View Full Version : Henry Flynt

11-03-2005, 07:45 AM
Was totally excited when "You Are My Everlovin'/Celestial Power" came out a few years ago. It's one of my absolute favourite records which if you havent heard it you must.

Flynt plays the Tony Conrad-style amplified violin in a heart-rending smacked-out HillBilly style over electric-grid volume tamboura. Unlike Conrad he can actually play the hell out of his instrument, shards of notes like sparks from soldered girders and these great super-satisfying saws of the bow way down in E.

Then we've seen loads of other material, alot of it appears to be re-issued and, well, its been a rather daunting amount. Can anyone reccomend anything else of his?

simon silverdollar
11-03-2005, 08:15 AM
i've got 'graduation', which is mainly collaborations, and it's not very good- comes across as a series of half-done sketches rather than the real deal [and i think he actually says in the sleevenotes that most of the stuff on there was done very quickly, after chance encounters with other musicians].

but it has got 'celestial power' tacked on to the end and that's a BIG tune.

11-03-2005, 08:49 AM
I really, really rate Hillbilly Tape Music.

magic pendulum
11-03-2005, 09:41 AM
if you don't know them already check out Locust records
heres a link to their Flynt stuff


'back porch hillbilly blues' is great

fantastic label, also release archive stuff by Dockstader, strange 60s avant psych stuff,
modern weirdy folk etc..

12-03-2005, 02:36 PM
I agree with Redcrescent: Hillbilly Tape Music is a stunning, gorgeous piece of music. really quite special, especially the first 5 tunes, starting with 'Violin Strobe'. My only complaint is that the best songs are too short ...

14-03-2005, 01:54 PM
red crescent, magic pendulum, rupture..... i thank you :)

29-03-2005, 01:32 PM
Purified By the Fire is a goodie.

09-11-2007, 07:16 PM
The Nova'billy reissue is fantastic! Wonderful blend of funk, avant-drone, "hillbilly fiddle".


09-11-2007, 08:00 PM
i like purified by fire with pandit pran nath, it's genuine east meets west shizzle

09-11-2007, 09:28 PM
c tune is fantastic, starts off like a one note drone and then these 'hillbilly' notes start spurting all over the place - yum

09-11-2007, 09:57 PM
'c tune' and 'you are my everlovin' are both amazing. also quite partial to the henry flynt and the insurrections album - similar vibe to the godz / esp disc / lo-fi velvets type business with polemical lyrics and flynt's hillbilly violin shards flying across the minimal-rockabilly chugga-chugga.

really interesting character all round - there's a great interview with him here: