- November, 2001
Backstabbers "To Eleven" CD
What you have here is a big sounding punk-rock and/or roll band ala Turbonegro. The key word is thick. Thick guitars Thick drums Thick vocals I ponder on what would have happened if Turbonegro never happened at all... It seems to me that bands like Turbonegro, by merely existing, told bands like this that yes, you can listen to bands like AC/DC and use emulated forms of 70s metal to make a viable and acceptable sound in the latter punk scenes of the 90s/00s.
As gruff and tuff as The Backstabbers sound though, by the second song I heard a little bit of emo shining through. Yes, I said emo. The song in question, "The Thrill is Gone", reminds me of what Rites of Spring would have become IF you replaced Minor Threat with Turbonegro in the early Dischord scene-- Wow, imagine that Alternative universe!!!! Great fucking song....
some pretty solid sounding tracks on this CD, "Keep On," "The
Thrill is Gone" and "Saturday Night Shootout" are just
a couple kick ass examples, but some of the same garage-Turbonegro-death-punk
type themes on To Eleven as other recent releases by bands, are
wearing a bit thin with me... Last cigarettes, bad relationships, self-destruction....
Its not like its JUST the Backstabbers doing this,
but that same subject matter is becoming whimsical in the related ways
that AC/DC LPs are. Theres a time and place for bands like the Backstabbers,
and whereas I foresee a huge re-surgence of hardcore just on the horizon
(prepare everyone), death-punk isnt dead and the Backstabbers prove
Bad Form "S/T" 7"
The story of how I heard about these kids and how I finally got their record is a long and complicated tale. So Im going to bore you with the details. Curiouser and Curiouser
It was a hot summer evening during the first week of August. I was driving in my car to my friend James house to partake in our usual unusual escapades. So I was riding along, listening to WFMU (the best radio station in the galaxy), when out of the blue the DJ began to spin this very record. I was thinking to myself, "Damn, who is this? This is some hot shit." Just after the mystery band that caught my ears song ended, and just before I reached my destination, the DJ came on and yelled, "Okay, that was THE BAD FORM outta New Jersey! Theyll be." I turned off the car and ran up to my friends room, praying he wasnt running around naked as he so often does "James," I asked, "have you ever heard of this band called the Bad Form from New Jersey?" "The Bad Form." he answers, "Umm no I havent." Although I was disappointed and slightly irate, I soon forgot all about the Bad Form as I was easily distracted by the smell of James grandpas homemade pizza, which was cooking in the kitchen.
My next encounter with the Bad Form would come when I went out to Ohio to visit Kenny to drink beer with him on the last weekend of August. It was during Kennys "keg party" that I stumbled over his small batch of records he brought out to Ohio (cause you know, hes Kenny on Haight-Ashberry now). Sifting through his 45s I came across this hot pink sleeve with the words "THE BAD FORM" written on top of it. "The Bad Form?" I thought, "That sounds familiar " Then I looked on the back of the sleeve to see where this Bad Form was from, and mother sick [!], wouldnt you know it, New Fuckin Jersey! So I threw the 7" on Kennys ultra pussie turntable and totally rock that little mechanized pricks world. Now Im at this "keg party," with a keg of beer on my right, and a record player on my left Yeah, I ended up going and getting another beer, and naturally (to me anyway), I forgot all about the Bad Form 7" (again!). Hey, Im only human
My third (and fourth, I guess) encounter with this Bad Form 7" was only a month ago when Kenny attempted to become a record reviewer. He sent me this email full of reviews; and what record was in that pile of reviews? Why the Bad Form of course! Kennys review re-instilled my interest in the Bad Form and I said to myself, "Okay, Joe, when you go down to see Crimson Sweet in NYC on Friday, you stop by that Wowsville store that Mark Murrmann raves about so much, and you look for that Bad Form 7". I mean it! No fucking around this time!" So when my friend James and I actually did find this store, I headed over towards the New 7"s Section and began investigating. Now seriously people, these guys at Wowsville are not very organized, okay? Im looking through this flipper type device theyve got for their New 7"s Section on the counter and theyve got all of these 45s crammed into the thing. So Im flipping, and flipping, and flipping, when all of the sudden, the weight of the 7"s crammed on top of the other 7"s that were already flipped breaks the flipper type devices hold on them and they all go crashing to the floor. Luckily they werent damaged or anything, but fuck! Take better care of your merchandise! I didnt find the Bad Form 7" in the retarded New 7" Section they had, so I went for the Old 7" Section, in the B division. And low and behold, a hot pink record sleeve with the words "THE BAD FORM" was staring right at me. I shouted, "Woohoo!" and went straight to the counter to purchase my long, sought-after treasure; again apologizing for my clumsiness, though I still say it was a technicality on my part.
there you have it. The story of how I heard about the Bad Form and how
I finally got their record. What is it that they say? The things you
truly work for are the things you cherish most? Well, I didnt
exactly "work" for this record in a physical sense, but mentally,
whew! I contemplated leaving you with just my Bad Form story, with no
description of their music. Surely if I went through all of that I should
have perked your curiosity about the Bad Form even just a little bit.
But I know youre fickle. I know youll think I pulled a Shawn
Abnoxious on you. So, the best description of how the Bad Form sound that
I can give to you is if Minor Threat went towards more of a rock n
roll noise, but kept their aggressive hardcore nature, and switched to
Misfits-esque lyrics. Its sick. Its obsessive. Its damaged.
Its the Bad Form. (JD)
Bhopal Stiffs "(1985-1989)" CD
If it sounds like Pegboy and rocks like Pegboy, then its probably Pegboy... Well, its not ENTIRELY Pegboy, but very well could be Ever wonder where Steve Saylors and Larry Damore from Pegboy came from? They came from The Bhopal Stiffs. Me, Im not what you would call a HUGE Pegboy fan, but I liked what they were doing up until Strong Reaction. After that I just moved on.
This twenty-eight track CD captures the entire Stiffs Discography and sweetens up the deal by including one unreleased track and a slew of decent sounding live shows from various sources. Like I said up there, you know, up there, in the beginning, it sounds like Pegboy. If you like Pegboy then you will like this.
Did I fail to mention that this sounds like Pegboy? Well, it does. It also sounds like Naked Raygun a bit; the OTHER band members of Pegboy came from.... Strange
I fail to mention that this sounds like Pegboy? Well, it does. (SAB)
Boxcar Satan/Chapstik "Split" 7"
BS some time back, and thought they were a cool J Spencer blooze/jass/noise
fuck band. Tight as hell
Their side makes a decent bridge between,
say, Jonestown and JS, I guess. Not bad
Chapstik? Better than an
ass splinter, thats fer sure! (TK)
C*nts "Your Funny" CD
I like this. I really, really do. The first seven tracks are mid-tempo/fast Killed By Death type punk-rock numbers bringing to mind a mixture of The Pagans and The Eat with Gibby Haines from The Buthole Surfers singing... Around track eight; a tune called "Drive Until Your Insane" (which is my favorite track by the way), things change a bit, and whereas I dont want to say they changed for the better, because I really dig this, I will say that they change for the different.
"Drive Until Your Insane" begins its life with a mid-tempo beat but expands about halfway through into something I can only describe as near reggae/dub. It kinda surprised me too because by this time The C*nts are obviously crazy, as most musicians are, and have odd and apparently dangerous ways to look at lifes simplest things. But here they seem to dumb themselves down and explode into a sibilant, naive and agitated sound, setting the stage for my mind to begin wandering with imagination to a place, a world in my mind where I explore the realms of armed robbery for KICKS. Its a dream of mine, but yet something I would dare not do: build a crime syndicate, rob a bank and hit the road....
It wasnt until this song that I started to think of the C*nts in Neoteric forms... The C*nts surprised and attacked me. From "Drive..." on, the remaining seven songs take on a looser, improvisational feel to them. This CD was really arranged perfectly because from song one til "Drive..." you get a certain sound that is building up to something that you arent quite sure about. Youre left wondering whats next. Then, after "Drive..." you hear a more Lewis & Clark C*nts, one that takes their sound and lyrics to the fucking cliffs edge and throws YOU off. Exploring Explorers Its these latter songs that really bring out the Buthole Surfers/Gibby Haines sound.
not really too sure what my Blank Generation Year End Top Ten list has
in store or anything, but Im thinking the C*nts deserve a spot there
somewhere. This is a great fucking CD. I mean that. Like I said, up there,
in the beginning, its good. I really like it. What you should do
is find out how much Disturbing Records wants for this CD and get one...and
I got to thinking.... Chicago isnt THAT far away from Cincinnati
Cuts "S/T" LP
Pink bunny rabbits and kaleidoscopes of swirls, posies
sapphire, gold, mauve, and cherry paint the nights sky, and my lengthy
cinnamon locks are spread out in all directions as I lay on my roof, looking
up at the crescent moon and gazing at myself, at you. *Cough, Cough* No,
I just made all that stuff up. Actually, contrary to pOpular belief, this
isnt very psychedelic at all. Radio Birdman
minus any song
that sounds like "New Race." Or the Rolling Stones
any song that sounds like "Satisfaction." These are the groups
that come to mind when I (me, not you) hear the Cuts LP. Their first
album (this one Im writing about right here, right now [echo on
the now]) is slightly above average, slightly better than most
bands doing the 60s garage thing. But I still dont see any
Deadbeats "Damned Since Day One" 7"
this 7" moves so fast that I cant grab on to a single
note. No, Im lying
It has its notes
I heard em
They were just so boring that I blocked em out! The Deadbeats huh?
Yeah, punk n roll, lotsa guitars and power chords, no attitude,
and cliché songs about drinking and how their life sucks. Boohoo. (JD)
Electric Frankenstein "Sick As A Dog" 7"
Electric Frankenstein Man, this band I dont know what to think of these guys Like, theyve just been around 4EVER!!! Ive never thought too highly of their music. Its unentertaining, its cheesy, its not thrilling or rocking Their songs never hit me with a sense of importance, or even a sense of relevance in a rock n roll manner. And they just release these 7"s like theyre cooking pancakes.
Consumer: "Hey EF! Flip me over another one of them there 45s!"
motherfuckers have never even heard of syrup! Do you like your pancakes
without any syrup? No! Of course not! Pancakes without syrup taste dry
and flavorless; and the cause you to drink more orange juice (or milk,
my preferred drink of choice next to Cherry Coke, but you cant have
Cherry Coke for breakfast now can you?). Where was I? Oh yes, Electric
Frankenstein, you bloated, cock-eating fucks! My tummy is full and I do
not want anymore pancakes without syrup, alright?! (JD)
Evil Hoodoo "S/T" CD
Uh Umm Err Grrr Ooh Oh
you want the corrupt
the fuckin bad?! Its
the lofi of the lofi! Its screamin outta the garage (no, scratch
that, outta the basement)! Zombie Rock N Roll [!]
You fuckin zombie motherfuckers! Awwwah
go 1960s! Lets have fun! If you cant dig it, bop it,
dig it [?]
If you cant get turned on
be a zombie motherfucker. Youll never know that the Evil Hoodoo
is everywhere. (JD)
Firestarter "S/T" CD/LP
know its really bad form to declare two separate records the best
thing youve heard in ages in as many months, but after hearing this
Im left with little choice. I also know that Im way late
in hearing this, but oh well, better late than never. How to describe
the sonic majesty of Firestarter? Mere words fall short. This album is
easily as good as all but the very best of Teengenerate (and in time I
may like it as much). Of the 14 songs on here at least 11 of them are
power pop at its absolute pinnacle, with the others being merely really
great. Im sure any worthwhile pop band would kill to be able to
write songs as good as "Trashy Dreams," "Bop All Away,"
"The Majors Are Lesser," and "Youre Too Late."
I dont know if Japan has anything like genius grants, but if they
do Fink, Fifi, and Sammy should be first in line for one. Its absolutely
criminal that this isnt easier to get in the states. An instant
Four Corners "Say Youre A Scream" CD
normally I cant resist girlie-girl female vocals, right? And upbeat
60s rock n roll with organs and kickin guitar
licks? Come on, I L.U.V. love that stuff!! But (with a capital B), Ms.
Tracy Hatch here, shes got this Brit Pop, laid-back, soft as satin
voice. It doesnt mesh, doesnt fit, sounds off
boring! Please Tracy dearest, lay off the cold medicine before you go
in to record yr next album. (JD)
Hives "Barely Legal" CD/LP
This is a Gearhead re-issue of the first album from these suave Swedes, recorded in 1997. I guess the Hives took a few years to round out into the great garage/new wave/hard rock hybrid they are today, because this album sounds noticeably different and nowhere near as good as their newer stuff. A few of the songs do have the same kinda Japanese-style garage punk crossed with 70's rock vibe that makes up the Hives sound today (like on "a.k.a. I-D-I-O-T" [which was re-packaged on the MUCH better EP of the same name], "Here We Go Again" and "Hail Hail Spit n' Drool"), but for the most part, this is just fast & basic punk rock boarderlining on skate punk and melodic hardcore that occasionally breaks out of the mold in vein of their newer stuff. They don't lose any points for not being frantic and ballsy enough in their delivery, but they dont quite have the substance, here.
production here sounds really strange too; like as if the engineer behind
the boards of this thing wanted them to sound like a dreary emo band or
something (drums and bass way in front of everything else in the mix,
guitars that sound like they're being played in another room at times,
). My guess is that this fucker was acting out his wet-dream
of recording Sunny Day Real Estate, since I cant see any fathomable
reason the band would have wanted their record to sound like this. Make
no bones about it, the Hives are a great band, and the stuff they have
released in the last couple of years proves they are a force to be reckoned
with. In the end though, the Hives in 1997 sounded like a band they had
a pretty good idea, but didnt quite know how to put it all together
Hypochondriacs "Feelin Fine" CD
The Hypos cut their teeth on sets of mostly covers including The Misfits, and The Ramones, with a few originals to boot. They slowly began introducing more and more originals into their set, and in the process, weeded those covers out. This was something that would seemingly place The Hypos a level or two below even pop-punk bands, because even a bad, really bad pop-punk band is still writing and performing originals. Patrons of the Cincinnati punk scene have a hard time watching a band and seeing POTENTIAL. The first time I saw The Hypos, they played about 12 songs. Three of those were originals, but the thing is they were really GOOD originals. Powerful, intense, great fucking songs! I saw The Hypos for what they truly were... They were not JUST a COVER band; they were a band slowly maturing to greatness. Over time the band really began to click with each other at their live shows and it sort of seemed that all of a sudden The Hypos were playing sets chock full of hard-hitting originals. The Hypochondriacs have become a force to be reckoned with!
This CD marks the beginning of a new era for this band. This CD captures The Hypos earliest songs in their rugged entirety: "Simple", "The Rents", "Sweet Sugar" and "Rachel and Jimmy", songs that each continue to deliver the goods listen after listen, round out Feelin Fine to keep the CD flowing perfectly from start to finish. Feelin Fine exposes The Hypos hidden strengths for all to see. In just a few seconds over twenty-three minutes, The Hypos serve up a sense of being that shows a rare, true to life look at midwestern punk-rock. The Hypochondriacs are a band that understands the cracked and decaying urban slum-berhoods of the University of Cincinnati; the areas ripe on the weekends with college level crime, alcohol, drug and self abuse. The Hypos carved out their niche and their songs reflect that.
With a sound falling somewhere in-between that of Bikini Kill, The Misfits and Black Flag, The Hypos are like a symbolic puddle of puke.... Dirty, filthy, sleazy, but at the same time HONEST. As with all unattended vomit, The Hypos grow stronger as time passes. Recently, at a CD release show for this CD-R, The Hypos played a couple new songs including one titled "Shut Up Bitch." If this song is any example of what the future will bring for The Hypochondriacs, watch out! Make no qualms about it, The Hypos have raised a big stink around Cincinnati, and if things fall in the places where I expect them to, Feelin Fine will stand the test of time and be recognized as one of the best testaments of Cincinnati Punk Rock.
"Yes, The Hypochondriacs are Neoteric," I tell Tim as I sip keg-beer from a plastic cup at a party.
I continue: "If for no other reason than you consider The Hypochondriacs a rock and roll punk band. You see, nowadays the genres of punk rock are watered down and homogenized to the point that Korn are considered punk rock. With this being so..."
I take a sip of the beer halfway through because when you are having a discussion with someone like the one I was having with Tim, it makes you look more organized and smarter. Believe me, I need all the work I can get.
Tim, a Hypo guitarist, doesnt think The Hypos are neoteric.
These songs scare me because... Some would say that makes me not a good person to review this release. The Hypos just are not a band I listen to and enjoy, I have their fucking phone numbers and I know them personally. I see The Hypos. I can smell The Hypos. I could even taste the Hypos if I wanted too. Bottom-line: I know The Hypos, I LOVE The Hypos.
you dont like Feelin Fine, you suck. (SAB)
Le Tigre "Feminist Sweepstakes" CD/LP
I like Le Tigre. I mean, you know that. I play them on my radio show an all I even went to see em on The Daily Beat (on Metro TV NYC Television). I was sitting behind Le Tigre when Zeke (thats the host) was asking them half-witted questions like, "Did you parents disapprove of the music you listen to when you were a kid?" What kind of question is that?! I tried to look interested in what they had to say. Le Tigre spoke of a dance remix for Feminist Sweepstakes, and how politicians need to dance at the conventions or whatever We are just on totally different pages is all
like Le Tigre. But I dont like Feminist Sweepstakes. Its
got its high points an all
Its just that this album is either just
like their last one, or a regression into the minimalist beat. Okay, well,
its "more political" or whatever
But so what? What
are they against? What are they for? Their topics seem outdated to me.
Womens rights. Homosexuals rights. A persons a person,
right? And androgyny is where its at in the 00s anyway
Lost Kids "Belle Isle Is On Fire" CDEP
band I heard on WFMU (the greatest radio station in the galaxy!)
These kids played live in the studio and I heard it. I heard it and I
liked it. They had style, they had grace; they had that certain something
that kept my attention from wandering off into Joey Joe Jo Land. Think
70s rock around and stop, do the huckle buck, and
Yeah, they were cool live, but recorded? Its a mess.
The guitars are set too low, the vocals too high, and that bass drum,
too loud! These kids are not lost yet, but their flashlights are getting
Lost Sounds "Outtakes & Demos Vol. 1" CD
facts: this 17 song CD-R was recently released on Alicjas own Contaminated
Records, very limited to TWENTY FUCKING FIVE copies, awesome hand painted
covers (my copy, "Tunnel Vision," can be viewed on their web
site) and close to an hour of demo, outtake, instrumental and live no-wave
Lost Sounds. Youve all got boners, rightly so. You get peeks into
their early (still damaged) Nuggets period and dive headfirst into the
complete destruction that they have now become. Unbelievable
fuck me up in a big way. Jay fucks me up. I almost died when I saw The
Reatards and I was permanently brain damaged when The Lost Sounds raped
SF. Bands like The Lost Sounds are simply incapable of dropping the ball.
It just wont happen. Theyre too good. They just HURT. IT HURTS.
Lost Sounds "Black-Wave" CD/LP
People are annoying and stupid. Jaded, burnt, hollow Unappreciative of the new Stuck in the morass of perceived importance tied to personal epiphanies. No actual vision Unable to comprehend the fact that kindreds like the Lost Sounds and Piranhas are more crucial and real than the band(s) that blew their adolescent mind back in the good ol days when rock n roll really mattered.
Apples à Suicide à Electric Eels à Lost Sounds.
Greg Lowery Experience "S/T" 7"
Greg had nothing to do with this. Its apparently some eye-tals with
loads of time on their greasy paws. Kinda cruddy lo-fi stuff that
isnt too painful to listen to. Somehow this was worth the money.
I dunno if youd feel the same, but only a couple hundred were
made, so if you see it
Missionshifter "Build" CD
melodic hardcore/punk group
Missionshifter could be the missing
link between Kid Dynamite and the Explosion. They getcha with the introspective
lyrics and crunchy, catchy guitars coupled with melodious yet gruffy vocals
(emo?). Missionshifter put the correct amount of energy towards their
music, and if you love any of the other bands Ive mentioned in this
review youd like these guys too. However, my favorite track is this
song called "Sonikyouth," which does sound a bit like Sonic
Youth. Its a cool tune
Moronics "Girls Love the Moronics" 7"
how old this one is
Pretty great mid-period Rip Off-type action
Lo-fi in a good way
Kickin energy level, good tunes, 4 songs
Fuck, is this cool! (TK)
Panic Buttons "Rock n Roll Teenage Zombies From Outer Space" 7"
school Mummies action from three Alabama kiddies
Sounds pretty much
like, you know, what youd expect, which should equal cool teenage
garage from nowhere. They write really good tunes, put on a fun n
frenzied live show, and the newer stuff Ive heard is even better.
Another example of kids not sucking, and this time theyre not even
from the Midwest! Can we expect a wave of this? Probably not
Psychotic Reaction "Last Train To Nowhere" CD
Pins! Yeah, theyre really in right now. No kidding! Like, you can
go to the mall and get a pocketbook with safety pins printed right on
there; if yr lucky you might get some buttons on there too!!!!! I knooow!!
Punks wear safety pins; they pin their patches on their leather jackets
and pants and stuff. I've never had that problem cause I learned how to
sow. So all of my Sham 69 and Teengenerate and Clash patches were securely
stitched to my hoodie. Im not fuckin with you or anything
Im serious about not being serious. So if you still have safety
pins and Discharge patches on yr jacket you might wanna check out Psychotic
Reaction. 82 punk rock
throw in a little Minor
Threat in there too
I dont know what Im talking about
All I know is, "Eskimo pussy is mighty cold." (JD)
Reds "Its About Time" CD/LP
Yeah, everybody and her ferret has reviewed this thing already, but I must chime in.
I was arguing with patent-leather trucking ace Ryan Porkflamingo the other day about minimalist rock archetypes. As I glance at r 'n r history, the most important bands (to moi) seem to be the ones who discover a new minimalist archetype, or those who follow in its wake. I mean, Polkacide fused polka(!) and punk(!), which probably seemed like a great friggin' idea on the drawing board (or maybe not), but the execution? Pee and (say it with me) yew. Fugazi, f'rince, has probably supplied an archetype of sorts, but I don't really give a fuckity fuck about it, cuz it don't rock (nor roll). Complexity kicks up murk.
I'm talking about the Sonics, Stooges, Ramones, etc who stripped it down in a new way and provided a launching pad for hundreds (or more) in their wake. My pick for the most important MA since the Ramones? The Oblivians' take on stripped down bassless swamp. Sure, Pussy Galore, the Cramps, and even the Gories did much of it before, but the Oblivians sparked the Reatards, Persuaders, Strong Come Ons, Blacks, Thundercrack, etc and it was because they were both better (yup) and more pure (visionary) than the above.
Anyway, I wondered aloud who the next Oblivians would be. I mean, ya' don't really know it at the time, or I'd say the Lost Sounds or Piranhas or whomever's still kickin'. Pornfaggo suggested the Reds. At first I dinna' know. I mean, they sound quite a bit like the Registrators, don't they? A bit of Chinese Millionaires, no? But using the above Oblivians reasoning, and seeing heavily-influenced bands like the Catholic Boys, as well as non-Reds-type bands like the Shutups dropping the song that was an obvious Reds rip off (sner) from their live set...seeing the Wontons the other night, and noticing a distinctively Reds-y chorus ya' think?
this has little to do with ones enjoyment of this fine album. Its
both catchier & more fried than the first one. Jeffs tunes are
better than what any of the post-Teengen poppers are attempting in Japan
right now. Fuck them criminals! Buy American! (TK)
Reds "Its About Time" CD/LP
may be in the minority here, but frankly I was a little disappointed with
the first Reds album. I mean dont get me wrong; it was still a great
record, one of the best of last year in fact, but it fell short of what
I was expecting based on the Rip Off 7" and their live show. While
most of the songs where killer, a few of 'em seemed like filler, most
notably on the second half. With Its About Time thats
all a thing of the past. The Reds have finally delivered what I always
knew they had in em: a classic. From the start of "Reds 24/7"
you know youre in for one hell of a sonic trouncing, and the hits
just keep coming so fast and furious that you never get a chance to catch
yer breath. These songs are much shorter, faster, and catchier than the
ones on the first album, and pretty much every one of them is a winner.
Standouts include "I Hate Rules" (which sounds like it coulda
been off the first Loli & the Chones album or something), the absolutely
killer "Lights Out," the quasi-pop "Dead End Town,"
and the title track, which just lays waste to everything in sight. If
you dont love this youre so far beyond hope that I strongly
suggest you follow the Reds advice and "go die!" By the
way, I got this on CD so I could listen to it every day on the way to
school, and theres an unlisted track on here. Dunno if its
on the vinyl or not
Registrators "90s Complete Sessions 90-97 1st CD, Demo, Rare Tracks, Singles" CD
one of my all time favorite bands ever.
I could write all day and not come close to heaping all of the praise
upon these guys that they deserve. Its pure fucking bliss every
time I hear em. This CD covers the majority of their career, from the
very beginning to the period shortly before the birth of their New Provocative
incarnation. A lot of their earlier songs (from the first CD I think?)
are easily as poppy as what theyre doing now, albeit a bit less
polished. A few of these songs are among their best, particularly "Sweet
Memory" and "Melody A Go Go," with its unforgettable
chorus of - "I gonna never let you go." It was particularly
cool for me to finally hear the 4 Vibrate EP since it marks the beginning
of the "16 Wires" era sound Im so crazy about. The majority
of this CD, however, is the kind of straight up frenzied punk rock these
guys are known for. You really cant go wrong with song titles like
"Brain Rescue," "Cocksucker Girl (Cocksucker Girl / Cocksuck
for me / Cocksucker Girl / Cocksuck for you)," "Animal Seventeen,"
and "No No Brain." The only thing on here thats readily
available in the States is the "TV Hell" seven-inch, so calling
this essential is like calling Shawn Abnoxious "a tad verbose."
Rip Offs "Got A Record" CD
I actually made an effort to buy this CD immediately upon its release, regardless of the fact that Ive had the LP for years. Why? Why not! Its only one of, if not THEE, best records of the last 10 years. So now you can hear it on CD. Its really not that big of a deal, but there are some (gasp) positive aspects to this. Now all those people who youve been telling to buy it for years might actually go buy it. That can only be a good thing because itll mean that they have some taste and it will probably get them to take that bullshit CD by THE FAINT out of their stereo. PRAISE BE TO "GOT A CD"!!!! IT WILL SAVE ROCKNROLL!!! Or something
you check it out even if you already have the LP? I guess
if only for the reason that, to these ears, "Got A CD" sounds
a little different than "Got A Record." The sound on "Got
A CD" is a little cleaner (not BETTER, keep in mind), which can either
be attributed to the whole digital CD thing or some form of remixing,
which I dont know or really care about. Fuck all that technical
shit. The point is that it will SOUND DIFFERENT than it has before ("Ugly"
is proof of this, Im not crazy). If that doesnt sell you on
it, its got a cool booklet with band and fan accounts, pictures
and a detailed discography. Aside from that stuff, the weirdest thing
about "Got A CD" is that its so much better than 99% of
the new shit I find myself liking. (MC)
Sellouts "Songs For A Knife Fight" 10"
"TOO FAR FROM HIPSVILLE. BABE."
group that I (Joe
Shrubs "Misfits & Dreamers" CD
Shrubs - From the Shrubbery of the Apocalypse! The Shrubs are chameleons.
They change at the turn of every track. Right! Left! Up! Down! You dont
know which way youre going
You dont! "Gotta Go"
starts it all off with a blistering Power Pop/British Beat tune. Switch
over to "London Town," a Post Punk rocker with a vision of mercy
for your lack of culture. Change again to "Egyptian Dream,"
psyche-almost-delic mindtrips for Arabian nights. And then to "Did
You Ever See Me?" This tune is unadulterated social/political anger
with intelligent examples of war, sorrow, and pure passion. The Shrubs
are unselfish enough to give the listener twenty-seven tracks of music
and art, lovely
For music lovers who will surrender their stereo
to the most unlikely of likely music lovers
Smash Up Derby "Sounds of Self Defense" LP
not sure what to make of this. Theres no denying that these guys
know how to rock, but something about this doesnt click with me.
Their guitar firepower is quite impressive, as are a number of their songs,
but the singing is kinda weak, as are many of the lyrics. I just cant
get into a song called "Fireballs" that has a chorus of- "if
you wanna get married find someone else cause Ill keep on swinging."
Wow Fonzie, Im so impressed, yknow? The lyrics to "Dragstrip
Date" are particularly bad, as they totally rip off "Lift Up
Your Hood" by DMZ (yeah I know its a "homage" and
all, but that doesnt mean it doesnt suck). If you can get
past their faults, there are a number of good songs on here tho. "You
(Drive Me Nuts)," "Loser," and "Little Miss TNT"
are all pretty kick ass. I bet this would sound a ton better in a car,
but since I got it on vinyl Ill never know. Theres lots of
stuff Id recommend getting before this, but this could be right
up some peoples alley. I just wish bands like this would realize
how silly they seem when they try to act like the Devil Dogs. (SS)
Spits "S/T" CD
Im not that upset over news of a Le Shok brake up anymore. Sure, I mean, FUCK... Le Shok were a great band, but what I realize now, after randomly getting this CD to review (Heh, one I didnt buy! Go fucking figure!), things are getting better, or hell, maybe I am just opening my fucking eyes. I cant remember when I have been so excited about modern music than in this year - 2001. Here I am in November (the November-Ember-- ON FIRE), with The Blank Generation yearly recaps just around the bend, and Im still getting blown away by shit filtering its way towards me.
Im finding them, and they are finding me; you know who you are.
Sure, The Spits are a Ramones and Screamers hybrid. Sure, thats easy to see. The thing Im really trying to convey is that even though this CD is lack-luster in its appearance and simplistic in its approach, its right up there with Kill the Hippies to me. Seventeen minutes and twenty-three seconds long Its ironic that as the cold war kid who worried over things like nuclear holocaust and radioactive satellites, would love such a release. I read in a book, when I was twelve non-the-less, that it would take just a little bit longer than the time needed to listen to this CD before atomic warheads plastered with CCCP on their side would begin to hit targets in the continental states. I knew that when I was twelve. Thank Ronald Reagan for my Nuke-hysteria.... So, with that said, that means when I first opened this CD in the mail that I could have sat through more than five continuous waves of Russian Warheads before I stopped listening to this CD. I opened it and listened to it all the way though in one sitting....
I hit play again and listened to it all the way through.
Eight fucking times. Then Seventh Heaven came on.... Man, what a fucked up family.
The next day my buddy Andy the Assault Rifle calls and I tell him about the CD. The day after that him and a guy known as Microbe find a copy of the CD for sale at Shake It Records. He buys it and two days after that Microbe secretly surprises me by cranking up his stereo as "Black Kar" begins to play. I scream and say, "Fuck yeah!" as I hold my left hand up for a high-five and bring the right hand, full of a can of Steel Reserve to my lips.
Microbe hits my hand.
"Black Kar" has given way to "Saturday Nite" and even though its a Friday nite, we repeat the act all over.
Were drunk-- Well, I am anyway; drinking Steel Reserve, listening to The Spits and giving each other high-fives in an apartment in a neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. Things are getting better, if nothing else, because of this very fact!
Honest. When I got that Briefs/Spits split, The Briefs were good BUT The Spits were GREAT! They did more with their two songs than most bands could do with an LPs worth. Even now, with a full-length worth of Spits songs, The Spits do more with NINE songs than other bands do in their entire lifetime. I mean, FUCK! The Spits are saviors!
This CD is blast after blast of Neoteric Punk/Wave balls to the walls lunacy. Every song is a fucking Nu-Classic! "Dropout" - If I dont feel like quitting my job and being a good agoraphobic after listening to a song like this, well, I aint worth a fuck! "Sk8" - I cant even ride a bike, but I wanna grab a board! "Die Die Die" - Answer to my prayers..... "Black Kar" - I never thought a song about nazi War Criminals would be so damn entertaining! Should have been on the soundtrack to Apt Pupil... "Saturday Nite"... "Remote Kontrol" - the song I just told Joe Domino I would use to play over and over in the headphones of pop-punk kids that I abduct and subdue until they swear to stop playing bad music.... "Tired & Lonely" - Leave me at the bottom! If I dont feel like killing myself after listening to a song like this, well, I aint worth a fuck! "I H8 Pussies" - A song I can respect.... "Suzys Face" - I feel like theres a sequel in there somewhere... Im waiting for "Suzys Hands" on the next CD...
What it all boils down to is that theres a time and a place for everything. Sometimes its not the extremely complicated things that makes you rock, theres validity in saying that silence and simplicity is a weapon. The Spits fulfill. The Spits complete. The Spits deliver.
Spits are better than you. You bastard. You panty-waste. I can do that
now because rock bottom never felt better.... (SAB)
Supagroup "When In Rome" 7"
Im gonna say, yeah, I like this. Its
fucking miracle! Supagroup are a 70s rock n roll type
group. Think AC/DC, Aerosmith, Kiss, Van Halen, guitar solos, and every
band member simultaneously dancing to the right, then the left. If youre
into all that then youll be rockin to the Supagroup with the
top down and a blonde on yr right arm (like thatll ever happen
Tina & The Total Babes "Shes So Tuff" CD/LP
first of all Im not that much of a Bobbyteens fan. I loved their
first single, but after that they went downhill fast, so much so that
I even left during their set when I saw em this summer. So needless to
say when I first saw this I was less than thrilled. Then I heard that
the guys behind Candygirl where involved with this and my apprehension
quickly gave way to anticipation. While this isnt quite as great
as Id expect a Candygirl LP to be, its still pretty good.
At its best this album sounds a lot like Candygirl, and at its
worst it treads dangerously close to Bobbyteens territory (but luckily
thats usually just due to the vocals, and doesnt last too
long). "Tongue Tied," "Christy," and "All About
Makin Out" are all quite brilliant. The last song on here,
"Its Tina Time," uses that cheesy vocal affect that Cher,
Har Mar Superstar, and the girl band on that Twix commercial have all
been know to use, which, for some reason unbeknownst to me, I find totally
awesome. Id have liked to hear more originals (3 of 10 songs are
covers), but since theyre more of a "project" than a band,
what are ya gonna do? (SS)
Turturros/Los Activos "Split" 7"
is it with Italy and their obsession with the Ramones? The Turturros copy
the Ramones chords and play pop punk. I said POP PUNK! Song title
example "Third Age Lobotomy." Los Activos are exactly
the same thing. Screeching Weasel and Queers fans! You like listening
to the same record over and over again, right? Get this 7" too ya
fuckin Richie Richs! (JD)
Turturros "Im Not" 7"
More pop punk
More 3-chord songs (not necessarily
a bad thing)
for you Joey! Here, eat your wheat germ Joey. Eat it!"
United Space "Winter Holiday" CD
say this is pretty pussie. Not that there is anything wrong with pussie.
A lot of guys are gravitating towards pussie nowadays. Theyre sick
of the hard dick. So yeah, this is later Radiohead pussie, but not as
calculated. Radiohead has a plan. And while you or I have no idea what
that plan is, Im sure well be filled in sooner or later. United
Space, on the other hand, has no agenda. Well, other than blindly combing
the hardwood floor for their balls
Castration is a bitch. (JD)
Von Bondies "Night Train" 7"
yeah band from Detroit with cute girls. One of em goes out
with Jack White, who produced this single. Album on Sympathy
is very WS-like. They TOUR with the White Stripes. Shit hell though
theyre a cool, groovin live band lacking in the expected
pretense, and I strongly suggest checking em out when they blow
through. The 45 and LP are swingin, laid back rockers, and are definitely
Wontons "Extra Spicy" 7"
guys were pretty sucky live. Supposedly, one of em was in the 1-4-5s
or something. Neither that nor a "killer" light show couldve
saved their asses. This record aint bad, though. A touch of mod,
a dash of garage
still pretty derivative, but fun. (TK)
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