October 24th, 2011
|09:30 am - Tragic Mulatto ”The Suspect”/”No Juice” (1983)|
Ok, I love this band. I actually think they may be San Francisco’s most underrated band from this era. That said, this isn’t my favorite record of theirs. They hadn’t really fully gotten their sound together yet in this first 7”.
“The Suspect” is a litany of excuses, one after another until the singer finally can’t take it and yells, “I’m telling you it isn’t my fault”. It has an amusing line or two – the singer had to watch his little brother because he, “you know, didn’t want him turning into a little creep on the street” – but it sounds like a less funny version of The Inflatable Boy Clams great song “I’m Sorry” which was released in SF two years earlier.
“No Juice” is a better, more original song, heavier on their saxophone accents and with too many lyrics crammed into frustrated stanzas. Again, frustration builds until a whole chorus chants “I don’t, I don’t like, I don’t like your little club!” At least that’s what I think they are saying. Internet paranoia led me to try to confirm and I couldn’t. An argument could be made that he doesn’t like “You, little bug!” or even “Your little pug.”
Their full length (well, it’s a 12” but if I remember, it only lasts about 20-25 minutes) “Judo for the Blind” released the next year is a classic which would remind any San Franciscan of condemmed beer vats, cheap rent, and the 1984 Democratic Convention. This 7” only hints at the greatness to come.
Rating: I still love it, but would have a hard time explaining why to others.
Current Music: Thelonius Monk
|Date:||October 24th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)|| |
"Judo for the Blind" is such an excellent album.
yes. One of my favorites.
The Inflatable Boy Clams "I'm Sorry"!!! I haven't thought of that song in years, but seeing it mentioned here I was all, "Isn't that the song that starts with her ruining her friend's dress by bleeding all over it and then bleaching it?"
Thank you of reminding me of it.
I have that 7" too and will review it whenever it randomly gets selected.
|Date:||October 25th, 2011 08:20 am (UTC)|| |
"Italians Fall Down and Look Up Your Dress" is one of my all-time favorite albums but I hadn't heard anything else by these guys. I am sad I never got to see them play.
This was one of those bands that never made complete sense to me until I saw them live. One memorable show at the I-Beam they played in front of a screen that was showing gay porn, straight porn and stop-action photography of maggots eating rotting food.
Speaking of bands, is Cootie Shot still up and at it?
no, they disbanded. My friends and their daughter moved back to the Bay Area.