The Rudy Schwartz Project
The Rudy Schwartz Project is the brainchild of one Joe Newman, and has the dubious distinction of being one of the very few artists that we ever signed after receiving a demo (take notice all you bands out there that keep bugging us for a release). Similar to Zappa only because it is just as unclassifiable, the Rudy Schwartz Project garners constant praise from the press, and has earned the adulation and respect from music industry names as diverse as Jello Biafra and Zoogz Rift (with whom Joe has guested on one album, "Villagers", also out on Musical Tragedies). Influences vary widely, but some things that just keep popping up on Joe's records seem to be music from old TV commercials, Ernest Borgnine, a hatred for conservative republicans, and doing weird cover versions of famous songs. Unfortunately, the Rudy Schwartz Project has very, very rarely played live. Still, we donít mind giving you our Rudy Schwartz Project guarantee: if you like adventurous, unique music, you will love the Rudy Schwartz Project, or your money back. After three albums with Musical Tragedies, The Rudy Schwartz Project moved on to Seeland, the label of Negativland.
Releases:
The second release, and the first Rudy CD for all you digital purists. Like the first release, this one has a full color cover by Roy Tompkins, the inside of which features an interpretation of the last supper as you would only find on a Rudy Schwartz release! (did they really wear Iron Maiden T-shirts at the last supper?). Stand out tracks include "Strip Naked, You Sweet Maggot", "Kill For God", and a version of "Cracklin' Rosie" that will have all Neil Diamond fans screaming in terror.
After many self-released cassettes, this is Rudy's first real release, and a classic one it is. Featuring such stand out tracks as "The Lynyrd Skynyrd Memorial Tractor Pull", "Snot Mouth Tweedle" and "Colgate Clean", this record defines not only the sound of The Rudy Schwartz Project, but what we feel is the beginning of a very important artist. Liner notes on the back cover by Zoogz Rift, a close friend of Rudy. Full color comic cover by master comic artist Roy Tompkins.
One of Rudy's better demo cassettes, finally released now on a glorious sounding CD. As always features great full color cover art by Roy Tompkins, and several more songs to be added to the list of Rudy Schwartz's all time classics, including "I'm No Prude, But Some Things Should Just Be Banned", "Chick Corea's First Ouija Board" and a 1950's style doo- wop version of the Police's "Every Breath You Take" that has to be heard to be believed!

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