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UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPALS / New and Completely Reviled!



This almost unretouched pic would have served as cover for MY LEMMA OR YOURS? the never-released debut of Bowdoin College Delta Sigma Fraternity-based trio UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPALS.

This avant-garde group would have burst musical boundaries with hyper-derivative songs running the emotional gamut from A to B while exploring every tonal possibility afforded by acoustic guitar, kazoo,and plunger.

Dooming UP from the outset were disputes over the album songlist.
Initially this included :

- JUNG GIRL, projected 'A' side of their first single
- 19TH THESIS DEFENSE
- I LIVE THE LIFE OF THE MIND
- Medley : HEISENBURGER IN PARADISE / (LET'S HAVE) A SHOW OF HANS
- STRICTURES OF LILY, projected 'B' side of the single

Rumors that UP would open for THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION during their Fall 1971 tour had been traced to their agent and unofficial photographer.

*** Post 1


WHAT A DAY I'M HAVING was projected to be a triple album comprised of the following compositions:
  • Homage to Herman
    • If Ahab Had a Hummer
    • Ishmael Schm-ishmael
    • If Ahab Had a Hummer (reprise)
    • Nothin' but Blubber Blues
    • Hot Time in Wood's Hole (Unplugged version)
    • Billy Buddinski
  • Karloff's Carmina Banana
  • Virtually Yours (remix)
  • Call Me Quotidian (Any Day You Like)
  • Old Ma Hatma Had a Dharma
  • Eugene Onegin's Off Again 
  • Orbital Slander / You Say We Never Went to the Moon ?
  • Meanderthal  / To the Mth Degree / My Mis-spelt Youth
  • Guess That's Why They Call It Mush
  • Crazy-Glued to the Tube / Take Me to the E.R.
  • Iron Thong / Don't Make Me Laugh
  • She Couldn't Find Monday (with a Calendar)
  • My Bevel Best / Sawdust In The Wind (without the London Festival Orchestra)
  • If You Could Read My Handwriting (That'd Be A Real Plus)
  • The Franco-American Suite
    • L'apres-midi d'une Phone
    • Erik Satiety
    • Nostalgie de la Moue
    • These Folies Bergeres Remind Me of You
    • Cartesian Du Jour
    • What They Put in the Poutine
plus
  • Medley : Red-hot DADA / Tristan Tzara to the Rescue (Live, at 'The Armpit of North America' Rock Festival)
  • Medley : Your Kelvin Kiss / I Fought DeMorgan's Law / Fermat's Last Beer-Run

*** Post 2

It's only a matter of time before WikiLeaks discloses why VH1 cancelled the BEHIND THE MUSIC special on UP. This featured an interview of the anonymous groupie whose tell-all memoir about UP has already gone bacterial on the Web.

*** Post 3

UP members recently collaborated on Perry Helium's final album (cover pictured at below) entitled ABOVE IT ALL.


*** Post 4

Last week's UP reunion foundered almost immediately after the trio could not settle on a songlist for their projected album "NEW AND COMPLETELY REVILED!"

As a result, fans will have to wait some time to hear cuts like
  • SCIENCE FRICTION SUITE:
    • GRAVITATIONAL FARCES / YOU CALL THIS 'ZERO G' ?
    • HOME ON LaGRANGE
    • MAKE MINE A PROTEAN SHAKE
    • A CASE OF MASS HYSTERESIS
  • SWEET INFLATABLE YOU  
  • BRAIN DRANO -or- THE BALLAD OF MITT SCHLAG  
  • EXTRADITION TREAT
  • MEH (SAY IT LOUD, SAY IT PROUD) 
  • THE FATAL FLAW IN HER FLAN
  • DARE TO COMBUST, REFUSE TO DEFUSE
  • COMPRETERY FRUENT IN ENGRISH  
  • UDDERLY INDIFFERENT 
  • GOT THEM MEAN OL' LOWDOWN ONE-SHORT-OF-SIX-SIGMA BLUES  
  • AND 'PENUMBRA' WAS HER NAME
  • SUITE : THE LEAKY BUCKET LIST
    • IVES' UNQUESTIONED ANSWER
    • SCHUBERT'S UNFINISHED BASEMENT
    • ELGAR'S UNENIGMATIC VARIATIONS
    • BACH"S INORGANIC CONCERTI  
  • IDYLLS OF THE KINKS
  • Medley (Trad. Scottish):
    • THE LAIRD OF KILLIECRANKIE'S GANG AGLEY
    • DAFT DOOR-KNOCKERS OF DORNOCH
    • A WOOL-GATHERING SHALL WE GO
    • WASTED SHEEP-HERDERS OF GLEN DOOBIE 
    • WHYLES LOST PIPERS OF DIMWITTIE FIND THEIR WA (HOLD NOT THY BREATH)
    • IN SWILCAN BURN (DOTH MANY A TITLEIST LIE)      
 *** Post 5

Many are unaware of, if not utterly indifferent to, the aim or the purpose of UP, which is to provide a surreal haven from the mind- and soul-shattering events of the day, in a manner vaguely reminiscent of Frank Zappa under heavy sedation.

*** Post 6

Projected Cover for album, AN OVERWHELMING SENSE OF FRED, which was to consist of a single, two-hour song.

*** Post 7

OBJECTS ARE LARGER THAN THEY APPEAR was one of three proposed names for this album. The second was UNDERWHELMING EVIDENCE. The third was BEST FORGOTTEN.