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[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

Known Albums

Release year Title Notes Status
1992 ISTINT First release under the Five Starcle Men name. Found
1992 I Told You Human Previously only partially available through the bootleg compilation, recently given in full to a member of the server and uploaded to their YouTube channel. Found
1993 Briscle Discal Uploaded to the FSM discord server by Luke. A notable number of tracks from here are also present in some way on the version of Reject Ward that we have. Found
1993 Briscle Discal II Uploaded to the FSM discord server by someone working with Luke to release and upload currently lost material. Found
1993 Sicicbral EP Found
1993 Sorchatch Fitsel According to Luke, an early tape from spring or summer of 1993 recorded live by Luke in his bedroom after a night on LSD and robitussin. Found
1995 Reject Ward Luke shared part of the tape (most likely a preliminary version of the album due to Luke and Glen sending things back and forth frequently to expand on), and called it his favorite from their later years. Was made primarily by Glen. Partially Found
1995 Scunibro Only known vinyl release. Found
1995 Beast 666 "Beast 666 Tapes" is also the name of a Japanese noise record label that seems to have worked with the band at some point. Lost
1996 Gomblasemba Lumbieca Found
Unknown Dwck Jired Songs from the original release were included in a bootleg tape made by Rich Polysorbate 60, someone who had connections with the band for quite some time. Though aside from that, not much evidence of the release's existence has been found. Partially Found
Unknown Proposed LP (Rejected) Possibly in the possession of the owner of Bobby J, Todd Ledford, as confirmed by Luke in a Discord message after finding an old email (about 10 years ago) from Todd about possibly releasing some unreleased Five Starcle Men material he'd had at the time. Lost
Unknown A Piece Of All 39 Tapes Mentioned in Todd's email. Seems to confirm the approximate number of officially released albums/tapes from Five Starcle Men in their active years and was likely a track or two from every album of theirs. Partially Found
Unknown StarClarkBlood Mentioned in Todd's email. Likely refers to the "Untitled" tape as seen on Discogs under the StarClarkBlood name. Lost
Unknown Rock Hard Cock Mentioned in Todd's email. Lost
Unknown Five Starcle Luke Mentioned in Todd's email. Possibly made solely by Luke as the name implies. Lost

Along with these, a scan of an old sales catalog of many of their albums and other various items like clothing and books surfaced online via the thumbnail of an upload of the song "Time And Kaleidoscope" in 2018. It's currently unknown what timeframe it covers (likely up to around 1996), but the uploader responded by saying it came with his copy of Scunibro. Luke also recently shared a spreadsheet of all currently known Five Starcle Men material and any available or personal information about them, which seems to take from much of the image.

Misc. Media

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.


According to Luke in an email he doesn't wish to be shared publicly, 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 Briscle Discal and a collaborative cassette with his own group, Bobeli. Later on, in late June 2023, he also uploaded the ISTINT tape onto Soundcloud.

In early June 2023, the aforementioned musician also created a Bandcamp page and an Instagram page (both simply called "Five Starcle Men") for the purpose of archiving and posting any Five Starcle Men content that has been found. Although he had Luke's permission to create these pages, seeming excited to release and archive whatever could be salvaged and rediscovered, Luke later asked him to take down said pages, stating that he "doesn't want anything resembling 'official' FSM on these platforms." However, Luke allowed him to keep and use the Soundcloud page to upload any new findings, presumably since it long predates the Bandcamp/Instagram pages and there are old releases from other artists on it as well.

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


  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.