This austere song-cycle is a collection of tunes addressing youth, sexuality and human morays in an utterly unique fashion. Barely released in its day (1970), Corky’s remains one of the pinnacles of excellence in the career of Mayo and his Red Krayola.
“I first heard the sudden unbelievable wave-rolling sound of this strange, acoustic, old time cartoon band singin ‘I’m a student of human nature’ in ’94 in good ol’ Memphis, TN. Played to me by a giant man with an exploding pillow of blond curls wearing overalls. Wot the fuck was this? I was 22 and getting a fast-paced indie rock education after dropping out of college mid-semester a few months earlier. Was I wasting my parents money when I called from the Blues City Cafe and told them I had moved across the country? Ah, yes it’s true, I surely was. But here on the turntable was a suitable replacement for the out-of-state tuition throw to the breeze – a corduroy-professorial-erotic-
LP released in 1969 on Texas Revolution Records
LP reissued in 1988 on Glass Records
LP/CS/CD released on June 20, 1994 on Drag City
LP version with bonus 7″ (“Woof” b/w “4’33″”) released on February 26, 2008 on Drag City