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THE HUGH BEAUMONT EXPERIENCE- The Cone Johnson E.P. 7" (Cygnus Records, USA, 1981)

Ever since I first heard HUGH BEAUMONT EXPERIENCE on the “Cottage Cheese from the Lips of Death” compilation LP and heard of their impossibly rare 7″, I was looking for the gemm. Living in the Kingdom of Sweden, a couple of thousand miles away from where “it” happened (here, you must whisper, in true Really Red style, “in Texasss”), it wasn’t all to easy to track it down.
I’m sure y’all have heard the stories about how it comes this record is so rare. It’s a shame really cause it features some very nice amateurish whacky Punk! My picks would be the first track and “Money means so much to me”, although the lyrics to “Zyklon B” keep pissin me off constantly. “Talking to Mister Goebels last week, had the nerve to call me a freak, he said that I was a subhuman, said this time he’s gonna stop me.” Where does this disturbing and idiotic identification of Punks with jewish people in ns-germany come from?
Well, let’s get funny again. Hahahoho. The posthumous LP “Virgin Killers” is much, much better than this 7″. The A-side features the bands demo tape, produced by Bob Mould and the B-side a hillarious live concert. “Existential Vacuum” also re-released parts of this 7″ together with previously unreleased material on a 7″. Unfortunately, both of them were pretty limited and seem to be quite difficult to track down. Let me know in the comments if the LP would be a good choice of good bad music.

The sleeve you see up there is extremely rare. It was handcolored by me. And sorry for the crackling – my copy is pretty beat up.

Zyklon B.mp3
Where’d ya go Sid.mp3
Money means so much to me.mp3


  1. Anonymous

    there’s one of these on ebay right now ….. over 500 $ …… is it worth that much?


    Posted on 07-Oct-06 at 14:40 | Permalink
  2. I was a teenage upfuck

    And here’s the LP:

    According to what E. says this should be worth the $$ ….. And he seems to know where it’s at. Mom, mom, I need some money *run*


    Posted on 07-Oct-06 at 14:43 | Permalink
  3. Anonymous

    gorehound says:
    if you could post more of this band it would be awesome..

    thanks for the music


    Posted on 07-Oct-06 at 20:04 | Permalink
  4. Daniel P

    Wonderful just wonderful! Have been wanting to hear this for YEARS! It may piss you off but these guys weren’t academics. Wasn’t it you who said it takes idiots to make great music? LOL – YOU WERE DAMN RIGHT!


    Posted on 08-Oct-06 at 00:53 | Permalink
  5. Peter - KBDRecords

    Hearing this for the first time I must say I’m very dissapointed. I heard the “Virgin Killers” LP and that one smokes. It lacks energy. Sounds like they’re hold back by someone in the studio. Money… is decent, at best.


    Posted on 08-Oct-06 at 03:45 | Permalink
  6. f.

    “Living in the Kingdom of Sweden” hahahaha, THUMBS UP!


    Posted on 08-Oct-06 at 04:15 | Permalink
  7. headfuck

    Thanks so much for posting this! Although the ep is a bit dissapointing, it’s still great to get the chance to hear it without paying hundreds and hundreds for it. Great blog with amazing music.


    Posted on 09-Oct-06 at 01:08 | Permalink
  8. Anonymous

    God, I’ve thought this EP stunk since I first heard it years ago. A total letdown. The only reason anyone remembers this mediocre EP is because it was so stupidly rare and hyped up– that’s why I was curious to hear it way back when. If this record had a lot of copies pressed it would be on noboy’s want list. Songs like “Money Means So Much To Me” make me turn off the stereo. Yuck! The later Hugh Beaumont stuff like on the “Virgin Killers” LP is much better.

    – Tony in Chicago


    Posted on 10-Oct-06 at 06:43 | Permalink
  9. Anonymous

    I think it’s great! “Virgin Killers” is great too, but the 7″ is better.


    Posted on 10-Oct-06 at 10:15 | Permalink
  10. Peter - KBDRecords

    Anoymous: you’re taste is as expected LOL :D.


    Posted on 10-Oct-06 at 13:51 | Permalink
  11. caveman721

    um,this has been posted elsewhere,and it’s great.
    haven’t heard the virgin killers,would love far as being hard to find yer damn lucky,as i live just a few short miles away from where it all happened and haven’t been able to find it.would really like to hear the lp
    virgin killers.thanks fer yer interest in teXas punk!!


    Posted on 14-Oct-06 at 22:37 | Permalink
  12. Bernard

    I’ve never seen this posted anywhere until E. posted it here.
    Why do you than somebody for taking interest in punk from the region where you come from (and way over 20 years old!)? Weird!


    Posted on 15-Oct-06 at 10:00 | Permalink
  13. Anonymous

    Interesting site- thanks for adding another minute or two to my fifteen oh so long ago-Carter Kolba


    Posted on 15-Feb-07 at 16:05 | Permalink
  14. Anonymous

    wtf?! lyrics may be dumb and patronizing but yr a fascist.


    Posted on 21-Feb-07 at 14:33 | Permalink
  15. Anonymous

    i went into a rage hearing this again after so many years. such memories it brings back to me of being a teenage hellion. it reminded me of my old ex girlfriend mandy who tried to kill me with her pink switchblade and bumming beer money from strangers on the streets of tennessee


    Posted on 12-Mar-07 at 11:42 | Permalink
  16. Tommie

    My name is Tommie Duncan and I was the original guitarist for the Hugh Beaumont Experience back when I was 15…we cut that EP in 3 hrs at a small studio in Arlington, TX and we had only been together as a band for about one month…the first airplay was on The Rock and Roll Alternative hosted by George Gimarc the following Sunday…I also played on the live side of the Virgin Killers LP, which was a gig at the now defunct Bowie Theater in Ft Worth, TX (hometown for us). The studio side however features a guy named David McCreath on guitar as I left the band when they decided to move to Austin, TX…Jeff “King” Coffee (best know as the drummer from the Butthole Surfers), played on both sides of the Virgin Killers LP but was not with the band when we did the original EP…the drummer at that point was Carter Kolba…Coffee was to join the band about 5 months later…Cool to see this stuff is still around!!! I myself live in BKK, Thailand and still play guitar a bit!


    Murry Hammond Reply:

    Great to see Tommie pipe up. Murry from Old 97s here – I was at that Bowie Theater show. Remember how we all got beat up after the second night? The “Magnums” opened for you guys the first night, then their goon crowd went home, but then the bill was switched the second night and the heavy metal bunch had to suffer through Brad’s non-stop tirade at them. It was GREAT!!! Phil Flowers and I escaped ok after, got roughed up a little nothing too bad. I think Brad went off in your car, birds flying, while long haired rednecks chased you. Good times!!!


    tommie Reply:

    That was a fun show…I will never forget putting on the old man mask and Brad introducing me as Jesus before our horrible version of La Grange…then the minute we finished a guy rushed the stage picked up the mask that was on a wig head and asking angrily, “Which one of you guys thinks this is Jesus?” The satire was just lost on him I guess…
    Brad and I drove off in a hail of beer bottles..
    How are you Murray?? I am still in Bangkok, 10 yrs now…will be through LA in OCT…would love to see you…Listen to you guys all the time BTW…when I DJ here the Old 97s are heard in Asia!!


    Kit Reply:


    Im reading this and I find it very interesting. I happen to have The Hugh Beaumont Experience 7″ dated 1981 from Cygnus Records. It is the promotion only not for sale copy. Didnt know what this group was about until now.


    Posted on 19-May-07 at 04:10 | Permalink
  17. Erich

    Great info Tommy – thanks a lot! Can you tell us more about the reasons for the scarcity of the 7″?


    anonymous Reply:

    I can’t believe how he defaced the cover of the marvelous Cleaver Family!


    Posted on 19-May-07 at 04:16 | Permalink
  18. Anonymous

    Scarcity is due to the fact we only pressed 500 of them…


    Murry Hammond Reply:

    King told me that there was actually less than 100 survived, because the girl that put them out destroyed what hadn’t made it out to the music stores — VVV, etc. — because she got mad at the band over a money disagreement. I remember he said he was pretty sure something like 75 made it out unscathed.


    Posted on 21-May-07 at 11:16 | Permalink
  19. DirtyRottenImbicile

    thank you for posting this, ive known about HBE for a few years but ive never actually heard their stuff until now. ive been a big fan of the Butthole Surfers for a long time so ever since i found out about Coffey’s pre-BHS days ive been dying to hear some HBE. i must say its about what i expected and im quite pleased.


    Posted on 24-Jan-09 at 15:13 | Permalink

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