14 April 2019

CITIZEN FISH Wider Than A Postcard 1991

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Free Souls in a Trapped Environment
Citizen Fish are essentially a reconstituted version of England's Subhumans, except with a marked tendency toward ska-punk rather than straight-ahead punk rock. Growing out of vocalist Dick Lukas' previous ska project, Culture Shock, Citizen Fish feature two other ex-Subhumans -- guitarist Phil and drummer Trotsky -- plus bassist Jasper. The group debuted in 1990 with Free Souls in a Trapped Environment, following it with Wider Than a Postcard; Flinch appeared in 1994. Signing a distribution deal with Lookout Records, Citizen Fish issued Millennia Madness in 1995 and Thirst in 1996, returning in 1999 with Active Ingredients. Life Size, released in spring 2001, marked the band's first for Honest Don's Hardly Recordings. In early 2007, they appeared on a split with Leftöver Crack entitled Deadline and issued via Fat Wreck Chords (the vinyl, however, came out on Alternative Tentacles). In 2011, the band reunited to release its first full-length album in ten years, Goods, on Alternative Tentacles. 
 

LUCY BROWN self titled 1991

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The Lucy Brown profiled in this bio was not a female solo artist but rather an interracial, all-male funk-metal/funk-rock combo along the lines of Living Colour, Mother's Finest, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and 24-7 Spyz. Like those bands, Lucy Brown had one foot in bass-slapping funk and the other in crunching, guitar-powered, metallic rock. Led Zeppelin and the seminal Jimi Hendrix were influences, but so were Sly & the Family Stone, Ike & Tina Turner, James Brown, and George Clinton's Parliament/Funkadelic. (In fact, one of the songs that Lucy Brown liked to perform on-stage was Funkadelic's "Super Stupid"). Unfortunately, the obscure Lucy Brown (whose lyrics could be very sociopolitical) didn't have much commercial success, but those who were hip to the East Coast funk-rockers swore by them.
The band's original lineup was formed in the Washington, DC area in 1987. At first, they favored a power trio format that consisted of Scott Llewellyn on lead vocals and electric bass, Luis Peraza, Jr. on electric guitar and background vocals, and Chris Neuberg on drums and background vocals. In 1988, Lucy Brown's original three-man lineup recorded its self-titled debut album (which was only released as a vinyl LP) for T.O.G. Records, a small independent label based in Virginia. The record, which suffered from limited distribution, didn't do much and quickly went out of print. It was in 1990 that the band unveiled a new four-man lineup. That year, Gene Hawkins became the new lead vocalist. Llewellyn remained, but he was no longer the lead singer -- he was strictly a guitarist/background vocalist from that point on. In 1991, Lucy Brown's new Hawkins/Llewellyn/Peraza/Neuberg lineup signed with Megaforce/Atlantic and recorded a new album. Like their previous album on T.O.G., the band's first Megaforce/Atlantic album was self-titled -- ut unlike that LP, it enjoyed strong national distribution. Even so, 1991's Lucy Brown was a commercial disappointment, which is why Megaforce/Atlantic decided to drop the band. In 1992, Llewellyn left the group, and Jon Papazoglou became the new bassist. With that third lineup in place, Lucy Brown signed with the small, Washington, DC-based Death Rebel Music in 1993 and recorded a six-song EP titled Five Dead Dogs. That EP turned out to be Lucy Brown's final release; in 1994, Hawkins met an untimely death. Instead of searching for a new lead singer, Peraza, Neuberg, and Papazoglou decided that it would be best for them to call it quits and go their separate ways. So in 1994, Lucy Brown officially broke up and ended its seven-year run. Peraza went on to become the partial owner of Atomic Music, a store that is located in College Park, MD and sells musical instruments and equipment. 

Tracklist

1 Skyburn 4:11
2 Nobody Home 3:49
3 Colorblind 3:26
4 Thoughts (Working Class) 4:18
5 It Takes Me Higher 3:43
6 Brother 4:28
7 Mold The Truth 4:38
8 Roots 3:43
9 Favorite Waste Of Time 3:34
10 Big Sleep 4:14
11 Rhode Island 3:49


SHAMPOO Girl Power 1995

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Shampoo is a duo of punk rock Barbie dolls barely out of their teens, hailing from Plumstead, England. Jacqui Blake and Carrie Askew both handle vocals in a highly energetic and barely intelligible fashion, and both have enough attitude and downright sass to make critics on both sides of the Atlantic go ga-ga over their primitive punk and sly innuendoes. Even though their talent is barely discernible, Shampoo is a knowing and clever joke and loads of fun. We Are Shampoo, their full-length debut, features all of the jaw-dropping singles released in Britain, including their anthem, "Trouble," which was featured in the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers soundtrack. Girl Power followed in 1995.

Tracklist

1 Girl Power 3:16
2 News Flash 3:22
3 I Know What Boys Like 2:47
4 Bare Knuckle Girl 3:11
5 Zap Pow 3:17
6 War Paint 3:19
7 You Love It 3:55
8 Boys R Us 3:02
9 We Play Dumb 3:05
10 I'm Gonna Scream 3:15
11 Don't Call Me Babe 2:58

10 April 2019

MARCY PLAYGROUND Shapeshifter 1999

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Although the members of Marcy Playground met in New York City during the mid-'90s, both singer/guitarist John Wozniak and bassist Dylan Keefe originally hailed from Minneapolis, and drummer Dan Rieser grew up in Ohio. The group took its name from the Marcy Open School, an experimental elementary school that Wozniak attended in the late '70s. Wozniak was intimidated by a few other students during his time at Marcy Open, and he ultimately refused to join his peers on the school's playground during recess. Subsequently, the singer claimed that this tough period of his life served as "a foundation for a future self." In one of the band's first bios, he explained, "The strange way in which I see the world today can be directly traced back to the time when, as a little boy, I sat paralyzed by the unfortunate realities of life as I looked out of a school window and down onto the Marcy Playground."
Keefe attended another nearby school -- a sister school, of sorts, to the one that Wozniak attended -- but it wasn't until both Minneapolis natives moved to N.Y.C. that they first crossed paths. Introduced via acclaimed jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, the two realized they shared similar tastes in music and soon decided to form a band. Keefe recommended an old college friend, Rieser, to play drums for the group, which led to the official birth of Marcy Playground.

Shapeshifter
The group eventually signed a recording contract with Capitol Records and released a self-titled debut album in February 1997. Several months after the album's release, rock radio picked up on the group's single "Sex and Candy" (comparable to Nirvana's more tranquil moments), which pushed the album up the U.S. charts and, eventually, to platinum certification. The trio began work on a second full-length effort, trying to avoid the dreaded sophomore jinx that so many other rock bands have fallen prey to after scoring an inaugural hit. Marcy Playground proved ultimately susceptible to the aforementioned "curse," as the resulting album, 1999's Shapeshifter, was widely panned by critics and sank from sight shortly after its release. The group shrank away from the spotlight but continued releasing albums, with MP3 arriving in 2004 and Leaving Wonderland...In a Fit of Rage following in 2009. The remix album, Indaba Remixes from Wonderland -- featuring remixed versions of tracks off Leaving Wonderland -- appeared in 2010. 
 

 Tracklist 

1 It's Saturday 3:17
2 America 3:46
3 Bye Bye 2:49
4 All The Lights Went Out 4:55
5 Secret Squirrel 2:56
6 Wave Motion Gun 3:44
7 Rebel Sodville 5:02
8 Sunday Mail 2:49
9 Pigeon Farm 2:31
10 Never 3:50
11 Love Bug 4:12
12a Our Generation 5:14
12b Ol' Time Pigeon Farm 1:00
Video-1 Comin' Up From Behind
Video-2 Sherry Frasier
Video-3 Saint Joe On The School Bus
Video-4 Sex And Candy
 

03 April 2019

TABLE self titled 1995

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The self-titled Table album collects the complete recordings of the Chicago band Table, who disbanded in 1993 following the loss of their bass player. The group's heavy, bombastic rock has certain elements in common with Slint and Bastro, but for the most part it treads territory well-known to the Jesus Lizard (although with a bit more of a classic rock and heavy metal influence). The songs collected on Table are well-written, well-performed and occasionally stunning; the band works its sledgehammer sound amazingly well, and it's a shame there's not more material available from them.

Tracklist

1 Vacuum
2 Ditch Recall
3 Gagbox
4 Dead Bird
5 Unwind
6 Spindrift
7 Feasting Time
8 Ignition

MY SCARLET LIFE Reliquaries 1995

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If you like Dead Can Dance, try this band.