Third Man Records Digs Up Unreleased Material from Pre-Death Band RockFire Funk Express and the Underwear Heads

Third Man Records Digs Up Unreleased Material from Pre-Death Band RockFire Funk Express and the Underwear Heads
Third Man Records has gotten into the reissue game as of late, having recently released archival recordings from Sun Records, the early blues era, and Public Nuisance. Now, Jack White's label is looking to the past once again and dropping previously unreleased 7-inches from a pair of influential Detroit cult acts: RockFire Funk Express and the Underwear Heads.

RockFire Funk Express were an early incarnation of the band that later became pioneering proto-punks Death. The Hackney brothers — David, Dannis and Bobby — never officially released any music under this name, but they recorded a two-song single back in 1973. This will be released on 7-inch vinyl this coming Tuesday (May 28).

According to the label, A-side "People Save the World" is "a propulsive, socially-conscious, exercise in primitive funk rock." Hear that song embedded below. The self-titled B-side, meanwhile, "is a breezy, easy-going instrumental, weirdly at odds with its name."

As for the Underwear Heads, an announcement from Third Man notes that their six-song Tangmania EP originally existed only as a sleeve without a record, since the vinyl was defective and all copies were thrown out. The recordings, which date back 30-plus years, were eventually tracked down in the form of an early-generation master. The material reportedly includes "silly drum machine punk, outre experimental tape manipulation and art rock spaciousness."

It was also be out on May 28. The song "Tangin" is below.

Both 7-inches are available to pre-order from Third Man's online store.