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Lumerians Go Crazy On Osmonds Cult Classic

Lyndsey Parker
The New Now

The Osmonds--yes, Donny's brotherly band--bizarrely once gave space-rock a go back in the psychedelic '70s, with their ambitiously proggy concept LP Crazy Horses. And while the bubblegum brothers were unable to get past their squeaky-clean stigma and find acceptance among rock radio programmers at the time, the cult classic has since been embraced by a new generation of hipsters and rocksters. Esteemed metal critic Chuck Eddy even listed the album at number 66 in his book Stairway To Hell: The 500 Best Heavy Metal Albums In The Universe. (Read an interview in which Donny discusses the Crazy Horses mystique HERE.)

The latest cool kids to Horse around are fuzzed-out Oakland voodoo rockers Lumerians, who according to their cryptic press release traffic in "droning dance music for the soul you forgot you had--the noise of the billions of switches in your brain shutting off and on in perfect harmony," and who will release their debut full-length, Transmalinnia, on Knitting Factory Records on March 1. These self-described "garage scholars of the weird" recently revived the Osmonds' "Crazy Horses" for a freaky-deaky, druid-robed, strobelit performance on the San Francisco public access program "Dance Party Revival," and the results were crazy indeed.  

Compare and contrast Lumerians' "Crazy Horses" with the Osmonds' original below, and enjoy this long, strange trip through the land of Os.

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