The Godz, Contact High With The Gods

Christopher R. Weingarten

By Christopher R. Weingarten

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Contact High With The Gods

The Godz

Sounding like they discovered their instruments seconds before some brave soul mashed the record button, Lower East Side freak-folkers the Godz walked the line between painful ineptitude and accidental brilliance. Their brain-frying debut, released by avant-jazz label ESP in 1966, was like free jazz without the chops. Or, come to think of it, the jazz: atonal guitars, arrhythmic percussion, shrieking violins, belching plastic flutes — essentially the innocent racket Ritalin kids make on the kitchen floor just before mom sends them out to play. The Godz (not surprisingly) were generally unheralded in their time, but the forward-thinking rock critic Lester Bangs gave them props just for having the cojones to caterwaul (and occasionally meow) their hearts out, however off-key, candid or obnoxious the results.