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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Lard - The Last Temptation Of Reid

Released : 1990
Recorded : May 1990 at Chicago Trax Studios
Genre : Industrial rock / Hardcore punk
Label : Alternative Tentacles
Producer : Hypo Luxa, Hermes Pan, Count Ringworm

The Last Temptation of Reid is an album by Lard, released in 1990.

The CD includes a cover of "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!", originally performed by Napoleon XIV, with the addition of a guitar part and an extra verse (written by Jello Biafra) to the original song's setup. The album also includes the song Forkboy which was used on the Natural Born Killers soundtrack and covered by Flotsam and Jetsam (on their album, High) and industrial rock act Black Light Burns.

The vinyl LP version of the album did not include the track "I Am Your Clock". The track was included as a separate EP.

The title is a reference to the Martin Scorsese film, The Last Temptation of Christ. A movie poster for the film is included in the liner notes of the album, only with the name "Reid" pasted over "Christ" in the title. "Reid" refers to Reid Hyams, who recorded the groups first EP, The Power of Lard, and worked at Chicago Trax. A photo of Hyams can be seen on the back cover of the vinyl issue of the album and in the booklet of the CD.


1. Forkboy
2. Pineapple Face
3. Mate Spawn & Die
4. Drug Raid At 4 AM
5. Can God Fill Teeth?
6. Bozo Skeleton
7. Sylvestre Matuschka
8. They're Coming to Take Me Away
9. I Am Your Clock


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well... actually Reid owned Chicago Trax Recording and was constantly tortured by both Al Jourgensen and Jello Biafra throughout the years... particularly when they crucified him and left on the sidewalk in front of the studio for two weeks with only an endless supply of VO, but no food. After, he escaped he went in and had to redo all the vocals, fix Al J's guitar parts and force Jello to let Paul Barker out of the closet to do his bass parts. Later on that week, they paid Reid handsomely in laundered drug money that Biafra and drummer Jeff Ward claimed they found in a washing machine at the "Do-It-Yourself" Laundermatic down the street. Meanwhile, back in Hollywood, some Martin Scorsese guy stole the title to the upcoming Lard record and substituted Reid with Christ, thus The Last Temptation of Christ... In revenge, Jourgensen & Biafra added the track ""They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!"- dedicated to Scorsese... I recall much more, but promised I would keep the rest a dark secret for future release in a book that has yet to be titled, particularly after the name of this Lard record was plagiarized. Reid Hyams ...been there, done that!