On top of their dozens of unforgettable sketches, Toronto comedy legends The Kids In The Hall were also perfectly in tune with the emerging “alternative” music scene of the late 1980s and early ‘90s, from employing Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet as their “house band” to Mark McKinney’s classic portrayal of Satan as a hard partying heavy metal axe man.
Well, it turns out one Kid has kept an actual music career a closely guarded secret until now. Very mysteriously, 17 (yes, count ‘em 17) albums by Scott Thompson’s little-known post-punk project from that period, Mouth Congress, recently turned up on Bandcamp, in varying degrees illustrating how weirder he was capable of being than the CBC would have ever allowed.
A sampling of album titles—most accompanied by hand-drawn album art—gives a good indication of where Thompson was coming from: For People Only, Judy Collins Sings Mouth Congress (footnoted: 'Judy Collins does not appear on this album'), and Doilies. And while the music ranges from infectiously funky to daringly experimental (depending on the musicians involved), KITH fans will be pleased to note that Thompson’s main collaborator was Paul Bellini, one of the show’s main writers who often appeared as himself on the show, albeit as a towel-clad mute.
Each album is available to download for $7 at mouthcongress.bandcamp.com. Now if only someone could post the lost recordings of Rod Torfulson’s Armada featuring Herman Menderchuk.