the red krayola

detail from jan van eyck\’s, giovanni arnolfini and his wife, 1434. Tempera on wood. Texan, Mayo Thompson is very much a maverick genius in the same mould as Roky Erickson of the 13th Floor Elevators. The Red Krayola\’s sound – oringinally Red Crayola until a threatened law suit – is a much more proto-punk experiment, however, than the Elevators\’ psychotropic blend of Buddy Holly on mescalin and testosterone fueled dance-floor delinquency. Mayo later briefly formed part of Ohio\’s Pere Ubu. Moving to London sometime in 1976, he became involved with Geoff Travis\’s distribution business at the mighty Rough Trade Records.

Written by Steve Cunningham; Tommy Smith; and Mayo Thompson.

This is a love affair I\’ve never tired of.

THE RED KRAYOLA: THE JEWELS OF THE MADONNA from \”God Bless The Red Krayola and All Who Sail With It\” LP (International Artists) 1968 (US)



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