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Suicidal Tendencies (1983)

15 Jun

‘Suicidal Tendencies’ was the debut album by American thrash band of the same name. Released in July 1983 through Frontier Records, it was a bestseller at the time. Standout tracks are: ‘Suicide’s an Alternative/You’ll Be Sorry’, ‘Suicidal Failure’ and, of course, ‘Institutionalized’ (the only single released on the album). The cover features an image of the band members (at the time, Mike Muir, Mike Ball, Carlos Egert on drums and Mike Dunnigan on bass) hanging upside down.

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Lars Ulrich Interview (1992) (Rapido TV)

1 Jun

 

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Retrospective Review: Sonic Youth – ‘Confusion is Sex’

25 Dec
Sonic Youth - Confusion is Sex Album Cover (Source Discog)

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Overview:

  • 1983 debut album from Sonic Youth on no-wave/post-punk label Neutral Records (headed by Glenn Branca). Neutral Records would later go on to release records by the Swans;
  • The only song that Lee Ranaldo plays bass on is the second track ‘Protect Me You’, a gothic-like, haunting drone melody that lingers on Gordon’s vocals ‘Protect me from ravagement/I’m ten years old/ I don’t know what I do/ Protect me myself’. The song is around six minutes in length;
  • The front cover of the album displays a sketch of guitarist Thurston Moore by bassist Kim Gordon;
  • Parts of the song use a ‘prepared guitar’ technique, which lends the screeching, metallic tones, grounded by the bass.

Review:

The first official studio album from Sonic Youth was put out on nu-wave, post-punk outlet Neutral Records in 1983. Arguably one of their best albums (certainly so, if you compare with every subsequent album between 1985-1988), ‘Confusion is Sex’ is littered with grunge, prepared-guitar riffs that sometimes thrill (cover of The Stooges ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’) and sometimes haunt (‘Protect Me You’). The album was initially released following Sonic Youth’s first tour with label-mates the Swans.

‘Protect Me You’ Lyrics:

Protect me from ravagement
I’m ten years old
I don’t know what I do
Protect me myself

I’m fourteen
There’s nothing to do
Protect me yourself
I’m sixteen

Protect me from starving
I’m eighteen
Protect me you
I don’t know what you do

Protect me demons
That come at night
I don’t know what they say
They’re whispering over

Sends the night air away
And makes me forget
I hope they come
Again and again

Huh they come
Again and again
I hope they come again
Again, again

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Slint – Spiderland

26 Aug

Okay, not gonna lie. It was the album cover that first attracted me to ‘Spiderland’, by Slint. But okay, hey! Music-lovers alike will be familiar with the influence of iconic album/vinyl art. FYI, I am not implying that ‘Spiderland’ is iconic. Musically, I wouldn’t state that it is. Actually, ‘musically’ (okay, so defining this with respect to music theory) it’s fairly juvenile. Listening back to it, it’s what I would ‘classically’ (again, another over-used phrase, I know) refer to as a ‘stoner’ album; that is, in no more complex terminology, an album to get ‘stoned’ to, or hook up with someone, or fall in love to. It’s an album that can be enjoyed when you don’t really want to think too much (that is, assuming you ever want to think too much); but it’s not an album for those looking for musical complexity.

‘What do you think defines ‘Spiderland’ then?’, I hear you wonder in the depths of your subconscious (or not, as the case is more likely to be). What makes me listen to the album again?  Well, the first response I would give is: the album-cover? NSS. After all, this is the first thing that got me listening to it at all. What else? Not the complexity, but it’s light-heartedness. From moments of quiet, slow melody, it blasts into unexpected (albeit simple) riffs that set my soul on fire. It’s awesome. Everytime I listen to it, I get emotional. My point? Music doesn’t haven’t to be complicated to be good. I love complicated music, but sometimes also music doesn’t need mental dissection. For that purpose, ‘Spiderland’ is well worth considering.

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Victoria

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Flashback: The Sugar Hill Gang – ‘Rapper’s Delight’.

1 Jul

It’s gonna be a good day. 🙂

Looking Back: No Trend

26 Jun

No Trend: the post-punk band that redefined rebelliousness. Emerging through the hardcore punk scene in Washington DC during the 1980’s, these guys were quickly rejected by the punk clique for their noisey, brash nature. Even punks can be conventional. Whereas many artists will seek to make live gigs as pleasurable an aesthetic (and thereby conformist) experience for the audience as possible, No Trend did exactly the opposite; allegedly once putting runway lights at the front of the stage for a gig. Most of their songs are unpredictable, raucous bundles of noise.

The history of various members is still elusive to this day, but No Trend was one with the spirit of true anarchy, questioning and scrutinizing every tiny detail about society.  They never sought acceptance, even from the punk scene that first made their name. In ‘Teen Love’ – their most popular song – they narrate the life and death of two teenage lovers, depicting every element of teenage years ‘He had a stylized speech pattern/She used all the newest slang‘  before going on to describe how the couple are brutally killed in a car accident ‘They never got a chance to fulfill their “career dreams”.’ In ‘Too Many Humans’, only three sentences are screamed throughout the entire song: ‘Too many fucking humans/You breed like rats/And you’re no f*****g better“.

Record companies didn’t want to work with them; indeed their final LP ‘More’, released in 2001, took fourteen years before a record company (albeit a small, indie one, Morpheus Archives) would touch it. No Trend couldn’t care if people wanted to listen to them or not, they played anyway.

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Steel Pulse – Prodigal Son

16 Mar

From the veritable sons of the Rastafari movement Steel Pulse, a rarely-seen performance of ‘Prodigal Son’  live at BBC Pebble Mill Studios, Edgbaston Birmingham in 1978. Just check out those outfits. Ya’ mon.

Line-up: David Hinds (lead vocals, guitar), Basil Gabbidon (lead guitar, vocals), Ronald McQueen (bass),Selwyn ‘Bumbo’ Brown (keyboards), Steve ‘Grizzly’ Nisbett (drums), Alphonso Martin (vocals, percussion) and Mykaell Riley (vocals).

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