Renaldo & The Loaf

Songs For Swinging Larvae / Songs From The Surgery

Editions Mego rD6
  • 2LP: Includes download, initial copies with bonus 7"
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A biomedical scientist and an architect form a band in the early 70’s with nothing by the way of traditional musical talent or skill but with endless enthusiasm and their own unique musical sensibility. The ensuing career and creative output of this ongoing home studio / bedroom band remains one of the most significant song based ‘outre’ catalogues ever produced in the United Kingdom. This comprehensive 2 LP (+7” for first 300 copies) set contains their first official LP (originally released on The Residents legendary Ralph records label) along with an extra album of different versions and extra tracks which reside here for the first time on vinyl.
The duo Renaldo & The Loaf, originally Portsmouth based, now in Portsmouth and Mid-Wales, remain an enigma whilst amassing an enormous cult following worldwide. Their singular take on music encompasses wit, strange melodic construction and an off kilter sensibility which successfully rendered them engaging for each emerging generation. The ability of Renaldo & The Loaf to unnerve and entertain in equal measure is what binds these songs to a musical universe outside of all other forms that existed around the time of release. The Residents are obvious spiritual heirs.

Songs For Swinging Larvae is a classic collection of confounding songs which lead the listener into a surreal world of twisted tunes and perverted pop. Songs from the Surgery is made up of improvisations, early/alternative versions of various Larvae tracks and unreleased pieces from the same period.

The results leave one laughing through a thick veil of unease. As the original Ralph records press release said of Songs For Swinging Larvae: “This is an album of primitive modernism, energetic obnoxious noises, manic high pitched vocals and sweet brilliance."

Renaldo & The Loaf: Songs For Swinging Larvae / Songs From The Surgery

Lime Jelly Grass Renaldo & The Loaf 2' 32''
A Medical Man Renaldo & The Loaf 1' 16''
Bali Whine Renaldo & The Loaf 2' 28''
Kimbolton Gnome Song Renaldo & The Loaf 3' 20''
Frass Renaldo & The Loaf 1' 34''
N2O (Going Under) Renaldo & The Loaf 1' 50''
B.P.M. Renaldo & The Loaf 2' 33''
Spratts Medium Renaldo & The Loaf 1' 18''
Honest Joe's Indian Gets The Goat On The Way To The Cowboys' Conga Renaldo & The Loaf 3' 21''
Ow! Stew The Red Shoe Renaldo & The Loaf 3' 21''
Bustle The Burgoo Renaldo & The Loaf 2' 34''
Is Guava A Donut_ Renaldo & The Loaf 4' 19''
A Sob Story Renaldo & The Loaf 3' 25''
Hats Off, Gentlemen! Renaldo & The Loaf 3' 31''
Renaldo's Trip To Venice Renaldo & The Loaf 32''
Ted's Reverie Renaldo & The Loaf 2' 01''
Henri Lies Renaldo & The Loaf 2' 01''
The Wheelchair Song (Sketch) Renaldo & The Loaf 1' 12''
Moths On Sloths Version 1 Renaldo & The Loaf 1' 47''
A Medical Man (Early Version) Renaldo & The Loaf 1' 32''
Honest Joe's Indian (Early Version)21 Renaldo & The Loaf 3' 07''
Fat Man's Visit Renaldo & The Loaf 3' 08''
Melvyn's Repose23 Renaldo & The Loaf 2' 02''
Moths On Sloths Version 2 Renaldo & The Loaf 1' 59''
Bustle The Burgoo (Early Version) Renaldo & The Loaf 2' 16''
Acoustic Guitar Sketch Renaldo & The Loaf 1' 02''
The Hydrophile Renaldo & The Loaf 4' 18''
Gone To Gondwana (Original Version) Renaldo & The Loaf 4' 29''
Token Nudity Renaldo & The Loaf 38''
N2O (Going Under) (Alternative Mix) Renaldo & The Loaf 1' 57''
It Is What It Is (Really) Renaldo & The Loaf 1' 53''
Father Always Kept His Hand Closed Renaldo & The Loaf 5' 23''
LDI - 1 (Bonus 7" / Digital) Renaldo & The Loaf 43''
LDI - 2 + Untitled Voice & Guitar Piece (Bonus 7" / Digital) Renaldo & The Loaf 2' 34''
LDI - 3 (Bonus 7" / Digital) Renaldo & The Loaf 4' 42''
LDI - 4 (Bonus 7" / Digital) Renaldo & The Loaf 2' 30''
LDI - 5 (Bonus 7" / Digital) Renaldo & The Loaf 1' 54''

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