Five Starcle Men (partially found noise music group discography; 1990-1997)

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Sleeve/album cover for Scunibro, the found vinyl LP from the group.

Status: Partially Found

Five Starcle Men were an electronic noise music group from the 1990s whose music consisted of heavily distorted and edited samples, dextromethorphan-fueled rambling, alien abduction testimonials, and circuit bent toys and other electronic gadgets.

The group was comprised primarily of two members, Luke McGowan and Glen Hobbs. After Hobbs' suicide in 1997, McGowan went on to be a professor of psychology at the California Institute of Technology.

Ever since the release of the posthumous digital compilation Gomba Reject Ward Japan, Five Starcle Men have been noted for being shrouded in mystery, with very little written about them beyond blogs and a brief mention in an article in the Village Voice[1]. They had a Wikipedia page at one point, but it has deleted due to lack of notability, despite Gomba Reject Ward Japan having 27,000+ downloads on archive.org.[2]

There are two official digital compilations released via the Japanese label Lost Frog Productions (including Gomba), along with an unofficial bootleg cassette tape compilation called The Five Starclemen. The second digital compilation is called Only Kids of Nothing Star. Both of them are available on archive.org.

Known Albums[edit | edit source]

Release year Title Notes Status
1992 ISTINT According to a YouTube upload[which?], the second half of side A and the first half of side B of the Five Starclemen bootleg cassette contains songs from this tape. It is unknown whether this is actually the case. Lost
1993 Briskle Discal Partially Found (2)
1993 Sicicbral EP Found
1994 Briskle Discal 2 Lost
1995 R/Eject Ward Luke allegedly confirmed its existence, and called it his favorite from their later years. Lost
1995 Scunibro Only known vinyl release. Found
1995 Beast 666 Lost
1996 Gomblasemba Lumbieca Found
Unknown I Told You Human According to a YouTube upload[which?], the first half of side A of the Five Starclemen bootleg cassette contains songs from this tape. It is unknown whether this is actually the case. Lost
Unknown Dwck Jired According to a YouTube upload[which?], the second half of side B of the Five Starclemen bootleg cassette contains songs from this tape. It is unknown whether this is actually the case, or if it actually exists. Existence Unconfirmed

Misc. Media[edit | edit source]

The band was also featured in the inaugural and presumably only issue of the zine Whump!, with some audio of the interview existing on the 7" bonus record that was included with the magazine. There was also a live album released on VHS, Live + Dead, which has been reuploaded to YouTube.

Status[edit | edit source]

According to Luke in an email he doesn't wish to be shared publically, a "crazed fan" stole most of the masters. This makes the complete recovery of their discography even harder, if not outright impossible.

For the longest time, the only Five Starcle Men material available were the aforementioned compilations and, eventually, Scunibro.

However, in late 2020, a musician who knew Five Starcle Men personally when they were active joined a Discord server dedicated to the band and posted flyers and pictures of cassettes he had in his possession. He promised to contact Luke to see if he could release them. Luke initially denied him permission, but eventually allowed him to upload small amounts of what he had. He uploaded the Sicicbral EP to Soundcloud alongside individual songs from Briskle Discal and a collaborative cassette with his own group, Bobeli.

He also confirmed the rumor that Luke is compiling songs for what he calls a "mega-compilation" from the few masters he had left.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Village Voice article mentioning Five Starcle Men. Retrieved Apr. 22, '21.
  2. This is not how WP:Notability works. The page could be restored if a reliable source that mentions Five Starcle Men is found.