The Red Krayola

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Red Krayola (formerly The Red Crayola) was a psychedelic experimental rock band from Houston, Texas, formed by art students at the University of St. Thomas (Texas) in 1966. The band was led by singer/guitarist and visual artist Mayo Thompson, along with drummer Frederick Barthelme (brother of novelist Donald Barthelme) and Steve Cunningham. Their work prefigured punk, post-punk, indie rock and the no wave scene in 1980s New York City.

They made noise rock, psychedelia and occasionally folk/country songs and instrumentals in a DIY fashion, an approach that presaged the lo-fi aesthetic of many 1990s US indie rock groups. Reviewing the band has produced conflicted results - in an extremely positive review from Pitchfork Media, critic Alex Lindhardt wrote "It's a band that has no idea how to play its instruments. In fact, they don't even know what instruments are, or if the guitarist has the ability to remain conscious long enough to play whatever it is a 'note' might be." He added, "This is a band that was paid ten dollars to stop a performance in Berkeley. If Berkeley's not having it, you know you're in for rough sledding."

Thompson has continued using the name, in its legally required permutation The Red Krayola, for his musical projects since.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 The Parable of Arable Land The Red Krayola 4
1979 Soldier-Talk The Red Krayola 2
1981 Kangaroo? The Red Krayola with Art & Language 2
1983 Black Snakes The Red Krayola with Art & Language 2
1993 God Bless the Red Krayola and All Who Sail With It The Red Krayola 1
1994 The Red Krayola The Red Krayola 3
1995 Coconut Hotel The Red Krayola 1
1996 Hazel The Red Krayola 1
1999 Fingerpainting The Red Krayola 1
2006 Introduction The Red Krayola 2
2007 Sighs Trapped by Liars The Red Krayola with Art & Language 1
2010 Five American Portraits The Red Krayola with Art & Language 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 The Parable of Arable Land / God Bless the Red Krayola and All Who Sail With It The Red Krayola 3
2004 Singles: 1968-2002 The Red Krayola 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Japan in Paris in L.A. The Red Krayola 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Wives in Orbit The Red Krayola 1
1980 Born In Flames The Red Crayola 1
1994 4 Teen The Red Krayola 1
2010 Greasy Street The Red Krayola 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Amor and Language The Red Krayola 2
2000 Blues, Hollers and Hellos The Red Krayola 2
2006 Red Gold The Red Krayola 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Corrected Slogans 1973-76 The Red Krayola 1

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