Boat Of - Obstruction of Colon Impaction (live, 17 Feb 83) by Tom Smith / TLASILA / KSV published on 2013/09/24 15:13:45 +0000 By early 1983, Boat Of had perfected a music thoroughly laced with venom, yet one designed to elide any overtly aggressive tropes or gestures. Deviating from their 1979-1982 warped and warbled program, they began looping "beautiful music" - the everyday fodder of the late 70s / early 80s Easy Listening AM channels. And their audiences, as meager as they were by this juncture, invariably became very, very uncomfortable. Guitarist Carol Levy was detained in Athens; percussionist Jim Walker got lost in the night and also missed the performance. Such absences were felt, but tolerated - Boat Of was by nature a mercurial abomination. David Gamble brought the Birmingham, Alabama-based combo Jim Bob and the Leisure Suits along for the ride, and they filled in for Carol and Jim with antic brio. The club was nearly empty, and its owner loudly slurped from a bowl of parsley soup during Boat Of's performance. Four students from nearby Agnes Scott College heckled - hospitably - throughout. "Obstruction of Colon Impaction" was the evening's opening, er, anti-salvo? It originally appeared on the "Mix Pentecost(e)" compilation - still the only release of Boat Of's stranded-from-the-future music to date - on Don Fleming's Big Circus label in late '83. This version comes from the master recording, transferred to digital in 2008 by Tom Smith. Boat Of on this evening was: David Gamble: vocals Tom Smith: loops, turntable and backing vocals Jim Bob and the Leisure Suits (Leif Bondarenko, Matt Kimbrell, Craig Izard and Mots Roden): guitar, drums, electronics, etc. Recorded by Tom on stereo cassette on the evening of the performance.