Stress Jingle #5: Armand Schaubroeck Steals


To describe Armand Schaubroeck as over the top hardly does him justice. This incredible independent-recording oddball began his musical career in the mid-60s, after a prison stay (he was convicted of grand larceny). Although his subsequent livelihood has resulted from a well-known music store he owns and operates in upstate New York, he has found time to make a large oeuvre of albums and singles that spring from his bitterness and cynicism. Yet Schaubroeck is no raving looney - his records are intense but they're sane, and ambitiously conceived and executed. And while his musical and songwriting skills have grown by leaps and bounds over the years, he has never mellowed - his fifth album (Ratfucker) is more intense and gritty than any of his others, save the first.

Now you can hear him on Stress FM:











"By now,  I was up to my neck in Armand Schaubroeck stuff, and still the torture never stopped. A dizzying album called Shakin Shakin was soon to come, the sleeve like some punk take on the Vertigo swirl label, and only three long songs per side: each one an unresolved boogie! Where was his head at? Where was mine at for buying this stuff? I don't know, but I'm so glad that I did. For before you could say "Wha Happen'd?" Armand Schaubroeck was gone. He'd released all these albums between 1976 and 1978, and suddenly there were no more. 
(...) But I've never forgotten any of his music and it still rings through me today, as clear as ever and as brutally poignant as ever."