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The "Best" of the SubGenius Show - (the 80's) - Volumes 1​-​5

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This set's companion set, 'The "Best" of the Subgenius Show - (the 90's) - Volumes 1​-​5' is here:


Note - The Fifth Volume of this set is a FREE DOWNLOAD. All volumes in this 5 volume set are available here for the first time and are around an hour long, each, and are free to stream. Any proceeds from paid downloads are considered donations to the NCN project and go back to support that project.

This is mostly material from the early 80's of what was called 'The Subgenius Show' or 'More Than an Hour Less Than a Show' which features incredible collages mixed with extemporaneous trance spout-riffing, psychedelic bulldada and surreal improvised comedy. This set brings you rare audio of the 'Doktors of the Air' at the time, (Moebius Rex, Puzzling Evidence, and Gary G'Broagfran, LIES, the Sludge(tm) Girls, and of course Dr. Hal) who (try to) explain X-Day, "Bob", Slack(tm), the Subgenius Church, and their very strange radio show ('The Show) which eventually became (some 20 years later) 'The Puzzling Evidence Show' (which is still on KPFA in Berkeley, CA).

Included are rare music clips from 'The Band That Dare Not Speak Its Name'.

Most of these mixes are edited clips from 'The Show' which was broadcast live at 4:30 on Saturday Mornings for the longest time, and offered some of the most frenetic, breakneck, and weeeeird live mix barrage mix radio before, then, or since in the same vein as Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Firesign Theater, but with certainly it's own realm, sound and sensibility.

Think Morning Zoo on acid.

This is a companion piece to 'The Best of the 90's' 5 part series. For more information on The Subgenius Church please feel free to visit www.subgenius.com.

These 'Best of' programs were post-mixed and edited together by Phineas Narco of the National Cynical Network. Some portions were pre-edited by Puzzling Evidence.

See the attendant credits for a list of the original members and performers for 'The Show', a great comic effort which had a tremendous influence on The National Cynical Network (NCN) much later on.

Don't worry, it's just a show.

If you wish to donate to our ministry you can go to nationalcynical.com/donate or become a patreon at patreon.com/nationalcynical or consider entering in a dollar amount for this program which goes back into the project.

All derived material in this program is used fairly, accredited, and transformed (remixed / fragmented / re-contextualized / re-worked) for the purpose of education, cultural reference, and to artistically capture the cultural conversation about the subject matter during the time of this program's creation.

This researched program is the result of an artistic and creative process, which can be documented, and is meant to be heard, and taken in its entirety. Payment is not a prerequisite fee in exchange for content in order to get this package but is considered a voluntary donation toward supporting the creative work and expense behind the program.

Thank you for listening, and thank you for your support.

All the used material from the radio show "The Subgenius Show" used in this program is used with the express permission of the show's producer.


released June 4, 2011

D. Woodman Atwell (aka Doug Wellman aka Puzzling Evidence), Gary G'Broagfran (Gary Hughes), The Band That Dare Not Speak Its Name, Moebius Rex (Bob Nelson), Paul Mavrides (LIES), Ivan Stang, Glasmadness.

Cover art by Hal Robins.

Edited and compiled by Phineas Narco, with some editing by Puzzling Evidence.




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The National Cynical Network (NCN) is a long-running, SF Bay Area alternate programming media remix project. It originally consisted of a trio of SF Bay-Area based radio collage artists: Phineas Narco, Ronald Redball and Alexander T. Newport. NCN seeks to play *with* music , using sound, and video media samples in the process of media collage or 'mediage'. ... more

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