The Muffins – 185 (1981)

185 is the second and final proper album by Maryland avant-garde/jazz-rock band The Muffins, released in 1981 on Random Radar. On this album, the band adopted a more jagged, kinetic approach akin to New York’s then-brewing jazz-punk/No Wave scene. Several tracks feature the sundry instrumentation of Fred Frith, returning favors here for the band’s contributions to his Gravity album the prior year.

A1. “Angle Dance” (4:12)
A2. “Antidote to Drydock” (4:55)
A3. “Zoom Resume” (7:15)
A4. “Horsebones” (2:25)
A5. “Subduction” (1:00)
B1. “Dream Beat” (3:30)
B2. “Under Dali’s Wing” (3:07)
B3. “These Castle Children” (7:40)
B4. “Queenside” (5:37)
B5. “Street Dogs” (1:10)

Tom Scott — flute, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, B♭ clarinet, alto clarinet
David Newhouse — piano, organ, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, B♭ clarinet, bass clarinet
Paul Sears — drums, percussion, saxophone, vocals
Billy Swann — guitar, bass, vocals, tenor saxophone, noise

Fred Frith — prepared piano, guitar, violin, producer (A1, A2, A4, B2–B4)
Bill Mc Cullough — recording engineer
Dave Golub — clarinet, vocals
George Daoust — vocals

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