Existing for only a couple years in the early 1970s,
and playing only one live gig, Mahogany Brain
still managed to record a couple of albums as well
as garner themselves a place on the
Nurse With Wound list of influences.
Their music has been derided as incompetent and
amateurish, sounding like the band had just
picked up their instruments for the first time,
though at the same time their
raw sound predates punk and no wave.
Mahogany Brain was not really band as much as
the work of one man, poet and filmmaker
Michel Bulteau and whatever musicians
he collected around him.
The group was formed in 1970 in Paris, France as a way
for him to turn his surrealist poetry into music, as well as
to experiment with sounds.
Their main influences were the Velvet Underground and
Captain Beefheart, as well as a lot of drug use,
and their music was freeform avant-rock and
Unlike many French rock groups of that era most
of their lyrics were in English.
They played their one concert in the summer of 1970
at the Lucemarie, and after that became a studio project.
In the middle of December, 1970 Mahogany Brain
recorded the album With (Junk-Saucepan)
When (Spoon-Trigger) released by the legendary
Futura label early the next year, and they also provided
the soundtrack to a short film of Bulteau?s, Main Line.