Thursday, December 14, 2006
I've had just about enough of the typical punk/post-punk/new-wave revival, and I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. How many more Clash-inspired bands must I trudge through? Joy Division were certainly great, so great that legions of kids are now mimicking Ian Curtis' chilling voice 26 years after his death. A few bands bring something unique to the table (Art Brut, for example), but a large majority just re-hash what I could've spun since 1980 (if I was alive in 1980, of course) and instill boredom.
Something I wouldn't mind hearing again is Devo. The post-punk Devo, before they decided to allow broom/mop-substitute corporations to chime their brand name to the 'Whip It' chorus. Devo's debut LP was fantastic - herky jerky paranoid tunes executed to perfection by Mark Mothersbaugh & co. The Talking Heads weren't too dissimilar in their debut either. Undoubtedly, that's what drew me to Shitdisco. I've no idea what the name means (nor do I care), what their story is, not even their favourite food. But I do know that they're from Glasgow, they like the Talking Heads, they make great jerky "stop-starty" dance-punk music, and they were recently featured on my Top 50 Singles of 2006 list.
MP3: Shitdisco - Bolsheviks
MP3: Shitdisco - Disco Blood
MP3: Shitdisco - I Know Kung Fu
MP3: Shitdisco - Reactor's Party
Buy: Shitdisco - Reactor Party
MP3: Devo - Jocko Homo
MP3: Devo - Uncontrollable Urge
Buy: Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
MP3: Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
MP3: Talking Heads - Pulled Up
Buy: Talking Heads - Talking Heads: 77