Upon its initial release in 1974, this “Symphony for Tape Delay, IBM Instruction Manual, & Ohm Septet” was credited to “recognized raconteur, genius, composer, musicologist, conductor” Heins Hoffman-Richter, whom the original liner notes blithely inform us, “died from an ear lobe tumor.” It turns out that the late Hoffman-Richter was none other than best-selling poet and all-time cult music hero Rod McKuen. Music to Freak Your Friends and Break Your Lease is Rod McKuen’s very own Metal Machine Music. He immersed himself in musique concrète, or music which utilizes recorded sounds as raw material, for the most unusual album in his vast discography. Like Lou Reed’s later experiment in feedback and noise, Freak Your Friends features no songs or traditionally structured compositions…but it just might scare off those candy-hungry kiddies on your doorstep with its Moog-tastic mayhem! Simply put, this wild journey through the electronic underground has to be heard to be believed…and this is its first-ever reissue.
Limited to 300 copies, the VMP exclusive version of Heins-Hoffman Richter (a.k.a. Rod McKuen)'s Music to Freak Your Friends and Break Your Lease is pressed on Antifreeze Green vinyl at Gotta Groove Records. The 1LP will arrive in a single, direct-to-board, foil-stamped and numbered jacket with a download code. It was mastered by Mike Milchnter at Sonic Vision Mastering.