics, it's better than bread and chocolate."

Wallers also performs solo material under the stage name of The Rebel Dusted magazine described The Rebel's album "K.I.T." as "a celebration of pop experimentalism and DIY noise that would fit on the same shelf as early Cabaret Voltaire or Severed Heads in its scope, and any Fall album from their first decade in its depth. Despondent, scowling, and alone, the spell of Kit is hard to shake, and gives credence to even the Country Teasers’ most caustic works."

Discography

Albums

Singles

*"Anytime, Cowboy", with b-side "No.1 Man"

  • Split 7" with Penthouse, (1996, Butcher's Wig)

*"Getaway"

*"The Last Bridge of Spencer Smith", with b-side "Prettiest Slave on the Barge/Kenny Malcolm on Smack"

  • Secrets in Welsh (1996, Nana Records)

*"Tough Luck on Jock", "Treble Life, Part 2", "Secrets in Welsh" and "Flares"

*"After One Thing", "Bryson's the Baker", "Small Shark in Tiny Pool", "Adam Wakes Up", "Kenny Malcolm On Smack Left Prettiest Slave On The Right" and "Henry Krinkle's Theme"

*"Country Teasers", "Hairy Wine" and "Reynard the Fox"

Appearances

  • Guided Missile Recordings: A "Guided" Tour (1996, Guided Missile)

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  • Maximum Beatbox (1996, Fidel Bastro (Hell No!)/Heinz Krämers Tanz Café)

*"O1" and "O2"

*"Black Change" and "Mosquito"

  • Crypt - Beat Generation (1997, Beat Generation no. 5)

*"Black Change" and "Black Cloud Wandering"

  • Hits & Missiles" (1998, Guided Missile)

*"Only Whittlin"

  • Opscene #6, (1999, Opscene Magazine)

*"Hairy Wine"

  • Don't Tread On Me (1999, Butcher's Wig/Shellshock/Pinnacle)

*"Getaway"

*''"Independent Mail Guardian (Success)"

  • La Legaña Sinfónica (2003, Discos Alehop!)

*"Please Stop Fucking Each Other"

  • Hot Pinball Rock Vol. 2 (Multiball #22 CD with magazine) (2004, Extra Ball Records)

*"Pinball Machine"

  • Babyhead (2004, S-S Records)

*"I Like the Cock"

  • Static Disaster: The U.K. In The Red Records Sampler (2005, In The Red)

*"Success"

  • Revolver USA Sampler Summer '06 (2006, Midheaven)

*"Please Ban Music"

References

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