Culturcide was an American Houston-based experimental punk band, active from 1980 to 1990 and from 1993 to the present day. They were notorious for their 1986 album Tacky Souvenirs of Pre-Revolutionary America, which earned the band a cult following, but also several legal threats. The album comprised 14 tracks of the band's satirical lyrics overdubbed onto popular songs by the original artists. For example, the Beach Boys' California Girls was turned into "They Wish They All Could Be California Punks", a sideswipe at unoriginality in Punk Rock. There were also overdubs of tape loops and other sound effects. The lyric sheet carried the message "Home-taping is killing the record industry, so keep doing it." The backing tracks were used without permission and the band soon faced legal threats from some of the original copyright holders. The album was listed in the British New Musical Express yearlist for 1987.
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Peel heard Culturcide on holiday driving through mainland Europe with his family and German friend Lothar, who introduced the record to him. So impressed, Peel played a track from the record on his 28 April 1987 show, where the group did a karaoke parody of Bruce Springsteen's Dancing In The Dark, an artist interestingly he did not generally like.
- 28 April 1987: Bruce (LP - Tacky Souvenirs Of Pre-Revolutionary America) Culturcide