27 June 2009

PUSSY GALORE : Historia Del La Musica Rock LP

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Fuck knows why this final Pussy Galore LP was overlooked when Mute gave Pussy Galore the reissue treatment a while back but, as with their very early material (anthologised briefly on the ace Corpse Love compilation), it's remained steadfastly out of print since it's initial release (c.1990) when it was judged a crushing disappointment by, um, virtually everybody...!
PG Lips
PG Arm
Recorded in somewhat reduced circumstances by a drastically reduced line-up (only Jon Spencer, Neil Hagerty & Bob Bert made the roll call), it's sounds as much like a Royal Trux record as anything we'd come to expect from P.G. (whose prior Dial M For Motherfucker LP was uber-sophisticated in comparison, an absoluteclassicmasterpiece of cut'n'paste yowl, twang & clatter - Albini at the controls, I believe?). Much of Historia De La Musica Rock staggers 'round, snotty & fucked up, in sullen methodone blues mode, periodically lapsing into a fractured Harmolodic semi-chaos that eclipses anything they'd attempted previously (unsurprisingly, R.Trux's towering Twin Infinitves was recorded not long afterwards). Despite the creeping dissonance, P.G. still manage to display an unexpected reverence for the blues, their threadbare cover of "Little Red Rooster" & the like suggesting that they'd suddenly begun to start taking The Stones semi-seriously after several years of amusingly putting the boot into 'em. Spencer, of course, went on to form The Blues Explosion hereafter & has expertly honed his act to such an extent that he's now essentially a karaoke caricature of himself (i.e. Junkyard-era Nick Cave channeling the spirit of James Brown for disillusioned call centre minions who've blown their trustfunds on E). It's a living, I suppose? Bert currently performs with International Shades (alongside Live Skull's Mark Cunningham amongst others), while Neil Hagerty continues to apply the Burroughsian cut-up technique directly to his brain via The Howling Hex, occasionally with spectacular results. He's a fucking genius but I suspect he'll have to wait 'til he's dead before most folk admit it...

Drop Dead

P.S. Has anybody out there got Oven Biat / 1 Yr Live?

Hoi-hoi to Elsebasto for the link.

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous8.8.10

    hi man,

    I have both and more,write me for details at almudeno69ATyahooDOTcom

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  2. Hey Al, I'e since managed to find Oven Bait (or a version of it aty least, there appear to be several) but 1 Yr Live continues to elude me. I'll drop you a line later on today... (Thanks!)

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