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What is E.F.S.?

“EFS” pops up a few times in the track descriptions.

So, to avoid ambiguity, the EFS’s were essentially stylized piss-takes or copies of a musical genre that Jeff & Rees (mainly) pushed for as the occasion arose.  From my piss-poor memory, I don’t think any of the other personnel actually instigated an EFS!

E.F.S. as a term came from two CAN LPs that Rees has.  The Limited & Unlimited Edition, as they’re called.  Some are pretty good and some are disjointed but funny.

Crawling Chaos EFS’s  also derived inspiration from Neil Innes (who has recently died and inspired me to write this down before I too croak – SP) when in the “Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band“.

So two trad jazz efforts would be Jazz, Delicious Hot, Disgusting Cold from the Bonzos and EFS No 36  from Can.

We never did a trad jazz EFS, but  “One More Peso”, “The Lady From Shanghai” & “Heavy Lovin'” are obviously EFSs.  Sex Machine isn’t.


Main image: “The Fall of Numenor,” an allusion to Atlantis made by J.R.R. Tolkien well after HP Lovecraft did his stuff.