Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Laughing Soup Dish - We Are the Dish (1987) & "Teenage Lima Bean" single (1985)



As far as I know, this is the quintessential lo-fi psychedelic band of the 80s. With an abundance of catchy hooks, ridiculous psychedelic lead guitar, way far-out overdubs, self-consciously trippy lyrics, and a DIY garage rock grittiness, never has poorly recorded neo-psychedelia sounded so good. The Laughing Soup Dish formed in West Long Branch, NJ in 1981 as a three-piece headed by guitarist and vocalist, Wayne Larsen. The band was plagued with frequent inner turmoil, completing their debut album We Are the Dish after undergoing three lineup changes. The album was recorded on a four track reel to reel, which was then layered with two more tracks of sound effects. From 1987 to 1989, LSD (get the name now?) toured, which included shows in New York City with lights by Captain Wizzo, known for his lighting of Big Brother and the Holding Company shows and other San Francisco groups from the original psychedelic era. In 1989, they recorded their second album Overthrow the Underground, (if anyone can hook this up, please let me know!) which proceeded with even more internal conflict. The Laughing Soup Dish called it quits in 1992. This download contains We Are the Dish as well as the "Teenage Lima Bean" single, which includes the B-side "Rainy Day Sponge." Both of these tracks are on point and as good, if not better than the best tracks from We Are the Dish.

Listen to "Seven Seas" and "Teenage Lima Bean"


Watch the Laughing Soup Dish mime "Acidland" and make fun of Uncle Floyd's dumb hair (at 9:20) on the Uncle Floyd Show circa 1987:


The Laughing Soup Dish's myspace page

Download We Are the Dish & "Teenage Lima Bean" single

20 comments:

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hmm...lima bean?

Doug said...

The 9th grade version of me appreciates the Bloodhound Gang reference.

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Elliott said...

Hey, loved this album, just got my hands on the vinyl of their second album and I'm planning on converting it to CD and then MP3 for my itunes. If you're still looking for their second album I'll be happy to hook you up once the conversion is done.

Doug said...

That would be excellent. I've been dying to hear their second album. Once you convert it, you can leave a comment on here or email me. Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

The Real Teenage Lima Bean
I guess I can forget about copywrite at this point, but I am the real Teenage Lima Bean. Chris Schneider, wrote the song in 1983 for a two minute High School English writing assignment. And I'm not B.S.'ing; anyone interested can look it up on my facebook page.

Elliott said...

Chris,
I'm curious then. How did it end up in the hands of Wayne Larsen and the Laughing Soup Dish?

Wayne-o said...

Hi Chris, I have always given you credit for writing "Teenage Limabean".
any fanzine interview I have ever done mentions that. I'm happy to see people remember.

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