Sunday, January 16, 2005

Scott's Saturday Night Hit-Parade

Here is what I listened to last night. All the songs are the last songs on an album/single. Okay, I was bored. Some are throwaways and some are goofy and some are great songs that should have been first.

Coven - One Tin Soldier (The Legend Of Billy Jack) - Why wasn't this first on the album?? Nothing else even approaches it in terms of greatness on the album. I'm seriously considering getting Coven's Sunshine Snake Records logo as a tattoo.

Skids - Peaceful Times - Backwards masking! Maybe the Skids were satanists like Coven. I like the backwards guitar action. I like the Skids! More than Big Country anyway. Although I was a fan of that first album when I was young. Hey, did satan have anything to do with Big Country's success? Ah, but then Stuart Adamson died kinda young, so maybe not. Anyway, this one verges on throwaway.

Smiths - Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want - No throwaway here! But it is short and sweet and quite a contrast to "How Soon As Now" the song that precedes it on the 12-inch. Heck, you couldn't ask for two greater b-sides to a single. Could you? No, I don't think you can. Mine even has the original Rough Trade cover! One more thing: Sire can blow me for the crappy
sound on u.s. Smiths vinyl and the crappy packaging and the crappy u.s. single covers. They deserved better than that. Okay?

Section 25 - Up To You - Almost a throwaway, but i dig this band so much that I enjoy even their sketchiest b-sides. The perfect band for people who are too lazy to be Wire fans. You don't really have to pay attention too hard. Just let the bass and guitars wash over you.

F.U.'s - Rifle - Throwaway! And it's actually just an ok "punk" cover of "We're An American Band" by Grand Funk. With Cowbells. Punkers are famous for ending their records with sloppy covers and other such detritus. They just can't help themselves.

The Phones - Comme L'Amour - Dutch post-punk from 1982 is cooler than me or you. And that's even before the horns and the shortwave radio noise comes in.

Hermeto Pascoal - Cherry Jam (Geleia De Cereja) - Noodle-noodle-skronk!-ding-ding-ding! Maria: "Can you put something else on? Or maybe you could close the door?"

Orpheus - Of Enlightenment - Short! Sweet! Nerd-psych! Okay, it is kind of a throwaway too. But a pretty one. And very brief like I said. And, listening to the rest of the album, there is virtue in this.

The Flying Burrito Brothers - Hippie Boy - Dated silliness! Complete throwaway. And not even very funny actually. The rest of the album is pretty fab though.

Rigormortis - Noise Addict - Punky punk punk from U.S. punks circa 1986. "Does your mind die when your body's stiff?" Um, yeah, it does. And sometimes when you are playing generic hardcore in 1986 too.

The Fall - Cab It Up! - I heart Brix! No throwaway here.

Adolescents - Kids Of The Black Hole (Live) - Did you know that Steve Soto, bass player for Adolescents, was the original bassist in Agent Orange?

James White & The Contortions - Bedroom Athlete - I admire his pep.

Stockhausen - Carre: Fur 4 Orchester Und 4 Chore - Und 4 sofa und 4 lager. Did you know that Stockhausen and Yellowman have recently collaborated on a piece entitled: "Zungguzungguguzungguzengagotterdammerung"? It's true!

Battles - Dance - Snazzy!

David Blue - Train To Anaheim - Shaggy!

Hollies - Mighty Quinn - Spirited!

Point Blank - Waiting For A Change - Slow groover from backwoods screenporch skeeter beaters. Git yer twang on. (I'm more partial to their rockers though)

Wishbone Ash - Phoenix (Live) - You don't have to dig the mystical rural progressive boogie grooves to appreciate Wishbone Ash. Actually, you might. If it's a problem I can dig it for you. For all of you.

Slapshot - Killing Frost - Oh yeah, and if it isn't a cover then the 80's hardcore band will sometimes put their longest slowest song last too. To take up room when they realize they only have 13 minutes worth of songs. or maybe they would like to play slower, but they don't want to alienate their fans who will be too jacked up on crystal meth to even PLAY the second side. Or something. But mostly I think it's a time-killer to fill up a side. Not a bad tune though. Boy, did this bunch have rocks in their heads. Hahahahahaha!! Ah, to be young and pissed-off in Boston with a hockey stick in your hands. Good times.


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