Sun City Girls

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The Sun City Girls were an American experimental rock band, formed in 1979 in Phoenix, Arizona. From 1981 the group consisted of Alan Bishop (bass guitar, vocals), his brother Richard Bishop (guitar, piano, vocals), and Charles Gocher (drums, vocals). Their name was inspired by Sun City, Arizona, an Arizona retirement community. In 2007, Gocher died following a long battle with cancer, bringing an end to the group. In a 26-year career, they produced 50 albums, 23 cassettes, 6 feature-length videos, and many other recordings.

They found little mainstream success, but they continue to inspire a devoted following and have recorded numerous critically acclaimed albums, released in small editions by labels like Placebo, Majora, Eclipse Records, Amarillo Records, and their own Abduction Records. Their music was hugely varied, spreading across genres such as spoken word, free improvisation, jazz and rock. Their records typically incorporated lyrics that rely heavily on their interests in mysticism, paranormal topics (especially UFOs), religious cults and other esoterica, often also manifested in their song titles, lyrics and album art. Performances by the group were often wildly unpredictable, sometimes verging on performance art, with elaborate costumes, kabuki-inspired makeup, and the creation of a festive, ritualistic atmosphere with audience participation.

Critic Steve Leggett writes, "Throughout its history SCG has remained a challenging, unpredictable, and eclectic musical unit, operating outside the commercially driven aspirations of the mainstream recording industry, and the group has become somewhat of a beacon to independent musicians and artists everywhere." Writing in the Village Voice, Ted Hendrickson argues, "They've never made any sense, conventionally speaking, and that's what makes them them."

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Sun City Girls Sun City Girls 5 1
1985 Exotica on 5 Dollars a Day Sun City Girls 1
1986 Fruit of the Womb Sun City Girls 1
1986 Grotto of Miracles Sun City Girls 4 1
1986 Midnight Cowboys From Ipanema Sun City Girls 3 3
1986 Polite Deception Sun City Girls 1
1987 Cloaven Theater #2 Sun City Girls 1
1987 Cloaven Theatre #1 Sun City Girls 1
1987 Famous Asthma Sun City Girls 1
1987 Fresh Kill of a Cape Hunting Dog Sun City Girls 1
1987 Hatchet Rain Sun City Girls 3 1
1987 Horse Cock Phepner Sun City Girls 5 2
1987 Superpower Sun City Girls 1
1987 The Palm Leaves of Victory Sun City Girls 1
1987 Tibetan Jazz 666 Sun City Girls 1
1987 To Cover Up Your Right to Live Sun City Girls 1
1989 Cloaven Theatre #3 Sun City Girls 1
1989 Extra Sensory Defection Sun City Girls 1
1989 Grave Robbing in the Future Sun City Girls 1
1989 That Old Western Sieve Sun City Girls 1
1989 The Multiple Hallucinations of an Assassin Sun City Girls 1
1990 The Great North American Tricksters Sun City Girls 1
1990 Torch of the Mystics Sun City Girls 4 3
1991 Dawn of the Devi Sun City Girls 2 1
1993 Bright Surroundings Dark Beginnings Sun City Girls 3 2
1993 Kaliflower Sun City Girls 5 2
1993 Valentines From Matahari Sun City Girls 2
1995 Jacks Creek Sun City Girls 1
1996 330,003 Crossdressers From Beyond the Rig Veda Sun City Girls 5 1
1996 Dante's Disneyland Inferno Sun City Girls 5 1
1997 Box of Chameleons Sun City Girls 4 1
2000 Carnival Folklore Resurrection, Volume 3: Superculto Sun City Girls 1
2000 Carnival Folklore Resurrection, Volume 1: Cameo Demons and Their Manifestations Sun City Girls 1
2000 Carnival Folklore Resurrection, Volume 2: The Dreamy Draw Sun City Girls 3 1
2000 Carnival Folklore Resurrection, Volume 4: A Bullet Through the Last Temple Sun City Girls 1
2000 Carnival Folklore Resurrection, Volume 5: Severed Finger With a Wedding Ring Sun City Girls 1
2001 Carnival Folklore Resurrection, Volume 6: Sumatran Electric Chair Sun City Girls 4 1
2001 Carnival Folklore Resurrection, Volume 7: Libyan Dream Sun City Girls 3 1
2001 Carnival Folklore Resurrection, Volume 8: The Handsome Stranger Sun City Girls 3 1
2001 Carnival Folklore Resurrection, Volumes: 9 & 10: High Asia / Lo Pacific Sun City Girls 1
2002 Wah Sun City Girls 1
2002 Flute and Mask Sun City Girls 4 1
2003 Bleach Has Feelings, Too! / To Cover Up Your Right to Live Sun City Girls 1
2003 God Is My Solar System / Superpower Sun City Girls 1
2004 Carnival Folklore Resurrection, Volume 13: 98.6 IS DEATH Sun City Girls 1
2004 Carnival Folklore Resurrection, Volumes 11 & 12: Carnival Folklore Resurrection Radio Sun City Girls 1
2005 Folk Songs of the Rich and Evil / Exotica on $5 a Day Sun City Girls 2
2006 Carnival Folklore Resurrection, Volume 14: Static From the Outside Set Sun City Girls 1
2007 Djinn Funnel Sun City Girls 1
2010 Funeral Mariachi Sun City Girls 4 1
2015 Torch Of The Mystics Sun City Girls 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 You're Never Alone With a Cigarette: Sun City Girls Singles, Volume 1 Sun City Girls 4 1
2009 Napoleon & Josephine (Sun City Girls Singles Volume 2) Sun City Girls 1
2010 Gum Arabic Sun City Girls 1
2013 Eye Mohini: Sun City Girls Singles, Volume 3 Sun City Girls 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Live From Planet Boomerang Sun City Girls 1
1993 Live at C.O.N. Artists Sun City Girls 1
1993 Pelican 92 Sun City Girls 1
1997 Live From the Land of the Rising Sun City Girls Sun City Girls 1
2006 Live Room Sun City Girls 1
2006 Piano Bar Sun City Girls 1
2008 Live at the Sit & Spin Sun City Girls 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Juggernaut Sun City Girls 2
1994 Piasa...Devourer of Men Sun City Girls 2
1998 Dulce Sun City Girls 2
2008 Mister Lonely J. Spaceman / Sun City Girls 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 You're Never Alone With a Cigarette Sun City Girls 1
1992 Napoleon & Josephine Sun City Girls 1
1993 Borungku Si Derita Sun City Girls 5 1
2003 True Confessions of Homeland Security Sun City Girls present Uncle Jim 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 And so the Dead Tongue Sang… Sun City Girls 1
1991 Three Fake Female Orgasms Sun City Girls 1
2006 For Drummers Only Sun City Girls 1
2007 Beginnings Dark Sun City Girls 1
Eye Mohini Sun City Girls 3 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Fruit of the Womb / Polite Deception Sun City Girls 1

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