Honus Honus remixed The Manx & Buzz Osborne’s “The Rainbow Slammers” (listen)
The Manx are an experimental punk band like no other, and their members are also full-time animators for Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and more. In 2016, they released Voyage In Bad Taste, and this year they’re releasing a companion album to Voyage featuring “previously unreleased tracks, remixes, reinterpretations, guest spots, and noise experiments.” The album’s got some pretty impressive musical guests, including The Blood Brothers’ Cody Votolato (under the name JR Slayer), Man Man’s Honus Honus, and Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland. Honus Honus remixed “The Rainbow Slammers,” which features Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne, and here’s what The Manx’s Tommy Meehan tells us about how that one all came together:
When Myke and Zach and I were working on the Uncle Melvins episode of Cartoon Networks Uncle Grandpa I think we all had the mutual thought of, “Holy shit! How cool would it be to get King Buzzo to do some guest vocals on “Voyage in Bad Taste?!”. A few weeks later we had him sitting in with us at Toshi Kasai’s studio recording a verse for “Rainbow Hammer”. The original song is a schizophrenic swirl of folk, spazz, hardcore, and doo-wop made all the more berserk with the addition of Buzz’s grinding vocal style.
Months later, when I was curating artists to do remix’s for “Mystery Skum and The Odyssey of Goo”, Ryan Kattner’s name (Man Man, Honus Honus) came to mind and I sent him the stems to “Rainbow Hammer”. What we got back was an angular, downtempo experiment in absurdity which fits perfectly with the rest of the EP. “The Rainbow Slammers” is grimy and gritty and ridiculous and it falls in line with everything that The Manx has been up to these last couple of years. And everything we’ve got in store to come…
As you might guess from the above quote, this new version of “The Rainbow Slammers” is a spastic, discordant, beautiful mess. It’s very cool, very weird stuff, and you can hear it below.