8 episodes

Barely Human is a podcast about forgotten and footnoted musicians of underground music history. It follows a thread from sixties counter-culture to contemporary sub-culture, from hippies and punks to the age of obscurity. Covering a whole range of antagonistic, misunderstood and questionable musicianship, it asks how we got here, what any of it meant, and how it might inform the underground music to come. Written and hosted by Max Easton and produced by Jason L'Ecuyer and Output Media.

Barely Human Max Easton

    • Music Commentary

Barely Human is a podcast about forgotten and footnoted musicians of underground music history. It follows a thread from sixties counter-culture to contemporary sub-culture, from hippies and punks to the age of obscurity. Covering a whole range of antagonistic, misunderstood and questionable musicianship, it asks how we got here, what any of it meant, and how it might inform the underground music to come. Written and hosted by Max Easton and produced by Jason L'Ecuyer and Output Media.

    Lost in Trivialities; I Like Television Personalities (...and The Raincoats)

    Lost in Trivialities; I Like Television Personalities (...and The Raincoats)

    The second half of the Barely Human series begins! After covering '60s counter-culture, proto-punk and the punk explosion over the first six episodes, we reach 1978, to enter the world of London post-punk. Episode 7 finds an unofficial marker for the beginning of the elusive genre, when two kids from Chelsea called Television Personalities released 'Part-Time Punks,' a mockery of the movement that came before them. Then it looks at the independent community built around post-punk's DIY philosophy, through the eyes of a band who summed up the hope and ideals of the non-movement, the incredible sounds discovered by a band called The Raincoats. Barely Human is written and hosted by Max Easton, and produced by Jason L'Ecuyer and Output Media. Visit the website for show notes featuring extra discussion, sources, further reading and detailed credits here: https://www.barelyhuman.info/2020/02/ep-7-lost-in-trivialities-i-like.html The accompanying playlist called 'Post-punk Ground Zero' can be found here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/12xxM7igPVgcmMSTvqiwOo Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, all @barelyhumanpod

    • 29 min
    Life's Complex; I Like X-Ray Spex (...y Los Crudos)

    Life's Complex; I Like X-Ray Spex (...y Los Crudos)

    In the sixth episode of Barely Human, we look back at punk and hardcore through the lens of two artists who have been footnoted by mainstream histories. First we look at the London punk explosion through the eyes of Poly Styrene and her band X-Ray Spex, who went from selling kitsch anti-fashion accessories on Kings Road in 1976, to playing punk on Top of the Pops two years later. Then we turn to '90s hardcore heroes Los Crudos, a band who had the mission of putting culture into their sub-culture, by playing punk music in their local community halls, and singing entirely in Spanish. Barely Human is written and hosted by Max Easton, and produced by Jason L'Ecuyer and Output Media. Visit the website for show notes featuring extra discussion, sources, further reading and detailed credits here: https://www.barelyhuman.info/2020/02/ep-6-lifes-complex-i-like-x-ray-spex-y.html The accompanying playlist called 'Insert Footnote' can be found here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5V9bAEtYno0YAwIveCELED Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, all @barelyhumanpod

    • 29 min
    Everything's Dandy; I Like Black Randy (...and GG Allin)

    Everything's Dandy; I Like Black Randy (...and GG Allin)

    Episode 5 of Barely Human looks at two characters who pushed and crossed boundaries in the name of antagonism. We start at the birth of L.A. punk to find Black Randy: a mysterious and eccentric musician who spent as much time pranking and tormenting his peers as he did appropriating soul music. Then we turn to GG Allin: someone whose artistic mission as a punk frontperson was not just depraved, but criminal. Barely Human is written and hosted by Max Easton, and produced by Jason L'Ecuyer and Output Media. Visit the website for show notes featuring extra discussion, sources, further reading and detailed credits here: https://www.barelyhuman.info/2020/02/ep-5-everythings-dandy-i-like-black.html The accompanying playlist can be found here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1wLttIxp41i9kEmB7pjLxE Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, all @barelyhumanpod

    • 27 min
    Dunno How This Feels; I Like electric eels (...and Death)

    Dunno How This Feels; I Like electric eels (...and Death)

    In Episode 4, Barely Human turns to the space between the hippies and the punks to find the bands who didn't fit in with the bands who didn't fit in. From the US midwest in the early 1970s, we find Cleveland proto-punk act the electric eels, who were toying with the tropes of punk years before the movement started. Then we look at Death from Detroit, a band of three brothers who turned down a twenty thousand dollar recording contract in 1975 because they refused to change their name. Barely Human is written and hosted by Max Easton, and produced by Jason L'Ecuyer and Output Media. Visit the website for show notes featuring extra discussion, sources, further reading and detailed credits here: https://www.barelyhuman.info/2020/02/ep-4-dunno-how-this-feels-i-like.html The accompanying playlist called 'Pre-Proto-Post-Neo' can be found here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/12xxM7igPVgcmMSTvqiwOo Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, all @barelyhumanpod

    • 28 min
    Running Out of Gags; I Like The Shaggs (...and Roky Erickson)

    Running Out of Gags; I Like The Shaggs (...and Roky Erickson)

    The third episode of Barely Human is about two underground artists who are often placed in the uncomfortable category of the 'outsider musician.' We look at The Shaggs, a band from the '60s that comprised three sisters from small-town New Hampshire. They created their own unconventional sound and musical language as a result of their near-total isolation from the world around them. Then we turn to Roky Erickson: the frontperson of proto-hippy innovators the 13th Floor Elevators. He went from being an early counter-cultural figure to being sent to a hospital for the criminally insane, eventually creating a deep and overlooked body of solo works that included a self-made genre that he called 'horror rock.' Barely Human is written and hosted by Max Easton, and produced by Jason L'Ecuyer and Output Media. Visit the website for show notes featuring extra discussion, sources, further reading and detailed credits here: https://www.barelyhuman.info/2020/01/ep-3-running-out-of-gags-i-like-shaggs.html The accompanying playlist called 'Outsider Proto-Hippies' can be found here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2EeP62j9UM11jX7tkv1mPE Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, all @barelyhumanpod

    • 32 min
    Barely Human; I Like Randy Newman (...and Frank Sidebottom)

    Barely Human; I Like Randy Newman (...and Frank Sidebottom)

    Barely Human continues with two cult musicians who flavoured their careers with cynicism, self-sabotage and corrosive irony...only to be left misunderstood and misremembered by the broader culture. In Randy Newman we find the glossed over career of the now-famed film composer, who once had the chance to write a hit for Frank Sinatra, but chose to mock him in the song lyrics. Then we turn to Frank Sidebottom, who sabotaged his shot at the big time during a support slot at Wembley Stadium...by playing a set of lampooning covers of the headliner until he was bottled off the stage. Barely Human is written and hosted by Max Easton and produced by Jason L'Ecuyer and Output Media. Visit the website for show notes featuring extra discussion, sources, further reading and detailed credits at https://www.barelyhuman.info/2020/01/ep-2-barely-human-i-like-randy-newman.html. The accompanying playlist, 'Cynics Cover Cynics' can be found here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4ZQYubjJHegVao2E3rlsbN?si=o346J-0rTBC_rJRf3pmhvQ. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are all @barelyhumanpod.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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This is a great podcast

Interesting topics presented super well in a unique and interesting way. FFO: music and things that are interesting.

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Excellent stories, well researched, and presented.

It just gets better week on week, and the episodes weave a fantastic thread through each episode. You really should listen to this podcast!

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Terrific stories

Just when I thought I'd heard every underground punk fable, along comes Barely Human. I wonder what they'll uncover next?

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