Numero Group: By The Numbers

The Circuit Rider Returns
July 5, 2012, 3:40 pm
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A few years ago, a mysterious LP appeared, only for sale from a limited number of retail outlets, most of the pressing being sold at the WFMU Record Fair on 2009. Some people recognized that it emitted from the Numero camp (even appearing on some lists as a Numero release), but no information was ever provided, and no official credit was ever taken. The LP, simply known as Circuit Rider, was living out its arcane origins. The sticker offered little, if any, info: “This is the ultimate burnout biker psych masterpiece. Finally repressed directly from tapes to flawlessly restore the cigarette burns, Harley fumes, and cocaine hangovers of the original ride. This is a 40 minute recipe for complete mental breakdown. In included on the Acid Archives list of Top Ten LPs Most Likely To Be Owned By A Serial Killer. Circuit Rider is lost on the same journey as Kenneth Higney, Nicodemus & Matchez, YaHoWa, Boa, Heitkotter, Dave Lamb & Gye Whiz, Raven, Fraction, and The Doors’ LA Woman.” It’s not that Thorn Oehrig couldn’t be found… he was. And, he was willing to allow his music to be heard again… but only in its original form. So, an exact replica was created, and made available in the same haphazard fashion as the original pressing from 1981.

Cover artist, vocalist, songwriter, and engineer Thorn Oehrig has only ever allowed a few documents to appear from his personal archives, and never any photographs. No one knows what the band looks like, or even who else played on the sessions besides Thorn. However, a screenplay or book-length autobiography is supposedly forthcoming.

For now, get the story from the new edition, finally available everywhere (including on the Numero website).

4 Comments so far
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Great record, look forward to it. Don’t see it yet on the website though (?).

Comment by ab

hey – this is a classic – Ive reached out to thorn today to say hi – its been years since we made the record

Comment by Jedi

How do I contact Thorn? He’s an old high school pal…thanks

Comment by joe

I have this record. I made this record. The original pressing!

I also recorded it in entirety – mixed it and mastered it. My favorite cut we overdubbed the sounds of small puppies , pig squeals, and bull whips. I went with Thorne to the pressing plant where he brought a real snake skin and threw it down on the desk of the art director saying “this is what I want on the back” and “on the front I want a snake nailed to a cross with a lizard lookin’ up at it” That record was made in a small studio above a meat market in Norwalk Ct called Scovil Productions.
Thorns nocturnal emissions are classic – so real so guttural they can only be described as gastrointestinal. I swore ever since he would be the first artist I would sign to a recording deal – totally original! So rare its raw!

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