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Longmont Potion Castle
Also known as Virtual Balboa, Red Brown, Fennel Cartwright, Frickey Weaver, Cooter, Bernard Fuddle, Dirk Funk, Gomez, Levi Goulet, Buddy Gripple, Grover, Desmond Sanford, Holmes, Reginald Maplethorp, Tanyo Lubbock, Luke, Kermit Neville, Nipper, The Polish Stallion, Lars, Don Savage, Rusty Savage, Sissy, Stretchy, Dr. Slap, Bonecrusher Smith, Wallace Thrasher, Bo "Bobo" Tucci, Nigel Zacket
Origin Denver, Colorado
Genres Comedy
Prank phone calls
Surrealism
Instruments Telephone
Digitech RDS 8000
Electric guitar
Years active 1987 - present
Labels DU Records
Reptilian Records
Insides Music
Post Replica Records
Vinyl Communications
Kung Fu Records
Associated acts Implement of Prognosis
Website longmontpotioncastle.com

Longmont Potion Castle (born 1972 or 1973)[1] is the pseudonym of an anonymous surrealist prank caller who has been active in the Colorado area since 1987.[2] Details about his personal life are scarce and his real name is unknown to the public. Over the years, his mostly self-released albums have gained a cult following, notably amongst musicians.[3]

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Biography

The LA Record describes Longmont Potion Castle's albums as unlike those which most people associate with prank telephone calls, citing that his demeanor is nothing at all like that of The Jerky Boys and Crank Yankers and is actually closer to that of the alternative comedian Neil Hamburger.[4] The magazine goes on to cite some of the topics discussed and parties dialed in the artist's calls: "peacock bowel, owl bowel, peacock meat, squid meat, gorilla ointment, Nugent, Orange Julius, biblioduwangus, the Epiphone Dolphin, pumpkin brew, GG Allin, UPS, and opportunities to engender a coalition with the Vatican."[3] In a review from the Denver Westword, LPC's recordings are described as advancing "absurdity as an art form."[5]

The anonymous artist has himself described the albums he's made as "phone work" or "absurdist" art rather than the less sophisticated label of "prank phone calls",[1] and has also said, "They may be dumb, but they're not stupid".[1] Those on the receiving end of a Longmont Potion Castle call are often left confused and/or extremely angry, however his calls are rarely mean-spirited in nature. His recordings combine prank calls with sound collages and his own musical compositions, the majority of which are thrash metal instrumentals. Occasionally, Longmont Potion Castle will filter his voice through a Digitech RDS 8000 rack-mounted digital delay panel in order to produce odd sound effects, thus making whoever he has called even more confused.[3]

In 2006, Longmont Potion Castle announced his retirement. In an interview with The Nerve Magazine, he explained that the box set Longbox Option Package would be the final LPC release.[6] However, in 2008 he released a new CD, Longmont Potion Castle Volume 6. Then in 2009, he released Volume 7 (not to be confused with his 2005 album of the same name released as a part of the Longbox Option Package box set, a disc which contained only thrash metal music). The album featured several celebrity calls, including ones to singer Eddie Money, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, and guitarist Rick Derringer.

Discography

Albums

Videos

  • Live from Longmont Potion Castle (1998)
  • Return to Longmont Potion Castle
  • Longbox Option Package DVD (Includes Live from LPC and Return to LPC) (2006)

Compilations and singles

References

External links

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