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

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.

This program is meant to be listened to, and taken, as a whole work, artistic in nature.

All derived and referenced material used herein is meticulously accredited and/or fragmented / transformed / re-contextualized, and/or remixed from its original form, and is used fairly as a cultural reference in the subtext, and artistic narrative, of this unique 'syntopical' arrangement.

Any proceeds from this work are considered donations to express appreciation for, and to help support, the expenses of the project this program is a part of, and the creative work behind it.

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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