1-23-12: Larry and the Godzhttp://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wypr/local-wypr-1001083.mp3]
Imagine sharing a record label with Charlie Parker and Charles Manson.
Also on that roster was The Godz, a New York City group who could write pretty songs but often decided to play ugly and provoke their audiences. They were punk before there was punk, noise before there was noise, and a cult following has grown around their handful of late sixties and early seventies releases.
Godz bassist Larry Kessler grew up in Baltimore, and he moved back here about 40 years ago. He’s now 70 years old, and he’s got a new single, “Zoomia,” out on Baltimore’s Manta Ray Records. He and Manta Ray co-founder Mike Diamond join Tom Hall in the studio to look back on Larry’s very unorthodox career, and Larry performs a song he wrote back in the Godz days.
Also out this week from Manta Ray: a “Godz Remastered” retrospective.