Just in time for the Summer of Road Construction, from The Mechanical Spider Clinic
archive, a “mockumentary” about a fictitious instrumental surf-rock band from Wyoming, The Pylons.
The founding members ran into each other while constructing a toll road, and began singing folk music as The Undivided Highwaymen with songs such as “Don’t Strike That Hazard Cone” and “Turn Turn Turn Left at the Stop Sign.” But it was as The Pylons
they had their biggest smashes: rock and roll instrumentals like “Burnin’ Rubber,” “Walkin’ the Ten Foot Viaduct,” “The Ditch (Parts 1 & 2)” and “Don’t Strike That Hazard Cone ’64.”
Supplying voices and songs of The Pylons were real musicians from Minnesota, members of The Revtunes, The Thunderbats, Subject to Change, and New England’s only banjo surf-rock combo, The Illusions; also featuring the voices of Chuck Isle; Ken Dresher; Ray Dahl; Rob Shapiro; Bill Bader; Peter Stenshoel; Kelly Itoh. Thanks to Mark Masyga.
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Tags: banjo, Bill Bader, Chuck Isle, instrumental rock, Jerry Modjeski, Kelly Itoh, Ken Dresher, KFAI, Mark Masyga, Mechanical Spider Clinic, mockumentary, Peter Stenshoel, Ray Dahl, rock and roll, surf-rock, The Illusions, The Pylons, The Revtunes, The Thunderbats, The Ventures
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