Selected Artists

1962: Clipper Cowbridge

1963: The Swiss Invasion

1965: Marilyn Kaye

1969: The Fold

1970: Yorgi

1971: Devon Shire

1972: Sandee Saunders

1976: Rockfinger

1978: The Spooky Bunch

1979: Decoupage

1981: Bleep

1985: Tiger Love

1985: Laryssa Foxxx

1986: Smasher of Things

1987: Suthrn Cuzn

1989: ~pianogirl~

1990: Razorflesh

1995: Breaker Bear

1996: Action Plus

1998: J Lounge

2001: Eesk

2004: Lazarus Project

1990: Razorflesh

WHAT DO YOU GET when you put two of Canada’s best-loved artists — dramatic diva Tessa Baskin, a.k.a.~pianogirl~, and Nhoj Arpendahl of the industrial band Razorflesh — in the studio together?

Disaster, that’s what.Cover of Razorflesh's 1990 album Dermatitis Artefacta (Clubbo Records)

Although (or because) Tessa and Nhoj are a longtime couple, their sole collaboration attempt melted down within minutes. Yet the encounter wasn’t entirely fruitless — each artist immediately wrote a scathing hate song about the other.~pianogirl’s~ bitter ballad “Tarantula” was released in November, 1989. Razorflesh’s abrasively insulting “Hell Hog” followed in February, 1990.

How did the two hatebirds manage to stay together? What did it take to reinstate domestic peace? And most important, who won: ~pianogirl~ [FULL STORY], or Razorflesh [FULL STORY]?

LISTEN:

Hellhog

By Razorflesh (song lyrics and credits)

Tarantula

By ~pianogirl~ (song lyrics and credits)

MORE: Whose side are you on: Razorflesh or ~pianogirl~?

EXTRA! Rare candid interviews with Tessa Baskin (~pianogirl~) and Nhoj Arpendahl (Razorflesh)