November 4th, 2019


Robotic Intergalactic Astro-Artists - Salvador Dali Teaches Rex Harrison How To Say 'Butterfly'

The Robotic Intergalactic Astro-Artists (or as they're more often known, the RIAA) emerged from the legendary outsider music blog Music For Maniacs back in 2007. Their album Sounds For The Space-Set!! is full of some of the most egregious mashup sins ever, a pitchbent soup of the kitsch and the avant-garde. All of your favourites get thrown into the mix on an album that starts with Sun Ra and ends with a disco version of the Star Trek theme. (And no, it's not the Charles Randolph Grean one.)

It's an album of impossible riches and even more impossible harmonic clashes, and it's difficult to pick just one track for you. However, I've become most fond of Salvador Dali Teaches Rex Harrison How To Say 'Butterfly', with Harrison trying to mimic Dali's extravagant pronunciation. All of this gets mixed up with some space age Moog from Dick Hyman and the Chicks on Speed cover of Wordy Rappinghood. It carries the same sort of preposterous delight that the best People Like Us cut-ups do. Not to be missed.

RIAA (Robotic Intergalactic Astro-Artists) - Salvador Dali Teaches Rex Harrison How To Say 'Butterfly'