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Fist or Finger

by Cortex Bomb

A combination of many styles of music forms a semi instrumental filmscape of progressive music.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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1. In-tro Cortex Bomb
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2. Father Pannick Used to Be a Nice Place to Ive Cortex Bomb
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3. Cow Pokeymon Cortex Bomb
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4. Hello Kitty/korn Against the Machine Cortex Bomb
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5. Ennio Canneloni and the Lost Temple of Mellophone Cortex Bomb
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6. In-sertion Cortex Bomb
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7. Bad Mayonaise Cortex Bomb
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8. Rawhind Cortex Bomb
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9. Richard Gere's Herbal Gerbil Juice Cortex Bomb
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10. Oiling the Droid Cortex Bomb
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11. Beefy Chango Cortex Bomb
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12. Testicles and Sandwiches Cortex Bomb
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13. In-termission Cortex Bomb
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14. Mmmmeat! Cortex Bomb
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15. Beef Curtain Vibrato Cortex Bomb
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16. Discoteca a La Muerte De Moby Cortex Bomb
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17. Los Betos Mandress Incident Cortex Bomb
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18. Timing-x Devo
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19. Never Lend Money to Keanue Reeves, Even If He Is Dressed Lile Mi Cortex Bomb
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20. Death to the Demon Ahmet Zappa Cortex Bomb
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21. Hola Kitty (reprise) Cortex Bomb
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Album Notes
History of Cortex Bomb:

Formed in 1992 and inspired by John Zorn, and other genre hopping cut-up bands, Cortex Bomb has aspired to create music that pushes the limit of combining instrumental chaos, and complicated structure. The band has toured the west coast, and continues to build a local following with the release of their second CD "Fist or Finger." The new CD trades the jazz saxophone sound of the first CD for samplers and violin, thus ends up sounding more like a modern day soundtrack for a film not yet released.

Jesus Contreras- Guitars, Keyboards, and Samples
Richard Swelling- Bass Guitar
Bryn Jones- Drums, Percussion
Sunshine Flower Bunny- Violin
Leo Schwamm- Guitar

Press Release: for CD Release Cortex Bomb "Fist or Finger"

Almost two years in the making, Mockbrawn Records is happy to release the sophomore effort from Tucson's explosive quintet Cortex Bomb. The CD "Fist or Finger," is an adventurous combination of musical styles all pieced together to form a complex yet fun musical landscape unlike any other. The future of the band was uncertain in 1999, when guitarist and co-founder Bill Sack decided to move to NY to pursue his musical education. Fortunately, Bill's rather LARGE shoes (13 to be exact) were filled by local music veteran Jesus Contreras (Psycho Farm). The compositional core of Cortex Bomb for "FoF" was shared by Eric Baldoni (Swelling), Contreras, and Ron Hiznay (DJ MUSH MUSH). The band was consciously trying to move away from the jazz orientated sound of their first CD, "Need to Scream...," and incorporate more modern technology via sampling and electronics, which had been experimented with a bit on the first CD, but takes center stage on "FoF."

Another element that steps up in the mix is the violin playing of Christine Scheer (SFB). Madame Scheer is a veteran of the Detroit punk rock scene, and stepped into Cortex Bomb in 1998 to fill the lead instrument position when saxophonist Dave Burke called it quits. Christine is also a talented graphic designer, and has created the fully interactive section of "Fist or Finger," which includes lots of fun areas to explore, along with band photos and artwork.

Swelling on FoF-

The "FoF" CD was definitely a growing experience for us as a band. Most of the songs were recorded in sections and then pieced together using various music programs on Apple computers. The recording sessions were held in the dead HEAT of summer here in Tucson at Waterworks with our favorite engineer Jim Waters. It was a hot sweaty grueling experience that at times tested all our skills and friendships, and helped us coin the term "Booch Juice" which is the sweat that collects in that special crack below the tailbone. We are glad the experience is over and the CD is finally done, it was definitely a labor of love(?), and we all survived...the band is even still together! We learned a lot from recording this CD together and have already begun writing songs for our next project, tentatively titled "Straight to Video."

Some of the highlights on FoF for me are the Hammond organ run through a Leslie cabinet that Jim let us use, what a great sound that old organ still has...can't beat it. Also, Bryn's marimba work on Ennio, and Beef curtain Vibrato really make those songs for me. I am really happy with the way the second generation of this band is sounding these days. We have a great line up now and have finally matured into a pretty solid unit. FoF reflects our love for movie soundtracks and our continuing ridicule of everything we believe you should find absurd and love...Keanue Reeves, Ahmet Zappa, Gerbils, Korn, Hello Kitty, and much more...Have a taste, and decide which you prefer...Fist or Finger!


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Mark Wyner

Down with The Bomb!
I've been listening to Cortex Bomb for approximately 10 years and have followed them through metamorphosis and evolution alike. I am yet to be anything less than astounded with their every move, and Fist or Finger (FOF) is no exception. Although The Bombers have taken a fresh approach to the method of recording FOF, the integrity of its core has not been disturbed. If anything, they have embellished what is to be, and has been, a unique style of music among odd players in the field.

A masterpiece from the library of Cortex Bomb, FOF is a necessity. Unless, of course, your childish intellect inhibits your ability to comprehend such a propounding collection of unusually-timed, toy-infested, electrostatic rhythms.

So shut up and buy it already.

Note from the author: unfortunately, Cortex Bomb is one of the few truly unsung heroes and is destined never to reach their rightful implementation as an integral chapter in the global history book of music. Sad, but true. Sniff.

CD Baby

Throw together wacky, experimental, electronics and sampling, hard rock, instrumental chaos, a touch of weird jazz and REALLY GOOD TASTE, and you get this boundary-smashing, macaroni salad of musical styles. The only thing more impressive is how they managed to make it all work so well! It's truly insane, adventurous, totally bizarre and lovable! Highly recommeded for drowsy Mondays.

Rob Befumo

Challenging, interesting, funny, cool, surprising, excellent
Great playing, never ending surprises. Some of it reminds me of Zappa, but they definatley have their own sound. Not many CD's make me smile as much as this one.

Paddy Leitsch

Impeccably Reverse Nauseating!
Man, I thought that nothing could make unclogging drains and cleaning my bathroom at all enjoyable, but this album is so great, it had me pretending I was Grim battling the hair clog monster of the deep. I never had such a positive experience doing such terrible work. In fact, I had so much fun due to this CD, that through some sort of Pavlovian response system, I am considering a career as a full time janitor. Perfect soundtrack for the non generation generation.

Oscar from Denmark

Great stuff!
This is the formula: mix 50% humor and 50% energy. Add talent and spy films and cartoons from the 60´s and then you have Fist or Finger. The easy way to say it is: if you like Frank Zappa you will be delighted with this cd. Great, great stuff!


Indescibable music, but what ever it sounds like it's RAW - and i can't recall that one single line of music was repeated ... it's a joyride