(anonymous)’s 10 Volume XCIV: Mysterious Anonymously Released Albums

Why release an album anonymously? It could be that the musical content is so fucking terrible that you don’t want anyone to know it’s you. Or it could be an attempt to break free of the public’s perception of what you should sound like. Many records have been released anonymously, or have at least attempted anonymity by changing the artists name. Let’s check them out, shall we?

 

Jandek

Ready For The House

For many years, the artist known only as Jandek released albums of atonal acoustic guitar accompanied by harrowing, bizarre stream-of conscious vocals. Only when he started performing live in 2004 was his identity revealed.

 

 

Johnny Render

Rendervoux

Released in 2012, Rendervoux was an instantly accessible set of pop and rock songs created by “a longtime Hollywood-based musician and entertainer who has chosen to release his album anonymously, in an attempt to see how the music holds up on its own.”

Derek and the Dominos

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

Why did Eric Clapton want to release this album anonymously? It totally rips!

 

Ugly Casanova

Sharpen Your Teeth

A side-project finally revealed to be credited to Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock, Ugly Casanova The Story goes that in 1998 a man named Edgar E. Graham, a.k.a. “Ugly Casanova”, impressed himself upon the band Modest Mouse while backstage at a concert in Denver, Colorado. Frontman Isaac Brock recorded Graham’s songs anonymously and released them under the name Ugly Casanova.

Tomahawk

Anonymous

While it’s not really an anonymously released album, Tomahawk released their 2007 album with the title. The group led by Humboldt native Mike Patton explored and created strange interpretations of traditional Native American music.

Kid Rock

Sweet Southern Sugar

Well, this record wasn’t actually released anonymously, but it should have been. Rock is a Trump-loving, homophobic ass-weasel and his rap and rock career has been the audio equivalent of a steaming pile of antelope shit.

 

Anonymous

Inside the Shadow

Anonymous was a psychedelic rock group from Indiana featuring members Ron Matelic (vocals, guitar), Glenn Weaver (guitar, bass), John Medvescek (drums), and Marsha Rollings (vocals). There ya go, they’re no longer “Anonymous.”

Chris Gaines

Greatest Hits

What the hell was Garth Brooks thinking on this one? Releasing a rock album under an alter-ego and appearing on the cover in makeup with black hair. It may not have been anonymous, but it sure was weird as hell.

Al-Namrood

Diaji Al Joor

A Saudi black metal band whose members are anonymous in order to prevent persecution by Saudi authorities.

Gene Simmons

Asshole

Again, not anonymously released, but it should have been. The music is exactly what you’d expect from an aging, misogynistic, arrogant sociopath. Fuck that guy and his music.

 

 

About Ben Allen

Our music editor Ben Allen was born one stormy evening in a quaint Northern California coastal village. Upon birth he was immediately exposed to the soothing analog sounds of artists such as Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Captain Beefheart and Santana. As the lad grew, so did his appreciation for an assortment of abrasive hard rock. A pubescent flirtation with butt metal was shattered in the early 1990’s by exposure to Nirvana and other so-called “Alternative” bands. While in college, our protagonist became a DJ on a local station, and began work as a freelance music journalist. During this period he became entranced with artists such as Tortoise, Slint, Modest Mouse, Guided By Voices and Pavement. Currently Allen resides in Arcata, CA where he continues to obsess and salivate over new recordings by his favorite artists. He works with music industry people to ensure that Savage Henry’s contributors receive music and other promotional materials. He also writes a silly monthly list titled “Ben’s 10.”

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