The Strange are from Olympia, WA close to the Canadian border. The Strange are Tom Hackett, Robert Rensel, David Chamberlain, Rick Rackleff plus Mike Pitcher, Don Morris & Carl Dexter. This art-rock-underground band recorded the Souvenir Album over a period of several years released in a tiny pressing in 1976 on the Yantis Record label. With a touch of westcoast music and lots of Mothers of Invention influences, this album is really something special. As special as The Spoils Of War and as complex as Time and Think Dog, with Frank Zappa style wah-wah guitar, great vocals, piano, effects, some horns, and a well-balanced mixture of heavy psych guitar tracks and twisted underground folk tunes. If you think the first Spoils Of War album on Shadoks is a great album and the early Mothers albums are the ones you always kept you will be very very happy with this album. If you want to hear what the band sound like now you should check out THE GRUFS-Coming Back For More album.