Third Man Records worked closely with Touch and Go Records and the surviving members of Laughing Hyenas to craft deluxe vinyl reissues of the band's entire catalog. The seminal Michigan group's releases have been lovingly re-mastered for vinyl and cut by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering. Each record will include unseen photos and images of "Damn, that would have been a sick show!" flyers as well as testimonials/thoughts/stories/liners by Thurston Moore, Butch Vig, Brian Turner, Ben Swank, Aaron Dilloway and Allyson Baker to name just a few.
Formed in 1985 from the ashes of Negative Approach and L-Seven, the original line up of John Brannon (on vocals) and Larissa (Stolarchuk) Strickland (switching to guitar), with the addition of the pocket-locked rhythm section of Kevin (Monroe) Strickland (bass) and Jim Kimball (drums) recorded Merry-Go-Round (1987), You Can't Pray A Lie (1989) and Life of Crime (1990). These seminal 12"s and the live shows that this line up played around these releases are among the scariest music the world has ever heard or seen. Seriously, life changing stuff. Laughing Hyenas were the underground.
Brannon had a howling shriek and stage presence unlike any other frontman in history, with the stare of a perverted street evangelist and voice full of pain like gargling shards of glass. Larissa was a guitar strangler in a very true sense. Highly original and influential, she wrangled possessed sounds out of that instrument that redefined what we think of as a "blues riff." She made it scary and real. The rhythm section was downright frightening. Lock tight hillbilly refugees from the hardcore scene.
This 2LP edition of Merry Go Round includes all six cuts from the 1987 vinyl debut, as well as the five bonus tracks that were included on the 1995 CD release.